IIT Jodhpur, Rajasthan Solar Association inaugurate Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy

Under the collaboration, courses and programmes in renewable energy will be introduced to upskill the workforce.

IIT Jodhpur, Rajasthan Solar Association inaugurate Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy IIT Jodhpur director, Rajasthan Solar Association president sign agreement to inaugurate CoE for Renewable Energy (Source: Official Press Release)
Vagisha Kaushik | Jan 31, 2022 - 3:33 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur in partnership with Rajasthan Solar Association, has inaugurated a Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy at its technology park. IIT Jodhpur has signed an agreement with the Association to support research and development in renewable energy.

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Besides, various specific courses and programmes will also be designed to up-skill the available workforce resources. “This collaboration would make IIT Jodhpur Technology Park a vital manufacturing hub that will provide consistent industry exposure to the students, professionals and other stakeholders,” said an official statement from IIT Jodhpur.

The Centre aims to spread awareness on the commercialization potential of renewable energy, create an ecosystem of the shared research facility, and educate as well as provide career support to budding scientists in this field.

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Under the agreement, some of the focus areas of research are:

  • Advanced electronics
  • Remote monitoring
  • Trackers and inverters
  • Automatic cleaning systems
  • Solar, thermal and wind-solar
  • Interventions in solar panel technologies
  • Research on polysilicon and entire value-chain
  • AI and deep learning

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About the collaboration, Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT Jodhpur, said, “Renewable energy is today game changing and, in that game, changing perspective this initiative of coming together of industry consortium and IIT Jodhpur is a landmark in it. He added that it would be extremely critical in context of Rajasthan how to convert brackish water into potable water using solar thermal as an energy source because most of the groundwater is brackish water…Having a centre of excellence for renewable energy in Jodhpur further signifies its strength because Jodhpur is known as the Sun City of India.”

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Sunil Kumar, President, Rajasthan Solar Association, shared, “...We wanted to accelerate solar industries in Rajasthan so that lots of entrepreneurs and MSMEs can come forward and set-up manufacturing units of Rajasthan in the IIT Jodhpur technology Park, particularly the electronics components that are now imported. This centre will also play a vital role in providing skilling, up-skilling opportunities and with the help of a German Govt. Agency, we will do skilling of master classes students to make them productive immediately and other industrial people of India so we can connect academia and industry leaders effectively.”

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