Sponsored Research (As Principal Investigator)

S. No.

Client/Organization's Name

Nature of project / Title of the project

Duration of Project

Amount of grant (Rupees)

Ongoing

1

MHRD under RUSA Research & Innovation

“Sustainable Energy Technologies - Efficient renewable energy power generation with energy storage for sustainable smart grid” - Principal investigator

2017-2019 (Ongoing)

15 Cr.

2

MNRE, Govt of India

Design and Development of Smart Solar Train for short distance mobility - Principal investigator

In Principle approval accorded

7.83 Cr

3

DST
(Building initiative - IPHEE)

User friendly functional Simulation tool development through experimental validation for the integration of PCM in energy efficient buildings for thermal management
Principal investigator

2017 - 2020 (Ongoing)

85.67 Lakhs

4

DST (Material initiative)

 

Development of Functional Phase Change Materials for Enhanced Energy Efficiency of Thermal Energy Storage System
Co-principal investigator

2017 - 2020 (Ongoing)

49 Lakhs

5

Department of Science and Technology

Desalination through waste heat recovery from solar PV operated VCR system -  Principal Investigator

2016-2019 (Ongoing)

35.35 Lakhs

6

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPRSC - UK)

Adsorption Cooling-energy Conversion with Encapsulated Sorbents -  Project Partner

March 2016 to February 2019. (Ongoing)

£ 609,488,

7

Department of Science and Technology

Role of Nano technology in augmenting thermal performance of solar collector system integrated with PCM based thermal energy storage system for space cooling applications -   Principal Investigator

2015 - 18. (Ongoing)

Rs. 61 lakhs

8

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Investigations on small capacity wind turbine with compressed air energy storage system -  Principal Investigator

2014 - 16. (Ongoing)

Rs. 45.32 Lakh

Completed

9

UGC- UKERI

Performance enhancement of solar water heater integrated with latent heat thermal storage system using nano-enhanced phase change materials -  Principal Investigator

2014 - 16.  (Completed)

Rs.11.5 Lakh

10

Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research (IGCAR)

Baffle Configuration for primary sodium spherical header of future FBR -  Principal Investigator

2012-13 (Completed)

Rs.10.0 lakh

11

Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO)

Effective thermal management system for solid state laser devices using thermal energy storage technology Effective thermal management system for solid state laser devices using thermal energy storage technology
Principal Investigator

2012-13 (Completed)

 

Rs.10.0 lakh

12

Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET)

Wind turbine CFD Modeling and analysis
Principal Investigator

2010 - 12. (Completed)

Rs.7.0 Lakh

13

Indo-German Co-operation Project, funded by DST BMBF

Phase Change material based thermal storage system for solar air heating applications
Principal Investigator

2008 - 10. (Completed)

Rs.7.56 Lakh

14

Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), Govt. of Tamil Nadu

Design & development of Energy Efficient Buildings using solar Passive Architecture
Principal Investigator

2006 - 10. (Completed)

Rs.10. 0 Lakh

15

Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), Govt. of Tamil Nadu

Solar Cooker based on thermal storage system for cooking during night/early morning hours
Principal Investigator

2006 - 10. (Completed)

Rs.10. 0 Lakh

  • Sponsored Research Project 15

    Development of solar cooker based on thermal storage system for cooking during night / early morning

Funding agency

Tamilnadu energy development Agency (TEDA), Chennai & Anna University, Chennai

Duration

2006-2009

Amount

10.00 Lakhs

  • Though the solar cookers are successfully implemented in few of the large-scale community buildings, the use in residential buildings and in rural areas has not yet successfully commercialized mainly due to its availability varies widely with time.

    Experimental setup – Solar cooking unit integrated with TES
  • Outcome
    • A pilot scale solar cooking unit integrated with thermal storage tank was developed and demonstrated even for
      late evening/early morning hours.
    • Ph.D. complete
    d : 1
    • Research Publications: 2 (International Journals)
  • Sponsored Research Project 14

    Design and Development of Energy Efficient Buildings using Solar Passive Architecture

Funding agency

Tamilnadu energy development Agency (TEDA), Chennai & Anna University, Chennai

Duration

2006-2009

Amount

10.00 Lakhs

  • A Comfortable home with minimum energy consumption is the dream of the common man, governments and researchers. Thermal storage particularly using PCM plays an important role in the building energy conservation.
  • The objective of the project was to design a storage type of PCM based regenerative heat exchanger for free cooling application.

    Passive cooling of buildings

  • Outcome
    • The concept of free cooling was demonstrated to achieve comfort conditions inside the building cabin by using excess hot energy
      available during summer day using solar flat plate collector and by storing cool energy available during early morning in a cool storage system.
    • Ph.D completed : 3
    • Research Publications: 6 ( International Journals)
  • Sponsored Research Project 13

    Design and development of phase change material based thermal storage system for solar air heating applications

    Funding agency

    INDO-GERMAN DST BMBF

    Duration

    2008 – 2009

    Amount

    7.56 Lakhs


    • In solar dryers the drying process largely depends on the varying local weather conditions, resulting in a poor quality of the dried product. The objective of the project was to eliminate the fluctuations in the temperature of the hot air, solar collectors are integrated with the Phase Change Material (PCM) based thermal storage unit.
    • Outcome
      • A solar dryer was developed, and the feasibility of using a latent heat storage, to store the excess solar energy, and release it when the energy availability is inadequate during poor weather conditions was demonstrated to extend the period of utilisation beyond the sunshine hours.


      • Ph.D completed : 2
      • Research Publications: 3 (International Journals)

  • Sponsored Research Project 12

    Wind Turbine CFD Modeling and Analysis

    Funding agency

    National Institute for Wind Energy

    Duration

    2011-2012

    Amount

    6.62 Lakhs

    • Wind turbines extract energy from the wind to produce electricity; therefore, the wind leaving the turbine must have a lower energy content than the wind upstream of the turbine, which considered as wakes.
    • The objective of the project was to consider these wake effects in the design of a wind farm in order to maximize the energy output and lifetime of the machines.
    • Outcome
      • In this project, the wake behavior downstream of the wind turbine was numerically studied to achieve the highest possible efficiency from the wind, and to install as many as possible wind turbines within a limited area.
      • Ph.D completed : 1
      • Research Publications: 2 (International Journals)

  • Sponsored Research Project 11

    Effective Thermal Management system for solid state LASER Devices using Thermal Energy Storage Technology

Funding agency

Science & Technology centre (LASTEC), DRDO Delhi & Anna University, Chennai

Duration

2012 – 2013

Amount

10.00 Lakhs

  • Efficient thermal management is a crucial factor in the solid-state lasers to increase its power performance at a higher temperature and reduce the lasing wavelength shift. Also, there is a need to maintain the operating temperature within in a relatively narrow range in a pulsed solid-state laser, which generates an intermittent heat with respect to its pulsing rate.
  • The objective of the project is to design and develop an effective thermal management system for high power solid state laser devices using Thermal Energy storage system.

    • Outcome
      • A pilot scale Thermal management system (1.5 kW) using PCM based cool thermal energy storage unit for a high-power LASER device was developed.
      • Ph.D. completed: 1
      • Research Publications: 2 (International Journals)

  • Sponsored Research Project 10

    Baffle Configuration for Primary Sodium Spherical Header of Future Fast Breeder Reactor

    Funding agency

    Indira Gandhi Centre For Atomic Research (IGCAR), Government of India, Kalpakkam

    Duration

    2012 – 2013

    Amount

    9.2 Lakhs

    • The pressurized sodium from primary sodium pump (PSP) enters into spherical header via discharge pipe which is send to the main core through four cooling pipes originating from a single header area of different lengths due to its layout limitations.
    • The objective was to achieve Optimum baffle arrangement to avoid vortices being formed and also to reduce the pressure loss coefficient (<1.2) in the header and to achieve uniform flow through the four cooling pipes originating from the header using CFD analysis.
  • Sponsored Research Project 9

    Performance enhancement of solar water heater integrated with latent heat thermal storage system using nano-enhanced phase change materials.

Funding agency

UGC-UKIERI

Duration

2014-2016

Amount

11.5 Lakhs

  • This is an Indo - UK exchange program to build long term collaboration in research.
  • The objective is integrating both hot and cool energy storage system with solar and refrigeration system. Anna University is more focused on cool generation and storage, whereas that in Birmingham is more on heat generation and storage.
  • Outcome
    • 4 researchers from AU visited Birmingham University (BU) and 4 from BU visited AU.
    • This project lead to receive a DST funded project to execute the experimental work
    • M.S. completed: 1 : Joint Research Publications: 2 (International Journals)


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