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“Energy conservation and Electrical Safety”

One Day Workshop to add value to the Engineering education

A training workshop for students of EEE on Energy conservation and Electrical Safety was organized by Department of EEE in coordination with Tamilnadu Electricity Board. The objective of this workshop, to add value to the engineering education by adding the important aspect of Energy Conservation & Management. The students were trained on various tools and methods for energy conservation and efficient use of energy. Training module was distributed to all the participants.

The Heads of Department, Student Secretary and Treasurer, Respected Chief Guest Mr.M.Sivalingam, Superintendent Engineer, Non- Conventional Energy Source, Tirunelveli and 15 members of his team were present on the occasion along with other officials.

In the inaugural function, Prof.Jeyakumar , Head of Department Electrical Engineering Department introduced the chief guest which was followed by the Chief Guest Address by Mr.M.Sivalingam, Superintendent Engineer, Non- Conventional Energy Source, Tirunelveli. While addressing the students, Mr.M.Sivalingam highlighted the importance of incorporating energy into different subjects. He urged the entire team to inculcate the inputs gained during the workshop in the classroom and He also pointed out various steps that can be taken up at individual levels to conserve energy and use it efficiently.

The technical session I started with the overview of the energy sector and Power quality by Er. Vallivel,he pointed out that - India has less than 1% of world oil & gas reserves and 17% of world population. He remarked that heavy dependence on imported energy (80% of oil, 15 to 20% of coal and Gas), poses serious questions about energy security and balance of payment. To meet challenges of climate change and environmental pollution, improving energy efficiency is a cost effective solution. He also discussed about why energy should be saved. This was explained with several examples. He explained how the investment can be reduced using energy efficient tube lights, fan etc. During the training, they highlighted the opportunity to discover concrete and technically mature energy-saving tools, helping them decrease energy consumption in the production and reduce energy costs.

In the technical session II, Er. Muthamperumal handled Protection Equipment and measures of saving electricity in motors & pumps were highlighted. To make the sessions interesting, various case studies were included to highlight the energy conservation practices employed by various industries towards energy conservation, cost reduction and sustainable development.

All the sessions were highly interactive and participants actively interacted with the experts. The workshop was very interesting and successful and met the objective for which it was planned and organized. Final Year Student Sarika Vani concluded the inaugural function by presenting the vote of thanks. Student Saravanan and Latha of Second EEE, Master of Ceremony, beautifully and successfully anchored the program.

Learning from textbooks, lectures and other study material does not suffice for holistic learning. Practical, hands-on learning is essential for better understanding of work processes and business functions.As a part of this workshop,Students were taken to visit Palavoor Substation by Er.Samuthra Pandian,Dalmia Wind Farm, Er.Gnanamani(Senior Engineer,Dalmia Wind Farm,Aralvaimozhi wind Farm by Er.Kathirasan who explained about the Meter and Relay Testing which was highly beneficial for students and this initiative bridges the gap between theoretical training and practical learning in a real-life environment.

Thus the workshop ended with industry visits, where students were able to better identify their prospective areas of work in the overall organizational function.