“CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN RENEWABLE ENERGY”

In association with

Centre for Wind Energy Technology

under

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy &  Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre

Prathyusha Engineering College, Chennai inaugurated the “Centre of Excellence in Renewable Energy” on 21st  February 2013, with a view to identifying, encouraging, patronizing and promoting the scientific temperament in young minds in Renewable energy. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr. S.Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology and Dr. P.Iyamperumal, Executive Director, TamilNadu Science and Technology Centre.
The Chief guests Dr. S.Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Dr. P.Iyamperumal, Executive Director, TamilNadu Science and Technology Centre and Dr.G.Giridhar, Scientist and Unit Chief , Solar Radiation and Resource Assessment, CWET stressed on the innovation towards marketable products using renewable energy like Solar Energy and Wind Energy and statistics of the renewable sources available in India was provided during their address. Shri P. Raja Rao, Chairman, Prathyusha group of companies, presided over the function. The Principal,   Dr. P.M.Beulah Devamalar, welcomed the gathering. The Vice Principal, Dr.V.Thulasi Bai elaborated on activities in Research and Development in the Centre of Excell
The Chief Guests, during the course of their address, insisted that adequate awareness with regard to environment should be created amongst students and faculty . They encouraged everyone to design projects related to renewable energy in our day to day life. The Chief Guests were happy that the college has been involved in projects related to Renewable Energy. They also said that research starts with the interest of the individual and that this is the right time for developing the research skills in themselves.

CWET has collaborated with PEC in the following respects 1. To study the Solar activity using existing facilities available at NI LabVIEW Academy vis a vis of Solar Radiation Resource Assessment along with the inputs received from Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. 2. Research and Development activities in Solar Wind Hybridisation by establishing Solar Wind Hybrid System in our Campus. 3. Organizing Training programmes, Industrial Visits and Guest Lectures in Wind and other Renewable energy technologies in association with C-WET. 4. Other Activity in the field of Renewable energy technologies The scope of the above stated collaboration is to a) Study the Solar activity using existing facilities available at NI LabVIEW Academy vis a vis of Solar Radiation Resource Assessment along with the inputs received from Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. b) Research and Development activities in Solar Wind Hybridisation by establishing Solar Wind Hybrid System at PEC Campus. c) Organizing Training programmes, Industrial Visits and Guest Lectures in Wind and other Renewable energy technologies in association with C-WET and other Activity in the field of Renewable energy technologies

                        Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA)

A Solar Radiation Resource Assessment project was initiated by the Ministry of New And Renewable Energy, Government of India to measure accurate and reliable solar radiation availability in India. This project was launched by Hon. Prime Minister of India in 2010 and is being implemented by Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), Chennai, an autonomous R & D institution under the Ministry. This project is being implemented in 2 phases Phase I & Phase II. Under Phase I already a network of 51 SRRA stations has been established in about 10 states. Under Phase II 60 more SRRA stations are planned in the remaining states.

The project envisaged of continuous recording of various parameters of solar and meteorological parameters as shown in the attachment. Each station records data of 38 parameters every minute and the data is transmitted to a central server established at C-WET, Chennai using GPRS technology. The entire setup of station is independent and automatic and requires no manual labour for its daily and routine maintenance. However we may require once in a day visit to the site to ensure all systems are functioning normally. The functioning of each station can be monitored online also. However the institution is required to provide safety of the instruments and access to the officials visiting the site for inspection and maintenance. As each SRRA site houses sensitive and expensive solar and meteorological sensors, safety and security of the instruments is very important and hence we have selected your institution for setting up our station. The data obtained is of national importance and is very useful to the solar power developers in designing and analyzing the performance of the system. It is also useful in determining the financial viability of the project and will be useful in analyzing the solar potential of the state as a whole for any future requirements of solar power development in the state. A provision will also be made to access the data by the institution with the condition to use the data for any R & D activities only. The data accessed should not be used for any commercial activity and cannot be published without prior permission from the Ministry. Institution should nominate a suitable officer as In charge of the SRRA station. The required information on site layout, civil work and list of equipments are attached for your ready reference. For setting up of SRRA station the institution needs to submit duly signed from authorised officials Letter of Acceptance, Memorandum of Understand and Non Disclosure Agreement attached herewith.

ATION OF SRRA & AMS @ PEC

 

Location Latitude(N) Longitude(E) Elevation(M MASL) Altitude(M) Area Available
Roof top of Main building
(Eastern Half)
13 05 32.23 79 58 25.41 36 15 G+3 Floors
50m x 12m

Solar Measuring Instruments

S.No Instruments Parameters
 

A. Solar Measuring Instruments

1. Pyranometer a. Global Radiation (W/m2) Instantaneous, Integrated, Average
b. Average Global Energy (kWh/m2 & MJ/m2)
2. Shaded Pyranometer a. Diffuse Radiation (W/m2) Instantaneous, Integrated Average
b. Average Diffused Energy (kWh/m2 & MJ/m2)
3. Pyrheliometer a. Direct Irradiance (W/m2) Instantaneous, Integrated & Average
b. Average Direct Energy (kWh/m2 & MJ/m2)
4. Solar Tracker Model Sun Tracker- Two Axis Automatic solar Tracker with shading disc Arm Mounted with Pyranometers with shaded and Pyrheliometer
 

B. Meteorological Measuring Instruments

5. Ultrasonic Wind Sensor Wind speed (m/s) and Wind Direction (deg) – Standard deviation, Maximum & Average
6. Rain Gauge Rain Accumulation in mm
7. Pressure sensor Atmospheric Pressure – QFE & QNH (mbar)
8. a. Temperature
b. Relative Humidity
a. Temperature(°C) and Dew Point – Average, Maximum and Minimum
b. Percentage
 

C. General Instruments

9. GPS To synchronize Sun Tracker with Sun movement
10. Data logger & Modem For receiving the data and transferring the same to Central Server at C WET, Chennai
11. GPRS To transfer the data through mobile SIM cards to Central Server at C WET, Chennai
12. Solar PV Panel For charging battery for powering ASRMS
13. External Battery For electrical storage

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