Harnessing the Sun to Enhance Solar Energy Efficiency

The Centre of Excellence in Energy Science and Technology at Shoolini University, committed to achieving excellence in research and technology development for sustainable energy, has made a significant breakthrough.

This research aims to enhance solar energy efficiency in hilly regions. As governments and organisations worldwide advocate for renewable solar energy, Shoolini’s research focuses on improving solar power generation and increasing the efficiency of solar panels in these hilly regions.
Researchers Prof SS Chandel, Salwan Tajjour, Rahul Chandel, and Nishant Thakur conducted a detailed examination of a 400 kWp solar power plant in the hilly terrain of Himachal Pradesh. Their study focused on optimising the plant’s efficiency for long-term electricity generation. The team discovered that the plant’s annual electricity output was lower than anticipated due to factors such as improper installation.

Crucially, the study revealed that adjusting the solar panels’ tilt and orientation could significantly enhance energy production, potentially by 7.22%. The researchers also identified other improvement areas, including mitigating dust accumulation and shading, and adapting to local geographical conditions. Implementing these changes could increase annual electricity production by 121,833 kWh and cut carbon emissions by 113 tons.

Addressing challenges such as the angle of solar panels and environmental factors like dust accumulation or shading, researchers at Shoolini University have found ways to boost clean energy generation. Their study pinpoints non-optimal panel installation and other limiting factors as key hurdles in energy production. Through specific corrective measures, they aim to increase electricity generation from renewable sources.

“The research aligns with India’s ambitious renewable energy goals. As the country strives to enhance the share of renewables in its energy mix, understanding how to optimise solar plant output in diverse landscapes, particularly hilly regions, is essential,” said Prof SS Chandel, head of the Centre of Excellence in Energy Science and Technology at Shoolini University. He emphasised the study’s role in supporting India’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions, bolster energy independence, and achieve sustainable development.

Furthermore, Prof Chandel highlighted the study’s global relevance, noting its contribution to combating climate change. By offering strategies to improve solar power plant efficiency, the research reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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