'Democratisation of energy sector heralds 3rd industrial revolution'

'Democratisation of energy sector heralds 3rd industrial revolution'

'Democratisation of energy sector heralds 3rd industrial revolution'

Former vice-chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University H P Kincha said empowerment of individuals to generate electricity has a great impact on industrial growth.

Inaugurating a two-day international symposium on ‘Advances in Power Distribution Engineering: Distributed Generation, Micro-Grid and Renewable Integration’ here at the National Institute of Engineering (NIE) on Friday, he said democratisation of electric power would bring in new solutions and innovations at a time when the country, Karnataka State in particular, is facing acute shortage of power.

“The third industrial revolution has set in with the democratisation of energy sector. Today, a villager is free to generate 5kw of power using solar energy. He need not depend on the government or a big power generating company for electricity. There is a paradigm shift in buying and selling of power between the people and the government. So, the ongoing democratisation of energy, which is akin to democratisation of information through advance communication technologies, would have a positive impact on the industry, governance and society. There would be a change in governance from hierarchical to distributed structure,” he said.

Referring to the current power crises, Kincha, a retired professor of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, suggested three solutions — power and energy issues should not be restricted to election time cycle, since the solution has a longer cycle time with creativity and innovation component attached to it; traditional way of decision making should emerge at some level with new global thinking, coming from advanced research and development; and the construction sector should be monitored for optimum use of power, since infrastructure projects require huge supply of energy.

Therefore, he suggested, inter-connectivity of different sectors that require energy should be built.

More than 220 participants are taking part in the symposium organised by the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, NIE, under World Bank’s Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP).

The objective of the symposium is to provide up-to-date knowledge about the technical and economical issues related to integration of renewable resources and distributed generation (DG) in distribution systems. Wind, solar and fuel cell-based technologies enable power generation close to the quantum and location of demand. Advances in technologies have made DG cost-effective and responsive to meet the challenges of integrating them.

In the back drop of diminishing reserves, DGs pave way for future cleaner and unsustainable energy. The focus is on emerging potential areas like de-regulation of power system, distribution automation, smart grid, distribution generation technologies, micro grid, renewable integration issues, power electronics for DG system and protection in DG environment.

Ashoka K S Bhat from the University of Victoria, Canada, released the proceedings of the symposium, while H N Ramathirtha, director of NIE managing committee inaugurated the technical exhibition on the occasion.

Nattachote Rugthaicharoecheep from RMUTP, Bangkok; Mohammad Lutfi Othman from Putra University, Malaysia; K Balaraman from PR&DC, Bengaluru; Kiran, MD of CESC; W M Shivakumar, MD of KAVIKA, Bengaluru; Manoj Kumar H Pujar, Chief Engineer of KPTCL; principal G L Shekar; secretary of NIE managing committee S K Lakshminarayana; treasurer T K Chittaranjan; director S L Ramachandra; chief coordinator of the symposium T Ananthapadmanabha; and assistant professors H Pradeepa and R Chidanandappa were present.

President of NIE managing committee Srinath Batni delivered his presidential address online from Bengaluru.

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