The Pakistani Planning Commission has called for newer and deeper research into emerging technology areas such as fusion, fuel cell and hydrogen for energy generation and storage.
The claims come after the Commission made predictions that Pakistan's future energy security could be in danger as the demand for power increases exponentially. The Commission claims that the total power needs of Pakistan could reach 361 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MTOE) by 2030 from the current 55.5 MTOE, said one official.
The study seeks to solve this problem by promoting a move towards renewable energy in the engineering industry including, hydroelectric steam turbines and hydrogen based generators. The recommendations also push the government to put in place mass transit systems in major cities to meet the mobility needs of the public, which could also be powered by hydrogen.
Pakistan's appetite for energy is a part of Asia's growing demand for reliable flow of reasonably priced oil and gas. Asia's oil consumption will surpass North America's consumption by 2010, reaching nearly half of the total world demand by 2020.