August 1, 2016: Following the ongoing renewable revolution in India, the CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) has come up with a solar power tree to catch maximum sunlight across the nation. This unique solar power technology, which has been developed under the guidance of scientist Sibnath Maity in West Bengal, bears resemblance to a tree with branches at diverse tiers and may as well be used on highways and rooftops.
This solar technology, which was launched by Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Science and Technology of India, has been licensed to a Kolkata-based company and more companies and individuals have appealed for solar installations.
Maximum solar power in minimum space
The key highlight is that this solar power tree has the ability to provide maximum solar energy in minimum space. It uses just four square feet of land to produce sufficient amount of power for around five family units. The solar technology is being upgraded to add a rotating motor to lend a hand in aligning with altering sunlight.
A spokesperson from CMERI said that the solar power tree takes about only four square feet of space to generate 5KW of power. The institute has been working in to improve the design and add a motor that can be aligned with a timer with the target that the solar tree can move from east to west on the basis of the sunlight. In this way, the solar tree can help in absorbing energy, added the spokesperson.
Rotating solar power tree developed to catch maximum sunlight
The branches of the solar power tree hold up the 30 photovoltaic panels and the technology costs around Rs 5 lakh with battery back-up. Since the solar panels are higher up, it can obtain an additional one hour of sunlight.