Greenera’s first steps in journey of million miles

Greenera’s first steps in journey of million miles

It gives me immense pleasure to deliver our product to the market. The point has come where we are about to sense the outcome of our team’s three yearlong hard work in researching, developing and marketing our own product – SG1000.

We have indigenously developed SG1000 (Cost effective and high quality solar parabolic trough concentrator) and gT5  - single axis solar tracker system. We are still working on a more appropriate name for both- suggestions welcome in comments section.

I have tried to provide the journal of our journey so far on our first client installation here and again this is not our final destination but the first step. We still have millions of miles to go before we sleep…

Journey started
The marketing and production saga for our first Thermal project was nothing compared to the installation challenges. Our team of three Tamil, Saravanan and yours truly were tasked with the responsibility of  installing  SG1000 – Solar Thermal Parabolic trough  to supply the heat required for steam ironing , at our first client – a leading and reputed textile export company at Tiruppur  .

We started our journey carrying lot of experience from our first installation of Greenera’s PTS5 tracker at Palayam.  But we were unaware of the unknowns and hidden challenges ahead. We had prepared a detailed plan of action which runs in to more than 100 sub activities. There was a last minute change by the customer in the installation location. This change resulted in having to recast the entire plan.

Demanding Condition

Condition at the new location was much different from the previous location. Our installation was at the terrace of our customer’s 3 storey building which has a white washed floor. White washed floors have very high reflectivity making it twice as difficult due to irradiation on our body from the sun as well as from the calcium hydroxide and chalk coated floor.  Our body was not used to exposures of direct radiation from sun, leave alone the effect of additional radiation of sun’s rays from the floor. It was highly demanding for the body especially for the eyes and skin.  All team members over the course of the first week suffered from dehydration and severe sun burns. We started feeling the power of the sun which we were trying to harness. We soon adapted ourselves and we made sure to wear a hat and to drink lot of fluids to avoid dehydration. And it is essential to use a sunglass in such conditions, but we never did that.

Moving the Materials – Day 1 and 2

We decided to transport our product in an unassembled condition; this was to help us avoid manufacturing complicated racks and packages for safe transport. We transported the materials in 2 parts one with fragile and other one with non-fragile materials. One of our team member ensured the safety of fragile materials by accompanying the truck driver.

Once we reached the site, we did not have the convenience of having a hoist or crane to lift the materials. We lifted all the materials manually through the stairs. In two days we as a team had lifted nearly two tonnes of material from the ground to the roof successfully (except for one setback). This was a completely different experience altogether we had the chance of witnessing how a toughened glass breaks- With a big shattering noise, it splashes like a fountain of water showering tiny pieces of glass all over our body and on the floor. We cleaned the entire floor in 30minutes to ensure safety of the floor occupants.

Civil work – Day 3 to 5

Any solar product’s efficiency depends on accuracy of its orientation with respect to earth’s North Pole. We at Greenera use a specially designed proprietary system for locating the true north rather than a magnetic compass which helps in avoiding an error of 2 to 3°. With help of strings and markers we were able to create a map for the civil work team. We were lucky to have a very cooperative and patient civil work team who listened to us and executed our instructions carefully.

Now our task was to assemble, install and commission our steam generating system on the prepared civil beds. Knowing the fact that this is our first solar Thermal project, we realized that initial days are going to be very tough. we ensured to keep ourselves motivated all the time, by encouraging each other, celebrating successes and taking right breaks to share the lighter moments.

……….. Journey to be continued…

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