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World’s first CL-CSP plant installtion at RGPV

ajiv Gandhi Proudhyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) is going to bring alternative source of electricity. The varsity will leapfrog to futuristic solar-based technology solar power (CL-CSP) concept with the help of Japan for which the installation work of the plant is being done and its final findings will be available to the world in next January. The construction of the plant is being done with help of Tokyo Engineering Corporation, Japan and Union ministry of new and renewable energy. RGPV is the first venue in the world where Japan has installed CL-CSP plant to achieve its final findings

Cross linear concentrated solar power (CL-CSP) concept has been invented and conceptulated by Prof Yutaka Tamaura of Tokyo Institute of Technology and director of Solar Flame Corporation, Tokyo Tech Venture. In CL- CSP, the objective is to achieve 600 degree Celsius temperature by concentrating solar to the receiver. They have the patent of the concept.


RGPV’s vice-chancellor Prof Piyush Trivedi said the time has come to go for renewable source of energy. “To rotate the turbine for producing electricity the need is to high temperature. In the existing technology, temperature can be achieved upto 400 degree Celsius. Our objective is to achieve 600 degree Celsius through CL-CSP,” said Prof Trivedi.

He added: “Solar power plants running on existing technology are less efficient. The existing solar energy is 15% efficient while the CL-CSP concept is 30% efficient. Besides, it is low-cost power generation concept in long-term.”

Talking about CL-CSP concept, Professor Trivedi said the new technology will help achieve solar thermal power as per Jawahar Lal National Solar Mission (JLNSM). Under this, the target is to produce 10,000 MW solar thermal power by 2022.

Trivedi said the CL-CSP concept brings an interface between universities and industries of India and Japan to demonstrate commercial use of CL-CSP technology.

Talking about advantages of technology, he said under CL-CSP technology, 10% of coal consumption can be reduced , which stands for Rs 1,000 crore every year in the country.

Asked the reason of selecting RGTU for installing CL-CSP based power plant, Trivedi said, “We have shown keen interest in technology. Besides, the concept works on solar flux, which is available in abundance on our campus.”

In the first part, the electricity generation from the 30 KW plant to be installed at RGTU will be used for air-conditioning purpose on the campus. Later, 1 MW plant will be installed for getting further electricity for different purposes.

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