Monday, August 31, 2020

CMERI develops World’s Largest Solar Tree

 Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute(CMERI) , which is the apex R&D institute for mechanical engineering under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed the World's largest Solar Tree. The tree is installed in residential colony of CMERI.



Important points :-

1.Installed capacity of the Solar Tree - greater than 11.5 kWp.

2.Annual capacity to generate - 12,000 -14,000 units.

3.It has been designed in a manner to ensure maximum exposure of each Solar PV Panel to Sunlight and also creation of the least amount of shadow area beneath.

4.No. of Solar PV Panels - 35

5.Capacity of each solar panel - 330 wp

6. Inclination of the arms holding the Solar PV Panels are flexible and can be adjusted according to requirement.

7.Real time energy data can be monitored.

8. The Solar Trees were designed in a manner to ensure minimum shadow area.

9.These Solar Trees are available for widespread usage in Agricultural activities such as High Capacity Pumps, e-Tractors and e-Power Tillers.

These Solar Trees can be aligned with Agriculture for substituting price-volatile fossil fuels. Each Solar tree has the potential to save 10-12 tons of COemissions being released into the atmosphere as Greenhouse Gases when compared with fossil fuel fired energy generation.The surplus generated power can be fed into an Energy Grid.

IOT based features of Solar Tree:-

1. Round the-clock CCTV surveillance in agricultural fields.

2.Real-time humidity.

3.Wind speed.

4.Rainfall prediction and soil analytics sensors.

Cost of Solar Tree is  Rs 7.5 lakhs and the interested MSMEs can align their Business Model with the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha even Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme for farmers, for developing a Renewable Energy based Energy Grid.

The CSIR-CMERI developed solar powered e-Suvidha Kiosks may also be connected to the Solar Trees for real-time access to the vast majority of agricultural database as well as to the eNAM i.e. National Agricultural MarketPlace for instant and real-time access to an unified online market.This Solar Tree is a Quantum Leap towards making an Energy Reliant and Carbon Negative India.

Source -PIB

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