Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras has won the 2017 IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award for its solar-direct current (DC) inverter system.
The system was developed by Centre for Decentralised Power Systems at IIT-M using micro grid technology.
- The system converts in-home power distribution from 230V Analog Current (AC) to 48V DC to directly power appliances and devices.
- It is equipped to tap rooftop solar power, making it most energy efficient solution for homes and offices. It also consists of DC solar generation, DC power-line, DC appliances and battery.
- It has been currently deployed in 4,000 off-grid homes in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and also deployed in around 7,200 homes in Assam.
- It also has been installed in villages in Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award: It is presented to the company/institution voted by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Spectrum editors as having developed the technology that has the potential to benefit mankind.