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Last Updated : Jul 18, 2016 10:46 AM IST | Source: PTI

UNIDO, Centre to roll out 100 mw CST road map

CST technologies are sufficiently suited for heating, drying and cooling applications for industrial processes and useful for cooking and domestic purposes.


UNIDO, in association with the New and Renewable Energy Ministry, is preparing a road map for 100 mw Concentrated Solar Thermal capacity in India to promote CST in the non-conventional energy segment.


"We are preparing a road map for 100 mw Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) capacity for the next five years in India," UNIDO's National Project Manager Anil Misra said.


It is expected to be completed within the next two months, he said.

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CST technologies are sufficiently suited for heating, drying and cooling applications for industrial processes and useful for cooking and domestic purposes.


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has shortlisted 14 sectors for their application that required heat energy directly, Misra said.


"About 250 CST systems, which are off-grid, are operating in India," said the ministry's Joint Secretary Tarun Kapoor.


The ministry has provided 30 percent subsidy for installation of CST, he added.


"Under the project, we are offering additional 5 percent interest rate subvention. This 5 percent is equivalent as additional 20 percent subsidy and the net subsidy almost become 50 percent," he said.


According to Misra, the project aims at facilitating the installation of 45,000 sq mt of installed CS collector area through 15-25 demonstration and 60 replication projects.


"UNIDO will provide USD 1.8 million for demonstration projects and to support manufacturing of CST component in India," he said.


About Rs 18,000-20,000 investment is needed for a square metre of CST area with single and double axis collector and Rs 12,000 are the estimated cost for non-imaging collector, Misra said.


One sq mt of CST produces 3.5-kilo calories. Solar themal's efficiency is around 40-50 percent while the same for solar PV is about 15 percent. Land requirement for CST project is one third of solar PV project.



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First Published on Jul 18, 2016 08:46 am
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