Berhampur: The trial run of the 2-KW solar tree system, which the students of the government-run industrial training institute (ITI) have installed on its campus here, began on Thursday.
“The 12-feet metal structure has been designed after a tree. Its solar panel-equipped metal branches use the sunlight to generate energy. The tree has been designed to ensure that each solar panel gets maximum exposure to sunlight,” said the institute’s principal Rajat Kumar Panigrahy.
“There are 12 solar PV panels in the tree. Each of them has a capacity of 175 watts. The tree is flexible and it rotates to face the sun and produces the maximum possible amount of energy,” he added. The students took around five days to complete the structure. Some teaching faculties, including the principal himself, guided them. Around Rs 2 lakh was spent to build the system.
The system requires less installation space and can be set up anywhere near the building, said the principal.