The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology has commissioned the first smart micro grid project in the country which is capable of lighting up 32 lamps each OF 100 watt capacity in the campus.
The project is synchronised to generate power from solar, wind and vegetable waste resources alternately. It has the capacity to generate 32 kilowatt electricity which can light up for 24 hours 32 lamps each having 100 watt capacity or say 16 lamps of 200 watt capacity non-stop.
The power generated from solar energy will depend on the availability of sunlight during day time while wind energy was being produced whenever there is strong wind on the bank of Hooghly in Shibpur in Howrah district where the institute is located.
The power from biogas is being generated mostly at night from vegetable waste collected from the campus kitchen and markets outside, he said yesterday.
The IIEST, formerly Bengal Engineering College Shibpur, is also setting up another 800 kw capacity solar energy plant commissioned by the Centre for Excellence for Green Energy Systems of the institute.