Greentech Lead India: HHV Solar Technologies, a
Bangalore-based solar module manufacturer, has launched Solarator, a
trailer-mounted, 600 watt capacity, solar photovoltaic power generator.
Solarator is designed as an emergency power source for
The company claims that this is the first green power
device indigenously developed in India. It directly converts sunlight into
electricity and does not emit any effluent and operates silently.
“The Solarator was developed taking into account the need
for an immediate response in emergencies and to provide a clean, green source
of power. The conventional method of providing electricity in remote areas or
places where natural disasters have brought down grid power is to use portable
diesel fuelled power generators. The disadvantage with such gen-sets is that
they are noisy, emit smoke which harms the environment and require regular
supplies of diesel which may be difficult to transport to the affected area,”
said Prasanth Sakhamuri, chairman of HHV Solar.
The power generator consists of two high efficiency solar
modules, utilize mono crystalline silicon cells to convert sunlight into
electricity. Each solar module can generate 300 Watt of electricity. During
transport, the modules are folded compactly and at the site, unfolded to catch
the sun’s rays.
The portable generator weighs 415 kg which makes it easy
for the system to be hauled or air-lifted to remote places. It features a
sealed water proof compartment at the bottom of the trailer to avoid any short circuits.
A 300 ampere-hour, sealed, maintenance free battery bank
offers 24 volt DC which can be converted through an inverter to 230 volt
AC. The inverter can also be used to recharge the battery via the mains,
if charging from the sun is not possible due to overcast skies in the daytime.
In 2011, HHV won the Indian Semiconductor Association’s coveted Technovation Award for
indigenously developing an automated line for high volume production of 1 m by
1 m amorphous silicon thin film solar photovoltaic modules.