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VIT Team Electrifies 65 houses in Karnataka using Solar Energy

The School of Electrical Engineering in the Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, has electrified, using solar energy, 65 houses in Alambadi village in rural Karnataka which did not have any power supply for the past 75 years.

The professors and students of the Solar Energy Research Cell (SERC), School of Electrical Engineering, VIT, did this under a project Intelligent Off-Grid System for energy sustainable village — sanctioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the banner, Mission Innovation Challenge-Off Grid Energy Access.

The team carried this out in association with consortium partners, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Roma Tre University, Italy, and Indian institutes such as the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development, Trust for Rejuvenation of Environment and Nature Development, and Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Karnataka.

"Under this project, the Indian institutes will collaborate with foreign universities and bring up innovation related to rural electrification so that it can be presented as a business model to African countries. The systems which we came up with will be tested in diverse locations across the country. Only nine institutes have been given this grant and ours is the only private one," said Prof. N. Rajasekar, SERC, VIT.

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