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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)

 

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ABOUT SOLAR ENGINEERING

Global warming is an issue of great interest. In the recent times, with more awareness about harmful effects of global warming, the issue is taken with great interest. There is in point of fact a massive belief that the use of fossil fuel is a contributing factor to the cause of global warming, which will ultimately result in the demise of the planet altogether. Probably the best part why solar energy is that it is a renewable source of energy, which basically means that it will stay there forever, it will be consumed for all practical human usages. Oil, Coal etc., is all bound to finish one day and eradicate from the face of the planet. So why not put them in the storage and use something more useful, is a basic question that many people have today.

The Department of Solar Energy at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University(PDPU) conducts teaching and research in the technologies needed to harness and supply solar energy efficiently, on an economically sound basis. Preliminary research studies have been initiated, and laboratory development is in progress. The department operates in close collaboration with Solar Energy research wing of GERMI Research, Innovation & Incubation Centre (GRIIC).

The Department also has a Centre of Excellence in Solar Energy under the name SOLAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SRDC).

 

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


Prof. Indrajit Mukhopadhyay
Associate Professor
Department of Solar Engineering
Email:- indrajit.M@sse.pdpu.ac.in
Phone/Fax:- +91-79-2327-5303 | (M) 91-9586864936

 

 

International Relations

 

 

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


Mr. Narendra Patel

079-23275327
narendra.patel@sse.pdpu.ac.in

Department of Solar Engineering
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University,
Raisan Village,
Gandhinagar - 382007
Gujarat, India

 

Course Curriculum


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

PREAMBLE
The energy sector globally provides significant research challenges in the continuous development of new materials, devices and energy systems. Fundamental research contributions are required for the development of cost-effective and sustainable energy systems.

The problems of primary energy sources and greater concerns over global warming require fundamental breakthroughs in energy extraction, processing, conversion and utilization. Several innovative research solutions are required to shape the sustainable energy systems and to provide substantial energy security of the future. Solar energy is one of the promising renewable energy sources that can meet growing energy demands without degrading or affecting environment. The Solar Energy, therefore, has a tremendous potential in terms of harvesting it with smart technologies.

In 2010 the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was declared by union government. The objective of the National Solar Mission is to establish India as a global leader in solar energy, by creating the policy conditions for its diffusion across the country as quickly as possible. JNNSM established a target of 1 GW of solar power by 2013 and 20 GW by 2020. In solar power generation, Gujarat already has been a frontrunner (policies since, 2008) and has established an installed capacity of more than 700 MW (as on April, 2012). Gujarat Government has already entered into power purchase agreement for 900 MW of solar energy. Other states of India, such as, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal etc. have also set respective plans. As on date no less than 50 industries and developers have started developing solar power at states and national levels.

Either it appears as a growing need of manpower by the growing industries in Solar Energy or the fundamental R&D that is very much necessary to harvest the Solar Energy in most efficient manner, the 2-year MTech programme at PDPU has been established. The M.Tech. programme plans to develop future human resources who can provide fundamental inputs required to meet the challenges of the renewable energy sectors with greater face up to the solar energy technologies, both PV and solar thermal.

The intake is to be through screening of applications, a written selection test followed by an interview. The core courses will provide a background of analytical and laboratory techniques as well as courses with more emphasis to solar energy harvesting materials, devices and systems. Several electives are provided in the curriculum to enable the student to specialize in their area of interest and relevant to their background.

The M.Tech. programme will meet the future need for skilled human resources in the energy systems technologies with sharp focus on the solar energy technologies.

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M.Tech in Energy Systems & Technology (Focused on Solar Energy) program is aimed at providing students with an in-depth understanding of the varied aspects of the solar energy technologies, both PV and solar thermal. The curriculum focuses on the development of practical knowledge to make the students immediately productive in several laboratories under the Department of Solar Energy. It also provides the theoretical fundamentals to prepare the students to undertake research programs.

The M.Tech programme will meet the future need for skilled human resources in the energy systems technologies with sharp focus on the solar energy technologies. The high technology sector is gaining prominence at a high pace and is expected to grow immensely in future; thus creating opportunities for solar energy professionals.

Course Details

Semester I

Course No courses Title L-T-P Credit
SE 501 Mathematical Techniques 3–0–0 6
SE 502 Quantum Mechanics &
Semiconductors
3-0-0 6
SE 503 Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer 3-0-0 6
SE 504 Vacuum Science & Thin Film
Technology
3-0-0 6
SE 505 Renewable Energy & Energy
Management
3-0-0 6
SE 506 Energy Lab - I 0-0-4 2
SE 507 Elective - I : Semiconductor & Optoelectronic Devices 3-0-0 6
SE 508 Elective - I : Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning 3-0-0 6
 
Semester II
Course No courses Title L-T-P Credit
SE 509 Solar Thermal Engineering 3 6
SE 510 Semiconductor Processing &
Characterization
3 6
SE 511 Photovoltaic Science & Engineering 3 6
SE 512 Modeling & Simulation 3 6
SE 513 Galvanic Energy Storage 3 6
SE 514 Elective - II : Advanced Heat Transfer 3 6
SE 515 Elective - II : Photovoltaic Power Plant Engineering 3 6
SE 516 Elective - II : Solids & Surface 3 6
SE 517 Energy Lab - II 0-0-4 2

Semester III
Course No courses Title L-T-P Credit
SE 601 Project Dissertation - I   10
SE 602 Project Seminar - I   5
SE 603 Industrial Training   0

Semester IV
Course No courses Title L-T-P Credit
SE 604 Project Work   8
SE 605 Project Dissertation - II   8
SE 606 Project Seminar - II   4


Ph.D Programme
School/Department of Solar Energy (SSE), at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, is established to offer state-of-the-art experimental, theoretical and computational research facility in the thrust areas of solar energy technologies. The areas of research including but not limited to:

  • Fundamental and commercial solar cell technologies, such as, crystalline and amorphous Silicon, Chalcopyrites and Dye Sensitized solar cells etc.
  • Advanced, nano-structured and hybrid solar cells.
  • Photovoltaic systems.
  • Solar thermal systems and components.
  • Supporting technologies, such as, electrical storage, inverter technologies, hybrid systems, grid tied and off grid technologies etc.

The academic program leading to the Ph. D degree is broad based and comprises of a minimum course credit requirement and a research thesis. The academic programme has been devised to provide a multidisciplinary approach of novel research work related to energy, characterized either by discovery of facts, or by a fresh approach towards interpretation and application of facts, or development of equipment making a distinct advance in technology.

 

 

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Laboratory


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

 

 

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Research Focus

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 Insolation data and validation
  • Influence of Albedo on the overall efficiency and performance
  • Effect on module cleaning process on the plant performance
  • Effect of submicron 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

 

 

Faculty

 

 

Staff


Mr. Narendra Patel

Email- narendra.patel@sse.pdpu.ac.in
Ph. No.:-079-23275327

 

Students

Doctoral Students
Mrs. Pramila Mahala
(2010 Batch)

Mr. Abhimanyu Yadav
(2010 Batch)

Ms. Khushbu Chauhan
(2010 Batch)
GSEP Canada Commonwealth Fellow

Mr. Dipal B. Patel
(2010 Batch)

Mr. Pankaj Yadav
(2011 Batch)

Mr. Cliff Kant
(2011 Batch)

Ms. Kavita Pandey
(2012 Batch)

Mr. Dheye Raval
(2013 Batch)

 

JRFs
Mr. Nisarg Shah
(2013 Batch)

Mr. Parth Bhatt
(2013 Batch)

Ms. Margi Jani
(2013 Batch)

Mr. Arvind Chavda
(2013 Batch)

Mr. Manmohan Waldiya
(2014 Batch)

Ms. Dharini Bhagat
(2014 Batch)

M.Tech: 2013-15 Batch
Mr. Abhisht Yadav
Mr. Aditya Vyas
Mr. Shail Bajpayee
Mr. Ankit Bhatt
Miss. Chandni Shah
Mr. Alpesh Desai
Mr. Heema Joshi
Mr. Varun Joshi
Mr. Kaushik Natarajan
Mr. Amandeep Singh
Mr. Siddharth Marthak
Miss. Urvi Mehta
Mr. Mayur Patel
Mr. Sanket Patel
Mr. Suhag Patel
Mr. Shamik Dasadhikari
Mr. Tarang Shah
Mr. Ankur Suthar
Mr. Vivek Tiwari
M.Tech: 2014-16 Batch
Mr. Bhesania Hardik Dilip
Ms. Bhutka Jignashaben Kanjibhai
Ms. Chauhan Kajal Rajendrabhai
Mr. Jaydeep A. Sharma
Mr. Joshi Jigar Hitenbhai
Ms. Joshi Saumya Sanjaybhai
Mr. Korde Abhishek Sujit
Mr. Makavana Ajay Pravinbhai
Mr. Nishant Verma
Mr. Pandya Dipkumar Mahashankar
Mr. Pranav Bargotra
Ms. Patel Niyati Pareshbhai
Mr. Patel Parag Bharatbhai
Ms. Patel Roshni Navneetkumar
Mr. Patel Urveshkumar Ashwinbhai
Mr. Rachch Ravi Satishbhai
Mr. Rathod Vishal Mansujhbhai
Ms. Ritika Katyal
Mr. Vanpariya Hardik Arvindbhai
Mr. Vyas Arjun Kiritbhai

 

 

Alumni

Batch 2010-12
Neha Bansal
CGPIT

Sushma Mara
Nuevosol Energy Pvt. Ltd.

Batch 2011-13
Siddharth Rathod
Mahindra & Mahindra Pvt. Ltd.

Jaymin Gajjar
GERMI

Abhay Kumar
ARMY Lieutenant Ferozpur

 

Batch 2012-14
Abhishek Kumar
Bergen Solar Power & Energy Ltd.

Prashant Mishra
Bergen Solar Power & Energy Ltd.

Kandarp Mehta
Ghafari Architect Engineering Consultancy

Hardik Bhatt
Harsha Abacus Solar

Priyanka Marathey
Institute for Plasma Research

Rajesh Yadav
Shankarsingh Vaghela Bapu Univ. Of Technology

 

 

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