Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems

Power electronics and motor drives constitute a complex and interdisciplinary field which has witnessed spectacular evolution in the last few decades. Recently Renewable Energy Systems has extended the frontier of the application of these technologies, which has helped the society at large to an unprecedented scale. Power electronics has been applied extensively in industrial, commercial, transportation, aerospace, military and a variety of systems.

Introduction

Power electronics and motor drives constitute a complex and interdisciplinary field which has witnessed spectacular evolution in the last few decades. Recently Renewable Energy Systems has extended the frontier of the application of these technologies, which has helped the society at large to an unprecedented scale. Power electronics has been applied extensively in industrial, commercial, transportation, aerospace, military and a variety of systems. In the most importantly developing field of smart grid, the role of power electronics and drives in high voltage DC (HVDC) systems, flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS), photo voltaic (PV) energy conversion systems, wind energy systems (WES), fuel cell energy conversion systems, along with electric vehicles, uninterruptible power supply systems (UPS) and the like, will be tremendous. Deployment of renewable energy systems has increased manifold all throughout the world. The increasingly important role of power electronics and drives is very obvious, with many of their applications in renewable energy systems and smart grid, while integrating the novel developments in the field of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cyber security systems.

The recent developments in power semiconductor devices based on the wide bandgap (WBG) materials like Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) have stretched the boundaries to higher efficiency, higher switching frequency, increased power to volume ratio, higher voltages and higher temperatures of operation.

About the Program

The M Tech program in Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems is a Master’s program offered to students who are interested in learning and building a fruitful career in the broad field of power electronics and drives, which finds wide applications in many industrial, commercial and automotive sectors to name a few. Emphasis is further put on training the students towards the latest developments in renewable energy sector, which finds a promising place in the upcoming and future smart grids.

The program is flexible enough to allow a student to specialize in any topic of interest by taking elective courses and working on a research project in that area. The program is also intended to have a design project in their first two semesters. The program is a 60+ degree program, which is spread over 4 semesters for a full-time student. About two-thirds of the credits involve coursework, and the remainder consists of project work. The emphasis is on conducting original research and writing a thesis that reports these results.

Courses


The courses proposed are in the diverse categories of power electronics, electric drives and renewable energy systems. The courses on power electronics will cover the design, implementation and control of various power converters with emphasis on the newly developing devices based on wide bandgap semiconductors. The courses on electric drives will cover different electric drive systems, with emphasis on the working principle, modelling, design and high performance control. This will include the recent developments like speed and position sensorless drives, application of artificial intelligence and new topologies for electric motor drives. The courses related to renewable energy systems will cover the various renewable energy resources, their conversion to electrical energy and integration to the grid. Microgrids with standalone operation and grid connected modes will be dealt with in great detail, including their design and control aspects. The electives are proposed in each of these domains to introduce the student to specific recent developments like application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to power and energy domains.

Potential Industrial Collaboration

  • Course curriculum and syllabus development - While the broad framework of the curriculum has been presented in this document, it is subject to change as per the requirements of the industry. Both the courses and their contents will be developed in discussion with relevant industry partners. The courses (core/electives) can also be offered by industry personnel.
  • Live Student projects and Internships – In order to enhance real-world practical skills of a student, they shall be allowed to work on live industry projects during their coursework, and final year thesis work. Also, the final year of studies can also be utilized by students to intern at companies in the power electronics, electric vehicles, automation and renewable energy ecosystems.

Eligibility Criteria:


  • Candidates should have graduated with a full-time degree from any recognized University/Institute with a minimum aggregate of 60% or equivalent grade point.
  • Candidates appearing for their final semester exam in the current year are also eligible to apply.

Admission Procedure:

  • Route 1: Applicants who are with valid GATE score with a percentile above 90%, will undergo an interview for admission.
  • Route 2: Applicants who are not GATE qualified or have a percentile less than 90%, will have a separate written examination followed by an interview process.
Faculty

  • Bhuvaneswari Gurumoorthy
    Bhuvaneswari Gurumoorthy


    Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering

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  • Jayant Lal Bhattacharya
    Jayant Lal Bhattacharya

    Professor & Head of the Department
    Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering

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  • Gopinath G R
    Gopinath G R

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering

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  • Sreedhar Madichetty
    Sreedhar Madichetty

    Associate Professor
    Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering

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  • Bharghava Rajaram
    Bharghava Rajaram

    Associate Professor
    Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering

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  • Arya Kumar Bhattacharya
    Arya Kumar Bhattacharya

    Dean Research, Professor and Head CSE
    Department of Computer Science & Engineering

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