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‘Solar energy a viable solution for future needs’

According to reports, “Electricity from renewable energy (RE) sources is increasingly been seen as a viable solution for energy deficiency, energy security and for social development. Among the many RE technologies and sources, electricity produced directly from the sun using solar photovoltaic (SPV) technology is gaining interest from government and investments from private enterprises,” said C S Solanki, faculty member of Energy Science department of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

He was speaking at a special session organised by the Industry Institute Interaction Cell of Government College of Engineering Aurangabad (GECA) and Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture in Electrical Engineering department of GECA here recently.

Solanki said, “Considering the concerns about rising electricity cost, increased concern for climate change and need to find alternative energy solutions, and with considerable government support, solar PV technology is increasingly seen as a viable option for our current and future energy supply.”

He said, “The solar PV technology is now increasingly seen as major electricity source for the Indian scenario. The announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) confirms this. The JNNSM has a target to install about 10,000 MW of solar PV modules in India by 2022,” he said.

Gundu Sabde, managing director of Rely On Solar, also interacted with the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering students of GECA.

Solanki, also a principal investigator of the National Centre for Photovoltaic Energy Research and Education (NCPRE) at IIT under JNNSM, said that 85% oil is imported from other countries because of which there is a trade deficit of 20 billion dollars per month. He appealed to the students to adopt solar culture so that every child in India will get light to study in the next five years.

Sabde, who has 30 patents in his name, said that after every 20 years there is change in technology that results in development of that particular type of industry. “In 1920 it was the steel industry, in 1940 it was the oil industry, in 1960 it was plastic industry, in 1980 it was computers, in 2000 it was internet and in 2020 it will be Renewable Energy,” he said.

He also appealed to the students to go for financial engineering required for optimisation of power industry.

Head of Electrical Engineering department, Archana Thosar, welcomed the guests and Anita Bhole co-ordinated the programme. Head of Mechanical Engineering department, R K Shrivastava, co-ordinator of Renewable Energy Research Lab, S M Shinde, S B Todkar, Prasad Kokil of CMIA, B N Choudhari of PES College of Engineering and students in large number were present for the programme.

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