Centre of Excellence, Solar Energy Research & Utilization

Centre-of-Excellence

Project No.1: WEATHER STATION

The Suresh Gyan Vihar University feels proud to be a part of the “NATIONAL PROJECT ON THE NET WORK OF THE SOLAR RADIATION RESOURCE ASSESSMENT (SRRA)” for developing SOLAR ATLAS of the country. This Nation-wide project has been launched by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (Govt. of India). For this purpose, a weather station is going to be established in its campus. The Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India shall establish this weather station. This station shall be set-up over the roof top of the New Library Building of the University. This project envisages assessing & quantifying the ground level data of solar radiation, its quality assessment & data processing, modeling for developing SOLAR ATLAS of the country.

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The precise knowledge of the solar radiation quite accurately measured from this weather station will help to the B.tech, M.Tech, Ph.D students for their dissertation/thesis work and as well scientists for designing the better and efficient solar systems for the society. This weather station shall comprise 13 world class measuring instruments to record different types of solar and climatic data (total 37 data). This weather station in the University shall have the following facility:

S.No.

Instrument

Make

Parameters/data

1.

Pyranometer

Eppley Laboratory, USA

i) Global radiation
ii) Average global energy

2.

Pyrheliometer

Eppley Laboratory, USA

i)Direct irradiance
ii)Average direct energy

3.

Shaded pyranometer

Eppley Laboratory, USA

i)Diffuse radiation
ii)Average diffused energy

4.

Solar tracker

Geonica, Spain

Tracking pyranometers & pyrheliometer

5.

Data logger & modem

Geonica, Spain

Receive and Transfer of data

6.

GPS

Garmin, USA

Synchronizing sun tracker with sun movement

7.

Ulrasonic wind sensor

RM Young, USA

Wind  speed & direction

8.

Rain guage

RM Young, USA

Rain measurement

9.

GPRS

Geonica, Spain

Transfer of data to central server

10.

Pressure sensor

RM Young, USA

Atmospheric pressure

11.

Temperature & RH sensor

RM Young, USA

Temperature, Max & Min temperature, dew point

12.

Solar PV panel

Moserbaer, India

Powering weather station

13.

External battery

Exide, India

Storage of SPV solar power



For installation of these instruments, two towers (6 m height and 1.5 m height) shall be constructed. The 6 m tower shall house the instruments for the measurements of the ambient temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed/direction. The 1.5 m tower shall house instruments measuring solar global radiation, solar diffuse radiation, solar direct irradiance etc. The installation work for the set-up of the weather station is expected to be finish by March 2014.


Project No.2: SOLAR POWER PLANT (100 kW) The Suresh Gyan Vihar University will have its own power generation based on solar photo-voltaic technology to meet the electricity requirement and is moving towards to become the “GREEN UNIVERSITY”. In this direction, the University is commissioning a 100 kW solar power plant in its campus to meet the 40% electricity requirement. The installation work of the solar power plant has been entrusted to REIL (Rajasthan Electronics Instruments Ltd). The PV solar panels will be installed over the roofs of the various buildings of the University i.e New Library building, Round building, Main buildings etc. The PV solar panels will cover about 1200m2 area on the roof tops of these buildings. The key features of this solar power plant are as follows:

  1. It will meet 40% electricity requirement of the University.
  2. It will save about electricity 1.5 lakh units/year.
  3. The life-term of the solar power plant is expected to be more than 25 years.
  4. The expected pay-back period is about 4 to 5 years.
  5. Power station will be grid connected with import and export of power meters.
  6. The solar power plant will be functional and operational all the days for the generation of electicity.
  7. The surplus power generation during close days/partially close days of the University will be fed to grid (Export).
  8. The investment cost will be recovered in a period of 5 years.
In addition, the solar power station will help for the dissertation/thesis//project work for our engineering B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D students and train them with the green energy power production from the solar energy in the campus.

The commissioning work of the solar power plant is expected to be completed by the March 2014.