Alma Mater: IIT Roorkee, IIT Delhi, Pennsylvania State University, Ecole Polytechnique
Professor Satyendra Kumar is one of the pioneers of the solar industry with over 28 years of experience in research and development on solar cells and flat panel displays. He has contributed significantly to the physics and technology of amorphous, micro- and nano crystalline silicon solar cells. He is mentor to many young professionals pursuing solar energy research in different parts of the world.
Dr Kumar joins Saurya Enertech from Lanco Solar where he was founding member and CTO of a 2 person team that evolved to become India’s largest solar co. He was responsible for organization building and the technology strategy of the group’s vision of integrated sand to power business model. As a CTO and member of the top management council, he held cross functional responsibilities in organization building, business development, international purchasing, EPC and O&M. He directed technology acquisition, adaptation and implementation of manufacturing facility – polysilicon, ingots, wafers, cells and modules (investment US$ 300 million). He carried extensive due-diligence on state-of-the-art cell fabrication technologies, equipment manufacturers and cell producers through discussions and plant visits in Europe, US, China and Korea.
Dr Kumar directed commissioning of over 200MW of PV power plants. Led award winning design and development of plug and play roof-top PV systems. He led the team for monitoring, O&M and root cause analysis of over 200MW of solar PV power plants employing different technologies spread across India.
Dr. Vibha Tripathi
Alma Mater: IIT Kanpur
Dr. Vibha Tripathi is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, where she supervised research and development of flexible organic solar cells, a unique idea which has a potential to be a disruptive technology. At IIT Kanpur she was also a mentor to many research projects and students working in the R&D of solar cells. Dr. Tripathi specializes s on the research and development of thin film solar cells and has held a number of workshops and seminars in the field of renewable energy.
She has worked extensively not just making the power of solar available to Indians in cities but has contributed significantly in bringing Solar Energy to backward communities in South Asia and Africa. Her hardwork as a social entrepreneur has led to creation of Saurya Foundation whose subsidiary Swajal has won awards from United Nations and Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership.
Dr. Tripathi has been working in solar for over 15 years and her research and academia focused background has allowed Saurya to focus on what matters the most in Solar Energy; making it more accessible.
Mr. Bikash Kumar
Alma Mater: IIT Chennai
Bikash Kumar has over 18 years of experience in the PV Industry, spanning across major PV Company of India. He joins Surya Enertech from Lanco Solar where he worked as VP Technology. Previous to Lanco he has worked at Tata BP Solar (now Tata Power Solar), Reliance Industries and Moserbaer.
He has pioneered decade long effort of PV technology development and deployment during early commercialization era of late 90’s at BP Solar. He has contributed immensely in evaluation and development of many commercial processes & equipment’s for mass manufacturing of PV technologies during early evolution of PV industry.
He has a passion for Photovoltaic & Physics with strong analytical & statistical skills and has Master’s from India Institute of Technology, Chennai. He holds a worldwide patent and has presented multiple papers in Global PV conferences on new processes and technology.
Alma Mater: IIT Roorkee, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Sanjay Kaul holds degrees in Energy Engineering and Energy Management & Policy from IIT, India and University of Pennsylvania , USA .
His expertise includes Renewable Energy Systems, Advanced Mobility Concepts, Sustainable Development and Appropriate Technology, Energy Politics in Developing Countries, Energy Management and Environmental Energy Systems, as well as Distance Learning.
He is Professor at the Department of Industrial Technology, Fitchburg State College, and Co-coordinator of the Energy Program and the principal architect of the new curriculum in Energy Management Technology, covering energy resources and the environment, energy conservation, power and lighting, co-generation and waste recovery systems. As a Fulbright senior specialist, he developed a program on renewable and sustainable development for the European Union.
Dr. Kaul has authored and co-authored various publications on energy technology and policy in internationally renowned books and academic papers.
Dr. Rashmi Sanghi
Alma Mater: University of Allahabad
Dr Rashmi Sanghi is currently working as a Research Scientist at The LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur. She obtained her D.Phil degree from Chemistry Department, University of Allahabad, India in 1994. Eversince she worked at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India as Senior Research Scientist till 2008.
Her major research interests are environmental green chemistry with focus on microbial and nanoparticle research. Her research mainly focuses on the development of methods that can help in minimizing or eliminating the hazardous substances in the environment. Her work on design and application of biopolymers for wastewater remediation shows great promise. Her work on biomimetic synthesis of nanoparticles using fungus and polysaccharides is very novel in its approach in being simple and environment friendly. Some of this work related to the green environmental chemistry are nothing but outstanding.
She has traveled worldwide for various academic activities and/or professional talks.She has over 75 international journal publications to her credit. She has published two books on green chemistry: “Green Chemistry: Environment Friendly Alternatives” and “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development”.