I’m writing this post to share about inauguration of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Laboratory that we (FluxGen) commissioned at R V College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore. The lab was inaugurated by Dr. M K Panduranga Setty — President, Rashtriya Shikshana Samithi Trust (R V Educational Institutes), which runs 26 education institutes in India. The Principal of RVCE, Prof. K. N. Subramanya, Advisor Prof. K. N. Raja Rao, Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering(EEE), Prof. Jayapal, other professor and my colleagues from FluxGen were also present during the event. After the inauguration we had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Setty and other senior professors of the college. The principal of RVCE and I signed the joint MoU on behalf of RVCE and FluxGen for collaborative development in the field of Renewable Energy Systems, Smart Grid, Micro-Grids, Power Electronics and Internet of Things for Energy management.
The laboratory is developed with the vision to do cutting edge research and product development in the field of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Systems. Considering the fact the mentioned field has extraordinary growth potential in the sub-continent, the lab will act as a powerful platform for the students and faculty to take their ideas to next stages such as research findings/publication, patenting, product design, proof of concept, prototyping etc. At a high level the lab consists of Solar PV system (static and single axis tracking), Wind Energy System, Smart Weather Monitoring System, Energy Monitoring System, Smart Grid analysis kits, Intelligent (IoT based) prototyping/development kits and a DC break out box. RVCE EEE department and FluxGen will be rolling out various workshops and training programs at the lab next month — will keep you posted about the development as and when possible. I must say that we are very excited about the plans and prospects.
Fifteen years back I joined RVCE as a student with a dream and fire to become a successful Engineer, to do something worth while for my country and also to make my parents proud. I see that setting up this lab as a huge step in that direction ‘cause I’m confident that this lab will produce some great engineers, scientists and technopreneurs in the field. We at FluxGen are thankful to many people in making this dream come true. One person I’d like to mention here is my teacher Prof. K N Raja Rao Sir, who has been my mentor from the time I joined RVCE as a student. His encouragement and strong support, despite the fact I was little notorious in some ways during my college days, is the reason I’ve been able to make some progress in my work.
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