India has decided to exploit its high potential for solar energy

For its rapidly growing economic development India needs stable energy supply. Thus it is also looking closely at the technologies of the future, such as solar power. FLABEG, the internationally acclaimed leading solar expert, has an excellent proven track record in manufacturing first-class solar mirrors.

India has ambitious plans: 20% renewable energies by 2020. The state budget for 2010/11 has provision for approx. US$ 1 billion for clean technologies. Furthermore, a new "National Clean Energy Fund" is being set up to finance projects and research. It is also India’s target to reduce CO2 emissions by 20-25% relative to economic performance by 2020. Especially for India the greenhouse effect could have dramatic consequences, since according to various experts it will be affected more than average.

India has decided to exploit its high potential for solar energy with its Government’s "Solar Mission" program. The Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) estimates the cost at approx. US$ 20 billion over the next 30 years.

Concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, especially parabolic trough technology, maximize solar power production. The technology works by using large mirrors to reflect the sun onto a fluid that is turned into steam and runs a steam turbine, producing electricity.

The mirrors have to reflect the sunbeams as accurately as possible. Only 1% difference in optical performance can result in million dollar losses over a 20-year operating period of a 50 MW solar power plant.

The performance of the mirrors depends on two factors: reflectivity and bending. With a 30-year proven track record, German-based manufacturer FLABEG is the world’s leading supplier for high precision, high quality reflectors for CSP applications and guarantees highest reflectivity and long-term stability for best performance and highest value. Now FLABEG is entering the Indian market for the first time with its presentation at the DIREC trade fair (27th-29th Oct, New Delhi).

India needs stable energy supply: In view of its continuing economic growth, it is estimated that by 2017 the annual energy requirement will have jumped to 330 GW from the current 160 GW. Stable energy supply can only be guaranteed by means of maintaining operating reserves. CSP plants provide this security since they generate power by day and night.

India is a challenging market for advanced technologies. With its rapidly expanding economy a growing proportion of its energy requirements can be met by the ever-present sunshine.

FLABEG, founded in 1882, is an independent company with ten manufacturing facilities in Europe, America and Asia. FLABEG is active in the commercial sectors of automotive mirrors, solar glass mirrors and technical glass, specializing in all processes of glass finishing, and sets technological standard in terms of the company’s core competencies – bending and coating.