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Expert knowledge from TalTech transfers to Asia

Pharping Hydropower Station. Photo credit: Sujitabh Chaudhary/Unsplash
Pharping Hydropower Station. Photo credit: Sujitabh Chaudhary/Unsplash

Nepal and Bhutan have abundant hydropower potential of around 46000 MW and 30000 MW respectively, and the optimum utilization of resources is always desired. There is also growing pressure for these two countries to focus on the efficient generation and utilization of electrical energy. In order to enhance the stable generation and utilization of electricity, the project “Capacity Enhancement in Electrical Equipment Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnostics (CEEECoM)”, cofounded by the European Union under the ERASMUS+ program, has been created.

The objectives of the project are to assess the condition-monitoring and fault diagnostics needs of the power industries (for power plant equipment such as generators, transformers, excitation system, protection, etc.) and manufacturing industries (for motors, actuators, etc.), and to modernize/enhance the practicality of the relevant courses in our engineering curriculum using the expert knowledge of the field from TalTech (Estonia) and Aalto University (Finland). The project will also conduct training tailored for specific industrial condition monitoring needs.

Electric motor. Photo credit: Aalto University

The project is addressing the problems related to the expert workforce in the field of diagnosis, monitoring and maintenance of the power systems as well as related components in the partner countries Nepal and Bhutan by bringing innovation in higher education teaching and learning methods to fill the expertise gap and increase its relevance for the labor market and wider society. The project will help Nepal and Bhutan to produce in-house human resources in the field of condition monitoring of power equipment, enabling both countries to be independent from external consultants.

The project has the following specific objectives:

  • Develop courses on electrical equipment and condition monitoring and train teachers
  • Introduce new teaching methods, tools, and lab infrastructure for improved teaching and learning
  • Promote collaboration between universities and industry on the monitoring of electrical equipment
  • Determine and analyze specific needs in the development of training and modernization of the curriculum
Rotor porosity in tomography and real life. Photo credit: TalTech – Electrical Machine Group

The project consortium is led by Aalto University and members include Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, Kathmandu University and Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and the Royal University of Bhutan. The project duration is three years (January 2023 – December 2025).  

“As an attractive mobility opportunity, students and staff from Nepal and Bhutan can visit the European partner universities every year for the duration of the project to learn from the teaching and research practices, and build their capacity in the areas within the scope of this project. Students from each of the European partner universities will visit Nepal and Bhutan every year during the project duration.”, adds Dr.Toomas Vaimann, project leader at TalTech, and senior Electrical Machine Research Group researcher.

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