As a part of the "Dr. Anwarul Abedin Lecture Series", a regular development initiative of the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB), a research talk titled "ICT Technologies for Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Storage" was held through online platform Zoom from 04:00 PM- 06:00 PM (BDT) on October 14, 2021, Thursday. The Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) department organized this event and invited prominent researcher Dr. Narottam Das (BScEng, MScEng, PhD, SMIEEE, FIEAust, CPEng, NER, LFIEB), CQ University Australia, Melbourne, as the speaker.
The webinar was inaugurated with a welcome address by Dr. ABM Siddique Hossain (Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering). He started by paying gratitude to Dr. Anwarul Abedin, AIUB's Founder-Chairman, who contributed significantly to the university's development. He then discussed how applications of ICT in the smart grid are creating greater shifts differentiating from traditional power grid, leading to ample opportunities for future employment sector globally. Then the esteemed speaker for the event, Dr. Das, started his talk by explaining his three recent research works based on ICT applications for renewable energy sources and energy storage. The first research demonstrated and confirmed pillar-shaped nano-grating structure to be an excellent anti-reflective coating for highly efficient GaAs solar cells. The second research work involved technical and economic performance analysis of six different cases of grid system based on demand of real residential data of a regional location of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia which concluded two cases to optimize lower levelized cost of electricity and a good energy supply to grid as well. Lastly, the third research based on a hybrid system (solar/wind/diesel) proved to be most cost-effective compared to other combinations of hybrid systems in relation to net present cost / cost of energy.
Once the talk ended, Md. Ashif Islam Oni (Assistant Professor, Department of EEE), the moderator, announced the start of a question-answer session where the speaker enthusiastically responded to the queries raised by the faculty members in the audience. The participants also discussed further collaborative research ideas for future implementation in Bangladesh. Dr. Mohammad Abdul Mannan (Professor and Director, Faculty of Engineering) provided the closing remarks by thanking Dr. Das for the enlightening session and offering a digital Certificate of Appreciation as a token of gratitude for sharing his valuable time and insight. The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Md. Abdur Rahman (Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering), Mr. Nafiz Ahmed Chisty (Associate Professor and Head In-Charge, Dept. of EEE), Mr. Md. Saniat Rahman Zishan (Associate Professor and Head, Dept. of CoE) along with other faculty members and students from the Faculty of Engineering.