TOPIC Off Grid Power Generation using Renewable Energy for Developing Economies to Energize Dispersed Communities 
AREA Power and Energy Systems  
SPEAKER Prof. S. S. Murthy Life Fellow,IEEE,FNAE,FIET,IEEE/IAS Distinguished Lecturer,Professor of Eminence and Academic Advisor,PES University, Bangalore  
DATE 31 July 2014, Thursday 
TIME 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
VENUE E5-02-32, Engineering Block E5, Faculty of Engineering, NUS 
FEES No Charge 

Nearly two billion of the World population, mainly belonging to developing economies, do not have access to grid fed electricity. Emission and climate change concerns restrict power capacity addition through fossil fuel based units forcing us to opt for widely available renewable sources such as Solar, Wind, Small Hydro and Bio Energy. For universal energy access by 2030, International Energy Agency projects 470TWh of off-grid power addition (mainly through renewables and diesel) against 368 TWh through grid(mainly from fossil fuels). Diesel generators mainly for standby power and telecom towers are major diesel guzzlers in many countries forcing us to sit up and think of alternatives mainly renewable energy based micro-grids. Since both energy sources and targeted population are dispersed with randomly varying source and loads, there are technology challenges to match the two. We can think of an integrated generalised energy management system to prescribe solution to any given location. The talk aims to address these issues highlighting some of the successful efforts made in India. We may plan some Mission Projects in consortium mode aimed at viable field demonstration units of off-grid systems. This ‘Power & Energy’ topic tends to be of highly inter-disciplinary in nature that may encompass management, business, economic and social viability throwing new challenges to researchers.  

Prof S. S. Murthy served as a faculty in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi for over four decades where he led the Elec. Engg. Dept. as Associate Head and Head during 1996-2001. Till recently he was Vice Chancellor of Central University of Karnataka and prepared the road map to steer the university as a premiere centre of higher education of this region with international fame. Prof Murthy has published nearly 300 research paper, guided over 100 PG student dissertations, and has 11 patents to his credit. Based on his R&D both grid-fed and off-grid renewable energy based systems are installed in India with Industry collaboration. His areas of interest includes electric machines, drives, special machines, power electronic applications, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency & conservation, Industry-Academia interaction, and Technical Education. During his academic career he has made outstanding contributions in Teaching, Research, Curriculum and laboratory development among other institution building activities. Prof. Murthy had received his M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees from IIT Bombay (1969) and IIT Delhi (1974), respectively. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IEE/IET and Fellow of INAE. He was Director of ERDA,Baroda and NITK Surathkal apart from visiting assignments in Canada, UK and Imdustry (GE, and Kirloskar Electric).  

Jointly sponsored by IEEE IAS/PELS joint Singapore Chapter and ECE@NUS 

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