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Thermal Energy Storage System inaugurated in CESE building at IIT Kanpur
Kanpur, November 6, 2020
A 775 TR HR thermal energy storage system was inaugurated on Thursday by Prof Abhay Karandikar, Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur at the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE) building on the campus of the institute.
This technology is quite effective in reducing the building air-conditioning load and minimizing peak electricity demand in the system, a press release from IIT Kanpur said.
IIT Kanpur is leading a joint Indo-US project which is called UI-ASSIST on Smart Grid and Storage Technology, funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), through the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum New Delhi.
Under this project five demonstration pilot units are being set up in rural, semi-urban, and Urban/Institutional settings. The system inaugurated in the CESE building yesterday is part of the urban pilot.
"This thermal storage system utilizes the latest concept of the use of phase change material with a Brine solution as coolant which takes low-cost energy during off-peak period to achieve the coolant temperature up to -4 degree Celsius and supports the air conditioning load during peak period to the tune of 77.5 TR for 10 hours. This also results in significant energy saving that can be adopted in Smart City and data centre applications," the release said.
The project is led by Prof. S. C. Srivastava, Prof. Santanu Mishra, and Prof. Ankush Sharma from the Electrical Engineering department of IIT Kanpur and primarily executed by Vinay Kumar Tiwari, Executive engineering IWD and Shiv Kumar Singh, Research Establishment Officer, Electrical Engineering Department IIT Kanpur, with Kehems Technologies, Indore as a service provider.
Prof Sameer Khandekar from Mechanical Engineering Department has provided periodic guidance for the selection of the technology, the release added.