Teaching & Research in the Solar Technologies
The School of Solar Energy (SSE) at PDPU conducts teaching and research in the technologies needed to harness and supply solar energy efficiently, on an economically sound basis. Preliminary research studies have been initiated, and laboratory development is in progress. SSE operates in close collaboration with Solar Energy research wing of GERMI Research, Innovation & Incubation Centre (GRIIC).
During the maiden convocation of PDPU in May 2009, the Chief Guest, former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, spoke about the challenges and opportunities in the energy sector, with special reference to renewable sources of energy. He stressed the need for renewable energy to achieve energy independence and strengthen the rural economy, and urged students to play a leading role in fighting the energy crisis.
Given the dangers of climate change caused by global warming, a cost-effective technique for harnessing and utilizing solar energy would be the greatest possible gift that scientists and engineers can bestow to mankind.
Solar energy industry in India is at present in a nascent stage, but indications are that it will grow at a fast pace in the coming years. The recently announced National Solar Mission envisages that, by the year 2022, the country will generate 20,000 MW of solar energy, and will require 100,000 trained and specialized persons for R&D, engineering, and management. Faculty and students at SSE would like to contribute to achieving and exceeding the goals set out in the National Solar Mission.