Saturday, March 18, 2006

What is solar enrgy?

If any form of energy is available in abundance in India its solar energy. Now the concept of solar power plants is slowly catching up. The steam generated from the large sized solar heaterscan be used to actuate a steam turbine which generates electric power through generator. Recently the tourist island of Bangaram, in Laskshadweep Islands, has acquired a solar power plant. Hitherto, it had to depend solely on diesel power plants, for which diesel was being transported from the mainland at a high cost. The Bangalore based electronic division of BHEL unit had earlier installed a solar power plant of 10kw capacity. This wass upgraded recently to 50kw hybrid solar pwer plant to ensure full power supply needed for the island. BHEL has installed 8 such power plants till date.

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