India’s first smart grid to generate power from renewable energy sources

The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) has successfully created the country’s first smart grid project that will generate power from renewable sources of energy.

Speaking on the same, Ajoy Kumar Roy, the Director of IIEST stated that the grid will be synchronised to generate power from solar, wind and vegetable waste resources, depending on the weather conditions and availability of waste products.

Key Highlights

• The project, the first of its kind in the country, will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee.

• The power to be generated from solar energy sources would depend on the availability of sunlight.

• Wind energy will be produced during nor’wester and tropical storm.

• The power from biogas will be generated from vegetable waste collected from the campus kitchen and outside markets.

The integrated project by the Centre for Excellence for Green Energy Systems (CEGESS) of the institute aims to generate 32 kw of power from whichever available resource and synchronise the smart grid to take the power in the system for use.

Further, explaining the need behind the system, Roy said that since coal-hydrocarbon based energy technology leads to environmental degradation, the future lies in renewable energy based technology.

He also added that the next 50 years will witness an unimaginable change in technology.

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