Innovation

Low cost solar dome for rural areas in India

The Centre has sanctioned Rs 21.65 lakh for the project to be monitored by a committee appointed by the science and technology ministry.
Low cost solar dome for rural areas in India

The solar concept has lighted up the recent times to bring a revolutionary change in the rural as well as urban areas.Many institutes and national and international companies introduced solar panels and lamps makings rural lives easier and stable.

Likewise, the NB Institute for Rural Technology (NBIRT), headed by solar power expert S P Gon Chaudhuri, has been asked by the Centre to set up 500 solar domes for urban slums as well as rural areas in each of of Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai with funds sanctioned by the science and technology ministry.

Gon Chaudhuri, who came up with the design of the solar dome, said he was happy that the Centre had recognised the concept and sanctioned funds to implement the project, ‘Design Development and Field Trial of a Low Cost Solar Dome for Urban Slums and Rural Areas in India’. "We will make a photovoltaic integration so that the domes could be lit up at night after absorbing sunlight through the day. A total of 2,000 solar domes will be set up in the four cities. In Kolkata, we will instal 200 solar domes in Topsia slums, as requested by the state government," Gon Chaudhuri said.

The Centre has sanctioned Rs 21.65 lakh for the project to be monitored by a committee appointed by the science and technology ministry.

Gon Chaudhuri said in many European countries, houses were being built with the rule that adequate sunray should enter the homes so that panels installed could capture the light. Explaining the technique, he said a dome-like structure would be set up on a house, and the pen-ultimate floor’s ceiling would be fitted with a reflective material in such a way that once the dome absorbed sunrays, those living in the floor below will see light reflecting off the ceiling as if a bulb was fitted inside. 

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