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Reliance Power to commission world’s largest CLFR CSP project in India

Reliance Power will commission the world’s largest CSP project based on CLFR technology in Rajasthan, India, by March 2014

Concentrated solar power plant
Reliance power has started pre-comissioning activities at its 100MW CSP project in Rajasthan, India

India’s Reliance Power has started pre-commissioning activities for a 100MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project based on Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) technology in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The project, worth INR 21,000m (USD 336m), is the world’s largest CSP project based on CLFR technology and will be commissioned by March 2014.

Reliance Power procured the CLFR technology from Areva Solar, a solar power solution provider based in France. Areva’s CLFR technology uses modular flat reflectors to focus the sun's heat onto elevated receivers which consist of a system of tubes through which water flows. The technology will increase solar power production by up to 50 per cent per acre as compared to other CSP technologies.

Luc Oursel, CEO of Areva, said: “Areva is delighted to help deliver on the promise of India’s progressive solar energy goals and to advance Reliance’s bold vision for a global clean energy portfolio”.

Reliance Power received approval for Carbon credits under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in July 2013.

J.P. Chalasani, CEO of Reliance Power, said: “This is yet another international recognition of company’s commitment to use of clean, green technologies to reduce carbon footprint and set a global benchmark in embracing environmental-friendly technologies”.

The CSP project is a part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) and was awarded to Rajasthan Sun Technique Energy, a subsidiary of Reliance Power, in December 2010.The international competitive bidding process was conducted by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited, a subsidiary of NTPC.