Nitin Phansalkar's Comments

April 17, 2012

Areva Solar to Build Asia's Largest CSP Plant

This is a very encouraging news especially because the technology used is CSP rather than PV. Read the enormous potential that India has for CSP at:

-Nitin Phansalkar

April 27, 2008

Renewable Energy Holds Promising Future in India

Dear Mr. Anupam Tyagi,

You have given a very good overview of current status of Renewable Energy in India. You have mentioned about the "grid-tied" solar power and about Integrated Solar Combined Cycle plant at Mathania. In my view, the Mathania failure had more to do with the "Combined Cycle" nature of the plant and less to do with the Solar technology.
The "Grid-Tied" solar power that you have mentioned is also known as Concentrating Solar Power (CSP). As you have rightly mentioned, there are a lot technological advances being made in CSP. This has resulted in lowering its cost considerably.
Conservatively, a 5x5 sqkm farm of solar concentrators can generate 1000MW of electricity. In India, Thar desert in Rajasthan is the ideal place for erecting a CSP plant. Thar desert area is 0.23 Million sqkm so you can imagine the CSP potential in Thar desert! Further, the solar heat can be stored in molten salts and be used to produce power after sunset.
DESERTEC is an organization, which has successfully proven that a small part of Sahara desert can generate enough electricity that can fulfill the current world demand.
DESERTEC-India, the Indian branch, is raising the awareness about CSP and its relevance to India amongst media, government, scientists, journalists and "common" people.
For details, please visit:

Nitin Phansalkar
Coordinator, DESERTEC-India.

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