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Swati Ray.
Swati Ray.

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“It is clean and virtually inexhaustible”

Thanjavur: Energy consumption was a measure of a nation’s growth. With rapidly dwindling resources such as oil, natural gas, and coal, renewable energy resources had to harnessed, said Swati Ray, Professor, Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, here on Friday.

She was speaking at the inaugural of a national-level conference on ‘Solar energy – research and opportunities’ at SASTRA University. Solar energy being clean and virtually inexhaustible, it had been providing solutions to overcome energy crisis. West Bengal Government was a pioneer in harnessing this source of energy, she said.

The focus of the conference was to improve the efficiency of the silicon and non-silicon-based photovoltaic cells for commercial use. K. P. Vijayakumar, Professor, Cochin University of Science and Technology; S. Saravanan, TATA BP Solar, Bangalore; A. Valan Arasu, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai; and A. Mani, IIT, Madras, spoke on future of solar energy harvesting.

S. Ananthan, NIT-Tiruchi, R. Velraj of Anna University, Chennai and A. D. Tirumoorthy, Deputy General Manager, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency, Coimbatore, spoke on various developments taking place in harnessing solar energy for power production.

K. Umamaheswari, Professor, School of Chemical and Biotechnology, welcomed the gathering. R. John Bosco Balaguru proposed a vote of thanks.

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