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Experts suggest solar pipe light to improve energy efficiency

Experts at a workshop termed solar pipe light as an efficient and feasible solution for lighting industrial buildings.

Solar pipe light is an innovative way to harness solar power in illuminating houses especially industrial buildings.

The workshop titled “Solar Pipe Light Project: An efficient way of using of day light in industries”, was jointly organized by Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) and German organization GIZ at a city hotel on Wednesday.

GIZ’s Sustainable Energy for Development (SED) initiated a pilot project with ‘CHANGE’, a registered youth organization working in the field of renewable energy, water and sanitation and social business development, to conduct a study to develop a simple, customized innovative solution of innovative solution of using natural daylight in industries.

CHANGE has successfully developed a solution with locally available raw materials. Presenting the key note paper at the workshop, Sajid Iqbal, Founder of CHANGE and the innovator of the solar pipeline solution said the concept of solar pipe light has already been materialized.

Explaining about the concept of solar pipe light, he said that solar pipe light is one of the simplest and innovative idea of channeling the daylight through a reflective hallow pipe into the industries to ensure proper illumination without any electricity.

He said that a yearlong project finally piloted prototypes in two settings, one in a small cottage factory and another one in an ice cream factory.

The pilot project is helping the host industry to use free natural lighting during daytime for 10-12 hours covering around 750-800 square feet.

“The solar pipe light which illuminates the area is equivalent of CFL bulb and at the same time saving monthly energy expenditure with zero carbon emission.”

Iqbal said that solar pipe light has a huge prospect in factories of Bangladesh to avoid electricity usage for day lighting which add value to the industrial growth in Bangladesh through efficient energy use.

Lauding the solar pipe light initiative, Abdul Matlub Ahmed, President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), who was present at the occasion as special guest, said that it could be implemented in industrial buildings of Bangladesh.

“I don’t find any reason why it can’t be implemented in our industrial buildings. Bangladesh has abundant sunlight throughout the years. This will not only reduce the expense but also provide energy efficiency. Countries like Sri Lanka and India successfully implemented that in their industrial buildings”, he said.

The FBCCI President said that this solar pip light idea could be implemented in the industrial buildings in our proposed Special Economic Zones (SEZ). “From FBCCI, we will provide all sorts of help to implement the idea in industrial buildings”, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Dipal Chandra Barua, President of Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association (BSREA), solar pipe light is an implementable concept. “Now, it might seem like a small concept but it could be big in future”.

He said that in 1996, the World Bank (WB) conducted a study about the potential of solar home system (SHS) in Bangladesh. The study said that there was a potential for 1,00,000 SHS in Bangladesh.

“Now, Bangladesh has over four million SHS and it is one of the success stories of Bangladesh”, he said adding that solar pipe light could be a success story for Bangladesh as well”, he said.

Siddique Zobair, Member of SREDA and National Project Director, SED said that in most commercial places, a huge amount of electricity has been misused for daytime lighting. “Concept like solar pipe light can save huge energy there”, he said.

Anwarul Islam Sikdar, Chairman of SREDA, KM Habib Ullah, Chairperson of SME Foundation and Al Mudabbir Bin Anam, Senior Advisor and Acting Program Manager, SED, GIZ Bangladesh were present and spoke on the occasion.

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