“India plans nearly 60% of electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2027” – theguardian
“India Targets To Add 42.6 GW Renewable Energy Capacity Over Next 2 Years” – Planetsave.com
“Renewable energy: India’s green push needs wind” – The Indian Express
“A new dawn in Renewable Energy- India attains 4th position in global wind power installed capacity” – Press Information Bureau
“Raise solar capacity additions by 10 GW to reach 2022 target: Study” – Business Standard
These are the some top news on different news portals. Renewable energy, solar energy or wind energy are not the new names to us but are the buzzing words now a days in the energy market. India, which largely depend on fossil fuels for electrical energy generation, now looking towards the non-fossil fuels. Reasons are many like limited amount of fossil fuels; to take steps to reduce carbon footprints; gradually reducing cost of renewable energy generation; nearly zero cost of fuel used in renewable energy plants; comparatively low operating cost of these plants; etc.
Most of the part of India is enriched with solar heat radiations. Also coastal reason of many states and desert reason of some states observes a continuous wind flow which is very suitable for wind energy generation. Apart from the major renewable energy sources (RES) like wind, solar and bagasse other renewable energy sources such as geothermal, tidal, biomass, generation from waste etc. has already been explored although amount of energy production by them is considerably less in comparison to major renewable energy sources. For the last fiscal year 2016-17, energy generation by RES were 7% only of the total electrical energy generation. In this little amount of 7%, contribution by different renewable energy sources is shown in pie diagram.
Renewable energy is the future of electrical energy generation. Government is investing and encouraging others to invest in solar and wind. An individual consumer can install solar PV plant ranging from few kilowatt to some megawatts as per their need. Many new companies dealing in solar PV have come in picture in last few years.
Role of JKLU
Now in this emerging era of renewables, how the one of top engineering universities in rajasthan i.e., JK Lakshmipat University is contributing? Let’s see the steps taken by the university:
- Officials of university decided to play their bit and prepared a plan to install a solar power plant. As a result of that, a 400 kilowatt solar PV plant installation is in progress in the varsity. By this plant varsity will be no more power depend on external power producers. Also institute can sell the power to feeders and earn some bucks.
- Institute of Engineering and Technology which comes in best technical colleges in Jaipur is also playing its role by strengthening the department of electrical engineering. Despite of having many basic electrical engineering laboratories, EE department also have some advanced laboratories. One of which is ‘Renewable Energy Laboratory’. In this lab. students get trained in advanced methods of solar power generation, wind energy generation, biomass energy production, energy by chemical reaction and many more. By this way institute is producing tech-professionals in the field of renewables.
- Faculty members of institute of engineering and technology also take part in different discussions, workshops, conferences related to RES area and give their views and share their findings.
This is how a top university in Jaipur is contributing. A little contribution, collectively makes a huge difference.
6. “Executive Summary Power Sector February 2017″ (pdf). report. Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India. 28 February 2017
About the Author:
Assistant Professor, IET, JKLU