TOPIC Renewable Energy for Power Generation with Micro-grids, Future Options 
AREA Power and Energy Systems  
SPEAKER Prof Sreenivasa S. Murthy, (Professor (Rtd) IIT Delhi and Distinguished Professor, CPRI,Bengaluru), India  
DATE 4 February 2016, Thursday 
TIME 6:30pm to 8:00pm 
VENUE E4-04-07, Engineering Block E4, Faculty of Engineering, NUS  
FEES No Charge 

Nearly two billion of the World population, bulk of which belonging to developing economies, do not have access to grid fed electricity. Due to emission and climate change concerns, power capacity addition through fossil fuel based units is getting restricted forcing us to opt for widely available renewable sources such as Solar, Wind, Small Hydro and Bio Energy. Recommendations of the recent UNFCCC Paris convention have put urgency to these efforts. Optimists want 20% penetration of renewable energy in electricity mix by 2020. Since both energy sources and targeted population are dispersed with randomly varying source and loads, there are technology challenges to match the two? 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). We need to think of an integrated generalised energy management system to prescribe solution to any given location, which brings us to the concept of “Micro-Grid” with renewable energy (RE). Technology options to tap RE individually and in hybrid mode will be discussed including some of the successful efforts made in India. Nearer ‘Home’, while Singapore is Power self- sufficient, neighbouring Indonesia with thousands of islands is critically short of electricity where micro-grids fed by conventional and RE sources may become a boon. Further, “Green Energy” may need to be focussed even in future Singapore. Lecture will discuss possible options with different RE sources. 

Prof. S S MURTHY had a long career at IIT Delhi as faculty from 1970 Professor from 1983 Head EE Dept. (1998-2001) and CEA Chair Professor (2000-03, 2006-11). He superannuated from IITD in June 2012 and then served as Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Karnataka. He is presently the Distinguished Professor at CPRI, Bengaluru. He was the Director of ERDA and NITK Surathkal as also visiting consultant to Kirloskar Elec. and GE at Bengaluru. He was visiting Professor at Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne in UK, Calgary, Ryerson,& Waterloo in Canada; IISc, PESU, CPRI,GE global research centre. in Bengaluru.

His major awards and recognitions are- Fellow of IEEE, INAE, IE(I), IETE, ISTE/Maharashtra Govt. Award for outstanding research, IETE/Bimal Bose Award for contribution in Power Electronics. IEEE- PES/IAS Delhi Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award(2007), IEEE-PES Bangalore Chapter Outstanding Service Award (2015), IEEE-IAS Distinguished Lecturer for 2014-15, Distinguished Alumni Award of BMS College of Engg (Bengaluru).He has to his credit 300+ papers, 100+ theses supervision, 90+ sponsored projects, 40+ Technical reports, 7 Books/manuals/conference proceedings and 18 patents. He is a reviewer of journals including IEEE , IEE/IET, Elsevier. His research has led to technology transfer to the field on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Drives. He has contributed to international linkages and formulated and executed joint programs with UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Korea. leading to joint research programs, short term courses and lab. development. He is widely travelled and visited USA, Canada, UK, Switzerland, Singapore, France, Denmark, Australia, Italy, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Oman and Nepal on several professional engagements.

He has developed several new courses at UG and PG levels on Electric Machines, Drives, Energy conversion and renewable energy. Several of his courses are recorded as video modules for wider viewing. He has delivered over 190 popular and special lectures at the invitation of several organisations in India and Abroad.

Major international events organized by him include- IEEE/PEDES’ 96 1996 (New Delhi) PEDES-2012 ) Bangalore, IEEMA/ ELROMA in 1992, 2004 and annual conference of Elec. Engg Div. of IE(I) in 2005, IEEE symposium on “Sustainable Energy and Global synergy” Toronto, 2008. INAE conference on “Research Policy for Sustainable Energy” in New Delhi (2009). He is convener of Electrical Engineering Section and member of Energy Forum of INAE. As consultant to UN-ESCAP, Workshop on “Advances in Fossil Fuel Technologies and Investments for Power Generation” in New Delhi (June 2012) He has served IEEE, IEE/IET, IE(I), ISTE, IETE in several capacities for over last 4 decades.. He has served in National committees of Industry associations in India: CII, IEEMA & FICCI. He has also served in several National committees of UPSC, AICTE, NBA, NPIU, DST, TIFAC, DSIR, MoI, MNES, CBIP, BEE, CSIR, NRDC, MHRD,TERI etc. He is member of appellate committee of NBA and mentor /auditor of Engineering Institutions supported by World Bank Project, TEQIP.

Jointly organized by IEEE joint Industry Application and Power Electronics Singapore Chapter, IEEE Industry Applications Society Student Branch Chapter NUS, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS  

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