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Harsh Vardhan hails CEL's novel solar energy use

Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Friday dedicated to the nation 1MW Captive Solar Power Capacity at Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a Government of India Enterprise located in Sahibabad Industrial Area in Ghaziabad District of Uttar Pradesh. He also inaugurated Solar Rickshaw developed by CEL and laid foundation stone of the Solar Technology Park.

CEL, a pioneer in Solar Technologies, has designed and fabricated specialized flexible solar panels for use as roof of the solar rickshaw. These solar panels provide continuous charging of the batteries throughout the day and effectively double the distance that the rickshaws can cover in a day resulting in reduction in physical effort by the rickshaw puller as well as increase in his daily earnings while at the same time increasing the battery life by avoiding frequent deep discharge cycles. The rickshaw used is, in itself, an innovative design with a foldable back, which can become a bed for the rickshaw puller to sleep or even as a means for moving patients in an emergency.
Speaking at the function, Dr Harsh Vardhan commended CEL's efforts towards popularizing innovative use of solar energy for everyday requirements of the common man. He further lauded the efforts of the company to make maximum use of solar power for meeting its own requirements.
CEL has designed and installed a range of power plants on its campus, which showcase a number of concepts and technologies. Two High Efficiency power plants on the roof of the CEL administrative and canteen complex have a total capacity of 198 KWp using IBC and HIT solar panels. This complex has been operating in energy positive mode for the past over one year. There are four BIPV (Building Integrated Photo Voltaic) power plants using specially designed and fabricated solar panels for covering the car park which function as demonstration plants for railway platforms, industrial sheds, warehouses etc.. The newest addition is a 600 KWp power plant using monocrystalline modules which was dedicated to the nation on Friday by the minister, taking the total on campus capacity to 1 MWp.
In addition, a 500 kWh centralized battery energy storage system is to be commissioned in the near future which will stabilize the CEL internal grid and allow the company to make best use of the its captive solar generation capacity.
This will effectively demonstrate hybridization of multiple power sources in a grid (Solar power, DG supply & Utility supply) – an important requirement for India as the percentage of renewable energy in total energy mix goes up and grid stability becomes an issue for the country.
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