Events in 2012

[ 1 ] Invited Talk on Integrated Energy Management Methodology

On 16th October, 2012 an invited talk was held in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus on ‘Integrated Energy Management Methodology’ which was presided by Dr.P.S.Chandramohanan Nair, H.O.D-EEE Dept.The Chief Guest was Mr. Jayakumar Nair, Principal Consultant- Sustenergy Foundation & Manager – Energy & Environment ACC Limited.

During his talk Mr.Jayakumar mentioned that through proper energy management methods, nearly 25 to 30% of energy can be saved per day. He also told about the importance of energy management and ways to conserve energy. He has developed a mathematical tool called ‘Sustenergy Pyramid TM’ by which the energy consumption of an organisation or an industry can be analysed and based on these results the methods by which energy can be saved can be implemented.

[ 2 ] Safe Switching for Operation and Maintenance

The second venture of IEEE IAS SBC was an invited talk on “Safe Switching for Operation and Maintenance” by Mr. Erling Hesla on 14th November 2012. He has over five decades of industrial and consulting experience. Before moving into consulting practice he was employed by Canadian General Electric Company, Cobast in Brazil and Scott Paper Company.

His talk provides a practical approach about switching procedures for operating power system and maintenance. Impact on system reliability due to changes in switching configuration is covered in depth as it is the requirement for maintaining power to essential loads. The talk addresses on how to utilize rigorous calculation of system performance with or without computer programs as well as to maintain documentation and control of switching procedures.

[ 3 ] Official Inauguration of IEEE IAS SBC Chapter

The official inauguration of IEEE IAS SBC was done on 20th December 2012 and the guest of honour was Dr. Peter Magyar, Fellow IEEE, IEEE IAS Chapters and Membership Development Chair. The chapter was inaugurated by Br.Bijukumar, Head Corporate and Industry Relations, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Dr.Magyar officially launched the IEEE IAS SBC website. The inauguration was followed by series of technical talks by Mr. Narayanan A.M, Divisional Head of Energy management Centre, Dept. of Power, Govt. of Kerala and by Dr. Magyar, Mr.Unnikrishnan A.K, Associate Director Power Electronics Group, CDAC Trivandrum were also present during the function. Other invitees were Dr.Balakrishnan Sankar, Associate Dean Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Dr.K.Sankaran Principal Amrita School of Engineering and Dr.P.S.Chandramohanan Nair Chairman of Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

[ 4 ] Electric Car and the Renewable Energy Sources – Hype or Solution?

The talk by Dr. Magyar was on “The Electric Car and the Renewable Energy Sources – Hype or Solution?”. Dr.Magyar asked does the electric car really save energy, decrease the carbon dioxide emission and the environmental pollution? What kind of technical, economical, political and customer aspects affect the recent development? Is it possible to change this trend by using renewable energy sources?. The lecture gave an overview about the automotive structure, energy and electricity generation issues and the impact of the increasing use of renewable energy sources in Germany. Attributes of some newly developed electric cars were demonstrated and the political and economical issues of the conventional and renewable energy sources were critically discussed from the point of view of an electrical engineer.

 [ 5 ] Energy Efficiency Considerations in Power Systems by Mr.Narayanan

The talk by Mr. Narayanan was based on Energy Efficiency Considerations in Power Systems”. The talk mainly focuses on improving the energy efficiency in generation, transmission and distribution. As power density in modern data centers increases, more focus has been placed on improving efficiency in the power distribution infrastructure. Dramatic changes, such as switching to 400V or DC distribution systems, have been explored, but there are some practical and affordable options to significantly improve efficiency without making major changes to the existing power delivery infrastructure.