Klystron to offer solar PV solutions with French firm

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Kolkata-headquartered Klystron Electronics has now teamed up with Ciel et Terre of France to offer floating solar photovolataic (PV) technology solutions. The Indian and French companies will now be jointly evaluating and tapping the immense opportunities to co-develop floating solar PV projects in the country. The association between the two companies was facilitated by European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), co-funded by the European Union (EU), and coordinated by EuroChambers, focusing on the 4 key sectors of biotech, energy, environment and transport.

Gautam Ghosh, executive director, Klystron Electronics, said, “The eastern as well as north-eastern region needs energy, and the regions have an abundance of water bodies. With the availability of floating solar, the region can contribute to the compensation of energy requirement to certain extent, especially in the rural areas. Support will be required from all stakeholders for the diffusion of such a useful technology.”

Interestingly, floating solar PV is a unique solution to address the combined issue of energy, water conservation and land availability. The hydrelio system patented by Ciel & Terre is a reliable and eco-friendly way to save valuable land and convert a water area into profitable large scale solar power plant (from 1 to 50 mw). Water aeration technology can also be fitted with the structure to enable purification of the water. Critical success factors for such a project include building a local supply chain, attaining an appropriate power purchase agreement (PPA), power plant investors and operators. All of which are possible given the abundance of resources and potential in the region, he said.

Suman Lahiri, regional manager, EBTC, said that floating solar technology does not require land for its installation, and this partnership will help to implement the technology, not only in West Bengal, but across the water-rich regions. This is just one of the many initiatives that EBTC is taking in the region.

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