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The CLIMAFIX Summit is India’s largest climate startup summit, organized by EAI & Energy Consortium – IIT Madras. Bangolae Lakshmikanth BalajiRenKube shares his thoughts on Renewable Energy at CLIMAFIX Summit 2022, Nov 25 & 26, 2022, at the IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai.

Other panel participants were:

Shreenivasan OJX2 Fuels & Energy (Watch their presentation – here)

Ajinkya WaradpandeSocial Alpha  (Watch their presentation – here

Praneeth PillarisettiBirds Eye Energy  (Watch their presentation – here

Shubham KumarFlash Energy Solutions  (Watch their presentation – here

C Praneeth SugandhAbhyudaya (Watch their presentation – here

Artur Zawadski, Deepak GadhiaSunrise CSP  (Watch their presentation – here

In a world increasingly concerned with sustainable energy solutions, solar power stands out as a beacon of hope. However, despite its promise, the widespread adoption of solar energy has been hindered by its cost. But what if I told you that there are groundbreaking innovations underway that could dramatically lower the cost of solar energy? Let’s delve into the details.

Introduction to Solar Energy

Solar energy has long been hailed as one of the most promising renewable energy sources. Its abundance, accessibility, and environmental friendliness make it an attractive option for powering our homes, businesses, and communities. However, the upfront costs associated with solar panel installation have been a barrier to its widespread adoption.

The Quest for Cost Reduction

Enter a new wave of innovation aimed at driving down the cost of solar energy. Companies and researchers are actively developing technologies designed to increase the efficiency of solar panels while simultaneously reducing their production and maintenance costs.

Introducing Next-Generation Solar Panels

One such innovation involves the development of next-generation solar panels equipped with advanced tracking technology. Traditional solar panels are stationary, meaning they can only capture sunlight effectively when it strikes them at a specific angle. However, these new panels utilize innovative tracking systems that allow them to follow the sun’s movement throughout the day, optimizing their energy capture.

The Rise of Optically Tracked Solar Panels

These optically tracked solar panels represent a significant leap forward in solar technology. By dynamically adjusting their position to maximize sunlight exposure, they can achieve energy yields far beyond those of traditional stationary panels. What’s more, they require minimal maintenance and can be deployed across various geographic locations, making them a versatile and cost-effective solution for harnessing solar energy.

Bridging the Gap Between Solar and Agriculture

Another fascinating development in the realm of solar innovation is the integration of solar panels with agricultural practices. Traditionally, solar farms occupy vast swathes of land, rendering them unusable for other purposes such as agriculture. However, new designs aim to combine solar panels with agricultural activities, allowing for dual land use and maximizing the productivity of available space.

Looking Towards the Future

As these innovations continue to mature, the future of solar energy looks brighter than ever. Companies are actively seeking funding to scale up production and expand their reach globally. International pilots are underway to test the efficacy of these technologies in diverse environments, paving the way for widespread adoption and implementation.

In conclusion, the quest to lower the cost of solar energy is well underway, thanks to groundbreaking innovations in technology and design. With optically tracked solar panels and integrated agricultural solutions leading the charge, we are on the cusp of a solar revolution. By harnessing the power of the sun more efficiently and affordably, we can pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable future for generations to come.

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.

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