Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury (PPRE 2004- 06), Director of the Centre for Energy Research, United International University, Bangladesh received the “Intersolar Award 2016” in the category of ”Outstanding solar Projects” in Munich, Germany as the team leader of the research project “Pilot PV DC Peer-to-Peer Smart Village Grid”. The research team was formed by experts from United International University and ME SOLshare Ltd. of Bangladesh; Technical University of Berlin and Ulm University of Applied Sciences of Germany and University of California at Berkeley, USA.
The "Intersolar Award" is considered as the most prestigious award in the solar industry of the world.
The pilot research project at Shariatpur, Bangladesh is the world’s first peer-to-peer network to allow energy to be shared between private solar installations. Bi-directional metering devices allow users to buy and sell electricity via the local power grid. Households that do not have their own solar installation can purchase electricity from their neighbors. The expansion of solar energy in the village is reducing fossil fuel consumption and facilitating the inhabitants’ access to electricity thus reducing carbon emission and support climate change mitigation.
The research project was co-funded by World Bank and IDCOL, implemented by SOLshare and is operating by UBOMUS at Shakimali Matborkandi village of Shener Char Union of Jajira upazilla of Shariatpur district. (GPS Co-ordinates of the implemented project site: 23.33180, 90.26893).
Mr. Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury has already implemented more than 50 Projects and now involved in 16 projects related to solar energy. 10 research engineers are working with him to support his works.