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 100 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.

Research Achievements

  1. Development of a novel dry fabrication process steps for CIGS thin film solar cell with In2S3 as buffer layer. This process enabled best performances in terms of efficiency for CIGS solar cells at the time. [ZSW, Germany, 2006].
  2. Conceptualize, design, and develop a high efficiency advanced EM energy converter for automotive applications. The project was developed for IEEE- International Future Energy Challenge in IIT, USA (IFEC-2009 [The Project was one of the three finalist projects for IEEE-IFEC 2009 in Chicago, USA][Supervisor]
  3. Development of Solar PV peer-to-peer smart village grid, which includes enery trading among the connected households with or without SHS. [WB funded research project]. The project won the “InterSolar Award 2016“ in the catagory of “Outstanding Solar Projects“ in Munich, Germany. The project also won the UN Momentum for Change 2016 Award [Team Leader and Principal Investigator of research project funded by IDCOL]
  4. Development of Automatic solar PV irrigation system measuring the moisture content of soil and water level with prepayment and remote control and monitoring system (World Bank funded research project).[Team Leader and Principal Investigator]. The project won the Inter-University Innovation Project Award” in “National Power & Energy Week 2016” organized by Ministrty of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Bangladesh.
Winning the “UN Momentum for Change, 2016” Award at UNFCCC COP 22 @ Marakech, Morocco (November, 2016).
Winning the “Inter University Innovative Project Competition” organized by Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Bangladesh
Winning “InterSolar Award 2016” in Munich, Germany (June, 2016)

Research Partners

Sl.Name of the Institution/OrganizationLogo/Website
1.University of California at Berkeley, USA 
2.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA 
3.Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, Singapore 
4.Technical University of Berlin, Germany 
5.University of Oldenburg, Germany 
6.University of Ulm, Germany 
7.University of Oxford, UK 

Notable Projects of CER 

Project: Development of Solar-Diesel Hybrid Minigrids for off grid area electrificationFinancier: Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL)Major project feature: Feasibility study, Design, supervision of construction, testing and commissioning of solar hybrid mini-grids
 1.141Paratoli Union, Raipura, NarshingdiShouro Bangla Ltd., Central road, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh.Completed(2014)
2.141Gorgori union, Bhaga, RajshahiHydron Bangladesh (Pvt.) Ltd. 86 Naya Paltan, Dhaka, BangladeshCompleted(2014)
3.100Dhurung Bazar, Kutubdia, Cox’s BazarGreen Housing and Energy Ltd.,DIT Merul Badda, Dhaka, BangladeshCompleted(2015)
4.158Dakdohora Narayanpur, Nagashwari Kurigram.Gramer Alo, House- 1A/2, Road # 07, Gulshan-1, Dhaka 1212, BangladeshCompleted(2015)
5.177Monpura, BholaSolar Electro Bangladesh Ltd. H- 292, R- 19/B, Mohakhali DOHS, , Dhaka.Completed( 2016)
6.149Char Asaridaha, Godagari,  Rajshahi.Ava Development Society, Gopalpur, Lalpur, Natore.Completed( 2015)
7.210Chilmari-Char, Daulatpur, KushtiaParasol Energy Limited, 5 Mohakhali C/A,  Dhaka, Bangladesh.Completed(2017)
8.242Baghutia, Doulotdia, ManikgonjSuper Star Renewable Energy Ltd.Segun Bagicha, Ramna, Dhaka, Email:Completed(2017)
9.130RupsharChor, Mesra Union, Sirajgang,SolarGao, Suite- 501, H- 24, R- 14, Block- G, Niketon, DhakaCompleted(2017)
10.247Char Sholmari, Rowmari, Kurigram.Uttaranchal renewable Energy Ltd. (UREL), H- 20, R- 01, Mirpur, DhakaOn going(Dec., 2014 –  )
11.175Monnia chor, Belghasa, Islampur, JamalpurVGL Solution Ltd. 223 Tejgaon I/A, Gulshan Link Road, DhakaCompleted(2017)
12.162North Channel, Kotoali thana, Faridpur.Taurus Energy Limited, Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan, DhakaOn going(May, 2015 – )
13.200Nijhum Dwip, Hatiya, NoakhaliIntraco group, Suhrawardy Avenue, Baridhara, DhakaOn going(May, 2015 –  )
14.218GasChapri,Bordhul, Belchuchi, SirajgangUddipan Energy Ltd. Baitul Aman Tower, Ring road, Adabor, DhakaCompleted(2017)
15.156Poshchim Shalipur, Char Bhadrashan, Faridpur.Uddipan Energy Ltd. Baitul Aman Tower, Ring road, Adabor, DhakaCompleted(2017)
16.240PurbaShalipur, Char Bhadrashan, Faridpur.Ananda PowerTech Ltd.79/E Banani ChairmanBari, Dhaka-1213On going(Oct. 2015 –  )
17.218Kodalkathi, Char Rajibpur, Rajibpur, KurigramConnectia LimitedH-9, R- 33, Gulshan-1, Dhaka.On going(Nov. 2015 –  )
18.518Charchenga, Hatiya, NoakhaliRIMSO Foundation, 16/10 Rankin street, Wari, Dhaka, BangladeshOn going(March, 2016 – )
19.250Larngutia, Mehendiganj, BarisalRenewable Technology Solutions Ltd. 67/B Indira Road, Dhaka.On going(Oct, 2015 –  )
20.250Nischintapur Union, Kazipur Upazilla, SirajganjEnvis Energy Ltd.H- 9, R- 9, Sector- 9, Uttara, DhakaCompleted(2017)
21.210Lesragonj, Horirampur, ManikgonjArko Energy Ltd.H- 74B , R- 7A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.On going(Jan., 2016 –  )
22.250JoyBangla & Noapara bazar, Naria, ShariatpurSolar Electro Bangladesh Ltd. H- 292, R- 19/B, New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka.Completed(2017)
23.250Kachikat, Zinking bazar, Vedorgong, ShariatpurSolar Electro Bangladesh Ltd. H- 292, R- 19/B, New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka.Completed(2017)
24.250Char-Atra bazar of Naria, ShariatpurSolar Electro Bangladesh Ltd., H- 292, R- 19/B, New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka.On going(Feb., 2016 – )
25.250South Khatiamari, Fazlupur, Fulchari, GaibandhaBrit Bangla Trade & Investment Ltd (BBTIL), H- 41, Dhaka Housing, Adabor, Shamoly, DhakaOn Going(May, 2016 – )
26.250BoroChar, Motlob (North), chandpurCentre for Renewable Energy Services Ltd., 68/D/1 East Rayer Bazar, DhakaOn Going(June, 2016 – )
27.250Ghorjan, Chowhali, SirajganjImpressive GreenTech Ltd. (IGTL)46 Mohakhali C/A, DhakaOn Going(June, 2016 – )
28.250CharPaka, Shibganj, ChapaiNawabganj,Eastec Ltd (EAL),47 Dilkusha Commercial Area, DhakaCompleted(2017)
29.250Saint Martin, Teknaf, Cox’s BazarBlue Marine Energy LimitedLal Bhaban, 18 Rajuk Avenue, DhakaOn Going(July, 2016 – )
30.250Tengrakandi, Phulchori, GaibandhaCentre for Renewable Energy Services Ltd., 68/D/1 East Rayer Bazar, DhakaOn Going(July, 2016 – )
31.250KunderChar, Jazira, ShariatpurExelon Bangladesh Ltd. (EBL),3/5, Block-C, Lalmatia, DhakaOn Going(July, 2016 –  )
32.320Urir Char, Sandwip, ChittagongEngreen Ltd., 13/5 Block- A, Aurangzeb Road, Mohammadpur, DhakaOn going(October, 2016 – )
ShouroBangla 141kWp Solar Mini-grid at Paratali island of Narshingdi District
Hydron 141kWp Solar Mini-grid in Gorgori Island of Rajshahi District

Environmental and General Projects

Sl.Name of ProjectClientStatus
1.Bangladesh Energy and Emission Modeling (BD 2050)Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources of GoB Cardiff University, UKOngoing
2.Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP2100)Ministry of Planning of GoB and NetherlandsOngoing.
Contract signing ceremony with IDCOL for DC mini-grid laboratory

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.

Architectural design of DC mini-grid laboratory

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