Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur is going to lead United Kingdom-India Joint Virtual Centre in Clean Energy. The Joint Virtual Centre in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur will play a significant role in developing innovative solutions through which renewable energy and storage will be integrated into UK power grid. The project in the UK will be led by Warwick University, Manchester University, Imperial College, University of Loughborough and 5 other reputed universities.
In India, UK-India Clean Energy Institute that is located at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur will lead the project. The centre will work for promoting technological innovations in various areas that include Solar Photovoltaic, Storage and Power Network systems. The main objective of the institute is to promote the large-scale integration of solar power at diverse voltage levels for on and off-grid.
With an objective to highlight the technologies developed by the team of IIT Kharagpur, an experimental Solar Power Park will be set up. Through this project, the institute will also focus on those areas, which are dependent on local electricity generation and are not connected to the national grid. The national grid system will be useful during the power shortage and generate electricity.
The team that is going to work on power grid project involves students from various premier institutes, members from Public Sector Undertakings and private companies that include Hertz Power Control, Vikram Solar, Agni Power, Electronics Private Limited, Tata Power Solar, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and Gujarat Power Corporation Limited.