This is a report from the 2008 Indian national workshop on solar thermal power generation. The workshop was sponsored by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and discussed various issues related to solar thermal generation in India.
The report recognises that India faces a significant gap between electricity demand and supply. One of the options to close this gap is through solar energy. However, before solar thermal is a viable alternative for the Indian energy supply, some obstacles need to be overcome.
The objectives of the workshop related to identifying:
- critical issues in relation to the technological development of solar thermal power
- available capacity in terms of technical and industrial expertise for the development of the technology
- the tasks needed to go forward and identification of possible partners.