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Benefits of solar energy discussed at IIT-K

According to reports, a two-day seminar on ‘Micro solar energy generation and utilisation’ began at  IIT-K on Saturday. It is being held in association with the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), Kanpur.

The programme began with a formal inauguration ceremony and Saraswati Vandana. The souvenior of the seminar was also released.

Deputy director SC Srivastava and RK Gupta from IETE were the chief guests.

The theme of the seminar is to make solar energy viable for domestic and commercial use.

R S Anand of IIT-Kanpur, who is also the convener of the programme, Wing Commander SK Ghuriani, AK Chaturvedi, dean, research and development of the institute, RK Gupta, SC Srivastava, deputy director, IIT-Kanpur, RK Gupta from IETE and other guests were present.

Addressing the gathering, AK Chaturvedi said that the photo-voltaic cell is still the new research area as the best material from which the cells could be made.

He said that a solar inverter capable of generating five kilowatt of power has been installed on the roof of a lab. “The inverter is generating power and it is being fed to the local grid situated within the campus,” Chaturvedi added.

“The institute is working in the direction of increasing the efficiency and life of solar cells. IIT-K is working in several other areas of solar energy under the umbrella of Solar Energy Research Enclave,” he said.

Scientists and faculty members are working on various aspects of material, devices, system and policy related issues of solar energy.

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