In a incident marking a first of its kind, the Indian Navy has installed a ‘maintenance free’ solar power system on board the survey vessel INS Sarvekshak.
The Navy said that the system, equipped on the ship, works using sunlight and hence, is 100 per cent reliable for power source that can be used for communication equipment, battery charging and general lightings onboard round the clock with battery outputs during the night.
The system is ‘maintenance free’ whereas the diesel generator requires regular maintenance, it said.
“Even if the system is used for 25 days in one year, the system can repay its cost in less than 10 years while protecting the nature,” the Navy officials said.
By installing the 5 KW solar power system, the vessel will be able to avoid around 165kg of carbon a day, 60,225 kg of carbon a year plus 22,995 litres of diesel.
“So in its 25 years of life cycle, the total carbon saved is around 15 lakh kg and 5.75 lakh litres of diesel by this innovation,” the Navy said.
A Navy spokesman said this was a unique activity never attempted on any warship in India...perhaps not even abroad on warships.
Noting that the world is looking for clean, renewable and sustainable sources of energy to protect and reduce the harm caused to the environment, the navy said the deterioration of the environment was highly correlated to the production and usage of fossil-based fuels worldwide.