This is the age of invention and innovation. But the real challenge today is creating a sustainable environment and making optimum use of whatever resources we have left. With this thought a CSIR laboratory in West Bengal has designed a ‘solar power tree’ that takes up only four square feet of space and produces about three kilowatts (kW) of power – enough to power about five households.
“The challenge was to come up with a design so as to generate more solar power in less land space,” Sibnath Maity, chief scientist at the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) in Durgapur, which developed the “tree”, told IANS.
The three kW solar power tree resembles a tree with branches at different tiers and could be squeezed on rooftops and highways with a space requirement of only four square feet.
The initiative was inaugurated on May 17 by Union Science and Technology minister Dr. Harshvardhan who lauded the CSIR’s this contribution in Green Revolution and said that such initiatives will help the nation battle pollution.
The Minister went one step further in appreciating the CSIR’s invention by requesting two solar power trees to be installed at his office in his bungalow. Now that is a great way to start!