India eyes solar storage tech from Belgium

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India is looking at an innovative Belgian solar storage technology that promises to offer consumers a source of quality power as a green and reliable alternative to flickering supply from battery storage or diesel generators in distant or off-grid locations.

NISE (National Institute of Solar Energy), an autonomous entity under the new and rene wable energy ministry , and Tiger Power of Belgium, on Tuesday inked a MoU for validation of the technology that combines solar panels, normal lead-acid battery and hydrogen fuel cells to produce steady power.

The MoU was signed as part of the ongoing visit of Belgian deputy PM Alexander De Croo, who is also the minister for development cooperation, digital agenda and telecom programmes. Croo is here ahead of King Philippe’s expected state visit later this year.

Simply put, the package is essentially a solar-battery storage module with a hydrogen fuel cell in tandem. “The validation programme comes under the ove rall cooperation agreement between the two countries, covering a wide range of areas.Defence could be one area where the technology may be useful as it comes in foldable modules,“ a government official familiar with the development told TOI.

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