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Pakistan produces first indigenous wind turbine

SZABIST has installed indigenously designed and locally fabricated first wind turbine of 6KVA at its Gharo Research Centre, according to an announcement on Friday.

“The turbine was fabricated in Pakistan by using almost 85 percent local components,” said Dr. Imran Amin, head of the project. “It costs around Rs1.2 million, which included fixed cost of the first produce.”

Dr Amin refused to give the cost estimates as the price has not been as yet. He, however, compared that one megawatt foreign made wind turbine cost $1 million, two megawatts $1.8-2 million and three megawatts wind turbine cost around $2.7 million.

One megawatt is equal to 1,000KVA.

The higher cost of wind turbine remained no more a hurdle in the way of wind power production in the world but its availability has come into question now, he said. “International producers of wind turbines are delivering a plant of 1.5-2MW in three years time from the date of booking.”

The local production of such technology would help Pakistan tap the available huge potential of 50,000MW through wind turbines. “Pakistan can produce up to 110,000MW wind power,” according to the estimates of world renowned agencies.

The wind turbine of 6KVA was designed and fabricated by the Centre for Renewable Energy Research (CRER) and headed by Dr Imran Amin and his team of engineers and technicians of SZABIST Karachi.

“The design of the wind turbine meets all the international standards and has been using the modern technologies available,” said Amin.

The composite blade design of a wind turbine is superior to most wind turbines available in the market and is also low cost. They were made of aerodynamics design and tested for around 30 months before installation.”

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