Publish Date : 19th November, 2016

Winners of “UN Momentum for Change 2016” in CoP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco


Among other “UN Momentum for Change 2016” Award Winners at CoP 22 in Marakkesh, Morocco ”Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury (Director, Centre for Energy Research, United International University)  He is the team leader and principal investigator of the award winning research pilot project “PV DC Peer-to-Peer Smart Village Grid”.

The research pilot project at ShakibAli Matabbor Kandi village of Jajira Upazilla of Shariatpur district, Bangladesh is the world’s first peer-to-peer network to allow energy to be shared between private solar installations. Bi-directional metering devices allow users to buy and sell electricity via the local power grid. Households that do not have their own solar installation can purchase electricity from their neighbors. The project has enabled the trading of electricity among the households in rural off grid areas having solar home systems and also without solar home systems. The expansion of solar energy in the village is reducing fossil fuel consumption and facilitating the inhabitants’ access to electricity thus reducing carbon emission and support climate change mitigation.

The research project was Co-funded by World Bank and IDCOL, A Bangladesh-German start-up company SOLshare provided the technology and implemented the project and NGO UBOMUS is operating the research pilot project at Shakimali Matborkandi village of Shener Char Union of  Jajira upazilla of  Shariatpur district. (GPS Co-ordinates of the implemented project site: 23.33180, 90.26893).

In the award giving ceremony UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon said that these are the lighthouse activities that can the example to the whole world. This year UN has declared 13 projects as the UN Momentum for Change Light House Activities.

Mr. Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury has already implemented more than 50 Projects and now involved in 16 projects related to Solar energy. 10 research Engineers are working with him to support his works. Apart from local funds Mr. Chowdhury has received funds from different international organization to implement his projects. Among them following are noteworthy: World Bank (WB); Asian Development Bank (ADB); German International Cooperation (GIZ); German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD); Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), UK;  Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), UK; Department for International Development (DFID), UK; Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).


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