To excel in academic and experimental Research in Solar energy, Wind Energy, Bio-Chemical conversion and Thermo-chemical conversion of biomass, Solid Waste Management and Energy Auditing in industries.
The Department of Renewable Energy Engineering was established after the bifurcation of the Department of Farm Machinery and Bio-Energy in January 2019 and it is recognized by ICAR for fulfilling the vision statement. This Department is imparting knowledge on Renewable Energy Technologies to 220 B.Tech (Agricultural Engineering) students and subsequently research guidance to four M.Tech and three Ph.D students.
The Department is facilitated with Renewable Energy Engineering Workshop and Renewable Energy Park with live models for students, researchers and visitors. New facilities are sanctioned for establishing Fuel testing lab and Bio and thermo-chemical lab in order to cater research for UG project students, PG students and faculties. The department does cutting edge research in Advanced activated charcoal reactors, Circulated fluidized bed gasification, Compact solar dryers and High efficient bio-char reactors.
In addition to research activities, the Department adds to the quality of education by teaching several subjects covering fundamentals and advanced topics in the fields of renewable energy mentioned above. The Professor J. John Gunasekar was the architect of a major change in renewable energy curriculum and reorganization of UG and PG credit courses. Over the years, the graduating students have gone to occupy key positions in education, science, industry and government institutions in India and abroad.
The department faculties have publications, sponsored projects and patent to their credit. In the future, the Department hopes to extend its research into newer areas like Artificial Intelligence and Robotic controls in Renewable Energy Gadgets and Precision Energy Auditing Technologies.
The department is headed by Prof. J. John Gunasekar.