CSIR-CMERI Develops Solar Power Tree for Generation of Electricity from Solar Energy [ Current Affairs ]


‘Solar Power Tree’ launched by Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences in New Delhi. An innovative way to generate electricity by harnessing maximum solar energy in a limited space.

  • Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences headed by Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
Image shows the Solar Power Tree

Image shows the Solar Power Tree

showing image of Solar Power Tree

Key Features:

  • CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CMERI) developed Solar Power Tree.
  • Solar Power Tree can harnesses solar energy for producing electricity with an innovative vertical procedure of solar cells.
  • It reduces requirement of land as compared to predictable Solar Photovoltaic layout.
  • It keeps the land attractiveness and is possible in both rural and urban areas.
  • In a conventional horizontal layout for generating 5 KW it requires 400 square feet of land.
  • It takes only 4 square feet of land for installing a 5 KW Solar Power tree.
  • It harnesses more sunrays for one hour in a day as photovoltaic panels are placed at higher height on an average.
  • Solar Power Tree harness up to 10 - 15 % more power in comparison to a conventional layout on ground.
  • It has a battery back-up of 2 hours on full load.
  • It can give light even after sunset and facilitated with water spray at the top for self-cleaning of panels.
  • It help to increase the efficiency of the solar panels.


  • It is a essential laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

- Published on: July 25, 2016