Centre for Energy Research (CER)
The Centre for Energy Research (CER) was established in September, 2010 in United International University under the department of EEE. The aim of the CER is to enhance research in the fields of renewable and sustainable energy, its utilization and efficient management, and policy formulation through research and development. A state of art research laboratory is being developed under CER to carry out test and research in the field of renewable energy.
Centre for Energy Research (CER) of United International University has become one of the leading Renewable Energy research and consultancy centres in Bangladesh. So far, it has successfully conducted about 50 projects since its establishment in September 2010 on Renewable Energy and the Environment. Among this number, it has successfully completed about 50% projects and rests are ongoing. Currently, it is working in design and development of several solar diesel hybrid mini-grid for rural electrification, grid connected PV power plant and environmental projects.
CER is also one of the testing institutions of Solar Home System (SHS) equipment in Bangladesh for certification of SHS equipment according to Bangladesh SHS standard. As of now, it has tested over 250 equipments (LED lamp, Charge controller, DC-DC converter, Battery) in its lab.
Notable projects of CER
|Sl.||Name of Project||Client||Status|
|1.||Hydron 141 kWp Solar-Diesel Hybrid Minigrid in Bagha, Rajshahi.||Hydron Bangladesh Ltd.||95% Completed|
|2.||ShouroBangla 141 kWp Solar-Diesel Hybrid Mini-grid in Raipura, Narshingdi.||ShouroBangla Ltd.||100% Completed|
|3.||GRAM er Alo 158 kWp Solar-Diesel Hybrid Mini-grid in Nageswari, Kurigram||GRAM Ltd.||Under Construction|
|4.||AVA 148.5 158 kWp Solar-Diesel Hybrid Mini-grid in Godagari, Rajshahi||AVA Development||Under Construction|
|5.||SEBL 177 kWp Solar-Diesel Hybrid Mini-grid in Monpura, Bhola||Solar Electro Bangladesh Ltd.||Under Construction|
|6.||UREL 250 kWp Solar-Diesel Hybrid Mini-grid in Rowmari, Kurigram||Uttaranchal Renewable Energy Ltd.||Design & documentation in progress|
|7.||Parasol 175 kWp Solar-Diesel Hybrid Mini-grid in Dowlatpur, Kustia||Parasol Ltd.||Design & documentation in progress|
Environmental and General Projects
|Sl.||Name of Project||Client||Status|
|1.||Bangladesh Energy and Emission Modeling (BD 2050)||Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources of GoB Cardiff University, UK||Ongoing|
|2.||Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP2100)||Ministry of Planning of GoB and Netherlands||Ongoing.|
Recently, Centre for Energy Research (CER) of United International University (UIU) has been awarded by a research grant of 1 crore and 10 lac taka to establish a solar DC mini-grid laboratory from World Bank through Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL). This solar DC mini-grid laboratory will be able to contribute in the development of solar PV technology. Researchers of CER consider that DC mini-grid can replace the conventional solar AC mini-grid which will not only reduce the project cost also reduce the dependency on foreign technology and imported equipment significantly. In addition, this will also create opportunity to introduce local technology and equipment. However, apart from its predominant purpose, the laboratory can also play a significant role for researching in different technical aspects of conventional AC mini-grid.
On 20 November a contract has been signed between IDCOL and CER in this regard. The Chief Executive Officer of IDCOL Mr. Mahmud Malik and the Director of CER Mr. Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury have signed for their organizations. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Honorable Advisor of Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury B.B. and the Vice Chancellor of UIU Prof. M. Rezwan Khan along with some other high official of Power Division and IDCOL.