ICAS alumnus figures in 'Forbes 30 Under 30' list

ICAS alumnus figures in 'Forbes 30 Under 30' list

Tirthak Saha, an alumnus of the International Centre For Applied Sciences (ICAS), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, of the 2011-13 batch of B S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, has brought laurels to his alma mater by figuring in the prestigious 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 global list in the Energy category. The research team led by Tirthak (Consumer Resiliency Team) recently won the second prize in the American Electric Power's (AEP) Spark Tank Innovation Challenge held across AEP's 11 state territory in the USA.

Recently, Malavika Vasishta Bagepalli, also an alumnus of ICAS, made it to the Guinness World Records through her research. Malavika and her research group at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA had set a new world record by designing a ceramic-based mechanical pump capable of containing and circulating liquid tin at a temperature range between 1200 C and 1400 C tested for over 72 hours.

After completing two years at ICAS, Tirthak went to Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed his Bachelor of Science there. His project, 'Aggregated Network of Energy Storage' was a virtual power plant like linked network of behind-the-meter energy storage unit in order to realise benefits of energy aggregation such as frequency regulation, capacity management, peak shaving, capital deferral, and vastly increased 'blue-sky' reliability for customers and overall reliability metrics for companies.

The work revolves around modernising the electric grid in the American Mid-West and finding innovative paths towards reliable electric power delivery to millions of customers, high levels of energy efficiency and a fossil fuel independent future. It also focusses on researching and implementing smart-grid initiatives like self-healing distribution automation, intelligent line sensor applications, energy storage and volt-var optimisation across the states of Indiana and Michigan. The project was ranked second among 600 submissions in American Electric Power's first-ever Spark Tank Innovation Challenge. It will be deployed across AEP's 11 state territory in the coming years.

"Tirthak Saha is a tremendous asset to American Electric Power," Region Support Engineering (AEP) Manager Emeka Okafor said and added that Saha is leading modernisation efforts to deploy new technology to improve the customer experience for AEP customers in Indiana and Michigan states.

Overwhelmed by the honour, Tirthak said that the honour is nothing short of his wildest dreams, aspirations, and goals coming to fruition. "The innovations of today will affect everyone tomorrow," he said.

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