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US control system for 50MW Indian solar thermal power plant

US firm Rockwell Automation will supply tech for one of India’s first utility-scale solar thermal power plants

The 50MW solar thermal plant will be one of the first in India

A US control system is being used to develop a 50MW solar thermal plant in India. US firm Rockwell Automation will provide a distributed control system (DCS) for the facility in Rajasthan, which is one of India’s first utility-scale solar thermal power plants.

Rockwell Automation said the PlantPAx DCS, which has solar field local controller panels, will help to set industry standards for concentrated solar power plants in India.

The company received a USD 1.9m order from Lauren-Jyoti, a joint venture between the US company Lauren Engineers & Constructors and Indian firm Jyoti Power Structures. The company is responsible for the construction of the power plant for Indian firm Godawari Green Energy. 

Terry Gebert, vice president and general manager, Rockwell Automation Global Solutions, said: “Renewable energy is a strategic focus in India for achieving long-term energy and ecological security, and solar power has been a major emerging segment. This win is significant because it provides us the opportunity to set industry standards for concentrated solar power plants.”

The power plant project is part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission that intends to push the overall installed solar power capacity in India to 20,000 MW by 2020.