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IIT-Bombay students to map country’s energy needs

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IIT BombayStudents from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, are spearheading an initiative which looks at identifying the country's energy needs, ways to bridge the demand-supply gap and the technologies that will be required in this regard. It is part of a larger project in which the Technology and Information Forecasting Assessment Council (TIFAC) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is creating a technology vision for the country. It includes 11 areas like health, agriculture, energy and manufacturing and so on.

 There are expert committees under each theme which will prepare a report to assist the government in policy making in those areas. A parallel student initiative has been introduced for the first time, for the energy sector and it has been approved by the DST. Undergraduate and postgraduate students from IIT Bombay are heading the student-initiative and will have to submit their report by October 2012. The objective of involving students is to ensure that they are also part of the decision-making process. "The project is looking at forecasting technologies for India. Within that, TIFAC decided that they wanted to have students' perspectives in the report related to the energy sector. IIT Bombay is heading this project. We have formed a core committee of students and have divided the energy sector into three segments, which includes demand, supply and demand-supply match. The summary of the students report will be incorporated in the final report by the expert committee," said Rachit Shrivastava, member of the student team from IIT Bombay.

Students from across the country can be part of the core team of the project and/or submit their views and suggestions. It involves identifying the trends in energy needs of the people, identifying technologies to fulfill those needs, while forecasting the investments and necessary infrastructural support required.

While demand segment will focus on the need for energy in terms of electricity across sectors like residential, commercial and industrial, agriculture, the supply aspect will explore the various options available like coal, wind, solar, nuclear, hydro and geothermal. "The demand-supply matching group will suggest measures to optimise the resources available, the social and environmental impact and the financial implications. We will have to identify the needs of both urban and rural areas during the exercise," he said. The IIT Bombay team has created a website to get opinion, articles and recommendations from students across the country on a single platform. "We have initiated discussions and will reach out to students of other colleges and universities. We plan to reach to other institutes through surveys, video-conferences, Skype and Facebook among other platforms. We are seeking inputs from everyone and will subsequently compile a report for the policymakers," said Shrivastava.

Source - Indian Express


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