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Issues facing renewable energy sector discussed

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Experts throw light on emerging technologies and latest innovations

There are many technological challenges in the advanced renewable energy sector, said Bale V. Reddy, Professor, Ontario University Institute of Technology, Canada.

Delivering the keynote address at a two-day international conference on ‘Advances in Renowned Renewable Energy Technologies’, organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at V.R. Siddhartha Engineering College, Mr. Reddy stressed the importance of spreading the research culture across India.

Referring to the latest research updates and breakthrough innovations in the fossil fuel consumption after the industrial revolution, he spoke at length about the advances in combustion process that are shaping the future of renewable energy.

Research areas

Narasimhulu Srikanth, an industrial expert on offshore turbine development and senior scientist from Energy National Technology University, Singapore, spoke about the environmental impact and structural integrity studies towards energy system.

N. Rajalakshmi, senior scientist from Centre for Fuel Cell Technology-ARCI, IIT Madras, explained the role of fuel cells for power generation and domestic applications. She spoke about key research areas such as fuel cell electrodes, coatings, electrolytes and characteristics of fuel cells.

K. Srinivas Reddy from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras, said there was more scope for harnessing the power of renewable energy than conventional energy conversional technologies. He presented case studies related to integrated systems to inspire young professionals.

Anand Shivapuji, senior research scientist, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Anirbid Sircar, Director General (acting)-GERMI School of Petroleum Technology, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gujarat, and Sudhir Kumar from Centre for Solar Energy, World Institute of Sustainable Energy, Pune were among the others who spoke.

College principal A.V. Ratna Prasad said that the conference was aimed at providing inputs to scientific and engineering community in the form of high-quality technical and innovative works consisting of both fundamental and applied research in the field of renewable energy and conversion technologies.

Platform for discussions

Nalluri Venkateswarlu, president of Siddhartha Academy, said that the event was organised to provide a common platform to academicians, industry personnel and research scholars to interact and discuss about the emerging technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and fuel cell technology. Students from across the country participated in the conference.

P. Srinivas, Divisional Railway Manager, Vijayawada, N. Vijaya Sai, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and others participated.

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