Kanpur: IIT-Kanpur has established the department of Sustainable Energy Engineering with an aim to become a contributor to the nation’s growing clean and renewable energy sector.
The Board of Governors of IIT-Kanpur has accorded its approval in a meeting held on Monday, said director, IIT-K, Prof Abhay Karandikar.
Chairman, Board of Governors IIT-K, Dr K Radhakrishnan said that starting an academic department in this area is a vital initiative serving the educational and technology development related needs of the country. Prof Karandikar said that the initiative comes at an opportune time when the government has committed to source at least 40% of its energy requirement from clean and renewable energy sources by 2030, as pledged in the Paris Agreement.
Prof Karandikar also said that the new department also aims to contribute to India’s bid to become a global leader in the widespread adoption of sustainable energy technologies.
Prof. Ashish Garg, who is coordinating the efforts related to the new department, said, “The current research focus of the new department will be on energy generation via solar, wind and other clean resources; batteries and super capacitors; energy storage and distribution; smart grids; carbon capture; clean alternative fuels; waste-to-energy; clean water; and energy policy and economics. The research portfolio will further expand into new areas.”