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National Seminar on Electrical Power Sector Development- 2010 held in KU

isms | 04 March, 2010 12:14

Nepalstarted its own hydropower plant in the early 1900s. After almost a century,where we had to stand in a position of exporting the electric power; we aresuppressed to live without electricity for 11 hours a day. A giganticfeasibility of 83000MW has been a misery when we are unable to fulfill a peakof 700MW. Under this present context, Department of Electrical and ElectronicsEngineering, Kathmandu University took a leap ahead to gather the field expertsto talk about what could have been done back then and what are the perspectivethat we need to focus from where we are being deprived. The ‘National Seminar on Electric PowerDevelopment in Nepal’(dated: 17th and 18thFebruary 2010) was the outcome of that initiation.

Theprogram initiated with a welcome speech from the Registrar of KathmanduUniversity, Prof.Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar after which Dr. Bhola Thapa expressed hisviews regarding the role of an academic institution in Power sectordevelopment. He said that the institution can play a vital role by creating manpowers as well as conducting researches in this field. Following, Mr. Dipak Gyawalipresented about the proposed new electricity act and its impact. Mr. Gyawalifocused on the power export policy of the nation and argued that power shouldnot be exported until we have a surplus. Then Mr. Ratna Sansar Shrestha presented the electricity marketing aspect inthe context of Nepal.“The saying There is no electricitymarket in Nepal’ is a myth”,he said. He elaborated the aspect of electricity marketing and the areas whereelectricity could be utilized. He illustrated that transportation, mineralbased industries, agro based industries, etc. are the areas where optimum utilizationof electricity can be obtained. After that, Dr. Janak Lal Karmacharya presentedthe issues related with hydropower development in Nepal.  He spoke about different barriers andobstacles responsible for the degradation of electrical power sector in thecountry. Following, Mr. Dipak Upadhyay spoke on the current issues onthe power sector.  He first the presentedthe current power and energy status of the nation. If immediate step is nottaken to overcome the current energy crisis, the nation will have more energydeficit in the coming years. He also highlighted that we need more storage typehydropower plants and high capacity cross border transmission link can be theother option to overcome the crisis. Finally in the inaugural session Prof. Dr. SureshRaj Sharma, the Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University elaboratedthe role of KathmanduUniversityin the field of Energy Development. Mr.Brijesh Adhikary was the MC of the program.

There were all together twelvepapers presented in the seminar which were divided among four technicalsessions. The theme of the first technical session was pricing. Papers relatedto the pricing of electricity were presented in this session. Dr. RabinShrestha chaired the session. The theme of the second technical session wasRenewable Energy Technologies (RETs) which was chaired by Mr. Brijesh Adhikary.Papers related to photovoltaic system and WLEDs were presented in this session.Third technical session carried the theme of Renewable and Environment. Papersrelated to the impact of renewable energy technology in the environment. Thisinteresting session was chaired by Dr. Ramesh Maskey. Finally the theme of thelast technical session was given as Miscellaneous. Papers related to powersystem component, pump storage system and drinking water power system werepresented by different authors in this session. Mr. Diwakar Bista chaired thissession.

There was an enthusiasticparticipation of the participants from Nepal Electricity Authority. Othercorporations like Butwal Power Company, Clean Energy Development Bank, SanimaMai Hydropower had their active participation too. The students of ElectricalPower Engineering under NOMA fellowship program also participated in theprogram. “KathmanduUniversityalways looks forward to organize program like this where real life experiencesand research ideas can be debated on and we are excited about it”, one of theparticipant from NEA said.

Afterthe technical sessions, Mr. Bishal Silwal presented his vote of thanks on thebehalf of the organizing committee. Mr. Silwal thanked all the speakers,authors, participants, volunteers and everyone who made  the program a success. 

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