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Non-Conventional Energy Resources


This course looks at the operating principle of a range of non-conventional energy resources, materials used, characterization, and key performance characteristics. The technologies looked at will include, Solar energy, Wind, Batteries, Fuel cells, and Geothermal conversion. The advantages and limitations of these technologies in comparison to conventional sources of energy will also be examined.



UG/PG:Higher Semester UG and PG

PREREQUISITES: Course will be accessible to most students who have completed their first two years of study at an Undergraduate level.


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Prof. Prathap Haridoss is a Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at IIT Madras. He works in the areas of Fuel Cell and Carbon nanomaterials. He has a B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Madras, and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Before he joined as a faculty at IIT Madras, he served as a Senior Scientist at Plug Power, a Fuel Cell company in New York. He has 3 US patents, several International Journal publications, and has published a book titled “Physics of Materials, Essential Concepts of Solid State Physics”


Week 1  : Scale of quantities, Impact of current energy usage, Conventional sources of energy
Week 2  :  Overview of non-conventional energy resources, Consumption by sector
Week 3  : Solar energy incident on earth, solar spectrum
Week 4  :  Overview of solar energy technologies, Solar Thermal devices
Week 5  :  Solar Photovoltaic devices, Performance and durability of solar devices
Week 6  :  Wind energy, technology and geographical aspects
Week 7  :  Geothermal and Biomass
Week 8  :  Battery basics, types
Week 9  :  Testing, performance of batteries
Week 10  :  Fuel cell types, Fuel processing, concept to product.
Week 11  :  Characterization and durability of fuel cells
Week 12  : Flywheels and super capacitors

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exams : 28 April 2019 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.