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Center for Renewable Energy & Environment Development (CREED)

It is an umbrella agency setup under the prestigious Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani. The primary objectives of the center are to:

  • Conceive, develop, and implement renewable energy applications and environment protection projects
  • Develop courses and organize awareness creation programs
  • Collaborate with national and international organizations and institutions in the areas of renewable energy education, training and technology development.

The Center is presently collaborating with MNRE, IREDA, REDA, ARTES, Institute of Flensburg University, Germany, and CEER of SPIC Science Foundation, Chennai.

The center is actively involved in:

  • Research work related to Renewable Energy and Alternate fuels
  • Setting up performance evaluation of parabolic solar cookers
  • Solar hot water system
  • Solar still and fuel cells
  • Setting up of an Energy Park

Research Overview

The faculty and students at the center carry out research / development activities in the following areas:
  • Planning and Economics of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Renewable Energy Dissemination
  • Renewable Energy Education
  • Solar Thermal Engineering
  • Multi Criteria Decision Making for Energy
  • Integrated Renewable Systems
  • Demand Side Management
  • Passive Architecture
  • Energy Efficiency and  Steam Systems
  • Carbon Emission Ranking  and Analysis.
  • CO2 based Refrigeration
  • Biomass Gasifier

New Areas of Research Planned

  • Design optimization of biogas based turbines and engines
  • Multi-unit planning of wind and small-hydro conversion systems
  • Operational control of renewable sources
  • Energy efficient buildings
  • Solar Thermal Power System
  • Hybrid Systems



  • Production of hydrogen-rich fuel gas from Jatropha residue cake

Principal Investigator: Dr Pratik N Sheth

Sponsoring Agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST) under FAST TRACK Scheme

  • Design and development of an efficient soft-switching converter with adaptive maximum power point tracking (MPPT) controller for a standalone photovoltaic power generation system.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rajneesh Kumar

Co PI: Dr. Hari Om Bansal

Funding agency: Ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), New Delhi

  • Inter-area oscillation Control using Embedded Energy Storage in Interconnected Power System with Distributed Generation

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Hitesh Dutt Mathur

Funding Agency: Seed Grant Scheme, BITS, Pilani 

  • Design, development and implementation of a building integrated photovoltaic system for rural application

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rajneesh Kumar

Funding agency: State Innovation council, Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur


Current Research Scholars in Team

Sr No.

Name of the Candidate

Area of Research



Rajeev Sharma 

Biomass Pyrolysis & Product Characterization

Dr. Pratik Sheth


Tapas K. Patra

Biomass Pyrolysis

Dr. Pratik Sheth


Santosh S Khandgave 

Bio-film reactors

Dr. Pratik Sheth


Nikhil Gakkhar

Concentrating Solar Energy

Dr. M. S. Soni


Aishwarya Panday

Hybrid Vehicles

Dr. H.O. Bansal


Yogesh K

Oscillation control in Renewable Energy

Dr. H.D. Mathur



Prof. Manoj Kumar Soni, PhD

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department

Birla Institute of Technology and Science

Pilani (Rajasthan) - 333 031 INDIA


Phone: +91-1596-255634 (O)


Nucleus Members

Prof. H.D. Mathur, PhD

Associate Professor,  Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering


Phone: +91 1596-255347


Prof. H.O. Bansal, PhD

Associate Professor, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department,


Phone: +91-1596-255332


Prof. Pratik N Sheth, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering


Phone: 01596-255636 (Direct); 01596-255215 (Office)


Dr. Rajneesh Kumar

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department



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