The faculty is actively involved in several multi-faceted research and consulting activities with high relevance to industry and society. The department has been at the forefront in areas such as Power Systems, Power Electronics, Renewable Energy Sources, Electric Vehicles
Power System deals with the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. Also, it is concerned with the study, analysis, design, and application of equipment/devices connected to its network. At present, India is the world's third-largest producer and consumer of electricity with a total installed capacity of 368.69 GW as of Jan 2020. With the growing need for electricity in almost all fields such as residential, commercial, agriculture, industrial, transportation, medical, etc., these domains provide a wide scope for research and innovation.
Recent advances in power electronics have enabled the rapid development of applications in power systems, including renewable energy generation, high-voltage DC (HVDC) transmission, flexible AC transmission systems, energy storage, electric vehicles, and microgrids. Power electronics are also the foundation of new mobile power systems technologies, such as variable-frequency AC distribution for electric aircraft and medium-voltage DC grids for electric ships.
As the world is shifting from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources, it attracts a growing research interest in the development of energy storage systems, e.g., batteries and fuel cells. Among them, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, with the advantage of high-power density, have been widely used in many applications, such as consumer electronics and electric vehicles (EVs). Electrical Vehicle is based on an electric propulsion system. No internal combustion engine is used. All the power is based on electric power as the energy source. The main advantage is the high efficiency in power conversion through its proposition system of electric motor.