Solar cell technology in Papua relevant to local condition

June 29, 2010 10:42 am 

JAYAPURA, Papua, June 29 – Application of solar cell technology to overcome the electricity crisis in Papua is relevant to local geographic and astronomic conditions.

The statement was made by Jasper Frunt, an academician of Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands here on Monday to respond to the electricity problem at remote areas in Papua province.

Jasper Frunt said installation of electricity networks by state electricity company PT PLN in Papua was not easy because of its difficult geographic condition to reach remote areas separated by treacherous terrains.

"Because of that, solar cell technology can be the best possible solution to the electricity problem being faced by the people of remote areas in Papua," Frunt said, adding that installation solar cell panels was easy.

In addition, he said that astronomically the application of solar cell technology with the renewable energy source from sun light was potential enough in Papua because of its proximity to Equator.

The location of Indonesia at the Equator, according to Frunt, would make it possible for the islands to get a lot of sun light for the optimization of solar cell panels.

Data from National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) indicated that solar energy that could be absorbed per year in Papua was 1401 to 1600 kilowatt hour per square meter of the solar panel.

"Such a condition is very good for the application of solar energy for every home in Papua," said Frunt, also the observer at Eindhoven University.

He added that the application of solar cell technology in Papua was beneficial and reliable because it could be used continuously as the renewable energy source was sustainably available.

In addition such a technology was environmentally friendly because it did not produce greenhouse gas effect. (PNA/Antara)

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