NIAS Wednesday Discussion - Prof. D K Srivastava will speak on “Shades of Green Energy Options and a Sustainable and Reliable Grid”

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


Topic:              Shades of Green Energy Options, and a Sustainable and Reliable Grid


Speaker:          Dinesh Kumar Srivastava 

Homi Bhabha Chair Professor

Energy, Environment, and Climate Change Programme, NIAS


Chairperson:   V S Ramamurthy

                        Professor Emeritus, NIAS 



Date:               20 October 2021 


Time:              4.00 PM 


Meeting Link: Click here to join the meeting

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Abstract: We discuss various green energy options to tackle the eminent concerns of global warming and yet provide enough sustainable and reliable power for the growing energy needs of the world.  Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of hydro, solar, wind, and nuclear energies, we suggest that while solar and wind could, in principle, meet the energy needs of the world – they are very intermittent, and material- and land-intensive. The necessary battery technology is still quite expensive and often uses scarce and rare materials. We suggest that an international grid with a baseload derived from suitably stationed nuclear power plants along with the One Sun One World One Grid, fed by solar and wind farms can solve this problem for good.


About the speaker:  Prof Dinesh Kumar Srivastava is Homi Bhabha Chair Professor in the Energy, Environment, and Climate Change Programme. He has held many distinguished positions in the past, such as Director and Distinguished Scientist in Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata; DAE Raja Ramanna Fellow; Honorary Professor, Amity University, NOIDA; and Emeritus Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute. Prof Srivastava started his career as Scientific Officer at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1971 and moved to Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre Kolkata in 1979 to retire as Director and Distinguished Scientist of this organisation in 2016. He has held visiting positions at KfK Karsruhe, GSI Darmstadt, University of Bielefeld and University of Frankfurt in Germany, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, University of Minnesota and Duke University in the USA, McGill University Canada, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa for various durations. Prof Srivastava is Fellow of National Academy of Sciences as well as Indian National Science Academy. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Pramana and Scientific Reports. He has been honoured with several national and international awards for his research and other academic activities.


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For further info, please contact Prof Anindya Sinha [] or Shri K S Rama Krishna [], Coordinators of the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings. 


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Wednesday, October 20, 2021