October 25, 2017

Roshan R Rao

Research Interests

Solar forecasting, Solar Photovoltaic reliability issues, Environmental factors concerning PV performance.  


  • 2012. B.E (Mechanical Engineering), Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology (autonomous, affiliated to VTU), Bangalore (8.6/10 CGPA)
  • 2016. MSc (Engg) (Atmospheric Science), Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (6.1/8 CGPA)

Work Experience

  • June 2012 – July 2013. Project Assistant at Divecha Centre for Climate Change, IISc, Bangalore
  • Sep 2016 – July 2017. Project Assistant at Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research (SERIIUS project), IISc, Bangalore


  • Improvement assessment on using a dual axis tracking system for a flat photovoltaic system by conducting experiment using a setup of a dual axis sun tracked photovoltaic system and an optimally fixed angle photovoltaic system on rooftop. (2012-2013)
  • Techno-commercial project of installation of 20kWp grid tied three phase solar power plant on JNTM Library rooftop which powers the Main Building of IISc. Project was co-funded by MNRE(2012-2013)
  • Performance study of CPV (Concentrated Photovoltaic) in an urban region of India by setting up a 230Wp CPV panel on a dual axis tracker on rooftop at IISc. (2012-2013)
  • Analysis of photovoltaic performance variability due to dust, temperature and wind interplay. (2016-2017)

Computational Tools

  • MATLAB programming
  • SBDART ( radiative transfer band model )
  • FuLiou ( radiative transfer band model )
  • OPAC ( Mie Scattering calculation code )
  • System Advisor Model ( Performance and Financial model for renewable energies )

Instruments/Devices operational expertise

  • Pyranometer (GHI Broadband measurement)
  • Pyrheliometer (DNI broadband measurement)
  • Spectroradiometer (350 -2500 nm high res. Spectral solar irradiance measurement)
  • Sun tracker (for Flat PV and CPV)
  • Automatic Weather station