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World's largest solar tree set up at Durgapur

The Solar Trees have been designed to ensure minimum shadow area, which will make these Solar Trees available for widespread usage in agricultural activities

Sep 1, 2020 12:10 IST
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The CSIR-CMERI has set up the world's largest solar tree at its residential colony in Durgapur, West Bengal. The solar tree has an installed capacity above 11.5 kWp.

According to CSIR-CMERI Director Harish Hiranoi, the annual capacity of the solar tree will include generating about 12,000-14,000 units of clean and green power.

The Solar Tree has been designed and developed in a way to ensure maximum exposure of each Solar PV Panel to sunlight and create least amount of shadow area beneath. There are a total of 35 Solar PV Panels in each tree with a capacity of 330 wp each.

Benefit

The inclination of the arms holding the Solar PV Panels on the solar tree are flexible and can be adjusted as per requirement. This is not possible in Roof-Mounted Solar facilities. The solar tree will also enable the monitoring of energy generation data on a real-time basis or daily basis. 

The solar tree has the capability of providing round-the-clock CCTV surveillance in agricultural fields and send real-time data regarding humidity, wind speed and rainfall prediction. It will also have soil analytics sensor.

Key Features

The CSIR-CMERI developed Solar Tree has certain customizable features for application at diverse sites.

The Solar Trees have been designed to ensure minimum shadow area, which will make these Solar Trees available for widespread usage in agricultural activities such as high capacity pumps, e-tractors and e-power tillers.

The solar trees can be used as an alternative to the energy generated from fossil fuels. Each solar tree is capable of saving 10-12 tons of CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere as Greenhouse Gases when compared with fossil fuel-fired energy generation.

The excess power generated can be directed into an energy grid. This will not only help provide a consistent economic return but also help the farmers counter the effects of the uncertain variations in Agriculture related activities.

The usage of solar trees for agricultural activities will also make farming an economic and energy sustainable practice.

How much will a Solar Tree cost?

Each solar tree will cost about Rs 7.2 lakhs. The interested MSMEs can align their Business Model with the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme for farmers to develop a renewable energy-based energy grid.

Significance

The solar trees can also be connected to CSIR-CMERI's solar-powered e-Suvidha Kiosks may for real-time access to the vast majority of agricultural database and the National Agricultural MarketPlace (eNam) for instant and real-time access to a unified online market.

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