Dr. Ramaswamy Sankar
Business Head, LYNK Logistics
Dr. Ramaswamy Sankar is currently the business head in a startup company, LYNK logistics. He received his PhD from University of Massachusetts and PGPEX MBA from IIM Calcultta. He is a seasoned executive with diverse experiences in business development, marketing & sales channel management, product management, program management, government liaisoning, cross-functional & cross cultural team management and product development. Previously, he had been an advisor to Suryakund Technologies and VP of operations in Taxi for Sure, Entrepreuneur and business head of Lotus tech, Head of solar products in Sun Edison and Research Associate and Senior Research Engineer at Saint Gobain.
He gave a brief of economics of a solar power plant and various factors influencing the Levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of a solar PV plant The main factors which effect the LCOE are costs which include capital costs (materials, land, construction, etc.), operating costs (maintenance, fuel costs, etc.), financing costs, residual value and technical parameters like Irradiance, efficiency, degradation rate and economic factors like tax, time value of money etc. His talk was very much interactive and discussed how and why the silicon solar cells prices dropped over the years. He also shared his experience about his work at various companies. He shared some ideas to dissipate the lost heat from the solar cell by using conductive polymer with fin like structures to increase the heat transfer surface area at the time of packaging the module and improvement of optical efficiency of solar panels.
He gave a brief of importance and demand of solar pumps in India. And he also introduced a software called “Homer” which allows user to create different generation models like renewables, fossil fuels with the varying parameters of sources to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of a large number of technology options and to account for variations in technology costs, electric load, and energy resource availability.