MoU to develop daylight harvesting technologies

Article by: India Science Wire

A Hyderabad-based startup is developing new technologies to harvest daylight as part of its efforts to promote a lower carbon footprint.

The Technology Development Board (TDB), a statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology, has entered into an agreement with a Hyderabad-based startup for the development of new daylight harvesting technologies as part of its efforts to promote reducing the carbon footprint and improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

The TDB signed the MoU with Skyshade Daylights Private Ltd in the presence of the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; Minister of State PMO, Personnel, Public Claims, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh. TDB will provide Rs5 crore assistance for an Rs10 crore project to Skyshade company to develop new technologies for 24-hour basement lighting.

The company is already engaged in the design and construction of large skylight domes for the construction of atriums and solar thermal technologies. He recently proposed two new solutions: a climate-adaptive building facade and an integrated central daylighting system. The solar energy spectrum has 45% energy in the form of visible light, and this can be used to harvest building lighting for approximately 9-11 hours a day.

Noting that lighting is a basic requirement of daily life, Rajesh Kumar Pathak, Secretary of TDB, said, “Meeting energy needs during the day using daylight harvesting technologies will go a long way towards meeting the commitment to make India a net-zero country by 2070. We believe the new project will be a game-changer and lead to a mass movement for an eco-friendly lifestyle in the years to come. future.

With the world’s largest expansion plan in the renewable energy sector, India aims to universalize access to sustainable energy solutions and enable a low-carbon future, with economic, environmental and social impact. important. The country has set an ambitious target to achieve 175 GW of its energy needs capacity from renewable energy sources by the end of 2022 and to reach 500 GW by 2030, as the said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.