City colleges move towards green energy sources

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ith the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) including ‘energy audit’ as one of the criterion for assessing institutes, an increasing number of city colleges are taking baby steps towards a greener campus. Reducing consumption of electricity through simple audits, managing solid waste on campus, making use of solar panels are some of the initiatives colleges have adopted.

In a two-day national conference on ‘Energy audit for educational institutions’ organised by the Life Sciences Department at KC College, Churchgate, faculties from city colleges will present papers on Friday on the models tested on their respective campuses. The conference was inaugurated on Thursday by Piyush Goyal, minister of state with independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy.

Almost a decade ago, St Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, set up a solar panel on the roof of one of their buildings to heat up around 4,000 litres of water in a tank which supplied it to the hostels. The number has now increased to three, with the latest one supplying electricity to the iconic library at the institute. The college is also looking at tackling the problem of wastage of water from distillation units.

 

RJ College has taken up a project to minimise wastage of electricity by preparing records of electric equipment, numbering them and compiling their readings. Electricity consumption using the raw data can be monitored and help create awareness among students, stated the abstract of the paper by two professors from the college. Like Xavier’s, RD National College in Bandra, SICES College in Ambernath, are also using solar energy on their campuses.

Dinesh Punjwani, principal, National College, said part of their physics laboratory uses solar energy and it is part of an experiment. “Once we see how much electricity we are saving, we will extend it to laboratories from other departments too,” said Punjwani. A paper from Mumbai University’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning has suggested use of capacitive regulators which reduce power consumption by up to 60%.
source:TOI

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