New Delhi: CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) has developed the World’s Largest Solar Tree. The tree is installed at CSIR-CMERI Residential Colony, Durgapur.
It has been designed in a manner to ensure maximum exposure of each Solar PV Panel to Sunlight and also the creation of the 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. The inclination of the arms holding the Solar PV Panels are flexible and can be adjusted as per requirement, this feature is not available in Roof-Mounted Solar facilities.
Dr. Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI, while elaborating about the technology stated that “The installed capacity of the Solar Tree is above 11.5 kWp. It has the annual capacity to generate 12,000-14,000 units of Clean and Green Power”.
“The CSIR-CMERI developed Solar Tree besides being the World’s Largest Solar Tree also has certain customizable features for application at diverse sites,” he added
These trees can be aligned with Agriculture for substituting price-volatile fossil fuels. Each tree has the potential to save 10-12 tons of CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere as Greenhouse Gases when compared with fossil fuel-fired energy generation. Besides, the surplus generated power can be fed into an Energy Grid.
The Solar trees also have the capability to incorporate IOT based features, i.e. round-the-clock CCTV surveillance in agricultural fields, real-time humidity, wind speed, rainfall prediction, and soil analytics sensors.
Each Tree is set to cost Rs 7.5 lakh.