Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

SolarpaybackMtgnewBy Solar Times Bureau

The Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce

(IGCC) have teamed up for the international ‘Solar Payback’ project, which aims to increase

the use of solar thermal energy in industrial processes. The Kick-Off Meeting took place in

Mumbai on 16 December 2016.

Supported by the German Federal Environment Ministry funded by the International Climate

Initiative, the three-year project will be implemented in India, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil.

It is coordinated by the German Solar Association BSW-Solar and eleven partner organisations:

three German companies, plus each target country’s national solar industry association and

German Chamber of Commerce.

Facilitators from Germany include research institute Fraunhofer ISE, the German Investment

and Development Corporation (DEG) and communications and market research agency

solrico. The project will be jointly implemented in India by Pune-based STFI and IGCC with its

head office in Mumbai. It was launched in October 2016 and will end in September 2019. The

budget for the four countries is EUR 2.96 million.

The use of solar heat for cleaning, steam production, bath heating and surface treatment in

manufacturing is still a niche market in India and around the world. “With Solar Payback, we

aim to raise awareness about the huge market potential of solar process heat for three

reasons: to reduce CO2 emissions, to save energy costs for the investors and to sharpen the

competitive edge of local industries,” said Jörg Mayer, Managing Director of BSW-Solar.

India’s industrial companies, which are responsible for 38 % of the country’s total energy

consumption, have installed a total of 40,000 m2

of collector area for solar process heat so far.

“The saving potential of solar heat technologies in the industry is enormous, and payback

times are pleasingly low,” was how STFI Secretary General Jaideep Malaviya described the

Indian market. “Solar Payback is likely to increase the confidence of industrial customers to

supplement carbon-based fuels.” Suitable technologies for solar process heat are either flat

plate collectors, concentrating dishes or vacuum tube collectors with CPC mirrors. Most

systems based on these three technologies have been manufactured in the country, satisfying

the current government ́s Make in India strategy.

Solar Payback has so far focused on an in-depth analysis of market barriers and drivers by

drafting a solar process heat roadmap and making policy recommendations. In addition, it

intends to strengthen the industry by offering training for planners and raise awareness by

organising an industry conference. The project partners will use a wide range of activities and

communication tools to get in touch with the relevant stakeholders in politics, business and

financing. Key activity targets include:

 Drafting a National Solar Process Heat Roadmap

 Developing a financing/business tool for planners and investors to offer preliminary

analyses of solar process heat plants

 Developing policy recommendations for uptake of solar process heat at national level

 Organising train-the-trainer workshops on planning / designing solar process heat


 Implementing an online matchmaking network for investors and technology providers

 Organising a local industry / stakeholder conference

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the

Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this

initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. IKI website

With around 800 member companies, BSW-Solar is one of the largest lobbying organisations

for solar electricity and solar heat in Germany. It is headquartered in Berlin. BSW website

Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) founded in 2010 is the voice of solar thermal

industry in India comprising of country’s solar thermal manufacturers that constitute 80% of

the market.

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC/AHK Indien) promotes Indo-German

Economic Cooperation since 1956. With six offices in India, a representation in Germany and

more than 6,000 member companies IGCC is the largest bi-national chamber in India.