PhD in Energy

Energy is a critical input required for development. Fossil fuel reserves in the country are limited and there is a need to develop viable cost effective alternatives. Renewable and Nuclear Energy can provide possible long term solutions for the energy problems. There are problems in the large scale development and deployment of these alternatives that need to be addressed. In the short run India has to aggressively pursue energy efficiency and Demand Side Management to Improve the efficiency of supply and utilization devices and systems. The development of new energy technologies provides a technological challenge as well as significant business opportunity. In order to help meet these challenges, the Department of Energy Science and Engineering (DESE) has been established with a mission to develop sustainable energy systems and solutions for the future. There is a requirement for high quality trained manpower in the energy sector. This also provides scope for engineering innovators/entrepreneurs. The DESE programme has two laboratories (Solar Energy and Energy Systems Laboratory) and a computational facility. In addition to this, DESE students are actively involved in the research and development activities of the Thermal Hydraulics facility, Gasification Laboratory, Heat Pump Laboratory (Mechanical Engineering), Power Electronics and Power Systems Laboratory (Electrical Engineering). DESE faculty have been organizing several ContinuingEducation Programme on a continuous basis on Renewable Energy, Energy Management, Process Integration, Solar Passive Architecture and have initiated a series of programmes for the Nuclear Power Corporation. DESE has established linkages with industries like Thermax, Forbes Marshall, BSES, Mahindra & Mahindra, BHEL and organization like Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, International Energy Initiative and The Energy and Resource Institute which havesponsoredM.Tech/Ph.DProjects.ThishasensuredtherelevanceoftheDESEresearchoutput.
Energy Efficiency/Improvements in conventional Energy Systems: Heat pumps, Energy integration, Process integration for resource optimization, Pinch Analysis Development of techniques  for optimization of Utility systems, Demand Side Management/Load Management in the Power Sector, Variable Speed Drives, Power Generation and Systems Planning, Energy Management and Auditing, Efficient Motor Drive Systems, Electronics Ballasts, Static VAR compensators, Illumination control, Power Electronics in Energy Efficient Systems, Electric Vehicles, Boilers and Fludised Bed Combustion, Exhaust Heat Recovery, Cogeneration, Building Energy Management, Efficient Air Conditioning Systems, Hydrogen Generation and Storage, Fuel Cells.
Renewables: Coal Gasification, Biomass Gasifier Design, Development and Testing, Liquid fuels from Biomass through the thermochemical and algal route, Microbial, Hydrogen ,CNG Kit development, Industrial Solar Thermal concentrators, Stirling Engine Systems, Testing of Solar Collectors and systems, Passive Solar Architecture, Development of Carbon PV cell, Decentralized Power Systems Grid Integration Issues, Hybrid Systems for Rural Electrification, Wind Energy, Low Cost Solar Drier, Fuel Cells, Thin film solar cells, Carbon nano tubes for hydrogen storage, Solar photovoltaic concentrator, Development of Engines for SVO, Biodiesel, Dual fuelling etc., Biodiesel manufacturing process, Complex Fluid Dynamics, Flow of Granular Materials, Multiphase flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Particulate Flows.
Nuclear: Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Waste management, Thermal Hydraulics Research, Computer Simulation Models for Analysis of Transients in Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor, Advanced Numerical Methods for neutron diffusion and fluid flow, Two­-phase flow modeling, Nuclear thermal hydraulics and safety, Analytical solution of multilayer heat conduction problems.