UNIDO implements with funding support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) the project “Promoting business models for increasing penetration and scaling up of solar energy” in India which is aimed at promoting, demonstrating and scaling up the application of concentrated solar thermal (CST) technologies for process heating & cooling in manufacturing sector in India.
The project targets the application of Concentrating Solar thermal technology and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project activities are designed to help removing barriers associated with CST technology, its awareness, capacity building, market and financial barriers. In addition, the project provides technology application information packages and standardization of CST system performance measurement.
The project was during 2015-2021 initially executed through Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) with Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) acting as the promotor and administrator of its financial support package. From 2022, the project is executed through the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Mo MSME) to focus specifically on CST applications in MSME manufacturing units in five clusters, respectively: Ankleshwar (chemical in Gujarat); Jorhat (tea in Assam); Medak (pharmaceutical in Telangana); Surat (Textile in Gujarat); and Vellore (rice milling in Tamilnadu).
MSMEs in these clusters require low to medium temperature heat, which potentially can be met through solar process heating using CST technologies. Among the four target states, Gujarat, Telangana and Tamilnadu have favorable high direct normal irradiation (DNI) and high number of sunny days, whereas Assam has lower DNI but relatively high combined direct and diffuse solar radiation that can be captured with non-imagine based CST technology.
The main activities of the project include:
The project aims to achieve:
It is envisaged that the project will contribute to the mitigation of GHG emissions through the deployment of solar power in industrial applications.
1. Policy & Institutional Framework
2. Technology Investment & Application
3. Scale up
4. Awareness Raising & Capacity Building