CECOS University and Directorate of Science and Technology, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a combined effort have successfully developed a steam power plant. The key feature of this power plant is that it makes use of solid waste materials dumped by the population on daily basis.
Initially this power plant can produce 15 kilowatt electricity and 3.3 million rupees have been spent to develop this plant. 15 kilowatt electricity is enough to lit 625 energy savers.
This power plant is situated in Hayatabad Industrial Estate and it is environment friendly. Associate Professor Dr. Riaz Muhammad said that about 72 tons of dumped solid wastes can be used in this power plant in 24 hours which will not only reduce environmental pollution but also produce electricity.
He further stated that around 900 houses of Peshawar produce the amount of waste that is enough to light a fan and two tube lights in 21 houses. This power house is developed on experimental basis in which solid dumped wastes are utilized as fuel and steam is produced. This steam is used to produce electricity.
Farah Hamid Khan, Secretary, Science and Technology Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that this solid waste power plant is a very good effort and more investment is needed in order to take full advantage of such power plants.
She further elaborated that this combined experimental effort completed in one year duration and if such projects are initiated, the environment can be saved.
Dr. Riaz Muhammad said that this power plant is on a very small scale and at the moment this plant can produce electricity at 30 rupees per unit but on industrial scale the same can produce 15 rupees per unit electricity.
Experts claim that if applied on industrial scale, such projects can improve the environmental pollution state in the country but also can help in the reduction of electricity crisis in Pakistan.