IEEE PELS/IAS SBC GECT Distinguished Lecture Program

The Distinguished Lecture Program on “Large Scale Solar PV Electricity Grid Integration: Technologies, Issues, Market Integration and Impact” by Prof. Vassilios G. Agelidis, organized by IEEE Power Electronics Society(PELS) and Industrial Applications Society (IAS) SB Chapters of Government Engineering College, Thrissur (GECT) was a success owing to wide participation from the students and professors.

The session began at 10.00 am on 27th February 2019 at Eastern Amphitheatre, GEC Thrissur with silent prayer. Dr. M Nandakumar, former head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering department welcomed the gathering which was followed by the presidential address by Dr. B Jayanand, Principal, GEC Thrissur. PELS chapter faculty advisor, Dr. Jaison Mathew introduced Prof. Agelidis to the attendees. Prof. Agelidis is a Professor at the Centre for Electrical Power and Energy, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He served as AdCom Member of IEEE PELS and was Technical Chair of the 39th IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, Rhodes. He is a recipient of the Advanced Research Fellowship from the U.K’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the IEEE(USA) and IET (UK). He has global working experience having worked in many countries including Canada, Australia, Greece, China, UK, Sweden, Malaysia, South Korea, UAE, and Denmark.

In his lecture, Prof. Agelidis gave an outline of the developments in the field of solar energy, its benefits, challenges and various issues associated with its integration to the existing grid and market. He also pointed out that the future of the automotive industry is in electrical vehicles and discussed issues when plugging more and more electrical vehicles to the grid. He discussed how India can utilize solar energy to power electric vehicles. In order to promote the large scale use of solar power in the 3.5 trillion-dollar automobile industry, he stressed on the concepts of decoupling electric vehicles from people, autonomous vehicles, decentralization, electrification of transportation and digitalization. Issues with the inverters and its capacitors, where the power electronic engineers have great opportunity were discussed. Need for the further improvements in the areas of control, monitoring, prediction, failure avoidance to deliver more value for reliability and monetary benefit to the solar industry were explored. He motivated the students to ‘dream, believe and do’ to help India make innovative and breakthrough advancements in the field of solar energy.

The lecture was followed by an interactive session with the attendees. More than 120 attendees including students and professors participated in the program. Among these 30 students are IEEE members. Prof. K.D. Joseph, IEEE SB GEC Thrissur Branch Counsellor presented a memento as a token of love to Prof. Agelidis. Mr. John A. R, Chairman, IEEE PELS SBC GECT expressed the gratitude to the dignitaries. The session was followed by a group photo with Dr. Agelidis.

Number of participants: 120
Number of IEEE members: 30
Number of PELS/IAS members: 15