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NHPC collaborates with IIT-Roorkee to spur R&D in hydropower sector

PW Bureau

An MoU was signed with IIT Roorkee for establishing NHPC Chair Professorship at the institute with a view to provide a fillip to R&D and spur innovation New Delhi: State-owned National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Roorkee for establishing NHPC Chair Professorship at the institute with a view to provide a fillip to research and development in hydropower sector and spur innovation. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for research and development (R&D) collaboration was also signed on December 26, a statement released by the public sector undertaking (PSU) said. “The NHPC Chair Professor will act as an ambassador of hydropower development in the country to catalyse innovation, research and development in hydropower sector in IIT-R and Indian academia, as well as to facilitate or undertake studies in IIT-R and Indian academia on environment and social impacts of water resources and hydropower development projects, including study and application of climate change protocol for promoting clean energy,” the press release said. Each assignment under the MOA given by NHPC to IIT Roorkee will be considered in the form of an individual project, it added. The event was attended by Gobinda Baidya, ED (R&D) and Prof M Parida, Dean (Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy), IIT Roorkee signed MOU and MoA on behalf of NHPC and IIT Roorkee respectively. During this occasion, Janardan Choudhary, Director (Technical), NHPC, Prof Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee and Prof Arun Kumar, Independent Director, NHPC, Prof BK Mishra, Dean (Faculty Affairs) alongwith head of all departments of IIT Roorkee. Speaking about the importance of this collaboration, Choudhary, Director (Tech), NHPC, said, “We are entering into the partnership in the research area, in the capacity building and particularly in the area of development of hydro sector, this sector’s requirement is very much felt in today’s energy market in the augmentation of renewable energy. We are looking forward how this sector can get a place in system stability or to integrate and improve the stability and the requirement of variability and limitation that will be coming out of the integration of a lot of renewable energy options.” Choudhary also said, “We appreciate IIT Roorkee alumni’s significant presence and the impact of the department of earthquake engineering. NHPC can share field experience to improve and to optimise performance and forecasting as forecasting is very, very important in today’s environment.” Speaking about the MoU & MoA, Prof Chaturvedi, director, IIT Roorkee, said, “I am very happy that NHPC has come with the shared vision, this collaboration will help find solutions to the practical problems of hydropower through scientific research by NHPC and IITR and Indian academia.”