Project Inception Workshop

Kick-off meeting and expert panel discussion on solar process heat (SoPro) – India: 29th January 2014, New Delhi

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH along with its project partner Fraunhofer Institute of solar energy (ISE), Germany in cooperation with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is working towards analysing and optimising exiting SHIP in Indian industries through the project activity 'Solar Process heat (SoPro)-India'.

Within the broad range of reasons, Fraunhofer ISE and GIZ India identified two main barriers for large-scale deployment of solar heating systems for industrial processes (SHIP).

Firstly, the lack of reliable and detailed information on industrial solar process heat systems not only on the technical concept but also on costs and performance data leads to doubts on the performance, the reliability and the economy of solar thermal systems. Therefore, there is an urgent need for identifying key successful installations and showcasing them as case studies to the wider public, in order to encourage further investment in the sector. These case studies will be showcased and made accessible to the public on a web-platform. The intent is to raise awareness amongst the existing and potential customers from industries, planners and project developer that are contracted for the implementation of process heat solutions in the industries.

Secondly, reliable data on the solar yield are hardly available since monitoring systems are usually not used in solar thermal systems in India. Therefore, within the project a concept of a simple and cost-effective but robust basic monitoring system for solar thermal systems shall be developed and installed in few systems to deliver the data for the website.

The project was officially launched during a kick-off meeting and expert panel discussion jointly organised by MNRE and GIZ in New Delhi on 29th January 2014. The initiative taken by GIZ and Fraunhofer ISE for supporting the sustainable development of the solar heating sector was appreciated by Mr. Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary MNRE in his inaugural address. Further, Mr. Kapoor informed the stakeholders on the recent sanction of INR 108.00 crore as subsidy from MNRE for promoting solar water heating systems with cumulative collector area of 400,000 sqm for industrial and institutional applications in different states of the country.

The project approach was presented in the meeting along with the identified list of installations which shall be monitored and analysed in detail under the project. The support from various stakeholders was solicited to achieve the project objectives. The panel discussion, represented by key industry experts, officials of MNRE, Solar energy corporation of India (SECI) and senior technical expert from Fraunhofer ISE identified the key barriers in solar thermal process heat in India and the appropriate solutions to address these. Solar thermal federation of India (STFI) has assured its support and involvement in this and other similar projects undertaken by GIZ and MNRE.

The meeting deliberation were extensive and covered wide range of topics including but not limited to technical, regulation, financial, subsidy and acceptance of customers. For addressing the challenges in SHIP dissemination it was suggested to have a working group sitting together and structuring the problem areas and identifying actionable which can be prioritized and implemented.

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