Hyderabad, Sept 30 : Visaka Industries Limited (VIL), one of India’s leading manufacturers that deliver innovative and sustainable products for construction and textile industries globally, in collaboration with renowned innovator and education reformist, Sonam Wangchuk, built the solar battery house roof for the Indian Army in Ladakh recently on pilot project basis.
Built to shelter the Indian Army from Ladakh’s freezing winter, the solar battery house is roofed with ATUM, a product of Visaka Industries. ATUM is India’s first patented integrated solar rooﬁng solution that serves all the functions of a traditional roof while giving 20 per cent more installed capacity than conventional solar panels in the same space, VIL said in a release here on Monday.
Made to withstand heavy snowfall, ATUM can bear loads of up to 450 kg/sqft and can regulate temperature with a higher efficiency, the release said. Visaka Industries has installed four ATUM panels that can generate 1.3 KW of electricity for this project.
The battery house is the first of many similar collaborations for housing solutions in the future, the release added. Sonam Wangchuk said, "We hope that this will not only become a solar roof, but a solar roof that shelters our forces who normally feel very cold in the Ladakhi temperatures. Another novel idea that we are using is the batteries of a battery house as thermal mass that will keep the heat of the day to last throughout the night."
VIL Joint Managing Director Vamsi Gaddam, said, "As Ladakh is not connected to the national electricity grid, ATUM aims to provide consistent renewable energy supply to our soldiers."
Visaka Industries and Sonam Wangchuk plan to replicate this in other residential establishments in Ladakh. (UNI)