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India: First Manufacturer with CDM PoA Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 8, 2013

Bengaluru-based Nuetech Solar Systems, successfully registered its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme of Activities (PoA) with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 31 December 2012, the last date for registration under the Kyoto Protocol. This has made it the first and only manufacturer of solar water heaters in India to have registered a CDM PoA project. The first Indian solar thermal CDM project ever was registered by Indian developer G.K. Energy Marketers in November 2010.

India: Drop Vacuum Tube Collector Subsidy?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 14, 2013

To protect local solar photovoltaic manufacturers, the Indian government has made it mandatory in its National Solar Mission to use locally made cells and modules. There is no such rule for the solar thermal sector, in which the state subsidises 30 to 60 % of the price of a solar water heater, although a growing number of vacuum tubes have been imported from China. First assessments of the database of the national incentive programme SOLARWHIN show that 75 % of the applications include vacuum tubes and only industrial applications have used flat plate collectors (FPCs). Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy has asked a few of the leading manufacturers if the subsidies for solar water heaters based on vacuum tubes should be removed, in order to protect the local industry and also to reduce the government’s financial burden with the subsidy scheme.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

India: Flat Plate vs Vacuum Tube Technology

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 19, 2012

Until now, the Indian solar thermal market has been dominated by flat plate collectors (FPCs). FPCs have several advantages, with the main being robust and long-lasting. In a price-sensitive market such as the Indian one, however, vacuum tube collectors (VTCs) have gained a foothold over the last years because the systems are 30% to 40% cheaper if the glass tubes are imported from China. Although there is no official data available, VTCs are said to have reached a 35% share in the Indian market. In the fiscal year 2011/2012, market volume reached a newly installed collector area of 1 million m² (see interview with Tarun Kapoor). The photo shows flat plate collectors on high-rise, residential buildings in western India.
Photo: Kaushal Solar

India: Solar-heated Ritual Bath at 1,700 m

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 21, 2012

 Katra base station Since February 2012, a solar thermal installation has been operating successfully high up in the mountains in Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost region of India bordering Pakistan. Up to an altitude of 1,700 metres, several different fields totalling 640 m² of collector area have been supplying solar-heated water to the ritual bath at Mata Vaishno Devi, one of the most popular Hindu shrines. The temple attracts close to 9 million pilgrims every year. All of them start hiking the 13 km to the cave temple area from the Katra base station (see photo above).
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

India: CEO Panel Calls for Increased Efforts in R&D

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 16, 2012

 CEO panel at Intersolar IndiaThe discussion panel of the solar thermal industry was one of the star attractions at the Intersolar India conference, which took place at the Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai in the middle of December. The panel consisted of the CEOs of leading solar water heater manufacturers (from right to left): Davinder Kaushal (Inter Solar Systems), D. V. Manjunatha (Emmvee Solar), Sanjay Jinturkar (Sudarshan Saur), Tarun Kapoor (Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy), Hemant Revankar (Bipin Engineers), Gurminder Singh (Racold Solar), Sankar Dev Kunnath Kalam (Photon Solar) and Thyagamandlu Ananth (Nuetech Solar). The discussion was moderated by Jaideep N. Malaviya (standing on the left), CEO of the Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI).
Photo: Intersolar

India: Revised Technical Specifications for How to Install and Insulate Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 30, 2011

 Tank manufacturing at Indian company Anu Solar After publishing the Memorandum “Minimum Requirements for Installation of Solar Water Heating Systems in Field” in September 2011, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy issued a revised version of the guidelines on 25 November 2011. The Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) has successfully intervened against certain of its requirements. The photo shows the tank manufacturing at Indian company Anu Solar.
Photo: Anu Solar

India: MNRE Memorandum Bans Import of Storage Tanks, Manifolds and Mounting Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 4, 2011

 Evacuated Tube Collectors Because of a comparably lower price, vacuum tube collectors are becoming more and more popular in India. Based on a capacity of 100 litres of warm water per day, an average thermosiphon system with flat plate collectors is sold at INR 20,000 (EUR 208), whereas a solar water heater with a vacuum tube collector costs on average INR 16,000 (EUR 167). To protect the business of the around 60 flat plate collector manufacturers in India, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued a memorandum on 20 October 2011. Its most important sentence says that, “manufacturers shall import no components other than ETCs (Evacuated Tube Collectors)”.

Indian-Chinese Joint-Venture produces Polymer Tanks in India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 11, 2011

 (from right to left): Surendra Kumar, Nuetech, David Zhang, Himin, Tygamundlu Anant, Nuetech, and Li Qianjin, Himin” Indian collector manufacturer Nuetech Solar Pvt Ltd and Chinese solar system manufacturer Himin Solar Co. Ltd have signed a purchase agreement for polymers tanks, called NANO, on 18 February (from right to left): Surendra Kumar, Managing Director of Nuetech Solar, David Zhang, International Business Development Manager at Himin, Tygamundlu Anant, CEO of Nuetech Solar and Li Qianjin, Regional Manager, International Business Department at Himin.
Photo: Nuetech

India: Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Canadian Air Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 18, 2010

 Tygamundlu Anant (left), Surendra Kumar (centre) and Christian Vachon” CEO Tygamundlu Anant (left) and Managing Director Surendra Kumar (centre), both from Nuetech Solar, India, signed an exclusive agreement with Christian Vachon, President of Enerconcept Technologies, Canada, about introducing the solar air heating collector Lubi in India.
Photo: Nuetech Solar

India: Financial support for Solar Energy in India's Union Budget 2010-2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 29, 2010

 Financial Minister Pranab Mukherjee” “Harnessing renewable energy sources to reduce dependency on fossil fuels is recognised as a credible strategy for combating global warming and climate change,” Indian Financial Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in his speech about the Union Budget 2010-2011 at the end of February.

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