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Terminal evaluation - Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrator based Process Heat Applications in India
Commissioning Unit: India
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: India
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Expedite the issuance of related BIS standards for various CSH technologies developed under the project

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2021/01/14]

The project made breakthrough in achieving the publication of three BIS standards (IS 16648: 2017; Concentrated Solar Thermal — Specification; Part-1 Paraboloid Dish Concentrator, Part-2 Scheffler Concentrator, Part-3 Paraboloid Dish Concentrator) post evaluation mission (were ready and awaiting formal issuance during mission) and same has already been passed on to TE team who appreciated this project fete

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Expedite the publication and issuance of the remaining BIS standards through follow-up with BIS for finalization and immediate publication of fourth remaining standard on CSH specifications
[Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2018/09/03]
PMU, BIS 2019/08 Completed The key action has been completed History
2. Recommendation:

Continue supporting the STFI helpline and website on CSH technologies for continued awareness creation and knowledge sharing among stakeholders. Need to continue website updation, e-newsletter, magazine for continued updation and dissemination amongst stakeholders.

Financial resources are required for the continuation of the STFI helpline, operation and maintenance of the website on CSH technologies with its e-newsletters and magazine. Disruptions in the operations of the STFI helpline and website would only blunt momentum of the Project in building confidence in
prospective investors into solar concentrating technologies.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2021/01/14]

The CSH India PMU at MNRE & UNDP had discussions on this in joint meeting with PMU-UNIDO who is implementing another CSH related GEF program. It was decided that the activity will be continued through publication of newsletter and project website

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue information updation and dissemination amongst CSH stakeholders through follow-up with CSH PMU in UNIDO by UNDP and CSH India PMU
[Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2019/08/26]
UNDP, PMU 2019/08 Completed This key action has been completed. History
3. Recommendation:

Further strengthen the support for additional testing equipments at the CSH test centers established at NISE, Gurugram and Pune University

The current inventory of equipment at these testing laboratories will need to be upgraded to ensure these laboratories
can support the testing of CSH equipment according to best international practices.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2021/01/14]

The issue was discussed in PEC meeting in November and being considered.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Further support from either MNRE or donors is required for additional testing equipment at the 2 CSH testing laboratories in Pune and Gurgaon. MNRE and PMU to follow up with test centers for additional requirements and take decisions at the earliest.
[Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2018/09/03]
UNDP, PMU 2018/08 Completed The action has been followed up with and completed History
4. Recommendation:

MNRE & UNIDO CSH project should leverage the potential development of over 800 potential CSH projects that were identified by this Project to widen horizon of CSH application in India

Follow-up should include energy audits of these potential projects, and identification of potential and appropriate CSH technologies that may be available in India over the next 5 years (see Action 6 regarding the need for foreign technical assistance to improve the efficiencies of CSH equipment currently available in India). This would include CSH technologies that have significantly higher efficiencies resulting from expected foreign partnerships between domestic and foreign CSH equipment manufacturers.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2021/01/14]

UNDP & PMU has shared the details of over 800 potential CSH projects that were identified by this Project to Unido CSH PMU

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Follow-up with UNIDO PMU on taking up action for consideration for identified CSH SME potentials
[Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2018/09/03]
UNDP, PMU 2018/08 Completed History
5. Recommendation:

Issue performance-based benchmarks for different CSH technologies using analysis of performance monitoring data of existing systems with NISE  

The present subsidy norms are only based on the square meter area of solar concentrating collectors installed. The outcome of this criteria has been the promotion of systems with shorter payback periods where higher subsidies are received for larger installations, irrespective of its performance efficiency. This results in financial assistance to inefficient systems. With the Project having supported online and off-line monitoring systems for different CSH technologies for a wide range of applications, operational field performance data is now available to evolve performance-based benchmarks for different CSH technologies that can be used to remove this subsidy distortion. The evaluation has been informed that MNRE has developed a discussion paper around this issue. The evaluation wants to mention the importance of addressing this issue of performance-based financial assistance which can be easily resolved from the analysis of performance monitoring data available with NISE. In addition, performance-based financial assistance for CSH systems will incentivize local CSH manufacturers to improve the performance of their manufactured equipment creating demand for international inputs into the Indian CSH industry

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2021/01/14]

MNRE has set up a committee to explore the development of possibility performance based benchmark and study it from all aspects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Follow-up with MNRE to conclude and issue the performance based bench mark for various CSH systems in India for variety of applications
[Added: 2017/12/20] [Last Updated: 2018/09/03]
UNDP,PMU 2018/08 Completed History

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