INS Sarvekshak becomes India’s first ship to go green

INS Sarvekshak becomes India’s first ship to go green Date: 12th February, 2017 Place: Kochi 

Agenda/Issue: Use of solar power system

Target/Application: Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak has gone green by installing a solar power system on board. Navy said the system, equipped on the ship, works on sunlight and hence is 100 per cent reliable for power source that can be used for communication equipment, battery charging and general lightings onboard round the clock with battery outputs during night.

The system is “maintenance free” whereas the diesel generator requires regular maintenance. The estimated profit generated in a ship service life of 25 years is Rs 2.7 crore in this small project alone. Navy claimed that by installing 5 KW solar power system, it avoids around 165kg of carbon a day, 60,225 kg of carbon a year plus 22,995 litres of diesel.

The deterioration of the environment has been highly correlated to the production and usage of fossil-based fuels worldwide. To counter this issue Navy has created a new mechanism to encourage the utilization and development of renewable energy resources.

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