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Reference Number EP/J000345/1
Title Development and Integration of Biomass and Concentrating Photovoltaic System for Rural and Urban Energy Bridge: BioCPV
Status Completed
Energy Categories HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Hydrogen production) 12%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Hydrogen storage) 13%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 25%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 25%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Development Studies) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 20%;
Principal Investigator Dr T (Tapas Kumar ) Mallick
No email address given
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 November 2011
End Date 31 January 2013
Duration 15 months
Total Grant Value £1,401,637
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Digital Economy, Energy Research Capacity
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr T (Tapas Kumar ) Mallick , School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Dr TS O'Donovan , School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Professor M Pourkashanian , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr JM Jones , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr W Nimmo , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr L Ma , Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor DM Grant , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr G Walker , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr CN Eastwick , Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr X (Xichun ) Luo , Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT), University of Huddersfield (0.001%)
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Abstract Given the threat posed by global warming it is widely accepted that the reliance on fossil fuels for our energy need must decrease rapidly. To tackle the global threat and self dependency on fossil fuels, renewable energy such as solar, wind, wave and biomass gives the pathways to reduce the overall CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. This project addresses the issues related to integrated solar photovoltaic system - converting incoming solar energy into electricity and biomass power technologies - generation of electrical power from waste materials, for rural electrification.This project seeks to develop a new class of solar photovoltaic technologies - Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) to integrate with Biomass and waste power generation as a backup source and develop high efficiency hydrogen generation and storage from the integrated systems. The integrated system will be installed at Uttar Sehalai Tribal Hamlet, located in a remote village, 200km west of Calcutta for rural electrification with key focuses on satellite based remote monitoring technologies. The village comprised of 80 households and has a population of approximately 400. It is located very close to Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan (a probable World Heritage Site).The scalable prototype developed in this project will be the first ever such integrated system (Biomass, CPV and Hydrogen) for the provision of electricity that will be installed in India. Due to the lack of electricity in the village, the major fuels currently used are kerosene, firewood and wood based raw coal. Most of the nearby villages are also without any grid connections and as a result, children from the poorer families do not have the motivation and necessary resources to take advantage of basic education and health. Many of them that start schooling are forced to discontinue their studies due to the need to work to provide for their families. Availability of energy is a critical driving factor in economic development, while limited fossil fuel resources and environmental hazards drive the need for sustainable and environmental friendly solutions based on renewable energy. Thus, the project will brings together Biomass, Concentrating Photovoltaic, and Hydrogen Generation and Storage expertise from University of Leeds, Heriot-Watt University, University of Nottingham in the UK and Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, PSG College of Technology in India with the goal of developing a low cost autonomous power generating system for rural electrification
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