Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrators Based Process Heat Applications in India

What is the Project About

The project, supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to promote and develop a viable and strong market for solar concentrators in India to reduce or replace use of conventional fuels that degrade the environment.

What Have We Achieved so Far

What Have We Achieved so FarPHOTO: Shashank Jayaprasad/UNDP India

Studies commissioned to assess functionality, performance and technology of existing CSH systems

  • A study has been commissioned to assess the status of the existing 105 CSH installations (installations with collector area over 90 sq. m.)
  • A study has been commissioned for online monitoring of 15 CSH installations representing different categories to help developing performance standards
  • A study has been commissioned to assess manufacturing units, and the efficiencies and thermal outputs of their technologies at the manufacturing sites. The findings are expected to help identify scope for improving the performance of specific technology packages

Activities initiated to generate interest among potential investors to increase the yearly rate of installation of CSH systems

  • Three consulting firms are conducting workshops to create awareness and generate proposals to achieve a total of 9,000 sq. m. of collector area of CSH from potential investors in the year 2013 targeting sectors such as hospitality and health, religious and institutional, industrial and commercial
  • Two proposals each under Demonstration and Replication projects for a total collector area of 2000 sq. m. (approx.) have been approved  for technical and financial assistance

Awareness generated on the use of CSH systems for industrial process heat applications

  • Awareness on the use of CSH systems is generated through advertisements in national dailies, a toll free helpline (1800 2 33 44 77), online newsletters (six issues published), and a quarterly magazine SunFocus that targets key stakeholders
  • Handouts on five CSH technologies, documentaries on existing installations and case studies have been prepared to provide information on CSH technologies and cost benefits of such investments
  • Information on manufacturer’s details, bench mark costs, prevailing subsidies and other reports developed under the project are made available on the MNRE website (  The UNDP website ( also provides all relevant project details

Activities initiated to establish test centers for CSH systems

  • Two institutions namely, Solar Energy Centre and University of Pune have been identified where test centers will be established to test CSH systems

Way forward

  • Four different models of technology to be developed/upscaled for five identified sectors
  • Awareness and capacity building for policymakers, users, industries, manufacturers, financial institutions, etc
  • Identification and removal of financial barriers in the penetration of solar concentrators in India

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$ 4,400,000

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2015 US$ 553,659.86
2014 US$ 992,636
2013 US$ 1,003,448
2012 US$ 42,580


Stories of Change

Ray of Hope

Ray of Hope
SKF Technologies uses steam generated through this installation in the phosphating process of manufacturing seals, the fastest growing business division of the company in India. It allows the plant to replace thermal energy with solar, save on almost 12,000 litres of diesel each year or close to US$ 13,000 annually. In addition, it is also saving on CO2 emissions of 32 tonnes annually.

The Sun in the Kitchen

The Sun in the Kitchen
The UNDP and Government of India partnership is providing support to institutions such as the RK Mission Home to encourage wider spread use of the technology which has proved immensely popular for in community cooking. Over the last two years, the rate of installation of solar concentrated heating systems has more than doubled. Over the next three years, the project aims to install 45,000 square metres of concentrated solar technology based systems across India saving 39,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions saving 3.15 million litres of fuel oil each year.

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