IIT-Bombay now proposes to build solar thermal power plants in India in a demonstration-cum-research facility, which would help in developing indigenous capability and serve as a national resource centre and testing facility.
The idea is to build the country’s first consortium of industries and research organisations in this area.
As a first step, DESE organised a workshop to discuss details and identify consortium partners. The workshop, sponsored by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, also reviewed the status of various solar thermal power routes in the Indian context.
Three approaches were decided upon — medium temperature power generation, high temperature solar tower concept and distributed (smaller range) power generation.
While IIT-Bombay is likely to take the lead in medium temperature power generation, it will facilitate the other two. The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency has also committed to support the venture and will provide the land in Maharashtra, said Banerjee, head, Department of Energy Science and Engineering (DESE), IIT-Bombay.