Laboratory & Energy Park

 

Established on 1979, the same time with Energy Program. It covers an area of 3980 m2. Energy Park serves as a facility for: Experiments complimenting class lectures, Students’ and projects’ researches, Hands-on training, and the testing of commercial products. The Energy Park contains more than 70 standard laboratory apparatus for the study on solar thermal energy, photovoltaic, refrigeration, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, biomass energy, wind energy, day lighting, heat transfer, building energy management, and a meteorological station.

 
Solar Energy Research
 

Solar water heater - is water heated by the use of solar energy. Solar water heater systems are generally composed of solar thermal collectors, a water storage tank or another point of usage, interconnecting pipes and water to move the heat from the collector to the tank.

 

There are some more equipment used for research on solar energy in Energy Park, such as solar air heating system, solar radiation collector, solar cooker and solar collector test bed facility.

 
Solar house- A demonstration set up showing application of solar electrification in a house with basic requirements.The house is equipped with fluorescent lamps, a color television, a fan and a refrigerator powered by photovoltaic panels. It also has a solar hot water system.
 

Photovoltaic power generation modules (SKY SOLAR WIDE)- Performance testing of these modules was done by Energy laboratory for the supplier Kyosara, Japan. The sample sets are on display at the park.
 
Solar Water heater and test bed- Composed of solar thermal collectors, a water storage tank or another point of usage, interconnecting pipes and water to move the heat from the collector to the tank. A test bed is also available for performance testing of solar water heaters. It is also used as an experiment facility for students to familiarize on performance testing of solar water heaters.
 
 
 
 
Biomass Research 
 

In the biomass research facility with biomass briquettting machines such as pelletizers, piston press, screw press and piston press for producing briquettes for cutting edge research. Other equipment used for research on biomass energy in Energy Park are included biomass stove, charcoal making, solar biomass ice making machine and solar biomass hybrid air conditioning system. 

 

Energy building I also has a well equipped biomass laboratory for the proximate analysis and calorific analysis of the fuel and biomass.

 

Fluidized bed combustor- Developed and installed at the Biomass Research Area of the Energy Park, students can learn and study the principles of fluidized bed and biomass gasification.

Biomass briquetting machine- Used for producing high density biomass by compressing loose particles such as residues produced in agriculture, forestry, agro industry, etc. Biomass briquettes can be used as an alternative to fuel wood. they can also be carbonized to produce briquette charcoal.

 

Downdraft gasifiers- Installed for biomass gasification research activities; a multi stage steam gasification system is also available.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Meteorological Station
 

Meteorological station was erected on the roof desk of Energy building II. Since its inception, a set of sensors has been used to measure sky diffuse, solar beam and global solar radiation, wind velocity, ambient temperature and relative humidity, infrared radiation and sky temperature. Gathered data are automatically recorded every 5 minutes and stored in a data logger. 

 
 
 
 
SERD Computer Laboratory IV, Energy Building 
 

The SERD Computer Lab IV in the Energy Building has many software packages for system analysis and simulation, including software for thermodynamics and thermal-fluid sciences (EES), solar thermal and photovoltaic systems (TRNSYS), design and management of energy system (AspenTech), rational use of energy in building (RETScreen, DOE-2, Energy Plus), energy planning and policy analysis (EViews, MARKAL), model for analysis of energy demand and environmental impacts (LEAP), electricity system planning (WASP-III Plus, ENPEP), high-level modeling system for mathematical programming and optimization (GAMS, LINDO), electrical power system management (Power World, Power Gen, PSS/ADEPT, PSS/U). Five high-end PCs connected to the campus-wide network and a high quality laser printer. Scanning and CD writing facilities are also available for students' uses.