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Ph.D. Research Projects For Solar Engineering:

  • Inexpensive semiconductors for thin film solar cells: Non vacuum based technologies
  • Eradication of degradation of Silicon PV modules using nanotechnology
  • Solar photocatlytic waste water treatment
  • Dynamics of electron transfer for thin film devices
  • Electrical properties of 2D materials for optoelectronic devices
  • Development of solid state electrolyte for fuel cells
  • Graphene based composite for energy storage application: For batteries & supercapacitors
  • Development of nanostructured oxides: Application in Schottky junction devices and efficient hydrogen generation (water splitting)

 

 

ABOUT SOLAR ENGINEERING

Department of Solar Energy was introduced in the year of 2009 (the then School of Solar Energy) and became part of School of Technology in 2014. Along with the coexistence of the centre of excellence, Solar Research & Development Center it has been offering M.Tech in Energy Systems (focused on Solar) and Ph.D programmes in various fundamental and applied aspects of solar energy materials and devices. This is only full time post graduate degree in Solar energy technologies in India. PDPU is also the only University in Asian continent offering opportunity of study and carrying out cutting edge training and research in its own 1MWp Solar PV power plant monitored by SRDC. The department offers hands on training and exposures in PV design, integration, commissioning and troubleshooting. Almost all leading solar industries in India has been offering full project internships with prospective job opportunities to the M.Tech students.

SRDC, the center of excellence dedicated to cutting edge research and development is equipped with advanced research laboratories for energy materials and devices, including energy storage and fuel-cells with substantial funding from Govt. of Gujarat (GEDA and others) and GoI (MNRE, DST, DRDO etc). It offers advanced computational facilities as well for project design and properties prediction for new solar energy materials.

It is worth mentioning that there has been 100% placement in M.Tech (81 graduated since 2010)through industry linked projects, entrepreneurs, start-up companies and MS programmes in Universities abroad. The average number of journal (Thomson-Reuter classified) publication per PhD in the department is 5 with an average impact factor of 3. The PhD graduates (14 graduated since 2015) are full time post-doctoral fellows and faculty members in India and abroad.

A number of research activities have brought very promising outcome in terms of efficiency boost in existing photo-voltaic technologies, cost effective materials and processes to prepare them for the solar energy devices (including, solar cells, photo-electro chemical cells, photo-electrodes for clean fuel generation), energy storage devices (including next generation secondary batteries and super capacitors) and fuel-cells.

Glimpses of few remarkable research results which have been published in renowned journals, such as Journal of Applied Physics (American Institute of Physics), Journal of Physical Chemistry C (American Chemical Society or ACS), ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces etc. Some of them are also patented with Indian Patent Office.

 

Vision | Mission


Research

  • Develop world-class R&D facility for comprehensive solar energy research.
  • Contribute to fundamental/applied research.

Industrial

  • Commercialization of developed technologies.
  • Strong industrial-institutional relationship.

Education

  • Higher Education: M.Tech. ; Ph.D.
  • Skilled workforce training

Services

  • Benchmark Consultation
  • Administrative advisory
  • Community /Social outreach

 

Vision & Mission

  • Perform cutting-edge research and development
  • Enable discrete, as well as interdisciplinary technologies, and
  • Extend administrative services, training, and education
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  • Accelerate the deployment of solar and related energy for a sustainable growth,
  • Foster a clean environment to enhance human standards of living, as well as
  • Develop a skilled workforce and empower a young generation of leaders

Program Benefits and Career Options

  • Career in Laboratories functioning under CSIR, Govt. Of India
  • Operations and Maintenance Engineer in Solar Power Plant/Design Engineer at SPP
  • Industries that want to harness clean energy using CSP and CPV
  • Industries that work upon Roof Top installations and Smart Grid Technology
  • Consultancy

 

History

The School of Solar Energy was established as a constituent school at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in October 2009. During the maiden convocation of PDPU in May 2009, the Chief Guest, former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, spoke about the challenges and opportunities in the energy sector, with special reference to renewable sources of energy. He stressed the need for renewable energy to achieve energy independence and strengthen the rural economy, and urged students to play a leading role in fighting the energy crisis.

Given the dangers of climate change caused by global warming, a cost-effective technique for harnessing and utilizing solar energy would be the greatest possible gift that scientists and engineers can bestow to mankind.

Solar energy industry in India is at present in a nascent stage, but indications are that it will grow at a fast pace in the coming years. The recently announced National Solar Mission envisages that, by the year 2022, the country will generate 20,000 MW of solar energy, and will require 100,000 trained and specialized persons for R & D, engineering, and management. Faculty and students at SSE would like to contribute in achieving and exceeding the goals set out in the National Solar Mission.

 

Head of the Department


Dr. Abhijit Ray
Associate Professor & Head
Department of Solar Engineering
Email : abhijit.ray@sse.pdpu.ac.in
Phone : 079-23275304

Message from HOD

It gives me immense pleasure to represent Department of Solar Energy (DSE), PDPU in the time when our country, the society and the humanity globally needs the best possible way to harvest the terrestrial solar energy.Looking at the projected rate of growth of the nation in the solar energy front, the importance of education and research in the field of Solar Photo-voltaic and Solar Thermal Energy technologies have gained tremendous importance in recent time. However, the obvious question that echoes our mind is the required quality of such education and research that can make immediate impact to the national mission (Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission or JNNSM) , which sets a target of 100 GW of solar energy in India by 2022, in which more than 80 GW will be produced in decentralized (40 and 30 GW from rooftop and remote locations, respectively).The department with a parallel identity of Solar Research & Development Center (SRDC) provides a platform to the students to nurture their thought and ideas on the solar energy technologies by a well-balanced curriculum which is enriched by both theoretically and experimentally at the M.Tech.and Ph.D. level. In order to accomplish its target in the research front, the department of solar energy has established ten labs for synthesis, characterization and fabrication ofvarious solar energy conversion and storage devices. The focused areas of research include both fundamental material aspects and ultra-modern device fabrication techniques. Besides fundamental studies at the device level for energy conversion and storage, the postgraduate students of the department are engaged in hands-on practice on the EPC and O & M of large scale SPV power plant as well as small scale roof-top systems. The establishment of 1 MW multi-technology SPV power plant gives the post graduate students an extra edge to be directly deployable in the solar as well as allied industries and renowned institutions. The research output of the last few years has attracted tremendous international recognitions signifying both the level and quality. The post graduate program has been appreciated by the major industrial players nationally and internationally. I cordially invite all the valued channel partners to be a part of the excellence of education and research of DSE & SRDCat PDPU and utilize its enormous resource for making the solar energy initiative a grand success!

Dr. Abhijit Ray
Associate Professor & Head,
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

 

 

International Relations

Department of Solar Energy has collaboration with various international platforms actively engaged in the emerging novel materials and nano-technology for energy, catalysis, fuel and fuel-cells. Alumni are working as post-doctoral researchersand interns are working in research institutions at USA, UK, France, Rep. of Korea, Netherland.Faculty members have built up bilateral project works with U.S.A., Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, Poland, Sweeden and Switzerland etc.

Institutions currently under active collaboration:

  • School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore.
  • University of Nottingham, U.K.
  • Purdue University, USA.
  • Georgia Tech, USA.
  • University of Maryland, USA.
  • Montana State University, USA.
  • Yeshiva University, USA.
  • Colorado School of Mines, USA.
  • CNRS, Paris, France.
  • Incheon National University, Rep. of Korea
  • DGIST, Rep. of Korea
  • MIT, USA
  • Poland Science Academy, Poland
  • King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
  • National University, Rep. of Korea

The department has been facilitating foreign students from Afghanistan, Syria, Iranetc by offering summer internships and post-graduate courses in their doctoral studies.

 

 

Industrial Relation

Students of M.Tech. (Second Year) do their Internship/Project Work in the companies mentioned below:-

GERMI | ADANI | TOPSON | MEGAWATT SOLUTIONS
And many more.

 

Contact Us


Mrs. Prajapati Falguni
Department of Solar Engineering
Contact No: 079-23275307

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University,
Raisan Village,
Gandhinagar - 382007
Gujarat, India

 

Course Curriculum


M. Tech. Programme in Energy Systems (Focused on Solar)

Semester I

Course No Courses Title L-T-P Credit
MA 502 Mathematical Techniques 3–0–0 3
SE 502 Quantum Mechanics & Semiconductors 3–0–0 3
SE 503 Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer 3–0–0 3
SE 504 Vacuum Science & Thin Film Technology 3–0–0 3
SE 523/ 505 Renewable Energy Management and Energy Efficiency 3–0–0 3
SE 507 Elective I: Semiconductor & Optoelectronic Devices (Discipline centric) 3-0-0 3
SE 518 Elective I: Nano structured Materials for Energy Devices (Open/FOET) 3-0-0
ME 5xx Elective I: Heating Ventilation and Air-Cond. 3-0-0
SE 506 Laboratory work/ Energy Lab-1 0-0-4 2
TOTAL 22 20

 

Semester II

Course No Courses Title L-T-P Credit
SE 511 Photovoltaic Science & Engineering 3–0–0 3
SE 509 Solar Thermal Engineering 3–0–0 3
SE 510 Semiconductor Processing & Characterization 3–0–0 3
SE 512 Modeling & Simulation 3–0–0 3
SE 513 Galvanic Energy Storage 3–0–0 3
SE 515 Elective II: Photovoltaic Power Plant Engg. (Open/FOET) 3–0–0 3
ME 5xx Elective II: Advanced Heat & Mass Transfer 3–0–0
SE 516 Elective II: Solid & Surfaces (Discipline centric) 3–0–0
SE 519 Elective II: Applied Photovoltaic (Discipline centric) 3–0–0
EE 5xx Elective II: Smart Grid Technologies & Applications (Discipline centric) 3–0–0
EE 5xx Elective II: Advance Power Electronics 3–0–0
EE 5xx Elective II: Power System Analysis & Dynamics 3–0–0
AU Successful Research Program Development 2-0-0 Pass/Fail (Audit)
SE 517 Laboratory Work/Energy Lab-2 0-0-4
TOTAL 22 20
Industrial Training at the end of II semester

 

Semester III

Course No Courses Title L-T-P Credit
MT 611 Seminar - 5
MT 612 Project - 14
MT 613 Industrial Training - P/NP
TOTAL - 19

 

Semester III

Course No Courses Title L-T-P Credit
MT 621 Seminar - 5
MT 622 Project & Dissertation - 24
TOTAL - 29

 

Total Credit: 88


 

M.Tech. in Energy Systems 2018 - 20

 

Evaluation Scheme

All theory courses:
Midsem exams of 50 marks and 2 hrs duration: 25%
Endsem exams of 100 marks and 3 hrs duration: 50%
Internal assessments as Quiz, Assignments, Seminar, Survey, Classroom interaction etc: 25%

All practical courses:
Endsem exam of 50 marks consisting of performance, regularity, viva, lab records: 100%

Project:
Monitored continuously by the guide. Presentations six-monthly (final will be viva-voce based on acceptance of synopsis by examiners)

Seminars:
Based on topic offered by faculty supervisors and chosen by students each semester.

 

 

M.Tech – Energy Systems ( Focused in Solar)


Flow Chart for PG Course

M.Tech Solar Energy UG Course »

Laboratory


MATERIALS FABRICATION :
Materials synthesis and fabrication is an integral part in the development of new and smart materials for solar cells, batteries, fuel cells, and other energy storage devices. In this lab, new materials are processed by vacuum (Thermal Evaporation, Sputtering etc.) and non-vacuum (Spray, pneumatic and ultrasonic, Spin, CBD, Electrodeposition etc.) techniques. The lab is equipped with CVD, rapid thermal furnaces as well, and high temperature tube furnace for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) testing. For solid state thin film device fabrication, it has equipment such as, sputter deposition (DC, pulsed DC and RF) and Thermal evaporator.

ELECTRON MICROSCOPY :
Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) system,introduced in the center from GEDA funding, an unique facility that provides topographical and elemental information at magnifications upto 10,00,000x. SEM Lab is equipped with a Zeiss ULTRA FESEM system. High quality field emission scanning electron microscope imaging and energy dispersive X-ray studies are carried out in this lab. Compared with conventional SEM, FESEM produces clearer, less electro statically distorted images with spatial resolution down to few nanometers. The center has been extending this facility to various laboratories from academic institutions in Gujarat and industries in the form of sample test.

TEST AND MEASUREMENT :
This lab houses electrical measurement systems for DC, AC and log signal measurements. Low temperature cryogenic cooling and sample test facility will be introduced shortly.

PV SYSTEMS LAB :
The system lab has two important systems: PV emulator and Grid tied PV system trainer modules for real time data analysis form small (some hundreds of watts) and medium (few kW) size PV systems. Roof mounted 1-3 kWp PV panels can be tested for grid tied and storage applications.

X-RAY DIFFRACTION LAB :
XRD Lab is equipped with a PANalytical powder-pro XRD system. High precision X-Ray diffraction spectroscopy of bulk and thin film specimen are carried out in this lab. This facility is being provided to analyze samples from the University as well as outside academic institutions and industries.

PHOTOCHARACTERIZATION (Two divisions) :
Photo-characterization Lab is dedicated to test the developed solar cells and some specific thin films under artificial sunlight condition (AM 1.5G). This lab has Shimadzu UV-Vis spectrophotometer for optical characterization of thin films. This lab is also equipped with Horiba Photoluminescence spectro-photometer, Renishaw Raman spectrometer and Optosolar Quantum Efficiency Measurement Systems.

COMPUTATIONAL FACILITY :
Computation lab has R&D and professional computing facility such as, three workstation with quad-core processors, PDF-2 database, VASP-Abinitio Codes, ICSD database, Pearson database, Interface builder. It will introduce other powerful materials structure-property optimization tool in near future.

ELECTROCHEMISTRY AND GLOVE-BOXES :
This lab is dedicated to electrochemical and photo-electrochemical measurements for solar cells, lithium ion battery and supercapacitors. State of the art battery testing system is being used in the development of novel secondary battery electrodes. It has equipped state-of the art glove box for non-ambient fabrication in ultra low water and oxygen atmosphere (< 1ppm). State of the art battery testing system is being used in the development of novel secondary battery electrodes.

NANO-CHARACTERIZATION :
The Quantachrome BET- analyzer is capable to measure surface area and pore size of various nanomaterials including catalysts, ceramics, nano-carbon forms, pharma samples etc.


Equipment for Material Development:

  • Thermal evaporator
  • RF-Magnetron Sputtering
  • DC Sputtering
  • High Vacuum Furnace (upto 1200) for CVD application
  • Holmarc Spray Pyrolysis System
  • Millman Spin Coater
  • CHI 660D Potentiostat-Galvanostat
  • Autolab Potentiostat-Galvanostat
  • Tubular Furnace for annealing
  • Muffle furnace for annealing
  • Vacuum Oven
  • Custom Made spray pyrolysis system

State of the Art Facilities for Material Characterization

  • XRD
  • FE-SEM with EDX facility
  • Veeco Surface Profilometer
  • UV-Vis SpectroPhotometer with DRS mode
  • Hall Measurement system (under process)
  • Raman Spectrosopy with depth profiling (expected)

State of the Art Facilities for Device Characterization

  • Class AAA Solar Simulator
  • IV-Measurement System
  • Sunshine Recorder
  •  Infrared Thermometer
  • Oscilloscope (15MHz)
  • Digital Oscilloscope (50MHz)
  • Agilent C-f/V (impedance) Measurement (30 MHz LCR)
  • Complete solar cell & module characterization kits
  • Lock-in Amplifier (for photo current measurements).
  • IQE/EQE measurement system
  • Portable radiation measurement system
  •  Movable wind and weather monitoring system

Solar Simulating Software:

  • VASP
  • TCAD
  • SCAPS


Projects / Seminar

Major Ongoing Projects

Development of CZTS solar cells and modules on glass and metallic substrates by non vacuum processes.
Funded by MNRE, Govt. of India.
PI: Dr. Abhijit Ray (SSE) Co PI: Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 

Investigation of key factors to efficiency improvement in low cost Kesterite (CZTS) thin-film solar cells.
Funded by DRDO
PI: Dr. Abhijit Ray (SSE) Co PI: Prof. T K Chaudhuri (Other Uni.)

 

Fabrication and Characterization of TiO2 Nano-rod Based Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC)
Funded by DRDO
PI: Dr. Manoj Kumar (SSE) Co PI: Mr. Brijesh Tripathi (SSE) & Dr. Pawan Kumar (Other Uni.)

 

Consultancy for Renewable Energy Technology, Policy, Inspection, Verification & Advisory
Funded by GEDA
Consulted by – Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 

Design & Development of Cost Effective Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) System
Funded by GEDA
PI: Dr. Manoj Kumar (SSE) Co PI: Mr. Brijesh Tripathi (SSE)

 

Development of New Anode Material for next Generation Li ion Batteries by electrodeposition Of Si on the inner-surface of nanospace carbon.”
Funded by INDO-JAPAN Exchange Program
PI: Indrajit Mukhopadhyay (SSE) Co PI: Abhijit Ray (SSE)

 

Studies on the Electrodeposition of Si and Ge at room temperature using less viscous ionic liquid
Funded by DST, Govt. of India
PI: Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay (SSE)

 

Development of DSSC based on CoreShell structure of TiO2:SnO2
In house project
Dr. Manoj Kumar and Brijesh Tripathi

 

Development of binary chalcogenide based solar cell by spray pyrolysis
In house project
Dr. Abhijit Ray and Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 

Development of thin film solar cell based on CdTe from dirty environment
In house project
Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 

Development of nanostructured and nonstoichiometric oxide based thin film solar cell
In house project
Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay and Dr. Abhijit Ray

 

Aggregated Power Unit with Large PV system
In house project
Dr. Makarand Lokhande

 

Modeling & Simulation of Solar Cells
In house project
Dr. Balamurali Maya

 

Development of Graphene based solar cell system
In house project
Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 

 

Schedule


Sr No Activity Date(s) of Event Organizer Brochure
1 Bridging Research and Industry Conclave (BRIC) Solar 2019 8th February, 2019 Prof. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay and Dr. Abhijit Ray Click Here
2 One Day Symposium “Next generation organic and hybrid solar cells” 6th August, 2018 - Click Here
3 International Conference For “Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage Application (NECSA) -2018 ” (SRDC) 29th -31st January, 2018 Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay,
Dr. Abhijit ray,
Dr. Ranjan Pati
Click Here
4 One Day Symposiums “Nanostructure Material for Energy Conversion and Storage” 14th August, 2017 - -
5 STTP(Two Days short term training Programme )“Solar Water Pumping and standalone Rooftop PV System 30th-31st March, 2017 Prof. T. Kishan Kumar Reddy Click Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Focus

Thrust Area of Research

Solar Energy Materials and Devices

  • New earth abundant solar absorber materials
  • Economic solution processed solar cells
  • Photoelectrochemical cells
  • Light absorption enhancement using nanotechnology
  • Solar water splitting (Photo- and electro-catalysis)
  • Perovskite solar cell with efficiency at par with crystalline silicon

Energy Storage

  • Na- and Li- ion battery.
  • Vanadium redox flow battery
  • Supercapacitors
  • New innovation in lead-acid battery

Decentralized energy solutions

  • PV-wind
  • PV-biomass
  • PV-small hydro
  • Balance of systems

Nanotechnology in energy solution

  • Graphene based energy storage and catalysis
  • High energy and power density supercapacitors
  • Water technology

Solid State sensors

  • Infra-red sensors
  • Pressure sensors

Fuel Cell Technologies

  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • PEM Fuel Cells
  • Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Photovoltaics

  • Sillicon
  • Polycrystalline thin films
  • Multijunction materials and devices
  • New materials devices and processes
  • Performance and validation of quality
  • Testing and validation

Concentrated Solar Power

  • R&D on Collectors
  • Technology options and choices for Receivers
  • Issues on Power blocks
  • Issues on Thermal energy storage
  • Viability Analysis of CSP in the current context
  • Economically viable stand alone system based on LCPV and Solar Water Heating Technology.

Off-grid and Distributed solar

  • Evaluation of exact power requirement for site specific application.
  •  Better communication between generation and supply.
  •  Possible integration to mini-grid.
  •  Effective design of the panel/module for maximum power out-put.
  •  Design of suitable economically viable battery system.

Field level data validation

  • Monitoring In solation data and validation
  • Influence of Albedo on the overall efficiency and performance
  • Effect on module cleaning process on the plant performance
  • Effect of sub micron particle interaction with the module surface  and its impact on the long term performance of the plant.

R&D on Electricals and Electronics

  • Evacuation and transmission related issues:
    Voltage Fluctuation and Harmonics.
  • Investigation of components of the balance of systems like Junction Box, Inverter, Storage Device and Power cable.
  • Studies on Smart Grid systems

 

 

Research Projects

Major Ongoing Projects

Development of CZTS solar cells and modules on glass and metallic substrates by non vacuum processes.
Funded by MNRE, Govt. of India.
PI: Dr. Abhijit Ray (SSE) Co PI: Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 

Investigation of key factors to efficiency improvement in low cost Kesterite (CZTS) thin-film solar cells.
Funded by DRDO
PI: Dr. Abhijit Ray (SSE) Co PI: Prof. T K Chaudhuri (Other Uni.)

 

Fabrication and Characterization of TiO2 Nano-rod Based Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC)
Funded by DRDO
PI: Dr. Manoj Kumar (SSE) Co PI: Mr. Brijesh Tripathi (SSE) & Dr. Pawan Kumar (Other Uni.)

 

Consultancy for Renewable Energy Technology, Policy, Inspection, Verification & Advisory
Funded by GEDA
Consulted by – Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 

Design & Development of Cost Effective Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) System
Funded by GEDA
PI: Dr. Manoj Kumar (SSE) Co PI: Mr. Brijesh Tripathi (SSE)

 

Development of New Anode Material for next Generation Li ion Batteries by electrodeposition Of Si on the inner-surface of nanospace carbon.”
Funded by INDO-JAPAN Exchange Program
PI: Indrajit Mukhopadhyay (SSE) Co PI: Abhijit Ray (SSE)

 

Studies on the Electrodeposition of Si and Ge at room temperature using less viscous ionic liquid
Funded by DST, Govt. of India
PI: Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay (SSE)

 

Development of DSSC based on CoreShell structure of TiO2:SnO2
In house project
Dr. Manoj Kumar and Brijesh Tripathi

 

Development of binary chalcogenide based solar cell by spray pyrolysis
In house project
Dr. Abhijit Ray and Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 

Development of thin film solar cell based on CdTe from dirty environment
In house project
Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 

Development of nanostructured and nonstoichiometric oxide based thin film solar cell
In house project
Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay and Dr. Abhijit Ray

 

Aggregated Power Unit with Large PV system
In house project
Dr. Makarand Lokhande

 

Modeling & Simulation of Solar Cells
In house project
Dr. Balamurali Maya

 

Development of Graphene based solar cell system
In house project
Dr. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay

 


Interdisciplinary Research


Thrust Area of Research

Solar Energy Materials and Devices

  • New earth abundant solar absorber materials
  • Economic solution processed solar cells
  • Photo electrochemical cells
  • Light absorption enhancement using nanotechnology
  • Solar water splitting (Photo- and electro-catalysis)
  • Perovskite solar cell with efficiency at par with crystalline silicon

Energy Storage

  • Na- and Li- ion battery.
  • Vanadium redox flow battery
  • Super capacitors
  • New innovation in lead-acid battery

Decentralized energy solutions

  • PV-wind
  • PV-biomass
  • PV-small hydro
  • Balance of systems

Nanotechnology in energy solution

  • Graphene based energy storage and catalysis
  • High energy and power density super capacitors
  • Water technology

Solid State sensors

  • Infra-red sensors
  • Pressure sensors

Fuel Cell Technologies

  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • PEM Fuel Cells
  • Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

 

 

Faculty


Prof. (Dr.) Indrajit Mukhopadhyay
Head, SRDC
Department of Solar Energy
Ph.D. (IIT Bombay)
Dr. Abhijit Ray
Associate Professor & Head
Department of Solar Energy
Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur)
Dr. Pankaj Yadav
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (PDPU)
Dr. Ranjan K. Pati (Adjunct)
Sr. Assistant Professor,
School of Petroleum Technology
Ph.D. (PDPU)
Prof. (Dr.) Surendra S. Kachhwaha (Adjunct)
Professor
Ph.D. (IIT Delhi)
Mr. Ankit Panchal (Adjunct)
Manager, SRDC
M.Tech (Thermal Engg.)
Dr. Balamurali Mayya (Adjunct)
Sr. Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (PRL, Ahmedabad)
Mr. Alpesh Desai (Visiting)
CMD, Surajdada, Ahmedabad
Dr. Michael Neumann - Spallart,
CNRS France. (Visiting)

 

 

Staff

Mrs. Falguni Prajapati
Lab Assistant
Email : falguni.prajapati@sse.pdpu.ac.in
Phone No. : 079-23275307

Mr. Ankit Panchal
M.Tech (Mechanical), Asst. Manager, SRDC
Email : Ankit.panchal@pdpu.ac.in
Phone No. : 079-23275305

 

Students


List of Ongoing Ph.D Students
Sr. No Name of Scholar Thesis Topic
1 Roma Patel Graphene based nanocomposited for energy storage applications (tentative)
2 Alpesh Desai Optimization of decentrlized solar photovoltaic implementation in India (tentative)
3 Arvindkumar Joshi Photocatalysts for water purification (tentative)
4 Anjali Vanpariya Silicon and graphene nanocomposites for high energy density Li-ion battery
5 Ms. Vima Mali Ultracapacitor based hybrid energy systems for electric vehicles
6 Biren Patel Development of Cu2SnS3 thin film solar cells by electro- and spray-deposition
7 Harsh Chaliyawala Fabrication of silicon nanowires for solar energy harvesting application
8 Sakshum Khanna Hybrid solar cells for special applications
9 Priyanka Marathey Development of CuO nanostructures for photoelctrochemical and supercapacitor applications
10 Vishwa Bhatt Investigation of silicon based PV-EC hydrogen generation
11 Mihirsingh Chauhan Investigation of Charge Transport in Bulk heterojunction organic Solar cell
12 Arvind Chavda Sprayed CZTS Solar cells with surface and interface optimization
13 Dharini Bhagat Fabrication of Schottky junction solar cell based on Lead Oxide thin films
14 Manmohansingh Waldia Synthesis of CdTe thin film by Electrochemical deposition technique
15 Anand Singh Development of Indian Smart City Maturity Model With Special Focus on Energy

 

M.Tech: 2018-2020 Batch
M.Tech: 2017-2019 Batch
Ayush Pratap singh
Jaydeep Brahmbhatt
Harsh Hinsu
Tej Joshi
Urja Kantariya
Dhruv Makwana
Vishrat Mankad
Jeet Mehta
Raj Mehta
Patel Krupal R.
Purvesh Patel
Yash Patel
Darshan Prajapati
Tirthesh Shah
Nilesh Sharma
Hardik Shrimaali
Prajval Suthar
Vinit Yadav
Satya Prakash Sah
Aditya Soni
Ankita Sharma
Manan Bhatt
Gaurav Dave
Jay Joshi
Janak Kanojia
Mihir Lad
Dhaval Naik
Nikunj Usadadia
Vansh Pandya
Sagar Paneliya
Parth Prajapati
Uma Sahare
Vatsal Shah
Mrunmayee Unawane
Vishwakumar Bhavsar
Brij Modi

 

 

Alumni


M.Tech 2010-12
Sr. No Name Company
1 Sushma Mara NA
2 Neha Bansal Atharva College of Engg.

 

M.Tech 2011-13
Sr. No Name Company
1 Abhay Kumar Army
2 Siddharth Rathod Wright State University (Ph.D. Student)
3 Jaymin Gajjar Bangalore

 

M.Tech 2012-14
Sr. No Name Company
1 Pooja Kanade KPSG Renewable Energy
2 Priya Shah MS/Ph.D. in USA
3 Priyanka Marathey PDPU (Student)
4 Abhishek Kumar MNRE
5 Kandarp Mehta Ghafari Associates, Vadodara
6 Prashant Mishra Project Manager
7 Rajesh yadav Punjab National Bank
8 Hardeek R Bhatt Harsha -Abakus Solar Pvt. Ltd

 

M.Tech 2013-15
Sr. No Name Company
1 Aditya Vyas Gamesa renewables Pvt. Ltd
2 Alpesh Desai Gujarat Energy Development agency
3 Chandni Shah Gujarat Energy Development agency
4 Abhisht Yadav GERMI
5 Bajpai Shail Rakeshnath SGURR
6 Ankit Ashutosh Bhatt GERMI
7 Kaushik Natarajan IIT Indore
8 Siddharth M. Marthak PUNJ LOYD
9 Urvi Mehta REconnect Energy Solutions
10 Patel Sanket Arvindkumar GAMESHA
11 Varunbhai Vasudevbhai Joshi SVNIT
12 Amandeep Singh Makhija Gujarat
13 Patel Mayurkumar Amrutlal Australia
14 Suhag Patel Adani Renewable
15 Tarang Shah ELECTROTHERM
16 Ankurkumar J. Suthar GPSC
17 Vivek Tiwari Enterprenure
18 Shamik Dasaadhikari WBREDA
19 Hema Joshi Sunedison

 

M.Tech 2014-16
Sr. No Name Company
1 Bhesaniya Hardik Dilip Hero Future Energy
2 Bhutka Jignashben Kanjibhai GERMI
3 Chauhan Kajal Rajenrabhai UR ENERGY
4 Jaydeep A Sharma 8 MIN SOLAR
5 Joshi Jigar Hitenbhai GERMI-JREDA
6 Joshi Saumya Sanjaybhai Working in project
7 Korde Abhishek Sujit Suntuity Renewables
8 Makavana Ajay Pravinbhai Prozeal Infra Pvt. Ltd.
9 Nishant Verma BOOND solar
10 Pandya Dipakkumar Mahashankar Vibgyor
11 Pranav Bargotra BOOND solar
12 Patel Parag Bharatbhai Harsha Abacus
13 Patel Niyati Pareshbhai Ecolibrium
14 Patel Roshni Navneetkumar APS Solar
15 Patel Urveshkumar Ashwinbhai Asst. Prof. in Eng. College in Ahmedabad
16 Rachchh Ravi Satishbhai Sun Source
17 Rathod Vishalbhai Mansukhbhai Vibgyor
18 Ritika Katyal Navitas Solar
19 Vanpariya Hardik Arvindbhai Hero Future Energy
20 Vyas Arjun Kiritbhai Parul University

 

M.Tech 2015-17
Sr. No Name Company
1 Akarsh Arora Gensol Enginering Pvt.Ltd
2 Sai krishna Behta Betquer Energy
3 Pradnya Chabbi IIT Bombay
4 Aman Deep Sharma DNVGL, Bangalore(APAC Region Energy Business)
5 Vedha sri Godbole
6 KrinalBen Analytics Software Solutions Pvt Ltd
7 Naga Venkatesh Kanamarlapudi
8 Rounak Mohanthi
9 Akash Patel Harsha Abakus Solar Pvt. Ltd
10 Sai Taneja P Kanoda Energy System Pvt.Ltd
11 Jigar Raj
12 Naimish Rathode Electrotherm Solar Ltd.
13 Samarth Shah Kanoda Renewable Energy Pvt.Ltd
14 kavish Shah Waaree Energies as an Engineer, R&D
15 Divanshu Sharma ReNew Power Ltd in Operations and Maintenance Dept
16 Nirvay Kumar Singh RE Solar(Own Business)
17 Jaya Vasitha
18 Binoy GERMI(Project Engineer)

 

M.Tech 2016-18
Sr. No Name Company
1 Abinash Mohanty GERMI
2 Harsh Shah Teraform Global
3 Shivraj M S Shivraj MS Company
4 Pratik Vala GERMI(SPF)
5 Yashraj Gore GERMI(Project Officer)
6 Maharshi Vyas (16MSE007) Hero Future Energies
7 Bhavin Bhatt Parsuing Ph.D
8 Aman Pandey GERMI
9 Ashish Verma Hero Future Energies,Delhi
10 Bhavya Mehta (16MSE011) Mr. Solar (Own Business)

 

Ph.D Scholar
Sr. No Alumni Present Affiliation Year of passing
1 Margi Jani Assi.Proff. of Adani Institute of Engineering,Ahmedabad January 2019
2 Dr. Dhyey Raval Business startup/ Post doc November 2018
3 Dr. Parth Bhatt Waree, Surat August 2018
4 Dr. Nisarg Shah Assoc. Prof., CHARUSAT University May 2018
5 Dr. Cliff J. Kant January 2018
6 Dr. Kavita Pande Post Doctoral Reaserch Associate, EPFL, Switzerland 2016
7 Dr. Pramila Mahala Research Associate, CERII Pilani 2016
8 Dr. Abhimanyu Yadav Assistant Professor at Engg. College in Nasik 2015
9 Dr. Pankaj Jadav Faculty, PDPU 2015
10 Dr. Dipal Patel Post Doctoral Fellow, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan 2014
11 Dr. Khusbu Chauhan Post Doctoral Reaserch Associate, Incheon University, Rep. Korea (on leave) 2015
12 Dr. Malkeshkumar Patel Post Doctoral Reaserch Associate, Incheon University, Rep. Korea 2014
13 Dr. Brijesh Tripathi Faculty, PDPU 2014
14 Dr. Sanjay Behura Research Assistant Professor, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana Champagne 2014

 

 

 

Achievements

As on date, the center has published more than 110 scientific papers in top quality SCI journals in the field of solar energy materials, devices and systems. Apart from this three patents have been filed; one book and 2 book chapters have been published. DSE-SRDC has facilitated several PhD students registered in the University on various types of experimental synthesis and characterizations. Six out of eight doctoral alumni are working as post-doctoral fellows in several places abroad including USA, UK, Rep. of Korea, Netherland and Switzerland. Faculty members working in the center has built up international collaboration with U.S.A., Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia etc. DSE-SRDC has been facilitatingby providing skilled manpower to various rooftop and ground mounted PV projects by GERMI, GEDA, and several private limited companies including Hero, Topsun, Adani, Madhav group etc. The center has earned more than Rs. 3Crores of external research project grants in developing state-of-the-art research equipment facilities such as photoluminescence, IQE-EQE, solar simulator, various electrical, electrochemical and optical characterization systems in addition to XRD, Raman, BET and FESEM to cater the need of academic research as well as sample analysis from industries and outside academic institutions. In the near future, the center will also develop battery product line and PV module testing facilities for industry oriented solutions.

Glimpse of achievements (2012-17)
  • Organized 3-days international conference (NECSA-2018) with 250 participants from 7 countries.
  • More than 100 SCI journal papers, more than 300 citations in last 5 years.
  • 3 patents (1 published, 1 filed and 1 in process), 1 book (published), 2 book chapters (1 published and 1 in press)
  • International recognitions of faculties and students.
  • 71 M.Tech. and 9 Ph.D. have been awarded.
  • 100% Employment: All the M.Tech. degree holders from the department have been placed in Industry/Academia all over world
  • Six Ph.D. recipients have been working as postdoc in several places around the world
  • Recognitions: Ph.D. students received several prestigious fellowships, such as Newton Bhava Fellowship, Commonwealth fellowship and attended Nobel Laureate meeting, best paper and poster award from various national and international conferences.
  • Fuel cell research facility has been established in 2016.
  • Skilled manpower provide to various rooftop and ground mounted PV projects by GERMI, GEDA, and several private limited companies including Topsun, Adani, Madhav group etc.
  • Alumni with Start-up companies in PV module cleaning technology, EPC and policies.

 


Recent Publications
Publications in journals
  1. D. Kubicki, D. Prochowicz, A. Hofstetter, M. Saski, P. Yadav, D. Bi, N. Pellet, J. Lewinski, S. Zakeeruddin, M. Grätzel, L. Emsley, Formation of stable mixed guanidinium-methylammonium phases with exceptionally long carrier lifetimes for high efficiency lead iodide-based perovskitephotovoltaics, Journal of American Chemical Society Just accepted (2018)

  2. K. Pandey, D. Singh, S. K. Gupta, P. Yadav, Y. Sonvane, I. Lukačevićd, M. Kumar, M. Kumar, R. Ahuja, Improving electron transport in the hybrid perovskite solar cells using CaMnO3-based buffer layer. Nano Energy Just accepted (2018)

  3. B. Patel, M. Waldiya, and A. Ray, "Highly phase-pure spray-pyrolysed Cu2SnS3 thin films prepared by hybrid thermal treatment for photovoltaic applications", J. Alloys & Compounds (2018), 745, pp. 347-354. DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.02.220.

  4. P. Marathey, R.K. Pati, I. Mukhopadhyay, and A. Ray, Effective Photocurrent Enhancement in Nanostructured CuO by Organic Dye Sensitization: Studies on Charge Transfer Kinetics, J. Phys. Chem. C (2018), 122, pp. 3690-3699. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b10024.

  5. D. Raval, B. Tripathi and A. Ray, Quantum mechanical investigation of optoelectronic properties of gold nanoparticle attached titanium dioxide nanorods for device applications, J. Nanopart. Res. (2018), 20(2), 21(1-14). DOI. 10.1007/s11051-018-4127-4.

  6. A. Jariwala, T.K. Chaudhuri, S. Patel, A. Toshniwal, V. Kheraj, and A. Ray, Direct-coated copper nickel tin sulphide (Cu2NiSnS4) thin films from molecular ink, Mater. Lett. (2018), 215, pp. 118-120. DOI. 10.1016/j.matlet.2017.12.083

  7. M. Jani, D. Raval, R.K. Pati, I. Mukhopadhyay and A. Ray, Effect of annealing atmosphere on microstructure, optical and electronic properties of spray pyrolysed indium doped Zn(O,S) thin films, Bull. Mater. Sci. (2018) 41, p. 22 (1-8). DOI. 10.1007/s12034-017-1542-6.

  8. H. A. Chaliyawala, A. Ray, R. K. Pati, I. Mukhopadhyay, Strong light absorption capability directed by structured profile of vertical Si nanowires, Opt. Mater. (2017) 73, pp. 449-458. doi. 10.1016/j.optmat.2017.08.049

  9. M. Patel, W-H. Park, A. Ray, J. Kim, and J.H. Lee, Photoelectrocatalytic Sea water splitting using Kirkendall diffusion grown functional Co3O4 film, Solar Energy Mater. Solar Cells (2017) 171, pp. 267–274. doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2017.06.058

  10. M. Patel, W-H. Park, A. Ray, J. Kim, J-H. Lee, Sample preparation and electrochemical data of Co3O4 working electrode for seawater splitting, Data in Brief (2017), 14, pp. 68-72. doi. 10.1016/j.dib.2017.07.030

  11. M. Jani, D. Raval, R.K. Pati, I. Mukhopadhyay and A. Ray, Structure, optical and electronic properties of solid-solution Zn(O,S) thin films and the effect of annealing, Appl. Phys. A (2017) 123: 458, pp1-8. doi: 10.1007/s00339-017-1061-8

  12. M. Jani and A. Ray, First-principles study of electronic and optical properties of solid-solution ZnO1-xSx, Int. J. Modern Phys. B (2017) 31, 1750175, pp 1-14. doi: 10.1142/S0217979217501752

  13. N. Shah, R.K. Pati, A. Ray, and I. Mukhopadhyay, Electrodeposition of Si from Ionic Liquid Bath at Room Temperature in Presence of Water, Langmuir (2017), 33 (7), pp 1599–1604. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b03621

  14. A. Ray, I. Mukhopadhyay, R. Pati, Y. Hattori, U. Prakash, Y. Ishii and S. Kawasaki, Optimization of Photoelectrochemical Performance in Chemical Bath Deposited Nanostructured CuO, J. Alloys & Compounds (2017), 695, 3655-3665. doi: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2016.11.374

  15. M. Jani, D. Raval, I. Mukhopadhyay and A. Ray, Reinforcement of Zn(O,S) Buffer Layer for Efficient Band Matching in a Kesterite (Cu2ZnSnS4) Solar Cell and its Analysis using Simulation Tool for the Application in Energy Harvesting, AIP Conf. Proc. (2017), 1837, 040060. doi: 10.1063/1.4982144

  16. D. Raval, B. Tripathi, A. Ray, Titanium dioxide nanorod diameter and layer porosity optimization by estimating electrical performance of dye and perovskite sensitized solar cell, J. Porous Mater., (2017), 24, 217. doi:10.1007/s10934-016-0255-3.

  17. P. Yadav, M. I. Dar, N. Arora, E. A. Alharbi, F. Giordano, S. M. Zakeeruddin, M. Grätzel, The Role of Rubidium in Multiple‐Cation‐Based High‐Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells. Advanced Materials 29, (2017)

  18. W. Tress, M. Yavari, K. Domanski, P. Yadav, B. Niesen, J.-P. Correa-Baena, A. Hagfeldt, M. Grätzel, Interpretation and Evolution of Open-Circuit Voltage, Recombination, Ideality Factor and Subgap Defect States during Reversible Light-Soaking and Irreversible Degradation of Perovskite Solar Cells. Energy & Environmental Science, (2017).

  19. P. Yadav, M Alotaibi, M. I. Dar, N. Arora, S. M. Zakeeruddin, M. Grätzel, Influence of the Nature of A Cation on Dynamics of Charge Transfer Processes in Perovskite Solar Cells. Advanced Functional Materials, (2017)

  20. D. Prochowicz, P. Yadav, M. Saliba, M. Saski, S. M. Zakeeruddin, J. Lewinski, M. Grätzel, Reduction in the Interfacial Trap Density of Mechanochemically Synthesized MAPbI3. ACS applied materials & interfaces 9, 28418-28425 (2017).
  21. “Fabrication and characterization of GaN/InGaN MQW solar cells”, P. Mahala, S. Singh, S. Pal, K. Singh, A. Chauhan, P. Kumar, P. Parjapat, B. K. Kushwaha, A. Ray, O. Jani, C. Dhanavantri, , Appl. Phys. A 122, 639, (2016)

  22. “Thermally Stable Silver Nanowires-embedding Metal Oxide for Schottky Junction Solar Cells”, Hong-Sik Kim, Malkeshkumar Patel, Hyeong-Ho Park, Abhijit Ray, ChaehwanJeong, and Joondong Kim, , ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 8, 8662–8669, (2016)

  23. “Electrical Characteristics of Horizontally and Vertically Oriented Few-Layer Graphene on Si-Based Dielectrics”, Sanjay K Behura, Qiaoqin Yang, Akira Hirose, SasmitaNayak, OmkarJani, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 16 (6) 6246-6251, (2016)

  24. “Facile, Noncyanide Based Etching of Spray Deposited Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin Films for Secondary Phase Removal”, Arvind Chavda, Malkeshkumar Patel, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay, Abhijit Ray, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4 (4) 2302-2308, (2016)

  25. “Effect of initial bath condition and post-annealing on co-electrodeposition of Cu2ZnSnS4”, TulshiShiyani, Dhyey Raval, Malkeshkumar Patel, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay, Abhijit Ray, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 171, 63-72, (2016)

  26. “Nanostructured SnS with inherent anisotropic optical properties for high photoactivity”, Malkeshkumar Patel, Arvind Chavda, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay, Joondong Kim, Abhijit Ray, Nanoscale, 8 (4) 2293-2303, (2016)

  27. “On the Applications of Newly ArchitecturedCdTe Nanostructures from Ionic Liquid Medium”, Khushbu R Chauhan, Dipal B Patel, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay, ECS Transaction, 69 (31), 1-6, (2015)

  28. Elucidating the Role of Copper as Redox Additive and Dopant on the Performance of PANI based Supercapacitor, Kavita Pandey, Pankaj Yadav and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, PCCP 17, 878 (2015).

  29. Schottky junction solar cells based on non-stoichiometric PbOx films, D B Patel and I Mukhopadhyay*, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 48, 025102 (2015).

  30. In situ growth of CdTe nanostructures from a novel electrodeposition bath: tuning of electrical properties and reuse of ionic liquid, Khushbu R. Chauhan, Dipal B. Patel and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, New J. Chem. 39, 1979-1985(2015).

  31. Diode characteristics of few-layer graphene/p-Si fabricated directly by chemical vapor deposition, Sanjay K. Behura*, Qiaoqin Yang, Akira Hirose, SasmitaNayak, OmkarJani, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay, J. Nanosci. Nanotech. 15, 1-6 (2015).

  32. Impedance analysis of inherent redox active ionic liquid based photoelectrochemical cells: Charge transfer mechanism in the presence of additional redox couple, Dipal B. Patel, Khushbu R. Chauhan and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, ChemPhysChem (DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201402837).

  33. Interplay between Enhanced Charge Storage and Charge Transfer Mechanism in Cu doped PANI: The Role of Surface Morphology, Kavita Pandey, Pankaj Yadav and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, J. Electroanal. Chem. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2015.03.025).

  34. Metal/InGaNSchottky Junction Solar Cells–An Analytical Approach, Pramila Mahala, S.K. Behura, ChennaDhanavantri, Abhijit Ray and OmkarJani*, Appl. Phys. A118, 1459-1468(2015).

  35. Junction and back contact properties of spray deposited M/SnS/In2S3/SnO2:F/Glass (M = Cu, Graphite) devices: A consideration to improve photovoltaic performance, Malkeshkumar Patel and Abhijit Ray*, J. Electron. Mater.44, 558-567(2015).

  36. Molar optimization of spray pyrolyzedSnS thin films for photoelectrochemical applications, Malkeshkumar Patel, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay and Abhijit Ray*, J. Alloys & Comp. 619, 458–463 (2015).

  37. GaN/InxGa1-xN/GaN P-I-N Solar Cell with Indium Compositional Grading, Pramila Mahala, Sanjay K. Behura, Abhijit Ray, ChennaDhanavantri and OmkarJani*, Opt. Quantum Electron. 47, 1117-1126(2015).

  38. Pankaj Yadav, Kavita Pandey, Parth Bhatt, Brijesh Tripathi, Manoj Kumar Pandey, Manoj Kumar, Probing the electrochemical properties of TiO2/graphene composite by cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy, Materials Science and Engineering: B 206 (2016) 22-29.

  39. Pankaj Yadav, Kavita Pandey, Brijesh Tripathi, P. V. V. Jayaweera, S. Kaneko, Manoj Kumar, Electroanalytical investigation of the losses during interfacial charge transport in dye-sensitized solar cell, Solar Energy 129 (2016) 207-216.

  40. Ravi Rachchh, Manoj Kumar, Brijesh Tripathi, Solar photovoltaic system design optimization by shading analysis to maximize energy generation from limited urban area, Energy Conversion and Management 115 (2016) 244-252. DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2016.02.059.

  41. Parth Bhatt, Kavita Pandey, Pankaj Yadav, Brijesh Tripathi, Chandra Kanth P., Manoj Kumar Pandey, Manoj Kumar, Investigating the Charge Carrier Transport within the Hole-Transport Material Free Perovskite Solar Cell Processed in Ambient Air, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 140 (2015) 320–327.

  42. Pankaj Yadav, Kavita Pandey, Brijesh Tripathi, Manoj Kumar, Investigation of interface limited charge extraction and recombination in polycrystalline silicon solar cell: Using DC and AC characterization techniques, Solar Energy 116 (2015) 293-302.

  43. Pankaj Yadav, Brijesh Tripathi, Kavita Pandey, Manoj Kumar, Investigating the charge transport kinetics in poly-crystalline silicon solar cells for low-concentration illumination by impedance spectroscopy, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 133 (2015) 105-112.

  44. Brijesh Tripathi, Parth Bhatt, Chandra Kanth P, Pankaj Yadav, Bhakti Desai, Manoj Kumar Pandey, Manoj Kumar, Temperature Induced Structural, Electrical and Optical Changes in Solution Processed Perovskite Material: Application in photovoltaics, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 132 (2015) 615–622

  45. Magnetron sputtered Cu doped sprayed SnS thin film for enhanced photoelectrochemical and heterojunction solar cells,MalkeshkumarPateland Abhijit Ray*, RSC Advances 4 39343(2014).

  46. Malkeshkumar Patel and Abhijit Ray*, Evaluation of back contact in SnS solar cells by impedance spectroscopy, ACS Appl. Mater. Interface 6 (2014) 10099-10106.

  47. Brijesh Tripathi, Pankaj Yadav, Kavita Pandey, PoojaKanade, Manjeet Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Investigating the role of graphene in the photovoltaic performance improvement of dye-sensitized solar cell, Materials Science and Engineering B 190 (2014) 111–118.

  48. PoojaKanade, Pankaj Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Brijesh Tripathi, Plasmon induced photon manipulation by Ag nanoparticle coupled graphene thin-film: Light trapping for photovoltaics, Plasmonics 10 (2015) 157-164.

  49. Brijesh Tripathi, Pankaj Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Charge Transfer and Recombination Kinetics in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell using Static and Dynamic Electrical Characterization Techniques, Solar Energy 108 (2014) 107-116. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2014.06.037. ISSN: 0038-092X.

  50. Pankaj Yadav, Brijesh Tripathi, Kavita Pandey, Manoj Kumar, Recombination kinetics in silicon solar cell under low-concentration: Electro-analytical characterization of space-charge and quasi-neutral regions, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16 (2014) 15469-15476

  51. Pankaj Yadav, Brijesh Tripathi, Kavita Pandey, Manoj Kumar, Effect of varying concentration and temperature on steady and dynamic parameters of low concentration photovoltaic energy system, International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 61 (2014) 101-110.

  52. Brijesh Tripathi, Pankaj Yadav, SiddharthRathod, Manoj Kumar, Performance analysis and comparison of two silicon material based photovoltaic technologies under actual climatic conditions in Western India, Energy Conversion and Management 80 (2014) 97-102.

  53. Brijesh Tripathi, Pankaj Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay, Plasmon Enhanced Light Trapping to Improve Efficiency of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN), 14 (2014) 2624-2629.

  54. Controlled growth of polyaniline fractals on HOPG through potentiodynamicelectropolymerization, DhrubajyotiBhattacharjya and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, Langmuir 28, 5893−5899, 2012.

  55. Theoretical simulation of photovoltaic response of graphene-on-semiconductors, Sanjay Kumar Behura, Pramila Mahala, Abhijit Ray, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, OmkarJani* Applied Physics A : Materials Science & Processing 111(4), 1159-1163, (2013).

  56. Study of the junction and carrier lifetime properties of a spray-deposited CZTS thin-film solar cell, Malkeshkumar Patel, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay and Abhijit Ray, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 28, 055001, 2013.

  57. Vertically-oriented few-layer graphene as an electron field-emitter, Sanjay K. Behura1, 2,Indrajit Mukhopadhyay3,Akira Hirose4,Qiaoqin Yang*,1, and Omkar Jani2, Physica Status Solidi A: Applications and Materials Science 210(9), 1817-1821, (2013). (0.8)

  58. Plasmon Enhanced Light Trapping to Improve Efficiency of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell, Brijesh Tripathi, Pankaj Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay* J. Nanosci. Nanotech. 14(3) 2624-2629 (2014).

  59. Fabrication of bi-layer graphene and theoretical simulation for its possible application in thin film solar cell, Sanjay K. Behuraa, Pramila Mahalab, SasmitaNayaka, QiaoqinYangc, Indrajit Mukhopadhyayb,*, OmkarJania,, J. Nanosci. Nanotech. 14(4) 2027-2032 (2014).

  60. Transparent conductive MWCNTs-polymer composite for electrode applications, Sasmita Nayak1, 2, Sanjay Kumar Behura2, Sarama Bhattacharjee1,*,Bimal P. Singh1, Omkar Jani2, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay3,*, J. Nanosci. Nanotech. 14(4) 2816-2822 (2014).

  61. Influence of the magnitude and direction of electric field on the transport and growth property of deposited polyaniline films, Kavita Pandey, Pankaj Jadav and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay, J. Solid State Electrochemistry 18 (2), 453-463 (2014). (2.2)

  62. Junction characteristics of chemically-derived graphene/p-Si heterojunction solar cell, Sanjay K Behura, SasmitaNayak, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay and OmkarJani, Carbon (2014), 67, 766-774. (5.6)

  63. Preparation of CdTe thin film by Electrodeposition in butyl methyl imidazolium bath at 80 oC, K.R. Chauhan, Ian J. Burgess, Gap Soo Chang *, I. Mukhopadhyay *, J. Electroanal. Chem. 713, 70-76 (2014). (IF 2.7)

  64. Elucidating different mass flow direction induced Polyaniline – Ionic Liquid interface properties: insight gained from DC Voltammetry and Impedance Spectroscopy, KavitaPandey, PankajYadav, Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, J. Phys. Chem. B, 118, 3235-3242, 2014.(IF 3.6)

  65. Effect of electrode’s geometric shape, thickness and porosity on the performance of dye sensitized solar cell, Dipal Patel, Khushbu Chauhan and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay* International Journal of Latest Technology in Engineering, Management and Applied Science , vol.3(1), 8-19, 2014.

  66. 47. Photoelectrochemical studies of nonstoichiometric nanostructured PbOx using Fe(CN)6−4/−3 as an active electrolyte in ionic liquid, Dipal Patel and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay* International Journal of Advance Research in Science and Technology, 3(1), 44-50 (2014). (IF-2.7).

  67. On the electrical and interface properties of nanostructured CdTeSchottky diodes electrodeposited from an ionic liquid medium, Khushbu R. Chauhan and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, J. Appl. Phys. 115, 224506 (2014). (IF-2.7)

  68. Revealing the charge transport mechanism of a photoelectrochemical cell: Analysis using A.C. voltage perturbation, Dipal B. Patel, K. R. Chauhan and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys., 16, 20900, 2014 (IF-4.198)

  69. Unrevealing the photoelectrochemical properties using ionic liquids: Cognizance of partially reversible redox activity, Dipal B. Patel, K. R. Chauhan and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16, 22375 (2014). (IF-4.198)

  70. Influence of current collector electrode on the capacitive performance of electrodeposited PANI: insight gained from frequency and time domain analysis, Kavita Pandey, Pankaj Yadav and Indrajit Mukhopadhyay*, RSC Adv., 4, 53740 (2014).

  71. A. K. Yadav, V. Mehra, Abhijit Ray, A. Markana and M. Lokhande, Paralleled DC Boost Converters with Feedback Control using PSO Optimization Technique for Photovoltaic Module Application, Int. J. Comp. Appl. 84 (2013) 12-18.

  72. Pramila Mahala, Abhijit Ray, OmkarJani and ChennaDhanavantri, Theoretical study on the effect of graded InyGa1-yN layer on p-GaN/InyGa1-yN/n-GaN p-i-n Solar Cell, Phys. Status Solidi A 12 (2013) 2656-2661.

  73. A. K. Yadav, V. Mehra, Abhijit Ray, M. Lokhande, Operation of Paralleled DC-DC Converters Taking into Account Cable Resistances for Load Sharing Applications, Int. J. Adv. in Engg. & Technol., 6 (2013) 2134-2144.

  74. M. Patel, I. Mukhopadhyay and Abhijit Ray, Annealing influence over structural and optical properties of sprayed SnS thin films, Optical Materials 35 (2013) 1693–1699.

  75. P. Mahala, S. K. Behura, A. S. Kushwaha, Abhijit Ray, O. Jani and C. Dhanavantri, A study on the 2D simulation of Pt/ InGaN/ GaN/ metal Schottky junction solar cell, Semicond. Sci. & Technol. 28 (2013) 055012.

  76. M. Patel, I. Mukhopadhyay and Abhijit Ray, Study of junction and carrier lifetime properties of spray deposited CZTS thin-film solar cell, Semicond. Sci. & Technol. 28 (2013) 055001.

  77. S.K. Behura, P. Mahala, I. Mukhopadhyay, Abhijit Ray and O. Jani, Theoretical simulation of photovoltaic response of Graphene-on-Semiconductors, Applied Physics A, 111 (2013) 1159.

  78. B. Tripathi, M. Patel, Abhijit Ray and M. Kumar, Influence of optical properties of ZnO thin-films deposited by spray pyrolysis and RF magnetron sputtering on the output performance of silicon solar cell, IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 43 (2013) 012002.

  79. Brijesh Tripathi, Pankaj Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Theoretical upper limit of short-circuit current density of TiO2 nanorod based dye-sensitized solar cell, Results in Physics 3 (2013) 182-186.

  80. Pankaj Yadav, Brijesh Tripathi, Manoj Kumar, Exergy, Energy, and Dynamic Parameter Analyses of Indigenously Developed Low-Concentration Photovoltaic System, International Journal of Photoenergy, Volume 2013, Article ID 929235 (2013). ISSN: 1110-662X.

  81. Pankaj Yadav, Brijesh Tripathi, SiddharthRathod, Manoj Kumar, Real-time analysis of low-concentration photovoltaic systems: A review towards development of sustainable energy technology, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 28 (2013) 812-823. ISSN: 1364-0321.

  82. Brijesh Tripathi, Pankaj Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Effect of varying Illumination and Temperature on Steady State and Dynamic Parameters of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell using AC Impedance Modeling, International Journal of Photoenergy, Volume 2013, Article ID 646407 (2013). ISSN: 1110-662X

  83. Brijesh Tripathi*, Manoj Kumar, Application of Metal Nano-particle Embedded Dielectric Thin-Film to Improve Efficiency of dye-Sensitized Solar Cell, Journal of Nano Energy and Power Research, 2 (2013) 48-53. ISSN: 2153-6740

  84. Brijesh Tripathi, Manoj Kumar, Effect of nanorod diameter on the short-circuit current density of Dye-sensitized solar cell, J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. 10 (2013) 2361-2365. ISSN: 1546-1955 (Print): EISSN: 1546-1963 (Online)

  85. Brijesh Tripathi, Pankaj Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Plasmon-Enhanced Light Trapping to Improve Efficiency of TiO2 Nanorod-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell, Plasmonics 8 (2013) 1501-1507; DOI:10.1007/s11468-013-9564-4. [ISSN: 1557-1955 (print version) ISSN: 1557-1963 (electronic version)]

  86. Pankaj Yadav, Brijesh Tripathi, MakarandLokhande, Manoj Kumar, Estimation of steady state and dynamic parameters of low concentration photovoltaic system, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 112 (2013) 65-72. [ISSN: 0927-0248]

  87. Pankaj Yadav, Brijesh Tripathi, MakarandLokhande, Manoj Kumar, Effect of temperature and concentration on commercial silicon module based low-concentration photovoltaic system, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy 5 (2013) 013113

  88. M. Patel, I. Mukhopadhyay and Abhijit Ray, Structural, electrical and optical properties of spray deposited CZTS thin films in non-equilibrium growth condition, Jour. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 45 (2012) 445103-10pp.

  89. M. Patel and Abhijit Ray; Enhancement of output performance of Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film solar cells – A one dimensional numerical optimization approach and comparison to experiments Physica B: Cond. Mat. 407 (2012) 4391-4397.

  90. O. Jani, P. Mahala, S. K. Behura, Abhijit Ray and C. Dhanavantri , Effect of Indium concentration on Metal/n-InxGa1-xN Schottky Junction Solar Cell under low level injection; AIP Conf. Proc. 1451 (2012) 85-87.

  91. M. Patel, Abhijit Ray, B. Tripathi and M. Kumar, A study of the applicability of ZnO thin-films as anti-reflection coating on Cu2ZnSnS4 thin-films solar cell, AIP Conf. Proc. 1451 (2012) 97-99.

  92. Hari S. Sahoo and Abhijit Ray; Simulation of IPV effect in In-doped c-Si with optimized Indium concentration and layer thickness, Physica B: Cond. Mat., 406 (2011) 4221-4226.

  93. S. Behura, P. Mahala and Abhijit Ray; A model on the effect of injection levels over the open-circuit voltage of Schottky barrier solar cells, J. Electron Device, 10 (2011) pp. 471-482.

 


Recent Developments
Economically viable solar cell via Material and process innovation

CuO Thin Film As efficient Hydrogen Generator
  • Simple and versatile solution processing (Chemical Etching)
  • No high temperature Treatment
  • Large area coating (1cm2)
  • Very good current efficiency
  • Large area (1 inch2) is next step
Cu2SnS3(CTS) based solar cell
  • New process based on solution phase
  • High Phase purity
  • Cheap Material and eco-friendly
  • Economically viable material and process
  • First report of Device based on the material and process Easy large area processibility


Nano-structured Silicon based efficient energy conversion and energy storage

Silicon Nano-wire by reactive chemical etching
  • Increase in Light Absorption: 65 to 95 %
  • Super hydrophobic surface
  • Easy and scalable process
  • Economically viable
  • Efforts are under progress for making high efficiency light trapping device.

Assembly of Si Nano-cluster for Energy storage Application
  • Room Temp Process
  • Easy and Scalable
  • High energy density Li ion battery material
  • Versatile process and easy application in device (single unit operation)
  • Good purity
  • Spin Coating Assembly


Nano sized electrolyte for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

  • Nanosized SDC has been prepared at lowest possible temperature
  • Particle size in the range of 2-10 nm
  • Surface area is 160 m2/g
  • Synthesized SDC has better ionic conductivity compared to YSZ and commercial SDC
  • Electrochemical testing is under process


 


Campus Recruitment
Past recruiters- Govt. & Public sectors :
  • Indian Army
  • Ministry of New & Renewable Energies (MNRE)
  • Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA)
Past recruiters-Industries :
  • Adani Green Energy Ltd
  • Azure Power
  • Bergen solar power and energy Ltd
  • Electrotherm Renewable (India) Ltd.
  • EMMVEE Photovoltic Power Pvt. Ltd.
  • Goldi Green Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • HarshaAbakus Solar Pvt. Ltd.
  • Hero Future Companies (A Hero Group Company)
  • Indosolar Ltd.
  • Madhav Group
  • Mahindra EPC Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Navitas Solar
  • Reflex Energy
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Solairedirect Energy India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Solaria India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sterling Wilson
  • TATA BP Solar India Ltd.
  • Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd.
  • Waaree Energies Pvt. Ltd.
Past recruiters-Academic
  • University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
  • Incheon University, Rep. of Korea
  • Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • SVNIT-Surat
  • VNIT-Nagpur
  • Parul University, Vadodara
  • CHARUSAT University, Anand

Capabilities of DSE-SRDC

Faculty members and scientists working on latest thin film PV, silicon PV, decentralized solar energy solutions (standalone and hybrid), nano-technological intervention in solar cell designs, hydrogen generation, water quality enhancement, catalysis, new battery technologies (Na and Li-ion), high energy and power density super capacitors, and fuel cell technologies. Master students (M.Tech. – Energy Systems & Technology) contributing to technology developments in solar PV, thermal and techno-commercial aspects through internship and projects. The department also offers consultancies and analytical test services to industries and organizations.

Areas of consultancy

  • Large scale (MWp) Ground mounted and small rooftop solar PV – Pre-feasibility, EPC and project management (limited terms and tenure).
  • Decentralized power solution with PV and batteries.
  • Energy efficient building and lighting solutions.
  • Small area solar cell characterization: Power curve and quantum efficiency.
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy analysis of solid state samples.
  • Materials phase identification by X-Ray diffraction technique.
  • Materials analysis by Raman spectroscopy.
  • Optical (UV-Visible) and fluorescence spectroscopy: Glass, spectacles, pharmaceutical products etc.
  • Solid state device electrical characterization (Impedance, Conductance etc)
  • Semiconductor electrical characterization (Hall measurements)
  • Corrosion measurement of selective samples.
  • Nano-materials surface area measurements (BET analysis).
  • Bulk chemical analysis of user durable products.