Kerala: Solar panel atop dam a reality

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 30, 2016, 6:21 am IST
Updated Apr 30, 2016, 6:21 am IST
Since the region has heavy wind flowing, the panel can withstand wind upto 150 kmph.
Keltron engineer K.T. Afeef, in front of the solar panel erected on the bund of Banasurasagar earthen dam in Padinharethara at Wayanad. Close to 1,760 solar panels, with each generating 230 watts have been installed. (Photo:  DC)
 Keltron engineer K.T. Afeef, in front of the solar panel erected on the bund of Banasurasagar earthen dam in Padinharethara at Wayanad. Close to 1,760 solar panels, with each generating 230 watts have been installed. (Photo: DC)

KOZHIKODE: The KSEB’s plan to generate solar energy near Banasura Sagar dam became a reality on Friday. The pilot attempt of the dam top solar panel project, a first of its kind in the country, was switched on by Keltron officials. The Rs 4.5 crore project has the capacity to generate 2,500 units of electricity every day with its 440 kilowatt capacity.

Talking about the initiative, Keltron dam top solar panel project engineer, Afeef K.T. said, “The project is designed taking into account the geography of the dam.” Since the region has heavy wind flowing, the panel can withstand wind upto 150 kmph.

 

The state government is planning to use all such reservoirs for deve-loping more solar power, based on this project’s success, he added. Moreover, this project can be controlled from anywhere in the world with help of Internet.

At the same time, the major highlight of the project is the technology SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) used, that allows its controller to operate or control the system sitting from anywhere around the globe using the internet possibilities, he further added.

Keltron is now in a process to develop the next generation technology used for Dam top project that will enable to generate power during day time to satisfy the energy needs during peak times, the officials of Keltron informed.

Location: India, Kerala




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