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Lahore:16 May:Talking to The Express Tribune, Professor Zaffar said that the primary motivation of the group, as well as the students, was to showcase the technology and its usefulness. He said, “We actively work on motor loads control, a mechanism which regulates the flow of electricity, and drive capabilities.” He added in Pakistan, the electric motor load was the majority of the burden on the grid. “It is one of the more troublesome loads when it comes to energy consumption as when the motor turns on, it has different energy requirements and requires more energy than in a steady running state,” he explained. Quoting examples of problems domestic energy users faced in Pakistan every day, Zaffar said water pumping motors and air conditioning units could not run on any uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. The reason, he said, was that when these pumping motors or ACs’ compressors were turned on, they required a lot more energy. He said these units required more energy when started as the electric motors in them had to run on full power. Similarly, the use-case for their projects in industry was even more for efficient solutions, such as the ones they were working on, he said. LUMS gets eight-lane, 25-metre-long swimming pool The associate professor continued that the varsity was working on more applications for the industry as variable frequency [motor] drives were required to power different industrial units. Zaffar said that for vehicles, such systems could not only prove to be energy efficient, but also environmentally-friendly and cost effective. He said that in electric vehicles, the main system worked through electric motors rather than internal combustion and this was that was more efficient or even quieter, while energy could even be recovered. “Our team’s main motivation [at the Shell Eco Marathon] was to showcase our advanced controlled power system,” he said. The competition focused on reducing energy consumption in vehicles and thereby reducing environmental pollution, carbon emissions and global warming. This was the first time LUMS participated in such a competition. The vehicle was designed and built entirely by the team at LUMS. It was built from an aluminium frame and a carbon fiber body, which was also developed in-house. The team consisted of Ahmed Hembel, Mohammad Taha Ahmad, Marium Rasheed, Muhammad Mohsin Aslam, Umar Javed, Muhammad Sohaib and Muhammad Barkat Saifee. All the team members are graduating seniors from the LUMS Electrical Engineering Department. Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2017.

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