Press Releases

A two-day training programme on “Functioning and Maintenance of Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) Station officers” began at Central University of Jharkhand today

Ranchi, Jul 1: A two-day training programme on “Functioning and Maintenance of Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) Station officers” of Eastern Region states, jointly organised by Centre for Energy Engineering, CUJ and Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, New Delhi began at the varsity campus today.

In his inaugural address Jharkhand State Electricity Board chairman SN Verma said the state produced “enough” power yet the crisis is caused by inefficient distribution. Power produced in Jharkhand is distributed to outside the state, he informed.

CUJ Vice Chancellor (in-charge) Prof S K Tewari recalling his more than decade-long stay in Gujarat said people in that state enjoy 24-hour power supply. He brought home the point that despite having uninterrupted power supply, the Gujarat government was focussing on solar power.

He thanked the centre for initiating the two-day training programme on the topic and hoped that it would lead to a meaningful discourse.  

Director of MNRE Dr G Giridhar also graced the occasion.

Head of Centre for Energy Engineering Prof S K Samdarshi gave the welcome address while Dr Basudev Pradhan proposed the vote of thanks.

A large number of faculty members and students attended the programme.



Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) Station-CEE, CUJ

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has initiated a major project on Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) station across the nation to assess and quantify the solar radiation availability along with weather parameters with a view to developing Solar Atlas. Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), Chennai is implementing the project by installing a network of 51 Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) station in the first phase in different States using high quality, high resolution equipment/instruments. One of such SRRA station was established top of Administrative building in our Permanent campus under Centre for Energy Engineering.

Each SRRA station consists of two towers of 1.5 m and 6 m tall each. The 1.5 m tall tower houses a Solar Tracker equipped with Pyranometer, Pyranometer with Shaded Ring and Pyrheliometer to measure solar parameters, such as, global, diffused and direct radiation. The 6 m tall tower houses instruments measuring rainfall, ambient temperature, atmospheric pressure, relative humidity, wind speed and direction. Each SRRA station is totally powered by 160 Watt SPV Panels and consists of 13 equipments/instruments and records 37 parameters inclusive of both measured and derived. The data from each SRRA station averaged to 10 minutes will be transmitted to a Central Receiving Station established at C-WET, Chennai through GPRS mode. The implementation of the project has started from February 2011 and all stations have already been installed, completed and commissioned.