You are here

MNRE

India: SoPro to Create Database of 20 Solar Process Heat Case Studies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 18, 2014
The German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ, will be working together with the German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Fraunhofer ISE, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on analysing and optimising existing solar process heat installations in India as part of the Solar Process Heat (SoPro) – India project. The project was officially launched during a kick-off meeting and expert panel discussion, which took place in New Delhi on 29 January 2014 and was jointly organised by the MNRE and the GIZ, and it will last for 2 years. The photo shows, from left to right, Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary of the MNRE, Rakesh Kumar, Director Power Systems at the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), Veena Sinha, Director Solar Thermal at the MNRE and Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, Head of Energy Policy at Fraunhofer ISE.
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
 

India: Bus Tickets Generate Publicity for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 13, 2014
A bit more than two years ago, Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL), the state agency of Rajasthan, a state in western India, launched a massive publicity campaign in order to increase awareness of solar energy systems. The Publications Relations Office of the RRECL has recently stated that a budget of about INR 10 million (around 125,000 EUR) had been made available during 2012 and 2013 for the intensive media campaign. The budget is even said to increase for the fiscal year 2014/2015. According to an RRECL official, the solar collector business has grown by nearly 50% over the last 2 years due to the various publicity efforts. The picture shows an advertisement for solar water heaters in local language on the back of intra-city bus tickets sold by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation.
Photo courtesy: RRECL

India: Ministry Presents Awards to Eight Solar Thermal Manufacturers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 7, 2014
On 17 December 2014, the Indian Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah, presented in New Delhi awards to the most successful Channel Partners of the national solar thermal subsidy scheme. In front of around 250 participants from policy, industry and media, Dr Abdullah (third from right) announced the ten winners of National Solar Thermal Awards in the solar water heater category and, for the first time, in the category of concentrating solar thermal (CST) collectors. The awards recognised manufacturers achieving the highest total sales, the highest growth rates, the best dealer network and the highest export rates (see the table below).
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy

India: New Five-Year Guarantee on Solar Tanks

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 2, 2013

Many Indian regions suffer from bad water quality: More than 75% of the country has moderately hard to very hard water. Chloride levels are also high in specific areas when water is obtained from boreholes. The “desired” legal chloride limit for drinking water is 0.25 g/litre, but is allowed to increase to 1 g /litre. As a result, solar thermal storage tanks gradually corrode and tend to develop leaks. Statistics obtained from the national Helpline show that over 70% of product-related complaints are about leakages in storage tanks. The photo shows a corroded extremely scaled hot water tank.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

India: TERI Sets Targets for Large Buildings with GRIHA Label

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 5, 2013

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a policy research organisation, has created a tool to measure and evaluate a building's environmental performance. The tool was developed in the context of India's varied climate and building practices, called Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA). GRIHA quantifies parameters, such as energy consumption, waste generation and renewable energy adoption, over the entire lifecycle of the building. The GRIHA housing label was first introduced in 2010, with the aim of incentivising the construction of cleaner and more sustainable buildings. In April 2013, TERI announced that it will aim at making government and private buildings totalling 15 million m2 of floor space compliant with GRIHA within three years.
Photo: Greentech Knowledge Solutions

Intersolar India 2013: Conference Focuses on Solar Process Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 29, 2013

Going into its fifth year, the annual Intersolar India conference is expecting 700 national and international attendees, as well as roughly 100 speakers from all around the world. The international event, which will take place in the Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai from 11 to 14 November 2013, will set the stage for discussing current conditions and developments in international markets, with a special focus on the Indian market and the latest technologies and trends in the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies (find more information about the conference programme here). The exhibition with around 200 companies at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, will run from 12 to 14 November, opening its doors one day after the start of the conference. As many as 7,296 visitors filled Hall 1 at the BCEC last year (see photo).
Photo: Solar Promotion

India: Quarterly Sun Focus Magazine Presents Concentrating Solar Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 19, 2013

The Project on Concentrated Solar Heat by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and India´s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has published the first issue of Sun Focus (see the attached document). The English-language magazine offers statistics on the market and showcases concentrating solar heat projects to make the technology more popular in India. According to the new publication, India has 145 concentrating solar thermal systems producing steam across the country, with 111 of them built over the past five years (see the table below). The dish is the country’s most popular design for concentrating solar heat and cooking is its most widespread application.

India: New Standards for Vacuum Tube Collectors and their Storage Tanks

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 16, 2013

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has specified the standard requirements for evacuated solar collector tubes intended for non-concentrating solar collectors and related storage tanks.

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: Phase I Results of National Solar Mission

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 27, 2013

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission was launched in January 2010 as one of the eight Missions under Climate Change in India and was to be implemented by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). It set an ambitious target for the solar thermal sector: 20 million m² of totally installed collector area by 2022. To attract investments, the federal government extended a capital subsidy of 30% on the basic cost of the system and has offered a 5% interest loan on 80% of the benchmark costs. The announced subsidy was INR 3,300 (about 47 EUR) per m² for systems with flat plate collectors (FPC) and INR 3,000 (about 42 EUR) per m² for vacuum tube collector (VTC) systems (see database of incentive programmes).

Pages

Search results

  • Companies : MNRE