The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has awarded
an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Thermax, an
Indian energy and environment company, and FRENELL, a German concentrated solar
power (CSP) company (through its wholly owned subsidiary Novatec Solar Espana),
to set up an integrated thermal solar project at NTPC Dadri premises in Uttar
Pradesh. The project involves the integration of a concentrated solar field
into the Dadri coal fired power station. The heat generated from the solar
field will heat the feed water supplied to the steam generator, allowing for lower
coal consumption and thereby reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. The
project is scheduled to be commissioned in September of 2017.
The EPC contract was awarded through an international
The Fresnel technology won out over parabolic trough and
solar tower technologies in the auction. Thermax will be acting as the EPC
contractor to the NTPC and is responsible for design, engineering, procurement
and supply of the entire solar thermal plant and balance-of-plant equipment as
well as the integration of the solar field into the coal fired power station.
FRENELL will provide its CSP technology and will execute the turnkey
manufacturing and construction of the solar field.
projects were initially auctioned under the National Solar Mission Phase I batch 1 but majority of the projects failed. CSP technologies in general have
struggled around the world to compete with PV technology on cost. It will be
interesting to see how an integrated coal/CSP project will fare,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom
According to Mercom’s India
Solar Project Tracker, 208.5 MW of solar CSP capacity is in-operation, and 270 MW of solar
thermal projects from National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase I batch 1 are still
pending with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Another 10 MW project in Karnataka is expected
to be commissioned by December of 2016.