The inauguration of The First Biennial Conference on Hybrid Electric and Automotive Technologies (HEAT-2021) was held at the PES University – Ring Road Campus. This event will span over 2 days (Oct 29 th and 30 th 2021) with experts from the industry and Academia addressing the students. This Conference is being conducted on a virtual reality platform.
Dr. M.R. Doreswamy, Chancellor of PES University sent his best wishes for the conference and Dr. Kaushik Basu, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IISc, Bangalore graced the occasion as Chief Guest in the esteemed presence of Mr P. Zachariah John, Senior Director, Breakthrough Initiatives, Garrett Motion Engineering Solutions Private Limited and Prof. D. Jawahar, Pro-Chancellor of PES University and CEO of PES Institutions as Guests of Honour.
Dr. Kaushik Basu mentioned that the topic of electrification of vehicles is very relevant to today’s scenario of pollution and complimented the organisers for arranging this Conference. Mr. P Zachariah John talked about the challenges of EV’s in Indian context. He deliberated the problems of battery driven vehicles in slow moving traffic and the rapid rate of discharge leading to low efficiency of the battery.
Keeping up with the spirit of the conference and as a part of the yearlong Golden Jubilee celebrations of PES institutions, Prof. D. Jawahar, laid out key ideas to ensure that all the 4 wheelers owned by PES University will be electric. He also motivated faculty members to switch over to electric vehicles & necessary help would be provided by giving subsidies to procure the EV’s by the Institution. The PESU RR campus has 1.2MW capacity of power generation using solar panels installed on roof top of 13 th floor B block which is used for lighting. It will be upgraded to 5 MW electricity generation by 2022-23 as an initiative towards sustainability.
The other dignitaries of the conference included Dr J Suryaprasad-Vice Chancellor PES University, K S Sridhar-Registrar, PES University, Dr T S B Sudarshan, Dean-Research, PES University, Dr V Krishna Dean-Student Affairs, PES University, General Chair-HEAT-21 and Dr N Rajesh Mathivanan Chairperson Department of Mechanical Engineering, PES University, Organising Chair HEAT-21.