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Managing power electronics: Tesla’s workshop at COEP sees heavy participation

The workshop was held for the junior batches on Sunday, at the electrical department of the college, and was open to students of all departments and batches.

pune Updated: Jan 22, 2018 17:06 IST
Ananya Barua
BN Chaudhari (centre) interacting with students at the Tesla workshop at COEP on Sunday.
BN Chaudhari (centre) interacting with students at the Tesla workshop at COEP on Sunday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

In response to the success of Tesla workshop last year, the final year students and faculty of the College of Engineering Pune (COEP) organised the second edition of the workshop focused on the topic ‘power electronics and Texas instruments micro-controller’.

The workshop was held for the junior batches on Sunday, at the electrical department of the college, and was open to students of all departments and batches.

As the objective, Bhavesh Rathod, one of the students organising the event, said, “We wanted to take education out of the classes, onto the field. This meant going beyond the syllabus and providing hands-on training. This time, it was sort of experimental because unlike last time, this year we wanted the students to understand the basics of power electronics, not just through lectures, but also through implementation.”

To effectuate the aim, a group of 30 first, second and third year students from branches, made six teams of five, and built a solar LED lamp, from scratch.

Each group was given the task to build their own solar lap that could store energy and also power its own LED, by using modules from different branches of engineering.

Deputy director of the department BN Chaudhari and head of the department DB Talange were present at the workshop as mentors and guided the students.

“The most important aspect of this workshop, more than developing the lamp, was to see how senior students invested their time in uplifting their juniors. The workshop was to simplify and make the implementation of power electronics more interesting and practical to a heterogeneous crowd of students from different branches of engineering. At the end of the day, when they go out to work, they will have to work in this kind of harmony, which was reflected in today’s workshop,” said Chaudhari.

The lecture by the faculty shed light into the Texas Instruments (TI) micro controllers and taught basic theory and hardware implementation using Eagle PCB design software.

The developing of the solar lamp with battery management system was an added initiative this year. Each of the six team were felicitated with certificates from TI and COEP.