The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, conducted a workshop on Simulation of Wind and Solar Systems on April 25, 2016.

Power grid management is a challenging task from the perspective of maintaining the balance between electricity generation and demand. This is especially emphasized in a microgrid environment with limited load aggregation, possibly a high proportion of weather-dependent generation capacity. Global electricity consumption is set to increase to about 24763TWh by 2025. The future demand can no longer be simply met by traditional power generation methods of burning fossil fuels like coal, gas, etc. This presents a significant opportunity for the development of renewable energy-based generating systems. Wind and solar energy are gaining popularity nowadays because of its simplicity, sustainability and cleanliness. The objective of the Workshop is to give a brief introduction about Wind and solar systems and give hands-on practice in simulating both in MATLAB Simulink environment. The goal is to make the participants understand the importance of renewable energy in improving the Nation's economy and security and incubate interest to do research in the wind and solar systems.

An alternative to nuclear and fossil fuel power is renewable energy technologies (hydro, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and ocean). Large scale hydroelectric projects have become increasingly difficult to carry through in recent years because of competing use of land and water. Relicensing requirements of existing hydro plants may even lead to the removal of some dams to protect or restore wildlife habitats.

The present PV energy cost is still higher than the price the utility customers pay in most countries. For that reason, the PV applications have been limited to remote locations not connected to the utility lines. With the declining prices, the market of new modules has been growing at more than a 15 percent annual rate during the last five years. It is the total yearly energy capture potential of the site that determines the economical viability of installing a power plant. The electric energy produced per day is obtained by multiplying the map number by the photo-conversion efficiency of the modules installed at the site.

In recent years, the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources has gained importance because of its minimal environmental impacts. Among the various renewable energy sources, the potential of an offshore wind farm is enormous. With the advancement in technology, offshore wind farms are becoming more efficient and less costly

MATLAB based simulations on wind electric conversion system and Solar power based electric conversion schemes are carried out as hands-on session during the workshop. This workshop motivated the participants to work on renewable energy-based projects since the relevance of renewable sources over fossil fuels were presented with real-time examples

Outcome

The objective of the Workshop is to give a brief introduction about Wind and solar systems and give hands-on practice in simulating both in MATLAB Simulink environment. The goal is to make the participants understand the importance of renewable energy in improving the Nation's economy and security and incubate interest to do research in the wind and solar systems.

Speakers / Guests

  • Dr. K K Sasi, Professor, Electrical and Electronics, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore
  • Mr. Prabu T, Electrical and Electronics, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore

Number of Participants: 16

Event Details
Date: 
2016-04-25 09:00 to 16:00
ORGANIZED BY:
Department: 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
School: 
School of Engineering
Campus: 
Coimbatore