As a part of Solar Payback project to accelerate Solar Heat for Industrial Process (SHIP) and also to give a first-hand training on designing and understanding economics Solar Thermal Federation of India and Indo-German Chamber of Commerce organised a training workshop at Pune from 3rd – 5th December 2019. the faculty from Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy, Germany trained 25 participants largely project developers and institutions active in solar thermal energy. This is for the a first time in India faculty from a German Institution has trained on SHIP.
The workshop was aimed at understanding about the application of Solar thermal energy for industrial applications. It also imparted to optimize the total cost of the plant with the best possible heat output for a given area for 20 year life cycle.
Participants were also subject to possible ways to overcome the technical and economic challenges that are restricting the entry of solar thermal in Indian industries.
As per Jaideep Malaviya, Chief coordinator of the workshop “The amazing part was the economic analysis for a sample case study using a computer simulated model that helped understand the payback period and Internal Rate of Return using different fuel options as well as different types of solar thermal systems. It helped best understand how SHIP projects must be considered on a long-term basis under India’s vast geographic conditions with varying direct solar radiation.”
The overall feedback received revealed it was a structured training and must be immensely conducted in various industrial sectors in India requiring heat energy up to 250 degree C.