IREDA – NIWE Awards for Wind Energy 2018

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Brief Report on IREDA – NIWE Awards for Wind Energy 2018

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), New Delhi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NIWE on 06.04.2016 for the creation of a Corpus for the IREDA-NIWE Annual Awards in Wind Energy. The Awards are to promote innovation, research & development, manufacturing, developing & harnessing Wind Energy at the State and National levels and to motivate individuals, stakeholder to strive for the best in the field.

Accordingly, NIWE has instituted the IREDA-NIWE Annual Awards in Wind Energy, this year, under the following three broad categories in Wind Energy to recognize, celebrate the achievement and excellence:

  1. IREDA-NIWE Award for the Best Performing State Nodal Agencies for the Year
  2. IREDA-NIWE Award for the Best Institution of Higher Learning in Wind Energy and
  3. IREDA-NIWE Award for the Best Research Work

Call for nominations in each category were uploaded in NIWE / IREDA Websites and advertised through national daily Newspapers, and through groups & mass communications. The nominations received and selection of the awardees of all the three categories for the IREDA-NIWE awards were done through an eminent Jury Committee consisting of Technocrats from the Wind Energy field and Mass Media. The Jury Committee adapted the notified criteria and recommended the nominations for each of the category to be awarded for the year from amongst all the nominations, segregated under the various categories. The Awardees were informed of their selection and invited to attend the Award Ceremony of the IREDA-NIWE Annual Awards for Wind Energy 2018, scheduled on 21st March 2018 during the Foundation Day of NIWE, to receive the Award.

Smt. Gargi Kaul, IAAS, Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, MNRE was the Chief Guest and Shri. Chintan N. Shah, Director-Technical, IREDA was the Guest of Honour at the Awards Function. The Award Ceremony was held during 2.00 - 3.15 p.m. on 21.03.2018, at NIWE Chennai.

The Director General of NIWE Dr. K. Balaraman honoured the Chief Guest Smt.Gargi Kaul with flower bouquet and shawl. Shri D. Lakshmanan, Deputy Director General, F&A, NIWE honoured the Guest of Honour with flower bouquet & Shawl. The Function started with the welcome address delivered by the Director General of NIWE to the august gathering of professionals and invitees from the Industry, Academia, SNA’s and other stakeholder & NIWE staff.

Dr. K. Balaraman honoured the Chief Guest Smt. Gargi Kaul Shri D. Lakshmanan honoured the Guest of Honour Shri. Chintan N. Shah


The DG, NIWE delivering the Welcome address

The Chief Guest had delivered the Foundation Day Special Address and the Guest of Honour Mr. Chintan N. Shah delivered the key-note address to the august gathering.

Chief Guest Smt. Gargi Kaul delivered foundation Day Special Address Guest of Honuor Shri. Chintan N. Shah delivered the address

Smt. Gargi Kaul while delivering a succinct address stressing the importance of a enhanced Research Eco-system which delivers the needs of the RE Sector. She appreciated NIWE for all the efforts put by it to achieve its targets with reference to renewable energy and encouraged it to further the Research through networking among the various stakeholders in the Wind Sector. Shri. Chintan N. Shah while congratulating the awardees stressed the need for a spirited march towards achieving the RE targets of the Ministry and NIWE to explore the possibilities of creating and fostering Research & Business Incubators for new research in Wind Sector and offered all the support from IREDA.

The Gathering during the IREDA-NIWE Award Ceremony

The Chief Guest distributed the Awards to the Winners:

  1. The Award for the category of Best performing State Nodal Agencies for the year 2016-17 was conferred on New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (NREDCAP) and Shri. M. Kamalakar Babu, Vice Chairman and Managing Director received the Award of Rs. 1,00,000/- on behalf of NREDCAP, which has promoted 2187 MWs of wind power projects in the AP State and the state has stood first in the country for the year 2016-17.
    Shri. Kamalakar Babu receives the Best Performing SNA Award
  2. The Award for the Best Institution of Higher Learning in Wind Energy was conferred on Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore and the Dean of Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore received the Award of Rs. 1,00,000/- on behalf of Amrita School of Engineering.
    The Dean of Amrita School of Engineering receives the Best Institution Award

    On behalf of Ms. Anusha, her Thesis Adviser receives the Best Research Work Award

    Ms. Vishnupriyadharshini receives the Best Research Work Award
  3. The Award for Best Research work in Wind Energy Category was jointly awarded to Ms. Anusha KV, for her research work on “Control of Wind Turbine Driven DFIG in a Stand Alone Micro Grid for Stator Voltage and Frequency Regulation”, and Ms. Vishnupriyadharshini, for her project work on "Wind Speed Forecasting Based on ARIMA & WRF in Today's Power Grid". The two Awardees received the award of Rs.50,000/- each.
Shri K. Boopathi delivered Vote of Thanks

The Award function came to an end with the Vote of Thanks proposed by Shri K.Boopathi, Additional Director of NIWE.