Tuesday, June 19, 2012

City will soon have a renewable energy park

In a bid to generate interest among the public about the use of various forms of renewable energy sources, officials are planning to setup a energy park in the city at the cost of Rs 1 crore in a sprawling area of 10,000 square feet.

The park will be situated amidst beautiful garden with abundant greenery, flowers, attractive musical fountain and an unique water fall. The visitors to the park will be guided to switch over from the conventional energy sources to renewable energy sources in their daily lives, to prevent further environmental deterioration.

The main exhibits in the park comprises of solar energy, bio energy, wind power, hydel power and even ocean energy along with a few others. The entire park and the garden will be illuminated with power generated using the Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) cells.

Further a bio gas plant capable of generating 10 metre cube capacity of biogas will be installed in the park and the raw feed required for operating the plant will be provided by the vegetation grown in the garden itself, thereby making the idea of renewable energy more clear.

Working models of miniature wind mill generators and micro hydel plants will be installed in the park to educate people on how energy can be generated even from ocean waves. Other proposed attractions are a solar powered boat, solar car and a solar hut.

Corporation Junior Engineer Subramanya said that “plans have been made to set up the park in any engineering college, if they take initiative. The cost of the project is estimated to be one crore rupees of which 50 per cent of amount will be funded by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRH) and the remaining 50 per by Institutes implementing the project,” he added.

“Private manufacturers will be inviting to display their renewable energy products and manpower to monitor the arrangement of things. With the companies directly exhibiting their products in the park, they can better understand the needs of the consumers and interact accordingly thereby eliminating the need of middlemen,” he added. Corporation Commissioner KS Raikar said the project comes under Mysore Model Solar city.

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