Renewable Energy – ( Perceptions & Perspectives)

Prof. Nagesh. R. Iyer

Distinguished Emeritus Professor AcSIR(Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research

About Speaker

Prof. Nagesh R.Iyer is currentlly the Distinguished Emeritus Professor for Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).He has had throughout brilliant academic career obtaining his Master of Engineering & Doctor of Philosophy from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His performance in the R&D activities and outstanding contributions enabled him to get noticed at young age and rise quickly in CSIR-SERC; His major contributions in the Industry sector for over 38 years of experience in the field of computer-aided analysis and design of complex and large structures that include power plant structures, flyovers, bridges, natural draught RCC hyperboloid cooling towers, offshore & ship structures, critical components of Aerospace Structures, etc. The major field of research has been Computational Structural Mechanics and Performance Evaluation/Condition Monitoring of Structures with strong bias towards efficient Structural Design. Known for his contributions in the area of Fatigue, Fracture Mechanics, Damage Mechanics, Damage Tolerance and Methods of Life Extension of structural components and performance evaluation & condition monitoring of structures, Innovative sustainable and/or new engineered materials and novel methodologies for retrofitting, Structure-Interaction studies; etc. He has made critical contributions to the above emerging areas of international importance. He is placed in the topmost layer of the scientists in the field of Computational Mechanics.

Talk Abstract

Prof. Nagesh R. Iyer discussed about the Indian energy sector and major issues like electricity, pollution, conventional fuels, sustainable energy systems and synergy between research; industry and government. He extended the discussion to energy distribution by various resources of energy and shared the importance to reduce the domination of coal from Renewable sources. Then he talked about energy resources utilization ranking and fuel prices variation and gave reasons for necessity of sustainable energy. He talked about creating energy resources dependent future technologies and also covered the Social, Economic, and Political Aspects of Energy (SEPAE). He explained about sustainable transportation fuels biofuels, coal to liquids, designer energy crops etc. He explained about first generation, second generation and third generation bio fuels and R&D needs in bio fuels. His talk also covered the importance of hydrogen as a green energy source of the future and challenges with hydrogen storage and transportation. He also explained the solar economy vision and problems and technologies in wind. In solar economy vision he talked about conversion of sun to different forms of energy like chemical, food, transportation, electricity, heat. In wind energy he explained about wind generated hydrogen concept for transport sector, future wind energy growth, and development of composite materials, ecological performance and sizes and scaling of wind turbines. He concluded the seminar with brief explanation of evolution of technologies (past, present, future).

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