NEWS Profitably Powering the Clean Energy Economy



Dr. Daniel M. Kam­men, Pro­fes­sor of Energy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, Direc­tor of Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL) and Chair in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and doc­toral stu­dent Samira Sid­diqui, also of the Subir and Malini Chowd­hury Cen­ter for Bangladesh Stud­ies at UC Berke­ley came to North South Uni­ver­sity on the 18th of Feb­ru­ary, 2018 to talk on “Prof­itably Pow­er­ing the Clean Energy Econ­omy”. This event was orga­nized by the Office of Exter­nal Affairs and facil­i­tated by NSU HR Club. He informed the audi­ence mem­bers on Bangladesh’s chang­ing energy landscape—electricity for all by 2021, reduc­tion of green­house gas emis­sions and insuf­fi­cient power sup­ply of the rapidly grow­ing demand for elec­tric­ity. Dr. Kam­men also show­cased Bangladesh’s remark­able suc­cess in Solar Home Sys­tem (SHS). When most coun­tries were skep­tic of solar energy sys­tem, Bangladesh became one of the pio­neers to start this new pro­gram. He informed that Bangladesh, just start­ing from 2003, has the largest off-​​the-​​grid pro­gram in the world.

The 4.5 mil­lion SHS installed as of July 2017 are gen­er­at­ing over 200MW of elec­tric­ity. To illus­trate the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of the energy/​fuel sys­tem, Dr. Kam­men used the anal­ogy of the horse race where ener­gies from solar and wind are going neck and neck and other forms of energy such as nuclear, water, coal are lag­ging behind. Then he informed that, the con­cept of energy stor­age was not even an option 15 years ago. It was when China started mass pro­duc­ing solar pan­els that the prices dropped sig­nif­i­cantly and peo­ple started rely­ing on solar energy. Like a dark horse, SHS is sweep­ing in and win­ning the race for clean energy econ­omy. Dr. Kam­men stressed that Bangladesh has an ample amount of clean energy resources from which a prof­itable and empow­er­ing econ­omy can be built.

Dr. Kam­men is an expert in his field hav­ing authored/​co-​​authored 12 books, writ­ten more than 300 peer-​​reviewed jour­nal pub­li­ca­tions and con­tribut­ing to Nobel prizewin­ning cli­mate work with the pro­fes­sors at Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. For his valu­able words and time, Dr. Kam­men was pre­sented with a bou­quet of flow­ers by the Direc­tor of Exter­nal Affairs, Dr. Kather­ine Li and a crest by the Vice-​​Chancellor, Prof. Atiqul Islam as tokens of appre­ci­a­tion from NSU.

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