Electricity Pakistan will become Pakistan premier exhibition for Energy, Storage and Power industry. It is a dedicated platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, users and energy storage solutions providers. The inaugural edition will takes place at Lahore Expo Centre from 29 – 31 March 2018.
Participants from governments, utilities, independent energy producers, energy storage products manufacturers, consulting companies, associate as well as other related sectors are invited to discuss applications, opportunities and challenges for energy, storage and power sector.
Pakistan, where power shortfall is usually addressed through the establishment of large coal, oil, hydroelectric, and some solar projects, can benefit from energy storage to an unprecedented extent. Also, with much of the world pouring investments into renewable and clean energy, Pakistan is in the line of environmentalists’ fire for relying on coal-fired projects as part of a plan to boost urgently needed generating capacity.
As reported by the International Energy Agency (IEA), average energy demand in the country is around 19,000MW against the generation of around 15,000MW. Demand soars beyond 20,000MW during peak summer months of May to July, when air conditioning systems place an extra burden on the national power grid, often causing power cuts. The IEA forecasts that total electricity demand will rise to more than 49,000MW by 2025 as the country’s population increases.
In this situation, a fusion of domestic renewable generation and power storage technology seems to be an expeditious, efficient, and affordable answer, which can also cut the costs, incurred in expansion, operation, and maintenance of the power infrastructure, down to almost a naught. The country can make the most of energy storage systems as planned renewable energy projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) include a solar park, four wind farms, and three hydro plants that together would generate around 3,900MW, at a cost of about $7.5 billion.
Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board says the country has the potential to generate annually 2.9 million megawatt of clean energy from solar, 340,000 megawatt from wind and 100,000 megawatt from hydropower.