Santhosh Jois

Email: santhoshjois[at]

Supervisor:Prof. Krithi Ramamritham & Prof. Vivek Agarwal


Santhosh Jois is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

His doctoral thesis entitled “Exploiting solar energy in Urban Areas: Potential and Approaches” explores how the walls/facades of the multi-storey buildings can be used to harvest solar energy. To assess the potential w.r.t height, orientation and location, a prototype solar panels were set up across India. After estimating the solar potential, the realization of the potential is achieved either through Building integrated or Applied Photovoltaics and/or Thermal (BIPV/BAPV/T). State of the art Building integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) panels are used to setup a solar structure to study the impact on indoor thermal comfort. In order to optimize the yield, position of the BIPV is important as these are subjected to partial shading from the surrounding environment. An optimization problem was framed to achieve maximum yield and an algorithm to track the maximum power through deterministic shading patterns. From the research findings, recommendations and policy implications will be framed for BIPV adaption.