Inauguration of NAL-ARES 1kW WiSH System at AMC College of Engg., Bengaluru on 5thApril 2017; third Installation in the Renewable Energy Initiative for S&T Institutions.
On the ordained day and hour the NAL team arrived at the AMC College of Engg., adjoining the Bannerghatta National Park to participate in the inaugural of NAL-ARES developed 1kW wind-solar hybrid system. NAL’s mobile wind turbine facility parked right in front of the architecturally magnificent AMC engineering college building enticed the young minds. Curious students arriving in large droves flocked around the mobile facility. The rotating wind turbine (blessed by good winds) located at the rooftop of the building was indeed the cynosure of all at the college campus.
The auditorium was bubbling with excitement due to the presence of young 6th Semester students of six different branches of engineering. The inaugural function began with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries. The welcome address was delivered by Dr T N Sreenivasa, Principal, AMC Engg. College. He announced the opening of “Centre of Excellence for Hybrid Power Generation”.
The Chief Guest Mr D H Basavaraju, highlighted the complementary nature of wind and solar resources and the necessity of hybridizing the two for power generation.
Dr G N Dayananda explained that the renewable energy domain is multi-disciplinary in nature and hence it was very apt that all branches of engineering were present for the inaugural. Mr M Satyanaryana, MD, ARES highlighted that the country was importing solar cells and this placed constraints on enhancing the performance of solar power generators. He urged the student community to take up research in allied areas related to instrumentation and control, synchronization of power sources and enhancement of power quality from renewable sources. Mr Samiullah offered Natural Fibre Composites as an area of research that could lead to eco-friendly blades for use in wind turbines.
In his presidential address Dr K R Paramahamsa Chairman, AMC-CITY-Cambridge-Brooklyn institutions, who presided over the function, expressed curiosity as to why a premier aerospace laboratory like NAL had ventured into development of wind turbines? He commended the effort by NAL-ARES consortium for having translated aerospace technologies for societal applications such as the innovative wind solar hybrid system. He was delighted that his long cherished desire to have renewable energy source at the college campus had been fulfilled.
The program concluded with the National Anthem.