IA/IE/PELS Jt.chapter Kerala organized inauguration of recently formed PELS SB chapters and conducted invited talk in three PELS SB chapters during March 2019. Prof.K. Biju, Secretary, IA/IE/PELS Jt.chapter Kerala coordinated the programme. The resource person was by Dr Sanjib Kumar Panda, Professor of National University of Singapore (NUS) and PELS Asia-Pacific Regional Chair.
- GEC Kannur
The inauguration of IAS and PELS student chapters of IEEE SB GCE Kannur took place on 11 March 2019. On the same day, a technical talk was delivered by Prof.Panda on the topic “Can a dumb electrical load be made smart using electric spring to mitigate renewable energy source variability issue?”. 63 IEEE members attended the programme.
- GEC Thrissur
The IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) Student Branch Chapter (SBC) of the Government Engineering College – Thrissur (GECT), Thrissur, Kerala, India was inaugurated on 12 March 2019 by Dr. Sanjib Kumar Panda, Professor of National University of Singapore (NUS) and PELS Asia-Pacific Regional Chair. Dr. Jaison Mathew, Staff Advisor, PELS Society welcomed the gathering and introduced the speaker to the gathering which was followed by presidential address by Dr. B Jayanand, Principal-in-Charge GECT. In his inaugural address, Dr. Panda presented a brief history of the PELS Society and various activities carried out by the society. He stressed the importance of serving the community and the institution back through various programmes connected with PELS such as Empower a Billion Lives competition. He informed the gathering about different opportunities for IEEE PELS members. Dr. Panda also commented on the ongoing trends in transportation industry such as electric vehicles and how power electronics can play a major role in this area. Dr. Panda began his lecture by stressing the importance of increasing photovoltaic generation to reduce the Grid Emission Factor (GEF). One of the drawback of conventional system is that generation side has no information about the demand. Also the variations in the source side affect the critical load adversely. To protect the critical-load from these variations, Dr. Panda introduced the concept of electrical spring. The electrical spring absorbs the variations in input voltage to control the voltage across non-critical load while the voltage across the critical load is maintained within the required limits. This improves the reliability of the system to a great extent. The non-critical load together with electrical spring forms a smart load. The talk was followed by interactive session with the students. 32 IEEE members attended the programme.
The PELS student branch chapter of College of Engineering Karunagappally was inaugurated on 13th March 2019. Prof.Muhammed Kasim S (Chair IA/IE/PELS Jt.Chapter Kerala) was present. 35 IEEE members attended the programme.