The legacy of the joint venture of EEE Department Brac University and IEEE BracU SB installed the second event on 11th April, 2021 entitled “Thermophotovoltaic for Industrial Waste Heat Recovery” moderated and hosted by Prof. AKM Abdul Malek Azad. The preeminent focus of the webinar was the speaker, Dr. C.M. Iftekhar Hussain who is a BracU Alumni and established a benchmark with his outstanding endeavors.

Being an engineering project management professional and sustainable energy applications technologist, Dr. C.M. Iftekhar Hussain is currently working as a postdoc researcher at Technological University Dublin and leading Enterprise Ireland funded commercialization project of TPV for industrial waste heat recovery. A handful number of projects have been led by Dr. Hussain on large-scale solar PV power plant installation and commissioning in Bangladesh. Furthermore, he has recently got his patent on “A SOL-GEL MATERIAL AND USE OF THEROF” and on the way of his upcoming one.

The speaker projected on the rejection of 50% of their thermal energy of the industries into the environment as desolated heat and mentioned the difficulties due to reclamation of cost and complexities in installing conventional heat-recovery systems. Dr. Hussain uplifted the necessity of a scheme that can be conveniently and cost-effectively retrofitted or integrated to recover this industrial waste heat. Since the thermophotovoltaic (TPV) can generate electricity minimizing the mobility of instruments and therefore significantly disintegrates the maintenance and replacement costs. A TPV system is capable of transforming heat into electricity using solid-state materials, enabling an easy execution process he added.

Accordingly, Dr. C.M. Iftekhar Hussain illustrated the commercialization of TPV and the bridge between traditional economic view with research prospectus. The speaker also amplified his research with respect to our country altitude and intends to implement his extraordinary accomplishment in his motherland, Bangladesh.

The webinar was an integrated success with the participation of one hundred people approximately including students, faculties, and professionals. Additionally, the interactive session beamed an overall intellectual discussion session with a dynamic constructive outcome.