Solar concentrator reducing use of conventional fuels in Rajkot

Rajkot, Feb 8: An entrepreneur of Gujarat's Rajkot city along with a French engineer created a solar concentrator to minimise the use of conventional fuels.

Velji Desai and Finland based engineer Eerik Wissenz have jointly developed 'Solar Fire P32' to replace fires of biomass and coal especially for rural cottage and small-scale industries.

Speaking to media, Desai said that solar concentrator is very effective for a country like India as India villages do not need much enrgy.

"If we see India has been constituted mainly with villages. Villages do not require more than 5 to 10 kilowatt of power. To run flourmills, sugarcane cursor, rice thresher etc. 5 to 10 kilowatt of power is sufficient. Similarly for water pumping 5 to 7 kilowatt of power completes 95 percent of work. So this amount of power is enough in our country but on wider scale," said Desai.

The device produces steam that generates motion or heat with steam engine. The concentrator has 360 mirrors, each with 15X60cm thickness of 2mm and under each mirror a special bending device has been fitted to concentrate solar energy at one point.

Wissenz said that the solar concentrator has allowed them to use the energy in an efficient way.

Copyright Asian News International/