Engineering Economic Policy Assessment of Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Technologies for India
December 12, 2012
M.A Ramaswamy, V.S Chandrasekaran,R Krishnan, N.C Thirumalai, N.S Suresh, Badri S Rao, Smita Kumari Dolly, V Chaitanya Kanth, V Arun Kumar
The Government of India launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in January 2010 which targeted 20,000 MW of grid-connected solar power by 2022. There was considerable familiarity with solar Photovoltaic (PV) technologies but limited experience with solar thermal technologies within the country. It was felt that the latter would be more cost-effective compared with PV and thus have good potential in India. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) sanctioned this project to CSTEP, the outcome of which is this report. The report comprises studies of the engineering, economic and policy aspects for the deployment of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in India.