Inauguration of construction work of the country’s first hydrogen production plant
By Amila khan
The country’s first hydrogen energy research center is being set up in Chittagong to produce hydrogen fuel. The Bangladesh Council of Science and Industry (BCSIR) inaugurated this hydrogen production plant’s work on Wednesday, January 2021. A 10-day workshop on hydrogen production plant was also inaugurated at the time.
Prof. Dr. Md. Aftab Ali Sheikh, Chairman, BCSIR, was present at the opening ceremony.
“Affordable hydrogen production is one of the milestones in this project,” he said. Setting up a pilot process plant for hydrogen production using daily waste and biomass as feedstock has been made possible in the month of Victory.
For the first time, the integrated process plant will play an important role in the research and development of Bangladesh, which will enable the setting up of commercial manufacturing plants. The expansion of this industry will win over energy efficiency and renewable energy targets.
The technology of producing hydrogen using water as a raw material will also be added soon. A week-long training workshop has started today to create a skilled workforce in this technology.
At the opening ceremony were BCSIR Member (Administration and Finance) Muhammad Shawkat Ali, Chittagong Laboratory Director, Mohammad Mostafa, and Project Director, Md. Abdus Salam. They all inspected the hydrogen production process of the pilot plant.
BCSIR is implementing the project of setting up a Hydrogen Energy Laboratory at the Ministry of Science and Technology initiative to incorporate environmentally friendly hydrogen energy in Bangladesh. The project is being implemented from 2018 to 2022.
The project’s main objective is to conduct research and quality control related to hydrogen production, storage, and supply and, to that end, build infrastructure and provide services in the form of a national level reference center.