A Lab In West Bengal Just Created A ‘Solar Tree’ That Efficiently Provides Electricity To Up To 5 Homes








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The world is in need of an alternate source of sustainable energy, and this CSIR laboratory in West Bengal is doing its bit. The lab has created a ‘solar power tree’ that’s no bigger than four square feet and generates about three kilowatts (kW) of power, enough to sustain five houses.
Talking to IANS, Sibnath Maity, the chief scientist at the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) who made the “tree” in Durgapur, West Bengal said, “The challenge was to come up with a design so as to generate more solar power in less land space.

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“For one MW of power, one needs five acres of land. To generate 10,000 MW we would need 50,000 acres. Now this poses a dilemma in states like West Bengal and Bihar,” he added.




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Why is it called a “solar tree”?

The three kW device resembles a tree with branches at different tiers and can be squeezed on rooftops and highways. The “tree” requires only four square feet, which is an incredible feat to achieve by the scientists since a traditional solar photovoltaic system of five kW takes about 400 square feet of space. The system, Maity said, costs about Rs 3 lakhs including a battery back-up.

Inauguration

The “solar tree” was inaugurated by the union Science and Technology Minister, Harsh Vardhan, who has also requested a couple of trees to be installed in the minister’s office and bungalow.
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