Power is one of the most critical components of infrastructure crucial for the economic growth and welfare of nations. The existence and development of adequate infrastructure is essential for sustained growth of the Indian economy
India’s power sector is one of the most diversified in the world. Sources of power generation range from conventional sources such as coal, lignite, natural gas, oil, hydro and nuclear power to viable non-conventional sources such as wind, solar, and agricultural and domestic waste. Electricity demand in the country has increased rapidly and is expected to rise further in the years to come. In order to meet the increasing demand for electricity in the country, massive addition to the installed generating capacity is required.
India ranks third among 40 countries in EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, on back of strong focus by the government on promoting renewable energy and implementation of projects in a time bound manner.
Indian power sector is undergoing a significant change that has redefined the industry outlook. Sustained economic growth continues to drive electricity demand in India. The Government of India’s focus on attaining ‘Power for all’ has accelerated capacity addition in the country. At the same time, the competitive intensity is increasing at both the market and supply sides (fuel, logistics, finances, and manpower).
Total installed capacity of power stations in India stood at 305,554.25 Megawatt (MW) as of August 31, 2016. Electricity generation rose 5.69 per cent year-on-year to 486.44 BU during April 2016-August 2016.
The Planning Commission’s 12th Five-Year Plan estimates total domestic energy production to reach 669.6 Million Tonnes of Oil Equivalent (MTOE) by 2016–17 and 844 MTOE by 2021–22. India’s wind power capacity, installed in 2016, is estimated to increase 20 per cent over last year to 2,800 MW@, led by favorable policy support that has encouraged both independent power producers (IPP) and non-IPPs. India is expected to add nearly 4,000 MW# of solar power in 2016, nearly twice the addition of 2,133 MW in 2015.
India’s wind energy market is expected to attract investments totaling Rs.1,00,000 crore (US$ 14.91 billion) by 2020, and wind power capacity is estimated to almost double by 2020 from over 23,000 MW in June 2015, with an addition of about 4,000 MW per annum in the next five years.
In the Indian context, with millions of rupees being invested in building power plants across the country, it is evident that engineering graduates with power engineering background have very good placement options in the coming days. B.Tech in power engineering will have good demand and it is a great opportunity for all those who wish to make their career in power plants. As per the data available, in India, there are nearly thirteen engineering colleges producing nearly 600 power engineers.
This engineering branch deals with generation, transmission and distribution of electric power and electrical devices which are connected to various power machines like generators, motors and transformers. The main motive of this course is to impart skilled and quality learnings among the students so that they can become the future discoverers in the field power.
Subjects of Power Engineering:
Network Analysis and Synthesis
Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Switch Gear and Protection
Energy Management and Power Technology
Top recruiting industries:
Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution,
In Electronics Industries
Process Industries and Steel Plants
In Power Electronics Industries
Career as Power Electronics, Circuits and Systems Developer.
In AC/ DC drive Industries,
Students who have completed their B.Tech degree in Power Engineering can either opt for job or they can go for further studies. Students can enroll themselves for ME or M.Tech degree in Power Engineering.
A student who has completed a B.Tech in Power Engineering degree can get either of these designations-
Power Electronics Engineer
Test Engineer – Power Electronics
Engineering Supervisor – Power
Power Transformer Executives
Below are the colleges that offer Power plant engineering and other courses
National Power training Institute, Uttar Pradesh
B.Tech Power Engineering (Electrical/Mechanical) programme addresses the technical and human resource needs, of the power sector, in context of remarkable changes in this particular sector since last decade. India, which is on growth trajectory, is witnessing high growth in all spheres of economy, and so does the power sector, the backbone of all industrial activity.
Power industry is multidisciplinary, highly capital intensive and as any other sector, human resource plays pivotal role in this sector. Power industry requires trained man power for project planning, implementation, erection, commissioning, operation & maintenance protection and transmission & distribution. No conventional engineering stream available in educational institutions can equip a person with such vast knowledge of different inputs required for the job performance in the power sector. Therefore, a specialized degree course is necessary for the manpower needs of power sector which is growing at spectacular rate. This four-year degree course, B.Tech. in Power Engineering (Electrical/Mechanical) which is being offered by NPTI (NR) is the first of its kind in the country. The program coverage under Electricity Act 2003, prepares skilled engineering executives for the power sector.
Pankaj Laddhad Institute of Technology and Management studies, Maharashtra
Electrical Engineering, sometimes referred to as electrical and electronic engineering, is a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. The field first became an identifiable occupation in the late nineteenth century after commercialization of the electric telegraph and electrical power supply. It now covers a range of subtopics including power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications. Pankaj Laddhad Institute of Technology and Management Studies is going neck-to-neck with the fast-changing world, the ever-growing challenges of limited resources, rapid climate changes and preservation of environment demand. All these changes require a new generation of mechanical engineers who can bring in their skills and produce more sources that can generate more power. At the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the institute is committed to achieving excellence in training not only competent man power for the profession, but in nurturing engineer-leaders with the ingenuity and drive to provide innovative and bold solutions to these global challenges.
Jadavpur University, West Bengal
The Department was established under the name of Power Plant Engineering in the year 1989 at the Salt Lake Campus of the university with a view to produce specialized engineers in the field of power generation, transmission and distribution. Since the year 2003, it has been renamed as Power Engineering Department. Today, the department offers both Bachelor of Power Engineering and Master of Power Engineering courses with student intakes of 40 and 18, respectively. The undergraduate course offers a diverse and interdisciplinary coverage of relevant mechanical and electrical engineering courses, and specialized courses on thermal, hydro, nuclear and renewable/non-conventional power generations. The course also contains a three-week credit-paper on power plant familiarization camp, where students get an intense practical training in operating power plants. The postgraduate course offers several elective courses on advanced topics on power generation, transmission and distribution, besides offering several interdisciplinary papers related to power engineering. The department boasts of an excellent faculty pool with rich and diverse backgrounds of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and power engineering. Several laboratories equipped with modern equipment, a huge workshop and impressive computational facility for the students, faculty members and research scholars are the key to the active teaching and research environment of this small, but vibrant department.
Below are Colleges that offer Power engineering in India
- Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
- Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- College of Engineering, Pune
- Indian Institute of Technology, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
- College of Engineering Studies, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
- Government College of Technology, Coimbatore
- MIT School of Engineering, Pune
- Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
- Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur