AMU faculty patents intelligent, sustainable technologies


Aligarh : The arduous search for intelligent green technologies and sustainable future draw to a close at the new inventions of Dr Mohd Tariq of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

His innovations, ‘An Automated Cleaning System of the Solar PV Panel’ and ‘Sun Tracking Mechanism with an Internet of Things (IoT) Based Automated Movable Platform’, recently patented by the Patent Office, Commonwealth of Australia are odds-on to entice a great deal of attention for researchers and academics working on future sources of energy.

“The ‘Automated Cleaning System of the Solar PV Panel’ is designed for places with high amounts of smog, dust, dirt and sand blowing around. The system is successful in removing all dirt on the panels—leading to more efficient and reliable output”, said Dr Tariq.

He added: ‘The Sun Tracking Mechanism with an IOT Based Automated Movable Platform’ will not only maximise the energy capture but also boost the efficiency of the overall power generation process with an IoT-based automated movable platform for maximum power generation. The objective of the invention is to decrease the dependency on fossil fuels and promote renewable energy for the generation of electrical power”.

Dr Tariq pointed out the ‘Automated Cleaning System of the Solar PV Panel’ will also decrease the operational cost—reducing the use of extra manpower or robotic systems for cleaning the Solar panels.

He asserted that the inventions will be helpful in supporting flexible and efficient Solar PV Systems and further propel the growth and the adoption of renewable energy sources.

Dr Tariq has jointly invented the patents with his student, Alina Naaz, who is doing her final year project after completing B.E in Electrical Engineering and Research intern/programmer, Mohd Azam.

Dr. Tariq is also the principal investigator in two inter-university collaborative research projects with the University of New South Wales, Canberra funded under a collaborative research grant scheme by UNSW, Australia.