BHEL developing products to make solar energy cheaper

The corporate R&D arm of power equipment maker BHEL is set to launch products aimed at making solar power production cheaper.

First in the pipeline is a new solar thermal sun tracker — a system for tracking the sun to produce increased power output from the solar panels mounted on it.

“We are preparing to commercially launch this product in the next six to eight months. Our prototype has shown that the tracking system can generate 25-35 per cent additional energy when compared to the conventional modules mounted on the fixed structures,” said S. Sekar, GM of BHEL’s corporate R&D arm.

The operation of the sun tracker is based on simple liquid balancing system. Hence, there are no motors, gears and control system for the operation.

“We are currently fixing this system in one of our existing solar units to finally evaluate its operational and cost efficiencies,” he told media persons here today.

The R&D wing is investing over Rs 1,300 crore in developing news products in the current fiscal against Rs 1,248 crore last year.


(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated April 17, 2013)

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