On Saturday Sept 16, 2017, Kathmandu
Presentation by: Dr. Krishna Raj Shrestha
Dr. Shree Raj Shakya
Mr. Mukesh Ghimire
Dr. Bibek Baral
Comments by: Dr. Bindu Lohani
Interaction and Discussions on STI for Renewable Energy
Renewable energy technologies are as the key element of development of socio-economics in developing countries. Nepal is one of such countries. RETs have been promoted in Nepal at different stages and scales. Micro-hydro, Solar PV, Solar thermal, Bio-gas, Improved cook stoves, bio-fuel, bio-mass carry the success stories in Nepal's context and Wind energy has been considered as an uprising technology.
The country has witnessed a great deal of changes in RETs. Still there are a lot of opportunities untapped. They scopes remained may be instrumental in changes of 'living' of the people who still look for energy technologies. The Sustainable Energy for All, a campaign initiated by former UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon with aims to provide access of energy for all with 2030 is one great challenge and opportunity for RE professionals.
The academia, experts, professionals and the government are taking seriously to achieve a greater milestone in RE sector in Nepal where donors and development partners are supporting the initiatives.
Renewable Energy Confederation Nepal (RECoN), a common forum of private sector associations of alternative energy service, supply and delivery and NGOs involved in promotion of alternative energy in Nepal has taken initiatives in gathering selected academia, experts, professionals and the government officials to interact and discuss on the Science, Technology and Innovation for RE Promotion in Nepal and the futuristic approach for the best of implementation in Nepal's context. So as RECoN, a day earlier of the Bishwakarma Puja and the Science Day on Saturday September 16, 2017 organised an Interaction and Discussions on Science Technology and Innovation for Renewable Energy.
On the occasion Prof. Dr. Krishna Raj Shrestha, Dr. Shree Raj Shakya, Dr. Bibek Baral and Mr. Mukesh Ghimire presented the key features of development procedures, and the expected achievements and the needful policies and programme to take a desired speed in science, technology and innovation as a whole and in context to renewable energy.
During the presentations Prof. Dr. Krishna Raj Shrestha illustrated the picture of development in renewable energy technologies in Nepal which was pioneered by Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST). He pointed out that much more to do in science, technology and innovations for the actual development of renewable energy in Nepal.
Dr. Shree Raj Shakya stressed that the state and responsible institutions should be able to invest in research and development. The countries those who spend better in r n d are getting better results, he argued.
Mr. Mukesh Ghimire elaborated the use of solar energy technology in Nepal. He also elaborated that Solar energy technology has been widely developed and Nepal should be able to tap the opportunities using the latest developed technologies and also innovating according to need and feasibility in Nepal's context so as RE movement could be much more successful.
Dr. Bibek Baral elaborated on bio energy and its correlations with Climate change - CO2 abatement. He said that bio energy is energy of biological origin, derived from biomass, such as fuel wood, livestock manure, municipal waste, energy crops. He stressed that bio energy will be contributing in many important fields in future.
Commenting on the presentations and discussions Dr. Bindu N. Lohani, who was vice-president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development said that Nepal had to achieve a lot in STI and there are many forms of challenges to achieve targets in STI for RE. There are challenges in technologies interventions, financial facilities and appropriate administrative methods to provide access of RE people of Nepal who reside in the remote locations. But proper management and use of experts and sharing knowledge can make it happen soon. As such the government sector should be well prepared and equipped to coordinate private sector and professionals as well.
The programme was facilitated by Former Minister Er. Ganesh Shah and presided over by RECoN President Mr. Guna Raj Dhakal while Mr. Purna N. Ranjitkar put efforts for managing the event to be successful.
The PowerPoint Presentations presented by Prof. Dr. Krishna Raj Shrestha, Dr. Shree Raj Shakya, Dr. Bibek Baral and Mr. Mukesh Ghimire are attached herewith.