Why DISCOMs Cap Net Metering for Solar Rooftop Systems at 1 MW

Solar rooftop systems are dependent to a large extent on the state net metering regulations. Most of the states cap the net metering connections at 1 MW. Though there has been a major push for solar installations but the Solar Rooftop segment has not grown the way the ground mounted solar installations have in past 5 years.

Continue reading “Why DISCOMs Cap Net Metering for Solar Rooftop Systems at 1 MW”

Importance of Module Mounting Structure in a Solar Rooftop System

With the beginning of slow but gradual phasing out of Fossil Fuels from our energy ecosystem, the Renewable Energy sources in a short span of time have gained tremendous popularity. Solar PV plants as distributed energy sources have changed the way people used to think about the power generation. Solar PV as ground mounted system have largely come up in rural or remote areas where land prices are higher. But the Solar Rooftop system has steadily gained popularity in urban areas as no or little investment on land purchase/lease is required.

Continue reading “Importance of Module Mounting Structure in a Solar Rooftop System”

Solar Tracker Systems – Boon or Bane

Solar trackers are deployed to orient the solar panels towards the sun. These devices change their positions many times in a day to take the sun rays head on. The primary objective of Solar Trackers is to improve efficiency by minimizing angle of incidence between sun rays and solar photo voltaic panels. Solar trackers are either single axis or dual axes types, depending upon their movement.

Continue reading “Solar Tracker Systems – Boon or Bane”

How to be a Tech Minimalist

A Minimalist doesn’t have to shun everything in the life. One has to only get rid of life’s excess and start focusing on what is important. That is contentment, freedom and happiness. A Tech Minimalist is one who employs technology to lead a life which one find really fulfilling.

Continue reading “How to be a Tech Minimalist”

India’s Electric Vehicles Conundrum

India has the world’s 4th largest auto market. Electric Vehicles are serious disruption to the present day ICE based auto industry. We are witnessing policy announcement favoring the Electric Mobility in the country but the naysayers are still seriously skeptical of the move due to lack of charging infra and high cost and weight of batteries. Leaving aside the Government’s push, the auto majors in India need to be convinced that Electric Vehicles(EVs) are the future of world mobility.

Continue reading “India’s Electric Vehicles Conundrum”

Smart Asset Management in Power Sector through IoTs

Asset management has undergone a paradigm shift today. The OEMs today are more than their customers concerned about health of their delivered equipment. Smart Asset Management involves use of IoT and associated analytics solutions for asset monitoring leading to their enhanced performance, operational availability and overall reliability.

Continue reading “Smart Asset Management in Power Sector through IoTs”

RE Integration to Indian Transmission Grid – Challenges Ahead

Indian Power Generation sources have all along have been predominantly coal based power plants. With the steadily increasing influx of Renewable Energy(RE) power in to the Transmission Grid , the Indian Transmission Grid is expected to see major disturbances in the coming times. RE power share in the total power generation at any point of time, shall be touching 30-35% soon. As this threshold is broken and the integration of RE Power share’s in the total power mix will create system disturbances. Solutions like Phase Shifting Transformers to optimize the transmission capacities of existing systems would become more and more popular.

Continue reading “RE Integration to Indian Transmission Grid – Challenges Ahead”

Flexible Solar Panels | Ideal for Special Applications

The trend to lap up any thing solar has caught on. The kind of acceptance solar PV systems have received, worldwide, has left the conventional power generation systems exasperated.  Today with the looming threat of Climate Change,  more and more countries are moving towards the Solar PV systems. The traditional solar panels, though are very cost effective when installed in MW sized power plants but their placement in special applications like on Curvy Roofs or angled walls, create lots of problems.

Continue reading “Flexible Solar Panels | Ideal for Special Applications”

Energy Modelling of Buildings in India – Needs solid push.

Building energy modelling, is a field that can be described as computationally very intensive. Not long ago Energy Modelling studies were mainly preserved for the research institutions who generally had lot of computational resources at the disposal. Nowadays there are a large number of Open Source platforms which have arrived in the market and these tools can be employed on Building models with variety of options that an architect or energy modeler can have. Continue reading “Energy Modelling of Buildings in India – Needs solid push.”

Deciding Facades of Commercial Spaces – Glass vs Brick

Facades have replaced the brick and mortar choices in commercial spaces in present times. There have been umpteen justifications in favour and against Brick or Glass facades.  India has typically overall hot climate with seasons classified as winter (December, January and February), summer (March, April and May), a monsoon rainy season (June to September), and a post-monsoon period (October to November). The Glass Facades in India are generally perceived as copy paste of Western Architectural style. In cold climates ideally Glass is a better proposition.  Indian tropical conditions  as Glass traps solar heat and warms up the building’s interiors. Continue reading “Deciding Facades of Commercial Spaces – Glass vs Brick”