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German energy giant to supply receivers for 50MW India solar power plant

Siemens’ deal to deliver over 17,000 solar receivers to plant is set to strengthen its CSP technology in India

Siemens is supplying solar receiver technology to India
Siemens is supplying solar receiver technology to the Abhijeet power plant in India

Over 17,000 solar receivers are being supplied from Europe to develop a 50MW solar plant in India. German firm Siemens Energy has been awarded an order to supply solar receiver technology for the Abhijeet power plant, which is being built in Rajasthan. The company will supply the solar receivers to India firm Shiram EPC to generate all of the heat for a parabolic trough power plant. 

The Abhijeet power plant is being constructed as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the Indian government's ongoing program for promoting solar power. The program envisages installing up to 20GW of solar power capacity in India by the year 2020.

Siemens will supply its Universal Vacuum Air Collector (UVAC) 2010 to the plant. The company says the technology features extremely high solar absorption and reduced heat loss with outstanding product durability, offering solar field developers consistently high revenues and reduced operating costs.

Shmuel Fledel, CEO of Siemens solar thermal energy business unit, said: "We view this first order from Shiram EPC to be a demonstration of their trust in our know-how and technology. The Indian CSP market is rapidly developing, and with this step we strengthen our business for CSP technology. Siemens is in a position to offer highly efficient solar receivers and system solutions, such as solar fields or power blocks, as well as complete plant solutions for parabolic trough power plants.”

Siemens has already been awarded three orders to supply a total of four steam turbine generator units for solar thermal power plants in Rajasthan, including a steam turbine generator unit for the Abhijeet plant.

"We are very impressed with the performance and the durability of the UVAC 2010,” said M.K. Prasad, senior vice president for the solar business of Abhijeet. "CSP plants have a long lifetime, and we know that we can rely on Siemens to provide the plant with thermal heat for many years.”

Startup for the Abhijeet power plant is scheduled for spring 2013.