Indian scientists at the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CMERI) Doorgapur, have developed a Solar Power Tree that harnesses solar energy without acquiring a big tract of land.
Here are some of its features:
- This Solar Power Tree has a tree-like structure that has vertically oriented branches holding up solar panels, and it produces the same amount of energy as any conventional array while utilizing a minimum of land.
- A single Solar Power Tree could generate 5kW of energy which is enough to power up to five houses.
- This amazing tree occupies just 4 square feet of land, whereas a conventional array layout for generating the same power requires 400 square feet.
- The tree is capable of harnessing 10 to 15 percent more power in comparison to ground-mounted solar arrays.
- The tree also charges a battery backup system that can provide power two hours after the sunset.
- A water sprinkler is also embedded inside the Solar Power Tree to clear the dust or any debris that might reduce its efficiency.
- The Solar Power Tree can be installed individually or in groups as per requirement.
- The estimated cost for a 5kW model is $7,500 USD.
- This design is a perfect fit for overcrowded cities.
Solar Power Trees has already been installed in three locations of West Bengal, and they are working perfectly. The team is now working to increase the efficiency and maximizing the potential output of this tree. They are going to include a rotating feature in the tree so that it can track the movement of the sun throughout the day.