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Sustainable and Renewable Energy Technology
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Postgraduate (PG)
School of Engineering

'Sustainable and Renewable Energy Technology' is a course offered in the M. Tech. in Power & Energy Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus.

Challenges of Energy Sustainability. Future Energy Systems: Clean/Green Energy Technologies. International agreements/conventions on Energy and Sustainability: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) sustainable development. Renewable Energy Technologies: Renewable energy utilization in ancient times, Solar energy: Solar radiation measurements, Effects of changes in tilt angle, Sun Tracking, PV cell : Principle, types , PV Module and Array , Modelling of PV cell, Effects of shaded and faulty cell, Maximum power tracking, Charge Controllers, MPPT Algorithms, Stand Alone PV System, Grid Connected PV System, Hybrid Systems. Wind energy: Atmospheric circulations, Wind monitoring and resource assessment, modelling, Types and characteristics of wind turbines, thrust and torque, power coefficient, thrust coefficient, axial interference factor, Pitch and stall regulation, power curve, energy calculation, Principle of operation, types, configurations: WT-IG, WT-DWIG, WTDOIG, WT-PMG and WTVSIG. Small WEGs - standalone/grid connected applications. Other Renewable Energy Technologies: Biomass-Gasifiers, Small hydro, wave, tidal, ocean thermal, geothermal. Energy storage: Principles of Battery, Super capacitor, Fuel cells, its operation, types, applications. State of the Art in Power& Energy industry and R&D, Various Hardware and software experiments on solar PV cell and Module, standalone system design and development, MPPT tracking and control algorithm, Wind energy systems.

  • Energy and the Challenge of Sustainability, World Energy assessment, UNDP, N York, 2000.
  • Thamas B Johanssson et al, “Renewable Energy Sources for fuel and electricity”, Earthscan Publishers, London, 1993.
  • J W Twidell and A D Weir, “Renewable Energy Resources”, ELBS, 1998.
  • N K Bansal, M Kleemann and M Mellis, "Renewable Energy Resources and conversion Technology", Tata McGraw Hill, 1990.
  • G N Tiwari, M K Ghosal, “Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Sources”, Narosa Publishing House.
  • Kastha D, Banerji S and Bhdra S N, “ Wind Electrical Systems”, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1998.
  • Tony Burton, David Sharpe, Nick Jemkins and Ervin Bossanyi., “Wind Energy Hand Book”, John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • Chetan S. Solanki, “Solar Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications”, Second Edition, PHI Publications, 2011.