There is good news for the energy sector in India. IIT (Kharagpur) will be leading the UK–India joint virtual center in clean energy in a mutual partnership with the consortium for developing solutions for the integration of renewable energy to Indian as well as the UK power grid.
This multi-institutional center at IIT (Kharagpur), which is named as UKICERI (UK India Clean Energy Research Institute), will be working towards the technological innovations on a wide variety of issues linked to the power network, storage and also solar (PV) systems for promoting a huge scale integration of solar power in multiple voltage levels for the on as well as off grid. One of the spokespersons stated that the consortium partners will be developing a really high performance micro, string as well as central inverters.
Professor Chandan Chakraborty, who is from the Electrical Engineering Dept (IIT-KGP), is leading this project in India. He stated that the proposed research is aimed at making energy generation as well as the delivery system a much more reliable, very affordable and also a sustainable option in both India as well as UK.
This will actually be carried out with some research in power electronics, power network, highly accurate forecasting, proper energy storage and also smooth integration. The experimental Solar Power Park in IIT-KGP will display the technologies developed by the team.
The team from India consists of many premiere institutes clubbed with PSUs like PGCIL (Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd), Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd, PSOCL (Power System Operation Corporation Ltd) and many private organizations like Veeral Controls Private Limited, Tata Power Solar, Eco-sense, Agni Power & Electronics Private Ltd, Vikram Solar, Hertz Power Control and so on.
The University of Lough Borough will be leading this project from UK along with Imperial College (London), MU (Manchester University), Warwick University and 5 more universities and a lot more industries from that country.
Professor Chakraborty stated that the main highlight of this consortium is actually development of indigenous technology for promoting solar power industries in both the countries i.e. United Kingdom and India. He stated that he and his team is really excited to be taking part in the major energy initiative, which needs very top class research along with technological development, demonstration as well as the deployment.
His team now hopes that the results of all the efforts will bring a jump in the solar energy technologies. This project is basically an outcome of UK-India strategic partnership and also the properly consolidated collaborative research activities on the entire renewable network and storage technologies.