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Nazrul Tirtha AC to run on solar power: Report

The New Town authorities in Kolkata is reportedly gearing up to introduce a system where air-conditioning units can run on solar power.

According to a report in The Telegraph, the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) is in talks with a Japanese company- Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation to set up solar panels and battery systems to power air-conditioners.

Nazrul Tirtha has been selected by Hidco as the first building where the system will be installed to run air-conditioners.

The report says that the air-conditioning units on the western wing of the building on the second floor and on the third floor will be connected to a solar grid from where they will draw power.

The construction plan of the building has already been handed over to the company. They are now figuring out where to install the solar panels.

An official speaking to the publication said that the timings of the air-conditioning units have also been shared with them, more than two dozen solar panels that are weatherproof will be set up first.

The solar panels will be installed on the building without ruining its aesthetics and would be connected to series of maintenance-free batteries and a high-power converter.

The green energy generated from the solar panels will ] will reach the air conditioners through a control unit.

The report notes that Keiichi Higuchi, president of Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation, and other officials inspected a portion of Nazrul Tirtha and then recently held a meeting with senior Hidco officials.

The idea behind the installation of system was to reduce power consumption from conventional sources. After the successful installation of the project it will be replicated in community halls and auditoriums across New Town.

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