Thursday, 10 September 2015

Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki - The Solar Visionary

 How did we start?

 kWatt Solutions Pvt. Ltd. was born out of a vision to solarize the future of India!

Here is an interesting story about its conception by Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki

Journey from being a professor to an entrepreneur and birth of kSPL ->

Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki is one of the most dynamic individuals and an inspiring pioneer in the field of solar energy industry in India. His background and experience in the solar energy sector is profound. A professor in the energy science and engineering department of IIT Bombay, he has four US patents for his work on porous silicon for solar cell applications. He was awarded the Young Investigator Award at IIT Bombay in 2009 and young scientist award from the European Material Research Society, France, in 2003. He also authored four books, one of which, titled Solar Photovoltaics: fundamentals, technologies and applications is well referred in India and abroad. He has also published more than 40 scientific research papers in various reputed national and international journals. He is one of the principle investigators of the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE).

As an IITB professor, he used to guide many people and act as a free consultant to those who required technical advice from him in the field of solar energy. Many people would approach him with queries on solar power installation or correct material procurement and market sourcing.  Though the professor would help them with the required information, he always thought that he could make himself more useful. Instead of only providing guidance and consultancy, he always had the urge to get involved and make sure that any query that came to him was completely resolved or the project thoroughly executed.  This gave him the  idea of building a dedicated team and providing end to end solar energy solutions based on the needs of the people. Thus kSPL was born. He believes that being associated with an academic institution like IIT Bombay has ensured that the kSPL team is constantly updated and evolving with the latest technology in solar energy giving it the required technical edge.

Recently he was awarded for outstanding work in the field of solar PV by Mr. Piyush Goyal, the Hon'ble Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy in the Government of India.

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