CSTEP's effort in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability is to provide options for improving energy efficiency and lowering CO2 emissions in several sectors of an economy. As part of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency under the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan for Climate Change, CSTEP has worked with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and members of the industry to develop a methodology for setting targets in energy intensive industrial clusters for the Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) mechanism. The group also contributed to the Industry Working Group of the Low Carbon Growth Expert Committee setup by the Planning Commission.

Completed Projects
Energy Efficiency of the Iron and Steel Industry
Potential for Deepening the Scope of PAT
A Study of Energy Efficiency in Indian Cement Industry

Recent Activities

Harnessing Waste Heat from Cement Plants for Power Generation in Karnataka

November 06, 2015

CSTEP, in association with GGGI, BCCI-K and KREDL are jointly organised a Roundt


CSTEP focuses on technical, economic, regulatory and strategic aspects of nuclear power and its potential to meet India’s aspirations for energy security. The viability of India’s fast breeder program and the desirability of nuclear power in India’s future energy mix have been examined. CSTEP has also examined the desirability of the international nuclear agreement and concluded that global cooperation is necessary for the rapid growth of nuclear power.

Completed Projects
Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010: A Primer for the British Nuclear Industries
Growth of Nuclear Energy in India: Industrial Challenges and Prospects
Economics of Fast Breeder Reactors- Indian Scenario
Nuclear Waste Management


Recent Activities

Nuclear Waste Management

February 23, 2016

Smart Grids

CSTEP is working to develop a state-of-the-art smart grid that will integrate the renewable energy systems that are intermittent in nature and also provide fail-safe options. Smart grid technologies, using digital communications and control, can make a grid secure and renewable-friendly. The success of smart grid depends on policies that incorporate new models for access, pricing and stability options.

Ongoing Projects
Implementation of Smart Metering on Pilot Basis in Chandapura Division of BESCOM
This project entails implementation of bi-directional Smart Metering technologies along with associated communication & control hardware/software in Chandapura Division of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company, Bangalore (BESCOM). The pilot project aims to facilitate effective online recording, monitoring and control of energy consumption targeting around 1200 consumers.  

Completed Projects
•    Implemented India's first smart grid pilots in Mangalore
•    Developed a desktop toolkit model to evaluate the cost and benefits of smart grids in India
•    Contributed to a white paper on “The Smart Grid Vision for India’s Power Sector
•    Prepared roadmaps for implementation of Information and Communication Technology in the electricity distribution companies in Karnataka
•    Initiated the establishment of India Smart Grid Forum and Smart Grid Task Force of India at national level.


Recent Activities

Hyderabad-based firm to map solar energy potential

November 2, 2016

Bescom last week chose a Hyderabad­based company for aerial mapping o

Solar Studies

CSTEP is engaged in exploring the opportunities and challenges that lie in the development of solar technologies towards providing energy security in the country. Since solar is relatively a new entrant to the energy sector in India, the challenges and opportunities with these technologies are yet to be exploited. Studies in these areas will benefit government, industry, policy makers, researchers, and society at large. The research focuses on both –PhotoVoltaic (PV) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies.

The study aims to provide valuable suggestions on innovations that are necessary to make these options economically viable and sustainable.

Ongoing Projects
The Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) was launched to create a bi-national network for fostering new ideas and collaborations to expedite a sustainable solar energy industry.

Under the Indo European Co-operation on Renewable Energy Program, a consortium led by CSTEP along with its Indian (Thermax Limited and Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited) and European partners (Energy Centre of the Netherlands and National Centre for Scientific Research) have been selected to promote development of clean energy technologies for sustainable and inclusive growth in India. Under this, the consortium will design and develop a 3 MW demonstration Solar-Biomass hybrid power plant in Bihar and study the related economic & employment activities. 

Fixed Focus Dish
A novel parabolic dish system is developed to demonstrate the distinct advantages over the existing dish systems. The unique feature of this system includes a receiver at a fixed focal point and the rotation of the mirror on the polar axis for diurnal tracking.

Projects Completed
Engineering Economic Policy Assessment of Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Technologies for India
Harnessing Solar Energy


Recent Activities

CSTEM - Parabolic Trough

A graphical user interface tool that evaluates the performance of parabolic trou

Wind Power

CSTEP has used Geographical Information System (GIS) to estimate the wind potential for Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The approach involved the calculation of wind power at higher heights, overlaid with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) that enabled land-use analyses. CSTEP has also examined the cost effectiveness of various electricity storage options such as batteries, to evaluate a sustainable integration of large-scale wind power in the electricity grid.

Ongoing Projects
Under the Indo European Co-operation on Renewable Energy Program, European Union has funded a consortium led by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and comprising the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Garrad Hassan India Pvt. Ltd (GL GH), Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) and World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) to facilitate the development of offshore wind power in India. The proposed action plan will involve resource assessments in two states, feasibility studies and development of long-term policy framework to accelerate the development of offshore wind in India. 

CSTEP is also:
•    Analysing Central and State policies for incentivising the development of Wind power
•    Developing a framework to identify and analyse gaps in existing policies
•    Enabling a roadmap to be rolled out to align with other existing renewable energy missions such as the National Solar Mission

Completed Projects
Re-assessment of On-shore Wind Power Potential in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Framework for National Wind Mission
As part of this study, CSTEP is developing a country-wide zonal assessment of:
•    High potential regions
•    Land-use policies in various states
•    Transmission infrastructure
•    Storage at policy level
•    Manufacturing and indigenisation capabilities 


Recent Activities

Re-assessment of India’s On-shore Wind Power Potential

May 02, 2016

Report has been submitted to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Energy Policy

CSTEP's work in Energy Policy has been focused on making energy planning and energy policies more sustainable, whether within the frame of energy security, low carbon development, green growth, or sustainable access. These issues are rigorously analysed from engineering, economic and social perspectives in an integrated manner. CSTEP collaborates with government agencies, industry bodies, Think Tanks and leading national and international research institutions in conducting detailed modelling and analysis using a variety of methodologies.

Ongoing Projects
Sustainable Growth Working Group
The work on ‘Geospatial Analysis of Renewable Energy’ and energy modelling under the Sustainable Growth Working Group (SGWG), part of the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue, is being done in coordination with NREL, USA. This project is making use of GIS capability for sustainable growth modelling.

Completed Projects
Karnataka's Power Sector Roadmap for 2021-22
India Energy Security Scenarios 2047
Sustainable Access for All: Building Sustainability into Universal Energy Access
RE-Energising Karnataka: An Assessment of Renewable Energy Policies, Challenges and Opportunities
24x7 Power for All: Strategies for Karnataka


Recent Activities

Round Table on Decision Analysis Framework for Integrated Resource Planning

August 19, 2016

CSTEP with support of SSEF conducted a Round Table. The event took place in Taj