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Bangladesh focuses on renewable energy for power generation

Source: TAITRA | Updated: 14 January 2022

Bangladesh aims to significantly expand renewable energy sources in its total energy mix in its relentless pursuit of a net-zero carbon footprint.

As one of the key steps in this regard, the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) has set a target of generating 5,000MW of onshore and offshore wind power by 2030.

Wind energy is power obtained from the force of wind using turbines. The country currently generates only 2.9MW of wind power.

According to Sreda officials, the huge target is being considered as an immediate option for the next few years in compliance with the government’s commitment to promoting renewable energy — given the fact that an American agency "National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)" recently pegged the country’s wind power generation potential at 30,000MW.

The NREL study found the wind potentials at nine locations across the country, having an average wind speed of 5-6 metre per second at a height of over 60-80 metre above ground level (AGL) — Lalpur of Natore, Chandpur, Sitakunda and Parkay Beach in Chattogram, Gouripur in Mymensingh, Madhupur Tea Estate in Habiganj, Dakop in Khulna near Mongla port, Inani Beach in Cox's Bazar, and Badarganj in Rangpur.

Of these, initiatives have already been taken to set up wind power plants at three places — at Dakop, Inani Beach and Chandpur, each having 50MW capacity. A contract has already been awarded for the Dakop location.

Sreda statistics show that the country currently generates a total 777.24MW of electricity from different renewable sources.

"Exploiting the new and efficient technology, we're now planning to set up a good number of wind power plants by 2030," Alauddin said, referring to the NREL study that found the wind speed at six meters per second at a higher hub height.

Of this, 543.25MW is generated from solar energy, 2.9MW from wind, 230MW from hydro, 0.69MW from biogas, and 0.4MW from biomass, while the country’s total power generation capacity is about 25,000MW.


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