Kick-Off Meeting in India

The Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) have teamed up to increase the use of solar thermal energy in the industry in India. The photo shows the partners during the Kick-Off Meeting of the international Solar Payback project in Mumbai, India, on 16 December 2016 (Photo: STFI).

Supported by the German Federal Environment Ministry funded by the International Climate Initiative, the three-year project will be implemented in India, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil. It is coordinated by the German Solar Association BSW-Solar and eleven partner organisations: three German companies, plus each target country’s national solar industry association and German chamber of commerce.

Facilitators from Germany include research institute Fraunhofer ISE, the German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG) and communications and market research agency solrico. The project will be jointly implemented in India by Pune-based STFI and IGCC with its head office in Mumbai. It was launched in October 2016 and will end in September 2019.

The use of solar heat for cleaning, steam production, bath heating and surface treatment in manufacturing is still a niche market in India and around the world. “With Solar Payback, we aim to raise awareness about the huge market potential of solar process heat for three reasons: to reduce CO2 emissions, to save energy costs for the investors and to sharpen the competitive edge of local industries,” said Jörg Mayer, Managing Director of BSW-Solar.

India’s industrial companies, which are responsible for 38 % of the country’s total energy consumption, have installed a total of 40,000 m2 of collector area for solar process heat so far. “The saving potential of solar heat technologies in the industry is enormous, and payback times are pleasingly low,” was how STFI Secretary General Jaideep Malaviya described the Indian market. “Solar Payback is likely to increase the confidence of industrial customers to supplement carbon-based fuels.”

Solar Payback focuses on an in-depth analysis of market barriers and drivers by drafting a solar process heat roadmap and making policy recommendations. In addition, it intends to strengthen the industry by offering training for planners and raise awareness by organising an industry conference. The project partners will use a wide range of activities and communication tools to get in touch with the relevant stakeholders in politics, business and financing.

Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) founded in 2010 is the voice of solar thermal industry in India comprising of country’s solar thermal manufacturers that constitute 80% of the market.

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC/AHK Indien) promotes Indo-German Economic Cooperation since 1956. With six offices in India, a representation in Germany and more than 6,000 member companies IGCC is the largest bi-national chamber in India.