CO2 Research and Green Technologies Centre & School of Mechanical Engineering
CO2 Research and Green Technologies Centre (CO2RGTC), a unique advanced research laboratory, was created by VIT University, Vellore to carry-out research and develop technologies for Carbon Capturing and Utilization (CCU), to develop sustainable and green energy technologies and plan for projects on energy, water conservation, waste management and heat recovery. The centre was inaugurated on 15th February 2010 by Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Honorable Minister for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Govt. of India. The research centre consists of solar concentrating collectors, trigeneration plant, Kalina cycle system, solar desalination, solar cooling, solar thermal power generation, cooling cogeneration, solar tracking devices, solar Stirling engine, solar dryer, solar lighting, solar PV power plant, fuel cell setup, 100 kW biomass power plant using gasifier, biogas power plant, pyrolysis plant, bio energy technologies etc.
The School of Mechanical Engineering (SMEC), one of the eleven constituent Schools of VIT, consists of the oldest and best performing departments of VIT. The School has got well qualified and experienced faculty members with Ph.D. from reputed institutes like IITs and IISc. Faculty members are actively involved in executing a number of R & D and consultancy projects for Government agencies like Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources (MNRE), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and also many reputed industries. The school offers B.Tech. M.Tech., M.Tech. (by Research) and Ph.D. programmes. B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering and Energy Engineering programmes are accredited by ABET (USA).