With the rise in the cost of electricity, impetus is being provided for solar energy and other renewable energy systems. However, since the manufacturing cost of solar devices is high, research towards reducing cost of solar devices is essential, said A. Vijeyendranath, President of Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA), here.

He was speaking at an awareness programme on “Use of Concentrating Solar Technologies for process heating and cooling application in industries and other establishments,” jointly organised by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited, KASSIA, Bangalore, District Industries Centre (DIC) and Mysore Industries Association (MIA) recently.

“Solar energy, wind energy and other natural sources of energy should be produced at a competitive rate for industrial growth. If power problem continues, industries and even farmers will be adversely affected. To maintain the rate of development of the country, cost of electricity has to come down, for which solar energy is a promising solution.”

India should do away with energy source such as nuclear energy that pollute the environment. As burnt fuel of nuclear reactors continues to be radioactive for thousands of years, they pose a significant threat to our environment, he added.

Pankaj Kumar, Deputy Project Manager of the UNDP/GEF Concentrated Solar Heating Project, said that Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is working towards reducing the cost of solar devices for both industrial and domestic use.

Speaking on Concentrating Solar Technologies, he said that the technologies employ focused sunlight to generate heat and convert it into electricity.

Vibhash Garg, Senior Manager, pwc, discussed about the prevailing energy scenario in the country and the relevance of renewable energy for industry moving forward. He drew the attention of the gathering towards the objective of the present assignment — the MNRE-UNDP-GEF initiative — which is to promote the use of CST technologies for their process heating or cooling requirements via extra support up-to Rs. 20 lakh for beneficiaries who employ such systems.

He invited interested industries to come forward and adopt such systems to support the society in reducing GHG emissions and result in a sustainable future.

P. Vishwanath, President MIA, who presided, thanked the Central Government for oganising this awareness programme and cited the example of JSS Institutions which is already using solar steam cooking systems for cooking the meals in hostels.

Suresh Kumar Jain, General Secretary of MIA, welcomed. Dinesh Kumar, Project Engineer of Karnataka Renewable Energy Development, proposed a vote of thanks. Nearly hundred entrepreneurs including hoteliers, heads of enginering colleges were present along with Keerthi Kumar and Bhagavan, Past Presidents of KASSIA, Saniya Akthar, Deputy Director, CIPET, Bharadvaj, Past Chairman, Institution of Engineers - India.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore