Industrial Visit to National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE)
04th October 2019
SAE India Student Chapter, Dronacharya College of Engineering, Gurgaon organized an industrial visit at "National Institute of Solar Energy, Gurgaon" on 4th October 2019. First and third semester students of ECE, EEE & ME Department along with faculty member Ms. Neha Singh went for the visit.
The objective of the visit was to make students aware of the solar energy utilization and the mechanism used for it.
National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), an autonomous institution of Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE), is the apex National R&D institution in the field Solar Energy. The Government of India has converted 25-year-old Solar Energy Centre (SEC) under MNRE to an autonomous institution in September, 2013 to assist the Ministry in implementing the National Solar Mission and to coordinate research, technology and other related works.
Team Dronacharya was guided by Mr. Vikrant Yadav. He defined about the institute and its various departments such as R&D, Photovoltaic module and testing lab and Solar Photovoltaic Division and Solar Thermal Division. Then the students were made aware of various mechanisms used in solar thermal division.
Mr. Vikrant Yadav described various types of solar thermal conversion units. Solar thermal conversion units of both concentrated and non-concentrated types were available there. Concentrated type units present there were of two types, parabolic and disc type. In parabolic solar thermal conversion unit, the tracking around single axis takes place while in disc type tracking takes place around two axes. The tracking mechanism comprises of motors and gears. The students were also described about the materials and their importance used in the solar thermal units. The solar thermal conversion units were well understood by students with the help of direct applications present there in the department. The students were also explained the Evacuated tube collectors with the specific application in water heaters. Some more examples were also described such as the use of solar thermal conversion unit to operate ROs for Water ATMs, cold storage plants etc.
Lastly, students discussed their doubts with Mr. Vikrant Yadav, which was interactive.
The students understood various concepts of converting solar energy to various types of energies.