The aim of this interdisciplinary school is to develop state-of-the-art research infrastructure in various areas of Energy, Environment and Marine Science. The available facilities are rapidly expanding as the school grows.
Regional Test Centre (Solar Thermal)
The Regional Test Centre (Solar Thermal) was established during the year 1992 by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India. The Centre provides test and referral facilities to the manufacturer’s / state nodal agencies / R&D organizations for Testing Solar Thermal Systems. It also acts as the testing centre for Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for solar collectors and solar cookers. The Centre inspects, monitors and tests various solar devices on-site on behalf of MNRE to ensure the quality of products. It also organizes training programmes, business meets and offer technical back-up for potential users of solar thermal devices. The Centre is accredited with ISO 17025: 2005 by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and is recognized by Bureau of Indian Standards and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.
Biomass Gasification Centre
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy sanctioned to develop an extensive biomass gasification centre called Gasification Action Research Project (GARP) along with IITs. From this research centre, many studies have been carried out and the results were implemented in industrial applications. Long stick Gasifier was one of the new technology that was developed in the Centre. The Centre has a full setup to design any type of gasifiers with welding machine, generators and other related equipments.
Centre for Biodiversity and Forest studies
From the Bioenergy department, Centre for Biodiversity and Forest Studies was established during April 2000 with the support of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, New Delhi & Madurai Kamaraj University. The aim of this centre is to study biodiversity resources with reference to behavior, ecology of important economic of the threatened & endemic species.
Department of Marine and Coastal Studies
A Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CMCS) was instituted in 1998 for the establishment of a Marine Field Research facility at Pudumadam, a coastal village in Ramnad District. The university has received 6 acres of coastal Patta land by way of donation and One acre Seven cents by way of purchase from the local people to establish this centre. The Centre was upgraded to the Department of Marine and Coastal Studies from October 2009. Through MoES-ICMAM funding, the department established a Marine Ecotoxicology Research Laboratory at Pudumadam during X Plan period as a National Research Facility for carrying out the Marine Ecotoxicological Studies for the Derivation of Seawater Quality Criteria. The Department is well equipped with Marine Underwater (SCUBA) Diving facility.
Classroom and seminar hall
The School has two smart classrooms and a common seminar hall with video facility like LCD projector, speakers, white board and computers with internet facility etc. was established.
The School has a separate library facility with more than 2500 books in different subject areas and receives more than 15 periodicals regularly.
The School is having all basic necessary equipment for research in Energy, Environment and Marine Studies. Each department has separate laboratory facilities. Some unique instruments like Solar Simulator, Aethalometer and Weather Station are also available in the School. Some of the instruments are listed here