WAH CANTT - A Taxila based man has developed Pakistan’s first and world’s second horizontal six blade automatic wind turbine for generating wind power.

It is a remarkable achievement, as at present the country is faced with power crisis that has plunged the country into the worst ever power loadshedding. Ch. Akhtar who never attended any college or university successfully launched over 500 international standard turbines. He is the first Pakistani who has manufactured electronic Hyderlic speed governor and Hyderlic testing rig become first Pakistani engineer who developed country’s first horizontal 6 blade automatic wind turbine. This wind turbine is supported by the first time introduced long feed speed governor and country’s first multi stage generator, both also developed by Taxila based Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar, who runs his private workshop near University of Engineering of Technology Taxila, where he produced the turbines.

Interestingly, Chudhary Mohammad Akhter, who just attended his school upto middle class and did not ever been in any engineering college or university, is the inventor who produced first hydel turbine, hydraulic speed governor and only man who made amendment in the Hyderlic testing rig made by British renowned engineer Dr Frances after 160 years has claimed it he can get rid out country from present energy deficit through installation micro, mini and medium hydel and wind power projects in different parts of the country. 

Chudhary Mohammad Akhter, who has been working in hydro power engineering for last 28 years, is the first Pakistani who has produced cross flow hydel turbine for electricity generation, propeller turbine, pulton wheel, Hyderlic speed   governor, Frances reaction turbine and Pakistan’s first Hyderlic testing rig at its small workshop in Taxila came under spot light in November 2008 when the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Taxila awarded him gold medal for being first Pakistani for his inventions in hydro power generation. 

According to Ch. Akhtar, turbines developed by him are unique in many respects. For instance, his AP-6A wind turbine has 6 blades instead of the ‘normal’ 3 and it is also horizontal instead of the usual vertical. He said that according to Global Wind Energy Council estimates Pakistan could generate up to 50,000 MW from wind. The recurring cost of electricity produced through wind, he added, is almost zero with nominal maintenance cost. He said the recurring cost of furnace oil-based power plant is Rs13-16 per unit. Its maintenance cost is also high, he emphasized. To date, wind energy is the most cost competitive renewable energy option on the market. In fact, wind energy’s cost has declined so much that it rivals many traditional power generation technologies. However, utilities will tend to purchase power from what they consider to be the cheapest and most reliable technology. In most cases today, that is natural gas. He said that a large corridor of wind-swept area was identified in district Thatta, the southernmost district of Sindh. The wind corridor is 60 km wide between the cities of Gharo   and old port of Keti Bandar close to where Indus River joins the Arabian Sea. And the corridor extends 180 km upwards to Hyderabad.  He said that according to AEDB   this corridor has the exploitable potential of 50,000 MW of electricity generation through wind energy alone. The whole coaster belt of Pakistan is considered very feasible for wind energy.  He said that as per report major wind resource areas in Pakistan  are Southeastern Pakistan especially Hyderabad to Gharo region in southern Indus Valley, Coastal areas south of Karachi, hills, Northern Indus Valley especially hills and ridges in northern Punjab, ridges and wind corridors near Mardan and Islamabad, Southwestern Pakistan especially near Nokkundi and hills and ridges in the Chagai area, Makran area hills and ridges while in central Pakistan especially wind corridors and ridges near Quetta.

He said that to deal with the current and future energy requirements of Pakistan, the government will need to give strong backing to renewable energy sources and invests heavily in acquiring the technology, development of wind turbine industry and construction of large scale wind farms to overcome the shortage of energy. When infrastructure is in place, wind farms can be constructed within a few months to less than two years compared to other renewable and non-renewable plants that can take number of years or decades to build.

Despite several successes, Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar, founder and head of Chitral Engineering and the intellectual and technical force behind the effort is desperately short of funds to carry on his business. He has therefore offered his ‘intellect’ and brain power for ‘sale’.

He says this will enable buyers to earn huge amounts of halal income.

However, he wants those not connected with engineering industry, technical education, R and D and other non-technical people not to make a bid for his brain. He would rather prefer technical people - the rich volunteers - to chip in to take the country out of present power crisis and help him continue with research and mass production of unique wind and hydro turbines.