Manipal, Nov 26, 2017: Tirthak Saha — an alumnus of International Centre For Applied Sciences (ICAS), Manipal Academy of Higher Education of the 2011-13 batch of B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering — has brought laurels to his alma mater by figuring in the prestigious 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 global list in the Energy category.
A press release issued by MAHE here recently said the research team led by Saha (Consumer Resiliency Team) won the second prize in American Electric Power’s Spark Tank Innovation Challenge held across AEP’s 11 state territories in the US.
After two years at ICAS, he proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia. His Project, “Aggregated Network of Energy Storage” was a virtual power plant-like linked network of behind-the-meter energy storage units in order to realize benefits of energy aggregation such as frequency regulation, capacity management, peak shaving, capital deferral, and vastly increased ‘blue-sky’ reliability for customers and overall reliability metrics for companies.
The work revolves around modernising the electric grid in the American Mid-West and finding innovative paths towards reliable electric power delivery to millions of customers, high levels of energy efficiency, and a fossil fuel independent future. The project was declared the 2nd place winner out of 600 submissions in American Electric Power’s first ever Spark Tank Innovation Challenge.
Emeka Okafor, Manager, Region Support Engineering – AEP said, “Tirthak Saha is a tremendous asset to American Electric Power. He is leading our modernisation efforts to deploy new technology to improve the customer experience for AEP customers in Indiana and Michigan states.”