• Planters Energy Network  has successfully installed 10,000 sq.m area solar collectors for drying of tea-leaves, coffee, spices, fruits, vegetables, pulses, leather, salt, cloth, ceramic and fish.

  • Through these units 14000 tones of fuel wood equivalent are being saved annually.

  • PEN holds a number of patents on solar heating and drying technology.

  • Introduced fully solar operated solar fish drying units – nearly 50 numbers – as livelihood support to Tsunami affected coastal villages in south India.

  • PEN has undertaken R & D projects from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Ministry of food processing industries (MFPI).
    Developed many collaborations with leading universities in Germany, Italy, Australia, and other countries.

  • International Energy Agency (IEA), an international agency with Paris headquarters, has invited Dr C.Palaniappan of PEN as a special invitee for the Task Force 33 formed to explore the introduction of solar heat to industries.

  • Planters Energy Network is a partner of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Vienna, Austria

  • PEN’s solar dryer has been validated by UNDP consultant for its good performance.


Latest Achievement :-
A 720m2 CPC successfully installed at Hatsun Agro Pvt Ltd, Salem
A 550 kW grid type powered to Santosa Feed Plant factory near Palani owned by (HATSUN AGRO)
A 270m2 solar air heater partially funded by UNIDO as per for reduced coal consumption in a leather auto sprayer in Kanpur.
Roof mounted 10000 liters solar hot water system for leather tannery partially supported UNIDO in Kanpur has been successfully installed.
Graphite Processing.
TAMIN invites PEN for innovation in graphite processing.
Dr.C. Palaniappan has been requested by MED-BIS to frame solar dryer standards.
Solar Dryer
2 numbers of 150 kg solar dryer was sent to Nairobi, Kenya
Solar Heating
North East Tea Gardens are keen to adopt PEN’s energy saving methodology through solar heating.
Solar Air Heater
Solar air heater for tea at Golden Hill Tea Estate near Coonoor, Niligiris installed in 1992 still works ( 21 years) creating a new record in the Renewable energy sector.
Solar Power Project for TMB Bank
Tamilnad Mercantile Bank, basing upon the successful working of solar power project Pandaravilai Branch has entrusted 3 new branches namely Usilampatti, Odaipatti and MM Kovilur (Dindugal).