New Delhi: Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) have organised a two-day International conference on solar thermal technologies to deliberate on solar thermal and concentrated solar power storage integration with renewable technologies. The conference was inaugurated by MNRE Secretary Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, SECI CMD RP Gupta, and NSEFI Director General Deepak Gupta.
SECI and NSEFI jointly organised this international conference aiming at understanding the global landscape in solar thermal technologies, their integration with RE power generation sources, storage applications, and the potential of such applications in the Indian context.
At the inauguration, Bhalla highlighted India's significant progress in solar PV growth and its ambitious targets, emphasizing the need for new technologies like solar thermal/CSP to achieve reliable and emission-free generation. He expressed hope that the conference would pave the way forward for CSP in India. SECI CMD emphasized the global emergence of solar thermal technology and concentrated solar power with storage as promising solutions, suitable for India's ambitious energy targets. NSEFI Director General discussed India's solar PV revolution and advocated for exploring CSP to accelerate the nation's energy transition, believing it could mark the beginning of a solar thermal revolution.
On day 1 of the conference, international experts and industries shared their experiences and chalked out India’s potential in these areas. Industry representatives and speakers from Belgium, Israel, Spain, and Germany shared their experiences and presented global case studies and financial viability of such projects in these countries. The speakers also emphasized that solar thermal is slowly emerging as a promising solution, offering substantial advantages for long-duration energy storage and presents the capability to support India’s Firm and dispatchable renewable energy (FDRE) requirements, including round-the-clock supply, meeting the diverse demands of consumers.
There was a special Session addressed by speakers from SECI bringing out the broad features of the proposed tender for supply of FDRE through blending of CSP with other RE technologies.
The day two of this conference will feature speakers from academia, research institutions and financial institutions along with Industry representatives from across the globe.