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India: College Hostel Enjoys Very Competitive Solar Heat Prices

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2014
srinathCost-competitive heat prices can be a convincing argument for solar thermal in India. That shows the case study of a solar hot water system for the college hostel of the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) in the city of Hyderabad in the south of India. The calculations by solar thermal system supplier Emmvee Solar Systems result in a solar heat price of 3.2 Indian Rupees (INR) per kWhth (39 EUR/MWh) over a life cycle of 10 years, whereas electric water heaters would cost the university 6.7 INR/kWhth (82 EUR/MWh) - double as much. The price per kWh from an oil boiler would even be as high as 8 INR/kWhth (100 EUR/MWh). Thippegowda Srinath, Technical Director at Emmvee Solar Systems, presented the case study during the panel discussion New Business Models for the Solar Thermal Industry at the international conference SMEThermal 2014 in Berlin, Germany, on 18 February.
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