Solar Power Tree
To generate electricity using solar power in a limited space, the ministry of Science and Technology has come up with an innovative idea thatâ€™s called â€œSolar Power Treeâ€.
This Solar Power Tree was developed by Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) a laboratory of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). With branches made of steel to hold the photovoltaic (PV) panels, this solar power is actually designed like a tree.
“It takes less land of only 4 sq ft for a 5 kW solar power tree as compared to 400 sq ft of land required in case of the conventional solar photovoltaic layout. It holds the panel at a higher height thus gets more sun in a day in comparison to that conventional on ground. This could also be rotated so that the photovoltaic panel get more sunlight. Thus it is possible to harness 10 â€“ 15% more powerâ€ Harsh Vardhan said.
The Solar Power Tree has also water sprinkler at the top for self-cleaning of the panels.
â€œThe solar power tree has no urban or rural barrier for its usage and is also cost effective,â€ the minister said.
â€œIn future, it would be possible to harness 10% more power by rotating the panel direction twice in a day by using a module that aligns itself with the movement of the sun,â€ the minister added.
Also, aesthetic aspects would be incorporated in the design of solar tree for landscaping.
The solar power tree has a capacity to generate 5 KW with a battery backup for 2 hours when under full load.