Solar Power Tree

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 that’s called “Solar Power Tree”.

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 – 15% more power” Harsh Vardhan said.

The Solar Power Tree has also water sprinkler at the top for self-cleaning of the panels.

“The solar power tree has no urban or rural barrier for its usage and is also cost effective,” the minister said.

“In 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,” 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.

Author: Darvin Tocmo

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