Dr. Biraj Singh Thapa
Team Leader, Green Hydrogen Lab
Associate Professor, DoME
Acting Director, Directorate of Planning and Development
Team Leader’s Remark
“Energy has played a pivotal role to shape the society and represent its evolutionary stages. The mode and pattern of energy used by society have shaped the respective industrial revolutions. As society gets more mature and identifies itself as one of the components of nature, with the ecosystem and environment being some of the others, there will be an urge and sense of responsibility to sustain the future developments with minimum damage to nature. As the depletion of the environment seems to have arrived at an irrecoverable point, it is only the paradigm shift in the energy systems, which can make human existence in this planet sustainable. Green Hydrogen, which is free from the carbon foot-prints has shown good hope for future humanity.
As the rest of the word is making the transition towards the hydrogen-based economy, the developing countries like Nepal cannot alone remain behind. There is a need to initiate scientific exploration and research on this technology in the local universities. Since technology has achieved a much higher development stage at a global level, the start for us would be knowledge transfer and local adaptation. As the initiation being taken earlier, the transition period of the technology transfer will be much shorter.
Since the establishment period, KU has carried the vision to establish itself as a research-based university. KU has attempted to design its courses and curricula to directly contribute to the research problem the industry or society has been facing. This is a high-time for KU to expand its teaching-learning methods to implement international practices and address the educational response to global problems. ‘Multi-disciplinary Research-Based Learning’ method is the future of the progressive academic institution like KU. The intuitional realization that Green Hydrogen is the future academic and research need of this country is a far-slightness of KU.
As a team, the Green Hydrogen Lab carries a mission that Nepal changes its course of development with the introduction of Green Hydrogen Technologies. We have a dream that Nepal can be a hydrogen society by 2040. Hydrogen is an explosive element, but with the know-how of how to control, it can bring an economic explosion to this country. As the Team Leader of the Green Hydrogen Lab, my efforts will be to generate capacity and competence to produce future generations of professionals who can drive this economic explosion. I see a much challenging and complicated path ahead. But so long as there is a path it deserves to be walked.”