NEW DELHI: Seeking to harness solar power without getting into the hassle of acquiring big tract of land, the CSIR-CentralMechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur has developed and designed a ‘Solar Power Tree’ which will help harness maximum solar energy by utilising minimum land.
One of such ‘Trees’, launched on Friday by the Union science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan at his official residence here on Tees January Marg, covers only 4 sq feet of land for producing 5 kilowatts (kW) of solar power as compared to 400 sq feet of land in case of the conventional solar photovoltaic set-up.
Stating that the ‘Solar Power Tree’ is an intervention against land constraints, the CSIR director general Girish Sahni said, “It harnesses solar energy for producing electricity with an innovative vertical arrangement of solar cells and thus reduces the requirement of land while keeping the land character intact”. He noted that the ‘Tree’ would even enable utilisation of the cultivable land for harnessing solar energy along with farming at the same time.
The ‘Tree’ holds the panels at a higher height and therefore it gets more sunshine (per hour) in a day in comparison to the one in conventional layout on ground. Scientists claim that it is possible to harness 10-15% more solar power through use of such ‘Tree’ in a particular day. The panel is designed in such a way that it can even be installed in paddy fields or gardens or on roads for generation of clean energy both in urban and rural areas.