Periyar Science and Technology Centre (PSTC), a government-owned technology centre, has announced its plans about setting up a renewable energy park in association with Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) at a cost of 1.2 crores. The PSTC owned by government of Tamil Nadu a state in south India is planning to have models and devices utilized in non-conventional energy sources at the exhibition.
As per the information conveyed by P Iyamperumal, Director of PSTC to Press Trust of India (PTI), the project is planned to be the best of its kind in the country and developed over a two-and-a-half acres of land. More than 80% of the project work has been completed and PSTC is planning to commission the project by October 2010.
Iyamperumal added that the project will display energy products such as solar, geothermal, wind, bio-gas and tidal energy. The energy products are installed with aesthetic landscaping and a 120 meter mobius ring shaped path way is planned for easy viewing of the displayed products. The park planned with interactive exhibits allows the visitors to learn details on healthy open-air and natural environment.
The proposed park will display energy devices and systems such as different types of solar water heating systems, solar cookers, solar powered desalination plants, air heating systems and photovoltaic systems. The facility will also feature a solar system that does not use photovoltaic systems. The canteen built for the park will incorporate solar cooking facility.
According to Iyyamperumal the park is being constructed using Rs.89 lakhs provided by Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources and 34 lakh from TEDA. He announced that PSTC has plans to open a new Regional Science Centre at Coimbatore at a cost of Rs.8.5 crore during the month of February 2011.
He explained the Science on Wheels – a mobile exhibition initiative of PSTC to propagate the facilities available at science centers to the people domiciled in small towns and villages of Tamil Nadu.