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Amrita University obtains research grant from Department of Science and Technology, India for research on renewable energy

According to a release from the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, researchers from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at Amrita’s Bengaluru campus have begun work on a DST-funded project supervised by Dr. Manjula G. Nair to study ways in which to improve the power quality of wind-generated electricity.

The project involves the design and development of a laboratory prototype model of a digitally-controlled three-phase hybrid filtering system.

A study model of a windmill-cum-solar PV generating unit was installed on campus for this purpose.

“It is a wind energy-cum-solar hybrid model with 750W capacity,” explained Dr. Manjula. “The model will benefit all faculty and students doing research in the area of renewable energies.”

The model is already providing enough electricity to light the DST lab in the Department.

“We are also planning to light up the street lamps inside the campus using the electricity generated from this model,” shared Dr. Manjula. “If we can harness enough power, we will also provide electricity to an entire campus block.”

Research is being conducted in the areas of power systems on automatic generation control, power quality issues and DSP/ANN/FPGA based digital controllers to enhance power quality.

Various final-year B.Tech. students are doing their project work in allied areas including FACTS, power quality, electric drives and control, microcontrollers, image processing, artificial intelligence and digital filters to support this initiative.

Funded under the national scheme, the project completion date is anticipated to be October 2011.

Currently India has the fifth largest installed wind power capacity in the world. Last year, India’s wind power capacity stood at 11806.69 MW. It was estimated that with improvements in the quality of wind-generated electricity, that capacity could increase up to five times.

It is glad to see such research efforts being conducted at the University level in India. Recently,Meenakshi college for women, Chennai had applied for a grant to set up a solar power plant under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) and was shortlisted to implement a 100KW plant is expected to cost about Rs 1 crore.

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