Renewable grid integration, green hydrogen labs inaugurated at IIT Roorkee
IIT Roorkee Director Professor KK Pant said establishment of these labs aims at significantly reducing carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy sources.
IIT Roorkee Director Professor KK Pant inaugurated two new labs – Renewable Grid Integration Laboratory and Green Hydrogen Laboratory at the Department of Hydro and Renewable Energy. HRED has developed these labs to ensure that the Department and IIT Roorkee continue to play a major role in reliable, resilient, and Atmanirbhar transition to a clean energy grid in India.
Prof Pant also visited laboratories of HRED that are pursuing transformative research in all aspects of renewable energy, including hydropower, energy storage, solar energy, biomass energy, management of water bodies, and energy systems modelling.
Addressing the faculty and students, Prof Pant said, "Establishment of the labs aims to significantly reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy sources and envisages making India a global hub for green hydrogen production and export. Achieving net zero carbon goals requires decarbonisation of the electric grid. Variable renewable energy will be deployed at large scale to develop resilient and renewable energy-based power systems.”
Prof Mukesh Singhal, Head, HRED, said that the department is geared up and committed to carrying out research and development work in all areas of renewable energy in a sustainable manner. We already have laboratories for this purpose, and adding these two labs will strengthen the department's capabilities.
Prof Himanshu Jain, faculty incharge of the lab, said the lab had been developed to pursue cutting-edge research in ensuring the high reliability and resilience of the renewable energy-dominated electric grid of India. It is equipped with hardware and software to pursue research in areas, including stability analysis of India’s grid, pumped storage hydropower, development of inverter controls, cybersecurity, and wireless charging of electric vehicles. He said one research fellow, six PhD students, including one PMRF, and five MTech students are using the laboratory to pursue research in grid integration of renewable energy.
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