National CSP R&D center at Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Ener-t International has been awarded the engineering work toward the establishment of the National CSP R&D center at the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
The consortium leading the project, comprising Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (IITJ); Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL); and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has selected Ener-t in a competitive tender announced later 2013.
The experimental plant will be designed for continuous power generation in as small a size as is feasible (typically kWe range) with steam, using a turbine. Steam will be generated from the heat collected by the solar fields (direct or through thermal storage). Scalability issues pertaining to the best combination of CSP technologies, storage concepts & materials shall also be kept under consideration so that the next stage of this project of achieving LCOE on continuous basis in a MWe level plant can be judiciously taken up.
“The center is planned to open in 2015 with the latest CSP technologies, and will support India in its program to become world leader in CSP,” says Yehuda Harats, Ener-t’s Founder and Chairman.
“25 years ago, working at Luz, our people played key roles in the technology development and construction of the largest solar thermal energy generating facility in the world, which is successfully operating still today – the 354 megawatts Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS) in California’s Mojave Desert,” says Harats, who at the time served as the Executive VP of Luz, and pioneered the solar field core technology.