A team of three faculty members from the EEE Dept of the College consisting of Ms Neeraja A Poduval, Mr Aswin T Surendran and Mr Vishnurach K R attended a five-day Short Term Training Programme on “Trends in Hybrid Vehicles” organised at Govt Engineering College, Kannur, during 1 – 5 January 2019.
Here is a outline of what the team members had learnt from the STTP!
The day 1 started with the inaugural ceremony. The program was inaugurated by the college principal and organizing committee members briefed about various sessions ahead. The first session was handled by Dr Nishanth T (AP, Physics Dept, Sree Krishna College, Guruvayur). It was based on the need for switching on to electric vehicles with emphasis on environmental pollution. The resource person was successful in conveying the dangerous scenario with regards to vehicular emissions.
In the afternoon session, Dr Ajay Babu (AP, NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad) talked about energy management in hybrid electric vehicles. He emphasised basics of optimized fuel consumption for better performance and comfort in hybrid electric vehicles.
The day 2 started with a session on various drives for hybrid electric vehicles by Dr Rajesh M (Prof, GCE Kannur). He discussed about the comparison in performance and efficiency of various drives. It followed by a very interesting session on fuel cells and biomass gasifiers by Dr. Vasanth Parthasarthy (Research Associate, GCE Kannur). He discussed about different types of fuel cells, their basic working and their potential in automobile industry.
In the afternoon session, the participants visited the research laboratory within the campus where solid oxide fuel cell and gasifier plant were functioning. The research for integrating the two units is under progress. Gasifier functioning was demonstrated by Mr Sachin, PhD Scholar, GCE Kannur. This was followed by a demonstration of an e-rickshaw by Mr Pradeep Gopalakrishnan, CEO-Sinpar Enterprises.
The sessions were cancelled due to harthal.
The forenoon session began with a lecture on basics of control strategies of electric drives by Dr Jayaprakash (Head, EEE Dept, GCE Kannur). It was followed by a session on alternate fuel vehicles by Dr. Peethambaran (Prof, ME Dept, GEC Kannur). He discussed about different non-conventional fuels and their use in automobile industry.
The afternoon session was handled by Mr Vitthal Deexit, Technology Specialist, Entuple Technologies, Bangalore. He presented various design aspects of electric drives.
The forenoon session was handled by Dr Saji Justus (AP, College of Engineering, Kidangoor). In the session he discussed about various sensors, their working and significance in automobiles. Latest technologies in automobiles for enabling security and safety were presented.