Annual Report 2005 - 06

IIT Bombay offers an interdisciplinary course in Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) leading to M. Tech. and Ph. D. degree. The programme is aimed at providing an understanding of and training on energy systems to innovators/engineers, who can contribute meaningfully to the nations energy sector. It is expected that rapid growth of the energy of the energy sector and the challenges imposed by energy resource constraints will need specially qualified engineers with an ability to understand and analyse energy systems. The Energy Systems Engineering programme at IIT Bombay was initiated in 1981. About 238 alumni of the programme are currently working in various positions in industry and research institutes. The ESE group has plans to grow into a Centre of Energy Research catering to the requirements of the country's energy sector.

Academic Programme

The course is inter-disciplinary in nature and students and faculty members are from diverse engineering (energy, mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, etc.) and science (physics, chemistry etc.) disciplines. During the programme the students are exposed to core areas of energy management including energy auditing, energy systems modeling and analysis and non-conventional energy sources. In addition, students take elective courses in their area of specialisation. The programme also has an option of specialisation in nuclear power with interaction with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). The Energy Systems Engineering programme interacts with the industry, research institutions and policy makers for developing and promoting efficient and clean technologies in the country. These interactions are in the form of consultancy and sponsored projects, seminars and workshops.

The program is well recognised by the industry and other agencies and this is evident from the many sponsorships/fellowships received every year. Three fellowships at M.Tech. and two at Ph.D. levels have been sanctioned by Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources. M/s Forbes Marshall and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) offer sponsorships attached to placement in their respective organisations.  In 2006 a batch of 27 M.Tech students were admitted to the M.Tech programme. Energy Systems Engineering celebrated its ‘Energy Day’ on 24th March 2006 at Institute Auditorium.  About 55 delegates from various industries and organizations participated in the proramme.


A.  Books/Chapters in Books (REPORT)

  • R. Banerjee, Off-Grid Hybrid Energy Systems’ chapter in book titled “The New Energy Economy” by WISE (World Institute of Sustainable Energy), Pune, 2005.

B. Papers in Journals International

  • Banerjee,“Comparison of options for distributed generation in India”, Energy Policy, Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp 101-111, (2006)

  • A. Sarkar; R. Banerjee “Net energy analysis of hydrogen storage options”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 30, Issue 8, pp 867-877, (2005)

  • Rajesh N. Patel, Santanu Bandyopadhyay and Anuradda Ganesh, “Extraction of Cashew (Anacardium occidentale) Nute Shell Liquid using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide, Biomass and Bioenergy, v97 (6), pp847-853, 2006.

  • A. Bhakta and S. Bandyopadhyay, Constructal Optimization of Top Contact Metallization of A Photovoltaic Solar Cell, International Journal of Thermodynamics, 8(4), 175-181, 2005.

C. Papers in Proceedings


  • Rajesh N. Patel, Santanu Bandyopadhyay and Anuradda Ganesh “Cost Optimisation for Clean Manufacuring: Supercitical Fluid Extraction for Cashew Nut Shell Liquid”,  EX-TECH-2006, 6-8 February 2006, York, UK.

  • Rajesh N. Patel, Santanu Bandyopadhyay and Anuradda Ganesh, “Selective Extraction of Phenols from Sugarcane Bagasse Pyrolysis Oil” at ‘10th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids’ organized by International Society for the Advancement of Supercritical Fluids’ 12th -14th Dec. 2005, Colmar, France.

  • Piyali Das and Anuradda Ganesh, “Carbon Nano-chains from Cashewnut Shell---- a Novel Rout”, International Congress of Nanotechnology 2005, October 31-November 4, 2005 San Francisco USA.

  • B. F. Deshmukh, R. K. Malik, and S. Bandyopadhyay, Efficient Feed Preheat Targeting for Distillation by Feed Splitting, Proceedings of European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering —15 (ESCAPE-15), Barcelona, 751-756, May 29- June 1, 2005.

  • J. Varghese and S. Bandyopadhyay, Thermo-economic Optimization of Fired Heater Integrated Processes, Second International Conference on Applied Thermodynamics, Istanbul, May 18-20, 2005.

  • A. Bhakta and S. Bandyopadhyay, Constructal Optimization of Top Contact Metallization of A Photovoltaic Solar Cell, Second International Conference on Applied Thermodynamics, Istanbul, May 18-20, 2005.

  • G. N. Kulkarni, S. B. Kedare, and S. Bandyopadhyay, The Concept of Design Space for Sizing Solar Hot Water Systems, Proceedings of International Congress on Renewable Energy (ICORE), Hyderabad, 302-306, February 8-11, 2006.

  • Kedare S. B., “Solar Concentrator for Industrial Process Heat”, Proceedings of the International Congress on Renewable Energy ICORE 2006, Feb 8-11,2006 Hyderabad, pp.  135-141, 2006

  • J. K. Nayak, R. S. Bokil and S. V. Joshi, “Implementation of Taiwanese standard for comparing Indian solar domestic hot water systems”, Proc-of Solar World Congress, International Solar Energy Society, Orlando, Florida, USA August 6-12.

  • Lokesh Jain and J. K. Nayak, “Experimental evaluation of solar domestic hot water systems”, Proc. of International Congress on Renewable Energy (ICORE) 2006, Hydrabad, India, pp.317-321, 2006.

  • R. Banerjee, International: European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering —15 (ESCAPE-15), Barcelona, May 29- June 1, 2005.

  • R. Banerjee, “Advanced Training for Renewable Energy Professionals in India”, Proceedings of International Congress on Renewable Energy (ICORE 2006) for For Sustainable Development, edited by E.V.R. Sastry and D.N. Reddy, pp 198-204, (2006).


  • V. Dafane and S. Bandyopadhyay, Target and Synthesis of Cogeneration System, National Conference on Energy Management in Changing Business Scenario, BITS-Pilani, October 8-9, 2005.

  • R. N. Patel, S. Bandyopadhyay, and A. Ganesh, Selective Extraction of Cardanol and Phenols from Cashew Nut Shell Liquid Obtained Through Pyrolysis of Cashew Nut Shells, 58th Indian Chemical Engineering Congress (Chem Con 2005), Delhi, December 14-17, 2005.

Conferences, Workshops, Seminars (Organised / Participation)


  • J. K. Nayak attended Solar World Congress 2005,International Solar Energy Society held at Orlando, Florida, USA during August 6 – 12, 2005.


  • R. Banerjee, Organised one month CEP on “Energy Auditing & Biomass Energy Systems”, April 1-30, 2005 for Ministry of Trade & Industry, Renewable Energy Division, Bhutan.


III.  Invited Lectures



R. Banerjee

  • Lecture on ‘Energy Auditing’ delivered in MITCON Course, April 1, 2005.

  • Lecture on 'Overview of Renewables for Power' delivered in Power India 2005, International Conference and Exhibition at Mumbai, November 10, 2005.

  • Lecture on 'Energy Policy' delivered at National Institute of Advance Studies-DST, IISc Campus Bangalore, November 8, 2005.

  • Lecture on ‘Demand Side Management and Load Management in India’ delivered at Academia of Resource Management, Mumbai on 2nd December, 2005.  

  • Keynote address at two day seminar on 'Alternative Energy Sources', 27-28 August, 2005 at VPM Polytechnic, Thane, Mumbai.

  • Lecture on ‘Analysis of Fuel cell systems’ and ‘Economics of fuel cell system’ delivered in SERC School on Fuel Cell, July 13-14, 2005 at IIT Bombay.

  • Lecture on ‘Renewables for Energy Conservation’ delivered in National Conference on ‘Energy Efficiency’, by MIT Energy Management Centre in Association with MEDA (Government of Maharashtra) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (Government of India), 28th June, 2005, Pune.

  S. Bandyopadhyay

  • set of lectures on "Process Simulation and Optimisation" to the OCES 2005 batch of Chemical Engineering TSO at IIT Bombay, March, 2006.

  • Energy Integration of Fired Heaters" presented at L&T, Powai Mumbai, February 24, 2006.
  • Energy Conservation" presented at IIT Bombay, October 14, 2005.
  • "Renewable Energy Sources and Management" presented at Management Development Programme on Plant Level Energy Audit organised by National Institute of Industrial Engineering, September 14, 2005.

  • "Energy Benchmarking: Common Methodologies and Advances" presented at two-day seminar on Benchmarking of Energy and Carbon-Trading in Chemical Process Industry organised by Indian Chemical Manufacturing Association at Mumbai, April 22-23, 2005.

 S. B. Kedare

  • "Renewable Energy Systems in India: On the Frontline”, presented at the All India Seminar on ‘Energy Conservation and Energy Audit’, Academy of Resource Management, Mumbai Dec 2-3, 2005.

 J. K. Nayak

  • Delivered lecture on “Solar thermal energy: status and challenges” in a workshop on “RENET Renewable Energy” at IISc, Bangalore, November 11, 2005.

  • Delivered lectures on “Recent trends in solar thermal energy” at P D A college of Engineering, Gulbarga, December 12, 2005.

  • Delivered lectures on “Solar thermal energy: status and challenges” at Vidyavardyhini’s College of Engineering and Technology, Vasai, Mumbai, March 10 2006.

Honorary Work

R. Banerjee 

  • Member of Technical Review Committee of International Congress on Renewable Energy (ICORE 2006) for Sustainable Development, Hyderabad.

  • Reviewer Ph.D Thesis – Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat
  • Member of TIFAC Steering Committee for the energy assessment studies for Planning Commission on Solar PV, Solar Thermal, In situ coal gasification, Offshore wind and Bioenergy.

  • Member of Technology Business Incubator (TBI) in Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) at IIT Bombay.

  • Reviewer of Energy Policy, Energy The International Journal, IEEE Transaction on Power Systems, Journal of the Indian Institute of Science.

 S. Bandyopadhyay 

  • Member of International Scientific Committee, Distillation & Absorption 2006, to be held in London, 4-6 September 2006.

  • Reviewer for Indian Journal of Engineering and Material Sciences; Applied Thermal Engineering; International Journal of Power and Energy Systems; and Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Physics.

J. K. Nayak 

  • Member, Expert committee for solar Thermal Energy, MNES.

 VI. Others


 Setting up of ‘Underground Coal Gasification Lab’ for research projects under sponsorship of ONGC.