Siemens receives orders for 50 MW Concentrating Solar Power plant in Rajasthan

Siemens wins 50 MW Concentrating Solar Power order in India. Siemens has won an order from Shiram EPC Limited to supply 17,000 of its UVAC 2010 solar thermal receivers to a 50 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in India.

Siemens was also awarded three orders to supply a total of four steam turbine generator units in January. The concentrating solar thermal plant, to be built in the state of Rajasthan under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013. Abhijeet (Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd) has been appointed project developer.

At the end of January, Siemens was awarded three concentrating solar thermal orders to supply a total of four steam turbine generator units for 300 MW worth of concentrated solar thermal power plants, also in Rajasthan, and also under the JNNSM. They are owned by Godawari Green Energy Ltd, Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd and Lanco Solar Energy.

Siemens Energy has been awarded an order to supply UVAC 2010 (Universal Vacuum Air Collector) solar receivers for a parabolic trough power plant to be built in Rajasthan, India. Purchaser is Shiram EPC Limited under contract to project developer Abhijeet (Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd). Siemens will supply over 17,000 solar receivers, which will generate all of the heat for the 50MW facility. Startup for the solar plant is scheduled for spring 2013.

Siemens UVAC 2010 features extremely high solar absorption and reduced heat loss with outstanding product durability, offering solar field developers consistently high revenues and reduced operating costs. The Abhijeet power plant is being constructed as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the Indian government’s ongoing program for promoting solar power. The program envisages installing up to 20 gigawatts of solar power capacity in India by the year 2020.

"We view this first order from Shiram EPC Limited to be a demonstration of their trust in our know-how and technology," said Shmuel Fledel, CEO of Siemens Solar Thermal Energy Business Unit. "The Indian CSP market is rapidly developing, and with this step we strengthen our business for CSP technology." Siemens is in a position to offer highly efficient solar receivers and system solutions, such as solar fields or power blocks, as well as complete plant solutions for parabolic trough power plants. As already announced in January, Siemens has been awarded three orders to supply a total of four steam turbine generator units for solar thermal power plants in Rajasthan, including a steam turbine generator unit for the Abhijeet plant.

"We are very impressed with the performance and the durability of the UVAC 2010 ", noted M.K. Prasad, Senior Vice President for Solar Business of Abhijeet. "CSP plants have a long lifetime, and we know that we can rely on Siemens to provide the plant with thermal heat for many years".

Products and solutions for solar thermal power plants are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2011, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about €30 billion, making Siemens one of the world’s largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 320 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.

By José Santamarta,