NHPC partners with IIT Roorkee for R&D collaboration & also establishes NHPC Professorial Chair

Roorkee: NHPC partners with IIT Roorkee for R&D collaboration in various fields including hydropower, hydrology, water resources, geology, earthquake, renewable energy and environmental management and establishes a NHPC Professorial Chair at IIT Roorkee.

On 26th December’ 2018, IITR and NHPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing a NHPC Professorial Chair and a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for R&D collaboration. The agreements were signed by Sh Govind Baidya ED-NHPC and Prof M Parida, Dean of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy-IIT Roorkee in the presence of Prof Ajit Chaturvedi, Director IIT Roorkee, Sh Janardhan Chaudhary, Director (tech) – NHPC, Prof BK Mishra, Dean of Faculty Affairs – IITR and Prof. Arun Kumar – IITR.

The MoU was signed to create a NHPC Professorial Chair with a one-time contribution of Rs. 2 crores. The NHPC Chair Professor will act as an ambassador of hydropower development in the country to catalyze innovation, research and development in hydropower sector in IITR and Indian academia, as well as to facilitate or undertake studies in IITR and Indian academia on environment and social impacts of water resources and hydro power development projects, including study and application of climate change protocol for promoting clean energy.

Speaking about the importance of this collaboration, Sh Janardhan Chaudhary, Director (tech) – NHPC, said, “We are entering into the partnership in the research area, in the capacity building and particularly in the area of development of hydro sector, this sector‘s requirement is very much felt in today’s energy market in the augmentation of renewable energy. We are looking forward how this sector can get a place in system stability or to integrate and improve the stability and the requirement of variability and limitation that will be coming out of integration of lot of renewable energy options.”

Further, Sh Janardhan Chaudhary said, “We appreciate IIT Roorkee alumni’s significant presence and the impact of Department of Earthquake Engineering. NHPC can share field experience to improve to optimize performance and forecasting as forecasting is very very important in today’s environment ”

Speaking about the MoU & MoA, Prof. Ajit Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, said, “I am very happy that NHPC has come with the shared vision, this collaboration will help find solutions to the practical problems of hydropower through scientific research by NHPC and IITR and Indian academia.”