Researchers from the National Center for Photovoltaic Research & Education (NCPRE) with IIT Bombay working to develop crystalline silicon solar cells with targeted efficiency of 22%. Bhel is already working with Passivated Emitter & Rear Cell (PERC) solar cells with an efficiency of 21%.

The government has already allocated a part of the budget for the research and development of solar cells to some institutions. Funding such projects will lead to the development of the solar sector with Indian technology. Advancement in the solar sector is the prime focus for the authorities.

The Minister of New & Renewable Energy has approved creating Foreign Direct Investment Cell & Project Development Cell for gathering funds for such projects.

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“Solar power projects have been delayed because of the disruption caused by the COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has been recognized as Force Majeure, and MNRE has given a time extension of five months from March 25, 2020, to August 24, 2020, for renewable energy projects,” Union Power Minister said in response to the question raised about the pandemic’s impact on the solar power sector.

To boost the manufacturing capacity of India, the government has already announced the PLI scheme. The Union Budget 2021, also indicated that solar cell manufacturing policies will be announced soon. Following the indications, innovation for high-efficiency solar panel module is the upcoming future of India.

Source:- Mercom India