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14/12/2019 at 8:19 AM

Odisha government is contemplating to generate solar energy by leveraging the potential of vast water bodies available in the state, the Commissioner cum Secretary in the Energy department, Mr. Bishnupada Sethi said on Friday.

“Odisha has huge potential for generating solar power by using water bodies and large reservoirs like Balimela, Hirakud and Rangali,” he said while addressing as the chief guest at the two-day first international conference on Innovation in Electrical Power Engineering Communication and Computing Technology (IEPCCT-2019) which began at the SOA Deemed to be University.

Prof. P.K.Nanda, SOA’s Dean (Research and Development), presided over the inaugural function which was also addressed by Prof. Bhaskar Narayan Thorat, Director and Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology, IOC Campus, Bhubaneswar and Prof. Bijay Ketan Panigrahi, Professor at IIT, Delhi and General Chair of the conference.

Besides the water reservoirs, the government had identified seven irrigation projects for the purpose, he said adding issues including the method of evacuation of power, its impact on the water body, fisheries and other related matters, however, would have to be sorted out.

Prof. Thorat said though research generated a large amount of data and a reservoir of information and knowledge, it should be utilized with wisdom. “We need to have organised information and then opt for the best operation templates. Similarly we have to apply knowledge by opting for consistency in best practices,” he said. Prof. Renu Sharma, Head of department of Electrical Engineering in SOA’s faculty of engineering and technology and Dr. Manohar Mishra, Organising Chair of the conference, also spoke.

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