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Dr. Atul Raturi

[MSc, PhD, IIT-Delhi, MISES, SMIEEE]

 

Associate Professor in Physics

  • Email: raturi_a(at)usp.ac.fj
  • Telephone: +679 32 32430
  • Facsimile: +679 32 31511/ 32 31538
  • Postal: School of Engineering & Physics, USP, Private Mail Bag, Laucala Campus, Suva, FIJI ISLANDS.

 

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering,

Faculty of Engineering

University of New South Wales, Australia

 


 

Education

M.Sc (Physics) 1978 ,   PhD   Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi- 1984

Work experience

IIT Delhi 1984-87, University of Nairobi (Kenya) 1987-98 and PNG University of Technology (Papua New Guinea) 1998- 20th May 2007. Short term consultant with SEFP, World Bank

Research Interests

Renewable Energy –Materials and devices: Dye sensitized solar cells, Thin film solar cells, Biofuels. RE policy  and low carbon development,  GCPV systems and their integration.

Have supervised more than 25 PG students in these and related areas.

Membership

Senior Member IEEE,  International Solar Energy Society ( ISES) , Rotary Club

Recent Publications:

R. Prasad and A. Raturi, Low Carbon Alternatives and their Implications for Fiji’s Electricity Sector, Utilities Policy ,  54, 2018

J. Mani, F. Mani,, S. Subbarao and A.Raturi , Carbon Footprinting and mitigation strategies for the USP Marine campus, Journal of Pacific Studies, 2018

R. Prasad and A. Raturi, Low-carbon measures for Fiji's land transport energy system, Utilities Policy, 54, 132-147, 2018

S. Kumar, F. Gafaro, A. Daka and A. Raturi: Modelling and Analysis of Grid Integration for High Shares of Solar PV in Small Isolated Systems - A Case of Kiribati, Renewable Energy 108, 589-597, 2017

R. Prasad and A. Raturi: Grid electricity for Fiji Islands:  Future Supply Options and Assessment of Demand Trends, Energy, 119. 860-87, 2017,

R. Prasad, R .Bansal and A. Raturi: A review of Fiji's Energy Situation: Challenges and Strategies for a Small Island Developing State; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 75,  278–292 2017

Atul Raturi, Aman Singh and Ravita Prasad : Grid-connected PV systems in the Pacific Islands, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 58,  419-428 , 2016

Ravita Prasad, R.C.Bansal, Atul Raturi: Multi-faceted energy planning: A review, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 38, 686-299, 2014

R.T.Nand and Atul Raturi: Feasibility study of a grid connected photovoltaic system for the central region of Fiji, Applied Solar Energy, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 110-115, 2013.

S. Prasad, A. Kumar, A. Raturi: Optimization of a Stand-Alone Renewable Energy System for a Small Load Requirement, Climate-Smart Technologies, 615-628, 2013.

Sandeep Lal and Atul Raturi: Techno-economic analysis of a hybrid mini-grid system for Fiji Islands, International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Springer, 3 (1), 10, 2012.

Monishka Narayan and Atul Raturi: Deposition and Characterization of Titanium Dioxide Films Formed by Electrophoretic Deposition, International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation (IJMATEI) (Inderscience), 3 (1), 17-31, 2012.

Atul Raturi: Feasibility study of a solar water pumping system, Applied Solar Energy (Springer) 47 (1), 2011.

Monishka Narayan and Atul Raturi: Investigation of some common Fijian flower dyes as photosensitizers for dye sensitized solar cells, Applied Solar Energy (Springer) 47 (2), 2011.

Vikash Reddy and Atul Raturi: Optimization and sensitivity analysis of a PV/wind/diesel hybrid system for a rural community in the Pacific, Applied Solar Energy (Springer) 46 (2), 152-156, 2010

Atul Raturi and Yoheni Fepuleai: Photosynthesis in a test tube- Dye sensitized solar cells as a teaching tool, Renewable Energy 35(2), 1010, 2010.

Resources

Renewable Energy Development and Carbon Trading: Clean Development Mechanism Prospects for Pacific Island Countries. Download Slides Presented on 05/08/2009 at Marine Studies Lecture Hall, Lower Laucala Campus, USP

Recent Conference presentations

Atul Raturi , Solar Energy Development and SDGs- A Pacific perspective, Invited speaker, Fifth Asia- Pacific Solar Research Conference, Melbourne, December 2017


V. Prakash and Atul Raturi, Energy Needs Assessment and Strategies for 100% RE Future for A Small Island Community , Fifth Asia- Pacific Solar Research Conference, Melbourne, December 2017

A.Datt, Aman Singh and Atul Raturi, Performance of a Solar EV Charger  in the Pacific Island Countries, Solar World Congress 2015, Daegu, S. Korea, November 2015, proceedings.ises.org/swc2015/swc2015-proceedings.pdf

R. Nand and Atul Raturi;  Rural electrifications in Fiji : A case study of Solar home systems,  Solar World Congress 2015, Daegu, S. Korea, November 2015
proceedings.ises.org/swc2015/swc2015-proceedings.pdf

A.Lal, R.Deo, A.Kumar and A.Raturi, Self-Potential and Soil Temperature Profiling: Case Study of Tauua  Hot Spring, FIJI, Near Surface Asia Pacific 2015 conference, Hawaii, July 2015, library.seg.org/doi/10.1190/nsapc2015-035

S.Swapna, Atul Raturi and Riyaz Mohammed, Thin Film Solar Cell Sensitisation using Some Fijian Dyes,   International Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change (ICEECC 2015), Mauritius , July 2015

Atul Raturi: Renewable energy research at the USP,   International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change: Focus on the Pacific (ICRECC2014), Suva, Fiji Islands. July 2014.

Atul Raturi: Regional RE Capacity building,  Pacific Energy and Transport  Ministers Meeting . Denarau, Nadi, Fiji Islands. March 2014

Atul Raturi :A fully renewable power sector for the PICs: Opportunities and  challenges , Global-Regional Integration Workshop on Sustainable Energy, ICSU, Mexico city, April 2013.

Atul Raturi: Future Earth initiative and sustainable energy, Pacific Science Inter Congress, USP, Suva, July 2013.

Atul Raturi: Techno-economic Feasibility of Grid Connected Systems in the Pacific Island Countries, International Solar Energy Society, Solar Energy World Congress, Kassel, Germany. Aug-Sept 2011. doi:10.18086/swc.2011.11.06 Available at proceedings.ises.org

Atul Raturi: Renewable Energy status in Pacific Island Countries, International Solar Energy Society, Solar Energy World Congress, Kassel, Germany. Aug-Sept 2011. Invited presentation.

Monishka Narayan and Atul Raturi: Fabrication and Characterization of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis based Dye Sensitized Solar Cell. Accepted for presentation- World Renewable Energy Congress 2011, Linkoping, Sweden, May 2011.

Shivneel Prasad, A. Kumar and Atul Raturi: Software design of Solar-Wind Hybrid Systems. International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change: Focus on the Pacific (ICRECC2010), Suva, Fiji Islands. December 2010.

Atul Raturi: A Grid-connected PV systems for the USP lower Campus: Design and Economics. International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change: Focus on the Pacific (ICRECC2010), Suva, Fiji Islands. December 2010.

Monishka Narayan and Atul Raturi: Fabrication and Characterization of Bougainvillea spectabilis based on Dye Sensitized Solar Cell. International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change: Focus on the Pacific (ICRECC2010), Suva, Fiji Islands. December 2010.

Atul Raturi and Katerina Syngellakis: Renewable Energy Development and Carbon Trading: Options for the PICs. International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change: Focus on the Pacific (ICRECC2010), Suva, Fiji Islands. December 2010. Invited Presentation.

Book  Chapters / Reports
Renewable energy and Rural Development in Papua New Guinea; in Social Factors in Renewable Energy Use: The Pacific Experience: V.Naidu and T.Wood (eds.), UNESCO (In press)

Science Plan on sustainable energy; International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU-ROAP), 2009 (Ed. D. Gardiner)
 http://www.icsu-asia-pacific.org/news/Science%20Plan%20on%20Sustainable%20Energy.pdf

Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook (PECCO) Report for UNEP: GEO-5: Chapter on ‘GHG Emissions’ and ‘Energy (Renewables)’

TECHICAL REPORTS

Contributor and researcher: REN 21 Global Status Reports, 2018,  2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012    

Mitigation chapter; Fiji Second National Communication to UNFCCC (with S. Prasad), 

Pacific SIDS energy, ecosystems and sustainable livelihoods initiative: Managing the ecosystem implications of energy policies in the Pacific Island States Review Report 2011, IUCN, 2012.

Contributor: Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook, SPREP 2012, ISBN: 978-982-04-0465-6

Contributor: Science Plan on sustainable energy; International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU-ROAP), 2009 (Ed. D. Gardiner)
 http://www.icsu-asia-pacific.org/news/Science%20Plan%20on%20Sustainable%20Energy.pdf

 

CONSULTANCY REPORTS

1.    ASTAE (World Bank) reports (2006):
(i)    Status of CNO in power generation and industrial use
http://www.gvepinternational.org/sites/default/files/resources/CNO_Report_Raturi1.pdf 
(ii)    CNO use in PNG : A travel report:
http://www.gvepinternational.org/sites/default/files/resources/Raturi_-_CNO_fuel_in_PNG1.pdf 

2.    FDC – Pacific Renewable Energy Microfinance (PREM) Project: Training Manual (multiple authors), 2009
www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/dms/cec/reports/9823_tmpphpEfxNQ5/PREM%20Manual.pdf

3.    Mid Term Review Report: IUCN-EESLI project (Yves Renard and Atul Raturi)- Published by IUCN, 2010
cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/pacific_sids_energy_initiative___mtr_2009.pdf
 
4.    Presentations/ reports for CD4CDM (UNEP ) (Atul Raturi) 2011  :

i.    Clean Development Mechanism – the basics
www.acp-cd4cdm.org/media/247350/cdmbasics.pdf

ii.    CDM Cycle and role of governments
www.acp-cd4cdm.org/media/247347/cdm-cycle-role-government.pdf

iii.    Key Concepts in CDM project cycle
www.acp-cd4cdm.org/media/247383/keconceptscdmprojectcycle.pdf
   
iv.    CDM projects; concrete examples
www.acp-cd4cdm.org/media/247459/cdmprojectspics.pdf
   

EXTERNAL (International) FUNDING SECURED since 2007 at USP, Suva, Fiji Islands

  • Received a FJD 49,000 grant from French Pacific Funds for a solar desalination project
  • Received a FJD 100, 000 grant from French Pacific Funds for solar refrigeration for rural fishing communities.
  • VOCTEC project in collaboration with ASU
  • Received a USD 30,000 grant from ROC for solar water pumping projects
  • Received a F$ 43,000 grant from the US Embassy for A 1.2 kW PV system to be installed at USP, Suva, Fiji.
  • Member of the FSTE (SEP) team that secured USD 2 Million S. Korean funding for Renewable energy project entitled ‘A renewable energy generation, resource assessment, and capacity building program for sustainable economic development of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) (It includes my project: installation of 45 kW PV system grid connected and course development in RE which secured  USD 0.75 million).
  • Two renewable energy projects worth Euro 40,000 – Funded by the French Government.
  • Development of a community scale solar water pumping project’ worth USD 10,000 - Funded by Taiwan Government.


COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS Current

At National level

  • Chair, Mitigation Working Group, Third National Communication to UNFCCC (Fiji)
  • Chair, Mitigation Working Group Second National Communication (Fiji).
  • Member, Technical Committee, Fiji Carbon trading Board. Fiji.
  • Member, Technical Committee, Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation, Suva, Fiji Islands.


At Regional level (Pacific Island Countries)

  • USP representative to Pacific Energy Oversight Group (PEOG) and Pacific Energy Advisory Group (PEAG)
  • USP representative:  Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE)




RESEARCH INTERESTS
Semiconductor devices, Thin Films Growth and Characterization, Thin Film Solar Cells, Photoelectrochemical cells, Materials for Solar Energy applications (Photovoltaic and Photothermal), Solar Sizing, Renewable Energy Technologies and Policies, Capacity building.

Training and Education:

CDM and renewable energy:
• Resource person: Inception workshop for the component Capacity Building for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the EU-ACP / UNEP project: Suva, Fiji: 25th to 29th May 2009
• Web based courses, Sustainable energy and climate change education and policy development. 

Physics Outreach:
•    Regular talks at schools, road shows and newspaper articles etc.
•    Awareness seminars on Physics and RE in current affairs
•    Latest one conducted on ‘Japan Twin-disaster’

CURRENT RESEARCH
•    Solid State lighting for rural development
•    Application of RET Screen and HOMER software for feasibility studies of renewable energy projects.
•    Renewable energy potential and scenarios in Pacific Island Countries.
•    Dye-sensitized nano-crystalline solar cells. Fabrication and characterization
•    Clean Development Mechanisms – Studies on feasibility of projects


MASTERS’ THESIS SUPERVISION- ( 15)

Monishka Narayan:         Fabrication and characterization of dye sensitized solar cells 
using locally occurring plant dyes - 2011

Ravinesh Nand :    Design and techno-economic analysis  of a grid-connected
Photovoltaic power system- 2011

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
•    Foundation for Development and Cooperation (FDC), Australia:  Micro-financing Mechanism for energy in the Pacific Region,- Training manual and workshop
•    Asia-Pacific Office of the International Council for Science (ICSU):  Member, Sustainable Energy Working Group, Wrote a document on Renewable Energy together with 6 other experts from the region. Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.
•    UNSW School of Photovoltaic and renewable engineering: Sydney, Australia.-Co-supervision of graduate students.
•    JICA : Collaboration on CDM training
•    UNEP-Riso Centre: Capacity building workshops on CDM.

NEWSPAPER  ARTICLES  and MEDIA (selected) activities since 2007 till date
•    Interview on Youth radio, Vienna, November 2007
•    Article promoting Earth Day: Make it energy saving day, Fiji Times, March 2008
•    Article promoting Renewable Energy: Let there be light, Fiji Times, April 2008
•    A talk-back show on Fiji radio on Climate Change and renewable energy, April 2008.
•    Article promoting Renewable Energy programmes and its scope: Opportunities in Energy Sector, Fiji Times, June 2008
•    Article promoting Sustainable development:
•    Recipe for Sustainable Development; Fiji Times July 2008
•    Fiji TV Prime Time News Coverage of presentation, Sept.2009.
•    Interview- Radio Australia,  In the Loop programme, Topic- Renewable Energy, October 2009. mpegmedia.abc.net.au/ra/podcast/intheloop/20091029.mp3
•    Fiji TV Brief interview for Prime Time News Coverage, Sept.2009, Dec.2010, Jan. 2011
•    Mai TV coverage of CDM workshop conducted for PICS (a consultancy for UNEP Risoe centre)
•    Newspaper interviews (Fiji Times and Fiji Sun) on CDM workshop, 25th Jan. 2011.
•    Documentary Interview Invitation by Zacola Cultural Development – Initiative supported by Hong Kong Government (24th March 2011)
•    Newspaper interviews (Fiji Times 23rd, 24th and 27th March 2011) and Fiji TV interview on 24th March 2011: Topic Tsunami and Nuclear radiation

OTHER ACTIVITIES
1.    Expert Reviewer ; Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate
    Change Mitigation (SRREN)-IPCC
2.    Member International Solar Energy Society
3.    Member, International Steering committee, World Renewable Energy Congress      
4.    Partner, GVEP
5.    Member, Rotary club of Suva East
6.    Informal advisor on renewable energy to various organizations


AWARDS/ HONOURS
Paul-Harris Fellow, 2008. ( For community service)

 


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