Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC) on Tuesday signed a tripartite agreement with state-owned IDCOL and private firm Rahimafrooz to conduct a research to find out an alternative solar energy for solar-run irrigation pump operation during the off-season.
Deputy Secretary Saif Ahmed of BEPRC, IDCOL head of renewable energy Enamul Karim Pavel and Rahimafrooz's investigator Syed Ishtiaque signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations.
Officials said this has been the first research work undertaken by the newly created BEPRC in the country.
Addressing the contract signing ceremony at Biduyt Bhaban, BEPRC chairman Md Anwarul Islam Sikder said the government has been planning to set up solar-run irrigation pumps. But the irrigation pumps normally run for 3-4 months a year.
The solar plants remain idle and its electricity will have no use during the non-irrigation period.
"We want to find a sustainable business model for the solar plants to be used in pump operation so that solar plants' electricity could be utilised in a better and viable commercial way," he told the function.
As per the deal, IDCOL and BEPRC will finance a pilot project to be set up in Dinajpur. Rahimafrooz's investigator Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed and Buet's Professor Dr Ziaur Rahman will conduct the study.
The researchers will set up a pilot project and collect data for their works in first 6-8 months and then they will analyse those in the remaining time.
IDCOL's CEO Mahmood Malik, who was present on the occasion, said if the researchers could find out a successful model, it would promptly help implement the government's plant to replace thousands of diesel-run pumps into solar-run ones.