Soon the main avenue at the Indian Institute Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) campus in Powai will be lit by eco-friendly solar powered streetlights.
On Thursday, the premier institute got an unusual gift —a solar panel that will help save Rs 35,000 per year in electricity costs and reduce nine tonnes of green house gas emissions annually.
After working together in the area of semi-conductors for the last four years, AMAT and
IIT-B announced their collaboration towards setting up a wet chemistry laboratory to develop new materials in the area of renewable energy and fabrication of next-generation solar cells.
“Research in sustainable energy solutions represents the future. This initiative to develop state-of-the-art solar cells is a small, yet important, step towards the vision of building a solar India,” said Devang Khakhar, IIT-B director.
Until now, AMAT has invested $ 9 million and will further invest $ 0.50 million towards the new energy initiatives.
“We are excited to expand our work with IIT-Bombay in the area of solar energy and to serve as a catalyst in advancing India’s renewable energy capabilities,” said Dr Randhir Thakur, executive vice president and general manager of the US-based Applied’s Silicon Systems Business Group.
IIT-B will get a National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education, by June. To be approved by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the institute has asked for an initial funding of Rs 48.8 crore.
“Besides working on our own research, the centre will also support research by students and faculty from universities across the country,” said Khakhar.
The centre is part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. The mission launched by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in January 2010 emphasises the need for renewable solar energy for India, and targets a 20,000MW of solar power generation by the year 2022.