Sustainability and Clean Energy
The theme of 'Sustainability and Clean Energy' draws on India's commitment under Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to achieve 40% electric power from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030. The work under this theme focusses on two research areas and they are divided in the following work packages (WPs).
To analyse technical challenges for integrating solar photovoltaic (PV) systems (with and without energy storage) in the distribution network and developing smart architecture as well as road map to accelerate the solar PV-based microgrid development in India.
Work Package 1
To investigate key challenges associated with renewable energy integration in the distributed network and attempts to find solutions considering technical challenges, efficiency, reliability as well as financial viability with large-scale deployment of solar PV system based microgrids in India.
Develop a recycling plan for solar PV module and new battery technology used in microgrids applications
Work Package 2
As large-scale solar PV deployment has taken place only recently in India, major end-of-life PV waste volumes may not be expected until after 2030 , after which significant amount of waste is expected to be generated.
This Work Package looks into the issues related to waste management of Solar PV and battery technology used in microgrids in India.