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"An Academic Centre of Excellence for carrying out education, research, development, training and advisory services to provide key inputs for full realization of renewable energy potential with thrust on Small Hydropower and conservation of natural resources."

Environmental damages caused by heavy utilization of conventional fuel sources, emission of particulate matter and carbon-dioxide from thermal power plants & allied industries and consequences of large hydro projects have forced many countries to develop New & Renewable Energy Sources (NRES) which are not only environment friendly but are renewable in nature, Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES), Government of India entrusted with the development of non-conventional energy sources, sponsored Alternate Hydro Energy Centre (AHEC) at Indian Institute Of Technology , Roorkee (previously University Of Roorkee has completed 150 years of its glorious existence) in the year 1982 to promote power generation through the development of small hydro in hills as well as in plain areas and development of decentralized integrated energy systems in conjunction with other renewable energy sources e.g. biomass, solar, wind etc. Since 1989, UP Govt. has been maintaining the establishment of AHEC on net deficit financing basis under Non-plan budget of the University.

AHEC offers training to the field engineers and technologists through organization of short term training courses to create trained human resources in the field of renewable energy. AHEC runs a three semesters M.E. Course in `Alternate Hydro Energy Systems' for field engineers. The course content has been structured to give an overview of all renewable energy source with emphasis on small hydro power development. Two elective subjects on Renewable energy and Small hydro power development are also offered by AHEC to engineering under-graduate students.

The mandate of the centre entails undertaking almost all aspects of small hydro projects including the preparation of detailed project reports, engineering designs, techno-economic analysis, providing technical guidelines for field execution, refurbishment of power houses, development of biomass and solar energy systems and creating a trained human resource in the field of renewable energy. The environment and energy audit of process and allied industries and environment impact assessment of small hydro projects are also dealt by the centre as its diversified activities.

The centre is housing modern laboratories viz., Hydro mechanical Systems, Biomass and Eco-systems, Control Systems, Computer Aided Design and information Systems Civil Engineering. systems and GIS systems to undertake specific research pertaining to the above diverse fields. Data Bank Information System and Computer Aided Design for small hydro projects are the unique facilities created at AHEC to cater to the speedy development of small hydro power and other renewable energy sources. Faculty of AHEC, drawn from multidisciplinary fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical and power engineering, has gained excellent expertise in the entire gamut of activities related to renewable energy and the environment.


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