IIT KGP-Arka Renewable plan solar e-charging station on commercial scale

31 October 2017, 12:31 PM
The project will be the first one in the country on this scale (Representative image)
The project will be the first one in the country on this scale (Representative image)

IIT Kharagpur and Arka Renewables Energy College have submitted a plan to the Department of Science and Technology for setting up solar e-vehicles charging station on a commercial scale in the state.

The project will be the first one in the country on this scale, Arka Renewable Energy College chief S P Gonchaudhuri said on the sidelines of an interactive session with BNCCI. "The cost of the project will be Rs 80-100 lakh and we are looking for an ideal location.

IIT-Kharagpur will be offering technical support for the project," Gonchaudhuri told PTI. The station, with 250 kilowatt-hour (Kwh) capacity, will be capable of e-charging upto 500 cars a day, he said.

A small e-charging station prototype has been set up in Khargpur for e-rickshaws to demonstrate that it is commercially exploitable. If sucessful, then the startup cell of DST will assist entreprenuers in installing such charging stations in the country.

With ever-rising pollution and its effect on the environment, the Union government has ambitious plans for e-cars and is procuring such cabs for government departments.

If e-vehicles are charged with fossil fuel power, the environment will not benefit and the cycle will be complete only when e-vehicles are charged with renewable power. 

First Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:54 AM
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