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Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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Power for all-Potentials and Challenges in India (Special Reference of Rajasthan)

25th August 2016, 13:00 to 14:00, E245, Engineering & Computing Sciences, Dr Namrata Sengar

India is the seventh largest country in the world with a population more than 1.25 billion. It is developing on many fronts but there are still many issues to be resolved, one being the availability of energy to all keeping in mind the concerns for environment. This seminar will focus on the present energy mix, potentials, future plans and challenges for India to achieve the 24x7 availability of power for all its residents.

During the seminar special reference of Rajasthan shall be taken up which is largest state in India and has highest available solar potential. India is a growing market for renewable energy sources and much of the potential is untapped. With the emphasis of government and a target of 100 GW of power from sun till 2022, many solar power plants are coming up in India. Likewise, India is moving ahead in the direction of wind energy utilisation also. Though the energy scene is changing in India, there are various challenges at social and technical fronts which need to be addressed, which will be discussed in the seminar.

Further, an introduction of the Higher Education Partnership Project-India awarded by Royal Academy of Engineering, UK and FICCI, India under Newton-Bhabha Fund “Enhancing teaching and research and development in Solar Energy Materials and Technologies through Capacity Building and Collaborative Research Projects” shall be given. In this project, Durham University is one of the partners.

Dr. Namrata Sengar is presently working as an Assistant Professor at Department of Pure and Applied Physics, University of Kota, Kota, Rajasthan, India. She is coordinator of M.Tech. (Solar Energy) course. Her research field is solar thermal applications and her research interests are renewable and sustainable energy specifically solar thermal, solar buildings, photovoltaics, hybrid systems, energy efficiency and management, heat losses through the collectors, composite layers, development of technology for mini appliances, material development etc. She received Junior and thereafter Senior Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India. She received best paper presentation award at Retopia Technical Fest organised by TERI University in 2012.

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