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In a bid to attract more investment in the power sector, the Bangladesh Government has requisitioned research through wind modelling to find out the potential of wind energy on its beaches and river.

The Power Division organised a workshop on Wind Resource Mapping at Bidyut Bhaban with Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus in the chair. Prime Minister’s Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Advisor Dr Towfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury, Bir Bikram delivered speech as the Chief Guest while State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid was present as the Special Guest.

The research work was conducted at Rajshahi, Inani beach, Shitakunda, Sadpur, Rangpur, Mirzapur, Parki beach of Mymensingh and Mongla through ‘SODAR I’ (Sound Detection and Ranging) and 80m MET method where 80 m poles are erected to collect data about the wind in the area.

Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury said, “We have to take initiatives to train our people in this regard and Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC) would take steps.”

The state minister said the government is encouraging the use of renewable energy and production. He added: “It is necessary to work quickly to get mapping planning, formulating policies for results and realistic plan will be taken right now for encouraging investors.”

Among others, Project Director Mohammad Bazlul Rahman, Harness Energy’s Managing Director Taj Capozzola, BERC Chairman Monowar Islam spoke on the occasion.