Electric Vehicles (EV) and Renewable energy (RE) are the two important technologies which help the earth to heal itself in face of impending Global warming. India is accelerating use of EV and RE over the next decade. This four-part course, each for about four weeks, help one get a fairly strong grip on what the technology involves. It is fundamental and yet deep enough. The course designed for students with any engineering background, gives a good grasp at not only the technology but also the economics (in Indian context) for wide deployment of the technology. The course is taught by Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras along with his colleagues Prof. Kaushal Jha and Prof. Kannan on NPTEL Platform. The four modules of the course are as follows:
Part 1- Introduction to Electric Vehicles and Vehicle subsystem requirements,
Part 2 – Fundamentals of Battery Cells and Pack design
Part 4 – Renewable energy and storage.
B. Tech 4th year / M. Tech / MS / PhD or working professionals in EE, ECE, Mech, Engineering Design, Aerospace Engineering students interested in Electric Vehicles
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Institute Professor at IIT Madras, did his B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur and MS and PhD from University of Maine, USA and was a faculty at Washington State University, USA for a year and half before joining as a faculty at IIT Madras in 1981. In 2017-18, he was on sabbatical from IITM and was Principal Advisor to Minister of Power, MNRE, and Railways, Government of India, New Delhi.
Prof. Jhunjhunwala is considered a pioneer in nurturing Industry-Academia interaction in India towards Research and Development, Innovation and Product Development. He conceived and built India’s first university affiliated business park (IIT Madras Research Park) to promote Industry-Academia Research and Development collaboration.
Kannan Lakshminarayan is currently a Professor of Practice in the department of Engineering Design at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where he leads a team designing and developing High Efficiency Traction Motors for electrical vehicles. His research interests revolve around electro-mechanical engineering for making products that impact livelihoods and sustainability. He is the founder and director of Fractal Foundation – a one of a kind “ideas accelerator” focused on bringing new technologies to the market, including Microspin and Skillveri. In addition, Kannan’s passion for innovation-driven engineering led him to co-found and direct several tech companies like Vortex and Motorz. Kannan received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras 2014, in recognition of his innovations and transformative work in sustainable solutions for rural India.
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