Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrators Based Process Heat Applications in India

What is the Project About

The project, supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, aims to promote and develop a viable and strong market for solar concentrators in India to reduce or replace use of conventional fuels that degrade the environment.

What Have We Achieved so Far

What Have We Achieved so Far
PHOTO: Shashank Jayaprasad/UNDP India

Studies commissioned to assess functionality, performance and technology of existing CSH systems

  • A study has been commissioned to assess the status of the existing 105 CSH installations (installations with collector area over 90 sq. m.)
  • A study has been commissioned for online monitoring of 15 CSH installations representing different categories to help developing performance standards
  • A study has been commissioned to assess manufacturing units, and the efficiencies and thermal outputs of their technologies at the manufacturing sites. The findings are expected to help identify scope for improving the performance of specific technology packages

Activities initiated to generate interest among potential investors to increase the yearly rate of installation of CSH systems

  • Three consulting firms are conducting workshops to create awareness and generate proposals to achieve a total of 9,000 sq. m. of collector area of CSH from potential investors in the year 2013 targeting sectors such as hospitality and health, religious and institutional, industrial and commercial
  • Two proposals each under Demonstration and Replication projects for a total collector area of 2000 sq. m. (approx.) have been approved  for technical and financial assistance

Awareness generated on the use of CSH systems for industrial process heat applications

  • Awareness on the use of CSH systems is generated through advertisements in national dailies, a toll free helpline (1800 2 33 44 77), online newsletters (six issues published), and a quarterly magazine SunFocus that targets key stakeholders
  • Handouts on five CSH technologies, documentaries on existing installations and case studies have been prepared to provide information on CSH technologies and cost benefits of such investments
  • Information on manufacturer’s details, bench mark costs, prevailing subsidies and other reports developed under the project are made available on the MNRE website (http://mnre.gov.in).  The UNDP website (http://www.in.undp.org) also provides all relevant project details

Activities initiated to establish test centers for CSH systems

  • Two institutions namely, Solar Energy Centre and University of Pune have been identified where test centers will be established to test CSH systems

Way forward



  • Four different models of technology to be developed/upscaled for five identified sectors
  • Awareness and capacity building for policymakers, users, industries, manufacturers, financial institutions, etc
  • Identification and removal of financial barriers in the penetration of solar concentrators in India

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$ 4,400,000


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2013 US$ 1,003,448
2012 US$ 42,580

 

In the News

Project Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Project Start Date:
March 2012
Estimated End Date:
March 2017
Geographic Coverage:
National-level
Focus Area:
Environment & Energy
MDG:
Goal 7 - Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Project Officer:
S N Srinivas
Partners:
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
Highlights
  • Most energy requirements of industries in India is currently being met by non-renewable sources
  • As part of the project, studies have been commissioned to assess functionality, performance and technology of existing CSH systems
  • Awareness generated on the use of CSH systems for industrial process heat applications
  • Two institutions namely, Solar Energy Centre and University of Pune have been identified where test centers will be established to test CSH systems 
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