CUSAT to tap opportunities in solar sector

The Cochin University of Science and Technology is planning to scale up its research and consultancy on solar power to exploit opportunities emerging across the world in the new and renewable energy sector.

The Department of Physics will spearhead this initiative aimed at developing highly-efficient solar panels and associated facilities for tapping solar energy. The Swiss-based company, which recently inked a deal with the Greater Cochin Development Authority for generating solar energy, has approached the varsity authorities seeking technical help for the project.

“The company chairman visited the campus last week and held discussions with the senior officials and faculty members. They have requested our help in monitoring the successful implementation of the GCDA project,” said people closely associated with the development.

The Swiss firm has also requested the experts on the campus to develop highly-efficient solar panels. The Swiss-team will come back with a detailed report within three weeks.

It is learnt that the varsity will soon form a special team to enhance research and development on new and renewable energy. They will look out for consultancy services and projects on solar and other renewable energy sectors.

Experts will also try to enter into collaborative ventures with leading groups in renewable energy as part of the latest initiative.

 Source : The Hindu
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