PELS inauguration at GEC Thrissur by Prof. Sanjib Panda

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. The programme was conducted in association with IA/IE/PELS Jt.Chapter Kerala. 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. The PELS SBC was inaugurated by the Dr. Panda and other dignitaries by lighting the ceremonial lamp. 

Dr. Panda is an Associate Professor and Director of the Power and Energy Research Area with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). He has co-authored one book and holds six patents. He has carried out extensive research in various areas of control of electric drives and power electronic converters. He is Associate Editor of “IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics” and “IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics”. 

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. 

The meeting was felicitated by Dr. Reji P, Head of the Electrical Engineering Department, Er. C M. Varghese, Managing Director of IGA-Tech Industries, Cochin and Chairperson of IEEE Industrial Relations and SEEM Kerala. IEEE SB representative, Sreejith and IEEE Student Branch counsellor Prof. K D Joseph, also felicitated the function. IEEE PELS SBC chair John A. R. expressed gratitude to all dignitaries. The event was made more colourful by the active participation of under graduate and post graduate students of GECT.

After the inaugural ceremony the meeting was adjourned and resumed for the technical talk by Dr. Sanjib Kumar Panda on “Can a dumb electrical-load be made smart using electric spring to mitigate renewable energy source variability issue?”.

The invited talk by Dr. Sanjib Kumar Panda on “Can a dumb electrical-load be made smart using electric spring to mitigate renewable energy source variability issue?” was highly enlightening and informative. The session began on 10:00am in the Maxwell Hall, Electrical Engineering Department. Dr. Jaison Mathew, Staff Advisor, IEEE PELS/IAS SB Chapter welcomed the gathering. 

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 form a smart load. The talk was followed by interactive session with the students. Prof. K. D. Joseph, IEEE SB Branch Counsellor presented a memento to Dr. Panda as a sign of gratitude. Jomin Thomas N J, Secretary of IEEE PELS SBC expressed the vote of thanks.