Centre for Energy Studies ,Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University), Chandigarh  organized  a Seminar  on 'Solar Technology and its Entrepreneurial Potential to Build Green India' in the Auditorium, followed by the Inauguration of the Solar Technology Development  Park.

Dr. Manoj K.Arora, Director, PEC was the Chief Guest. The seminar was attended by   Heads, Deans and faculty of PEC, Alumni of 1973 batch of PEC,  over 200 budding engineers.

Seminar began with the lighting of the lamp and  Head,  Centre for Energy Studies, Dr.Tarlochan Kaur commenced the seminar . She said that in view of National Solar Mission , developing skilled manpower  and encouraging innovations in solar application is the need of the hour. She mentioned the concept of solar energy and smart grid which is the backbone of smart cities and that interested students should take advantage of the green revolution by finding Solar Energy solutions and explore to be Sun Entrepreneurs.

Er. RajinderKaura, CEO and MD, Bergen Group of Companies, the  key speaker of the event, focused on "Humanity and Engineering" in his address. He elucidated how being a good human being and a better team worker is a direct path to success. Then he introduced the students to his solar park project and elaborated how it was going to help them in their research works and provide an excellent platform for innovation. He underscored the exploitation of hydrogen energy, its storage and dispensing it as key areas that should be explored.In the next phase, of Solar Tech Park,  hydrogen will be generated  using solar energy to be used as an energy carrier/storage medium. Applicability will be demonstrated  on Fuel cells and Electric vehicles.  

Dr. Manoj K. Arora, Director PEC and Chief Guest for the event,  said that operationalization of Tech Park at PEC  is a successful beginning to a long and fruitful collaboration between Bergen Group of Industries and PEC to secure a bright future for smart India.Establishment of technology park will provide  impetus  not only    to  research and development projects,  but also to will enable work on the development of indigenous solutions & systems of Solar thermal and Solar PV and build Green India.

Keeping in line with the government's smart cities project, the Solar Technology Development  Parkwill extract power from a 10 KW Solar PV plant (Standalone & Grid connected) and Sweden based Absolicon Technology to generate hot water as well as electrical energy.

With an investment of 2.5 crores in the first phase, the focus is on power generation. In the second phase, fuel cells and hydrolyzers will be used to store the renewable energy for smart applications in electric vehicles, street lamps, etc.

Funded by the 1973 batch of PEC and the Bergen Group of Companies, the aim of the Solar Tech Park  is to provide a platform to connect students and industry and come up with innovative solutions to the problems faced by modern-day India.