Palaj, Gandhinagar: The Electrical Engineering discipline of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) is organizing a two day workshop on “Design, Optimization and Data-driven Applications of Smart Energy System” on February 18-19, 2019 as a part of the DST-UKIERI (Department of Science and Technology – UK-India Education and Research Initiative) collaborative project titled “Data-Driven Intelligent Energy Management for Environmentally Sustainable Energy Access” (D-DIEM). The workshop, which was inaugurated today, brings together academia researchers and industrialist to exchange key ideas and share the knowledge on subjects related to the application of modeling, optimization and data sciences for smart energy systems.
Dr. Naran Pindoriya, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, IITGN introduced the participants with idea that how this dialogue between industry and academia will facilitate to take forward the research for smart energy systems. Prof. Amit Prashant, Dean R&D, IITGN, gave welcome address and emphasized the importance of industry-academia interaction for sustainable energy solutions.
Dr. Aristides Kiprakis, a Senior Lecturer in Power Systems and Leader of the Smart Grids Research Group at the University of Edinburgh, UK, gave keynote address and context of the D-DIEM project which is about using big data science for power systems to bring more affordable, reliable energy system for people, especially in rural areas.
Mr. R B Patel, Chief Engineer (Tech), GUVNL, and Head, Gujarat Power Research & Development Cell, highlighted activities of power sector in Gujarat and expressed hope that this workshop will help in overcoming challenges faced by the industry through research collaborations.
In the afternoon session on 18th, and during 19th a number of technical lectures will highlight the current challenges, the ongoing work and recent achievements in the research areas of power networks & microgrids, information & communication technologies and big data science, specifically focusing on their application on smart grids for sustainable, affordable and reliable energy supply.
This open to public workshop is being attended by eminent academia researchers from India and the UK, including University of Edinburgh, UK, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, and MMM University of Technology Gorakhpur. Industry leaders such as Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL), and Gujarat Power Research & Development (GPRD) Cell, Gujarat Electricity Regulation Commission (GERC), Harikrupa Automation Pvt Ltd. are also participating in the workshop.