Mumbai, Oct 22 (UNI) The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), in association with ePowerSolution India, has developed a Hybrid Universal Solar Power Pack (HUSPP).
The HUSPP uses grid electricity as well as solar energy to charge batteries and provide reliable power for rural applications, specifically for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) kiosks.
It has been developed with an objective to provide clean and reliable power solutions to a variety of rural applications, a TERI statement said here today.
Power supply in rural areas is erratic and very often, not of the correct voltage. This leads to problems in running ICT kiosks. UPS/inverters are commonly used to overcome this problem.
But, erratic power supply also means that UPS/inverter batteries can not get charged reliably.
''After a lot of research, development exercise and feedback from the field, TERI has come out with the HUSPP, which can curb the power problem plaguing the running of rural ICT centres,'' it said.
TERI's proprietary solution, 'TERI Solverter' (patent applied), does intelligent dual charging from solar energy as well as a/c mains and comes in a rugged box.
The HUSPP provides the functions of a UPS, it regulates and controls the solar energy inflow and outflow from the battery and takes care of low voltage problems, while charging the battery from a/c mains.
It completely replaces the use of conventional UPS in a computer system.
In the first phase, these Solverters have been installed in Gualpahari (Haryana), Baramati (Maharstra); Ramnagar, Banlgalore; Neelmangala, Bangalore; IL, Kota; Supi, Mukteshwar (Uttrakhand).
''TERI is further planning to set-up more ICT centres in different geographies to serve the population around the catchment area of the geography with its expertise, knowledge and services.
Through this endeavour, TERI aims to create a platform in rural India, which can be used as 'single window' for communication, education, sharing of local knowledge, improving economies and incorporating best practices for development,'' it said.
The HUSPP has been piloted at a few locations across the length and breadth of India and has been found to successfully provide an average backup of 4-6 hrs in the absence of electricity.
It is useful for rural ICT initiatives as well as for other applications, which depend critically on reliable power supply such as rural banking, health clinics and water purification,'' Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI said in the statement.