Centre of Excellence in Thermal Energy Storage (CoE-TES) Centre of Excellence in Thermal Energy Storage (CoE-TES) has been established under the FAST scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The objective of the centre is to become one of the leading research and education centres in the area of thermal energy storage. The centre envisages to work in basic and applied research including new material development, low and medium temperature application, sub-ambient and low temperature application. The centre also aims to develop market ready products to enhance the penetration of TES based systems in India and is engaged in collaboration with several industrial and research organizations. The current research in the centre is focussed on latent heat storage systems for low and medium temperature applications (-20 oC top 200 oC), solar thermal power generation and solar air drying application.
Hybrid Microgrid FacilityThe Hybrid Micro Grid (HMG) facility has been developed as a research facility using Polycrystalline Solar PV arrays, Wind Turbine with Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator, Battery Bank and DC Loads. The HMG is powered by Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) comprises of a 200Wp wind turbine generator, 200Wp Solar Panel and two 12V, 7AH batteries connected in series. Array of LED bulbs are used to make the DC load simulator. The HMG is primarily be a laboratory simulator set up and used for carrying out power flow experiments by MTech and PhD students. The Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are placed on the roof top of our hostel block. The laboratory facility is active till the DC loads for experimentation & research purpose and ready to be integrated to the existing grid using inverter and AC loads.
Energy Simulation Laboratory Centre of Excellence in Energy software are widely used for policy analysis, scenario evaluation, system design and financial analysis. The availability of affordable computing power has increased both the sophistication and accessibility of these softwares to the planning and policy communities with an increasingly broad range of studies as well as the ability to produce their own assessments. Such assessments offer a reasonably transparent and objective foundation for studies of critical energy related issues. The laboratory is equipped with the current software used in RE industry such as RET Screen, PVSyst, WAsP, SAM, HOMER, PSS/E and Energy Plus. Each software module covers the basic understanding of the use of the software and exercises focusing on in-depth analysis of various applications.
Environmental Monitoring Laboratory The laboratory is capable of conducting all kinds of soil, water and air monitoring experiments required at master’s level. The laboratory has been created with an objective of providing a facility with all the basic equipments required for analysis of environmental samples (soil, waste, water and air). It caters to the interdisciplinary application in research to all the master’s students (science based) of the Deemed university. This laboratory facility is common for MSc (ES, NRM, WRM and CSP) programs and has following equipments:
UV-Visible Spectrophotometer, Aerosol spectrophotometer, Respirable dust sampler, High volume sampler, Gaseous monitoring, Kit Handy low volume air samplers, Stack Monitoring kit PH meter, Muffle furnace Ion selective electrode, Turbidity meter, Conductivity meter, Jar test assembly, COD digester (reflux), BOD testing apparatus, Sensitive Balance, Bomb Calorimeter
Biotechnology Laboratories The biotechnology laboratory at TERI SAS is well equipped with some state-of-the-art instruments such as PCR machines, refrigerated centrifuges, gel electrophoresis systems, gel documentation system, deep freezers, plant growth chambers, to mention a few. Additionally, an advanced computer laboratory equipped with high-end computers enabled with advanced software like GCK, PAUP and MacVector is assigned for bioinformatics applications.
Equipment/Facility, Separate washing and autoclaving area, Equipment room, Dark room, Tissue culture room, Laminar flow cabinets, Gel documentation system, Refrigerated centrifuge, Benchtop centrifuge, BOD Incubator/Shaker, Deep Freezer (-80oC), Freezer (-20oC), Refrigerator (4o), Eppendorf Mastercycler, UV-visible spectrophotometer, Protein and nucleic acid electrophoresis apparatus, Vortex mixers, Weighing balances, Magnetic stirrers, Software for sequence analysis (MacVector and GCK), MacIntosh and IBM-PC computers, pH meters, Hybridization oven, Oven, micro wave, 42 litre, Drying oven.
Heat Transfer laboratory Knowledge of heat transfer finds its application in various renewable energy and energy efficient technologies such as solar thermal heat and power, thermal energy storage, thermal management of building, passive solar architecture, biomass power generation etc. Heat transfer lab is designed to give M.Tech students of Renewable Energy Engineering and Management, coming with various undergraduate degrees, an introduction to measurement techniques in basic heat transfer processes. The laboratory experiments are designed to give students hands-on training on heat transfer process experiments such conduction, convection, radiation and heat exchange. This also helps students to understand the concepts of thermal equilibrium, thermal inertia along with examples of typical values of properties of a process or material. After completing this lab course, the students are better equipped to understand the experiments on solar energy and thermal storage as part of Energy Lab-II.
Geoinformatics LaboratoryThe Geoinformatics Laboratory at the TERI SAS is well equipped with state-of-the-art equipments such High-end computers (dual processor), scanners, digitizers, printers, plotters, Hand held GPS, Infra red Thermometer and others. Digital image processing software like Erdas Imagine 9.3/8.7, LPS 9.3, GIS software like ArcGIS 9.3 Workstation, GMS 6.0, WEAP, are some of the advanced support systems available. Web publishing tools include ArcGIS advance and ArcIMS servers. The laboratory is also equipped with open source software and collection of digital database. We have strong network with various research institutions and universities working in the subfields. These facilities support R&D activities in various centres of TERI.
Combustion Laboratory The combustion lab has been established to test the performance of cookstoves based on their thermal efficiency as well as emissions. Internationally accepted protocols such as water boiling test (WBT) and Kitchen performance test (KPT) can be used. The hood method is used to capture and quantify the various products of incomplete combustion. Following instruments and support facilities are available in the lab: - Moisture meter - Bomb calorimeter - Equipment to maintain isokinetic conditions - Aerosol Spectrometer and dust monitor - Low flow air samplers (attached with SKC pump) for collection of bulk aerosols for characterization.
Power Systems Laboratory To work in power industry, it is very important to develop an expertise to handle various power system equipments like synchronous machine, DC machine, Induction machine, transformers and transmission lines. This laboratory is designed to provide fundamental experiential knowledge through hands-on experiments on different equipment of used in electrical power system at various loading conditions.
Solar Lighting Laboratory The Solar Lighting Laboratory (SLL) at the TERI SAS is a unique laboratory in India to adhere to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for the testing of solar lighting systems (SLS) and the first laboratory in India which has got the recognition under the Lighting Global programme of International Finance Corporation (IFC) (IEC is an international body that sets standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies throughout the world). The laboratory is also supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and currently following all the quality procedures which are compiled to National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL).The sophisticated equipment and test setup that is used for testing lighting products in the laboratory are calibrated by National Physical Laboratory (NPL) or NABL accredited calibration laboratories.
Currently, the laboratory's facility is available for testing and long term performance assessment of various lighting systems (both general lighting and solar based lighting) and also for carrying out various training programmes for different target groups. So far, SLL has tested more than 120 models of solar lighting systems including solar lanterns, solar home lighting systems, solar task lights and multi-purpose solar lights. SLL has also collaboration with more than 10 industry partners and research organizations for developing cost effective solar lighting systems.
The ability of the laboratory to cater to the testing needs of both rural as well as urban lighting infrastructure makes it stand out from other laboratories. The laboratory is working towards strong quality assurance and testing programmes, which will help in building consumer confidence towards the solar lighting products. The IFC's Lighting Asia - India programme is working with TERI to achieve these goals.
Analytical and Geochemistry Laboratory The analytical and geochemistry lab caters the needs for research in understanding the earth sciences problems and providing solutions to these problems. The researchers in the laboratory are currently engaged in understanding the natural occurrence of Arsenic, Fluoride and Uranium in groundwater. The lab also has developed prototype nano-materials to remove such geogenic contaminants from groundwater to provide safe drinking water. The lab has established linkages to Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University; Dept. of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Standford University. The lab also has developed linkages with institutions in India such as IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, Jawaharlal Nehru University, SPCB Bihar, Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, Punjab, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences etc. The laboratory houses several water field testing kits, flame photometer, double beam spectrophotometer, LED-Fluorimeter, Radiation Survey Meter, Air-dry Oven, Sonicator, pH meter, Muffle furnace, Ion selective Electrodes, Conductivity meter etc.