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Siemens signs solar contract with Indian power plant

Siemens technology will be used to charge a power plant in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh by Spring 2013.

Siemens solar technology will power new Indian power plant

Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract to supply solar receivers to charge a 50 MW power plant due to be built near Hyderbad, India.

Indian power company, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd agreed to buy approximately 17,000 solar receivers from Siemens to power the soon-to-be-built Megha parabolic trough power plant. Commissioning for the solar plant is scheduled for spring 2013.

The so-called Universal Vacuum Air Collector (UVAC) 2010 receivers should generate all of the heat for the 50 MW facility, said Siemens in a statement on 28 March.

The receivers work by converting thermal solar energy to heat and could provide developers with consistently high revenues as a result of their high solar absorption and product durability, claims Siemens.

Megha is India’s second plant to be equipped with solar receivers from Siemens. The 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 20 GW of solar power capacity in India by 2022.

"The Indian market is of great importance for us, and we are committed to supplying the best in products, such as the UVAC 2010, as well as complete systems," said Shmuel Fledel, CEO of Siemens Solar Thermal Energy Business Unit.

The UVAC 2010 is Siemens fifth generation solar receiver product. Another contract to supply UVAC receivers for the Abhijeet power plant in Rajasthan, India has also been signed. Three orders to supply four steam turbine generator units for solar thermal power plants have also be received by Siemens in the same state.