AEC Research


Arunai Engineering College (AEC) is a research focused Technical Institution. The Institution has taken concerted efforts towards differentiating itself by encouraging Innovation and Research. Research centre was constituted to strengthen research activities, enhance industry interaction and to foster industry relevant research.

AEC – CPRI - RSoP Project
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MoU) SIGNED BETWEEN CENTRAL POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CPRI), BANGALORE and ARUNAI ENGINEERING COLLEGE(AEC), TIRUVANNAMALAI, TAMILNADU for the project on “Design, Development and Deployment of Grid Interfaced Power Conversion Unit for Solar –Wind Power Generation Systems” under RSoP scheme of Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India.
CPRI & Relevance of RSoP in Indian Power Sector:

The Research Scheme on Power popularly (RSoP) was initiated by Ministry of Power, Government of India in 1961. The scheme is being administered by Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), An autonomous society under Ministry of Power, Government of India since 2001.The scheme basically aims to provide fund for carrying out need based research in power sector including solving of operational problems encountered in the power system.

Power Sector in India is characterized by multi-dimensional complexity. Many organizations are carrying out research in different areas of power sector. Research programmes are to be made more optimal & result oriented with the available limited resources. Over the years, the RSoP has evolved as a key instrument to deal with the operational and local specific issues of state level power utilities. In many of these initiatives, the R&D element is comparatively less. Consequently the average investment in any RSoP project is not much. Nonetheless, it has kept the innovative spirit alive at the utility level in its efforts to find out local specific solutions.

Arunai Engineering College, Tiruvannamalai has been selected for the establishment of CORE in the area of "ELECTRIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS". The CORE has been functioning since 2009.

AEC & Relevance of R & D project

Energy is one of the key infrastructural requirements needed to realize high economic, sustained and inclusive growth of a country. The key objective is to meet the growing demand of energy in an efficient, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable manner. Distributed generation (DG) systems based on renewable energy resources play an important role in electric power systems for addressing energy security needs and sustainable development

Renewables contribute around 15% to the total grid power installed capacity in the country in an environmentally benign manner. The estimated share of these resources in electrical networks will increase significantly in the near future by providing different benefits like cost reduction, reliability of main grid, and emission reduction.

Extracting maximum power from solar and wind systems and feeding the grid with high-quality electricity are two main objectives of the project. Real time data of the entire system can be analyzed and validated. Reliability concerns of the proposed work will be analyzed before feasibility, replicability and commercialization. Emphasis will be made on the associating industry through technology transfer for development and deployment to rapid scale up the capacity and innovation of the proposed hybrid power generation systems.

The EEE department of our institution is offering an Under Graduate (UG) and two Post Graduate (PG) programmes in Power Electronics & Drives and Embedded System Technologies. Both UG and PG programmes of the department have been approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA), New Delhi NBA, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), New Delhi and affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. So far, the PG programme of the Department has produced three University gold medalists, since inception

Area of Focus

Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Embedded Applications to Hybrid Energy Systems

Works carried out

Study of market dynamics and adoption of renewable energy technologies.

Feasibility analysis of continuous power generation based on Solar–Wind Energy systems.

Dissemination of information/study conclusions through peer reviewed research papers/Technical Documents/Reports, data base and International Journals.

National Conferences/ Workshops/Lectures and Hands on training on emerging trends renewable energy technologies periodically.

Ph.D and M.E courses. (on going)

Industry Tie ups

Tata Power Solar Systems Limited

Solkar Solar Industry Limited, Chennai

Indo Wind Energy Ltd

Indian Wind Power Association

Societal Contributions

Experience gained from the proposed system shared in public domain through Conferences/workshops and on- line video lectures.


Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) is an autonomous organization under the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The Mission REACH programme (Relevance and Excellence in Achieving new heights in educational institutions) was launched by TIFAC aiming towards the development of human resources of international standards, imparting high quality education in chosen areas of high relevance to industry and society by creating sustainable linkages between academia and industry.

Selected engineering, science and technical Institutions are supported to establish Centre of Excellence & Relevance (CORE) and the curriculum is broadened in collaboration with relevant industries in order to meet the S&T manpower demand in the advanced emerging areas. The key element of the programme is the successful operation of the trilateral partnership among the TIFAC and the selected institution and the collaborating industry in accordance with the agreement for the project.


Arunai Engineering College, Tiruvannamalai has been selected for the establishment of CORE in the area of "ELECTRIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS". The CORE has been functioning since 2009.


To become a world class centre for training, research and product development in the area of Electric Transportation Systems


To generate quality manpower in electrical machines and control for Transportation Systems.

To offer customized training programmes for Engineers from industries and government organizations in the area of Electric Transportation System design, fabrication and testing.

To conduct collaborative research in the areas of electric machines, power electronics, motor drives & their controls and application to Electric Transportation Systems.

To conduct State, National, & International level Workshops, Conferences for knowledge dissemination.

Area of Focus:

Hub Motor Applications to

  • 1.Two Wheelers
  • 2.Three Wheelers
  • 3.Rope less Elevators

Linear Machine Applications to

  • 1.Rapid Transit Systems
  • 2.Conveyors
  • 3.Four Wheelers

Rotary Machine Applications to

  • 1.Three Wheelers
  • 2.Four Wheelers

Core Capabilities

  • Rotary machine design
  • Linear machine design
  • Optimal design of Electrical machine with levitation
  • Design of Rope less Elevator Systems
  • CAD of Electrical Machines
  • Design of Controller circuit

Industries responded

Name of Industry Technology
Crompton Greaves Ltd, Mumbai SR Hub Motor
Vijaya value electric Pvt. Ltd., Chennai SR Hub Motor
Johnson’s Lifts Ropeless Elevator
Kone Elevators Ropeless Elevator
Jayam Electronics Controllers
B.K.Electro methods (India) Ltd. PRT
Adroitec Software
Nuvei Technologies SR Hub Motor
Dirati Inc., Magnetic Levitation
SSPL Vibration
TESSOLVE Embedded Systems

Possible User Industries

  • Indian Railways
  • BEML
  • DRDO
  • L&T Ltd.,
  • Kone Elevators
  • Johnson’s Lifts
  • Vijaya Value Electric Pvt. Ltd.,
  • Crompton Greaves Limited
  • Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Chennai) Ltd.
  • TATA Motors, Pune
  • Siemens Transportation Systems
  • Elevator & Escalator safety trust
  • UB Transit systems Ltd.,
  • Apex elevators
  • Kinetic elevators
  • Otis elevators
  • Kirloskar Electric Company Pvt. Ltd.,
  • Indus Electrans Ltd.,

Courses Taught

PG programme in Embedded System Technologies.

PG Diploma in Linear Motion Systems

Refresher Corporate Course in Computer Aided Design of Electrical Machines

Certificate Course in DSP Based Drives and Control

Short Profile of the Department

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Research Centres

The College is an approved Research Center of Anna University, Chennai for research scholars to pursue Ph.D. for the departments namely

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

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