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BHEL closer to establishing 250 MW photovoltaic facility

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is all set for a joint venture of equal stake holding with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to establish a 250 MW photovoltaic production facility for processing silicon wafers, solar cells and photovoltaic modules. BHEL has already enhanced the solar photovoltaic module manufacturing facility at its Electronics Division, Bangalore, from three MW to eight MW.

The facility at a location to be decided shortly at an estimated investment of Rs.3000 crore to Rs.4000 crore will get functional during 2013-14, said BHEL Director (Engineering, Research and Development).

With BHEL's own R & D back up to improve efficiency and reduce cost, the facility would help in overcoming shortage of wafers, O.P. Bhutani told presspersons on Friday.

As for generation of solar thermal power, the MoU that the BHEL has signed with Spain's Abengoa Solar envisages production of heat exchangers in the Tiruchi complex. The existing apparatus for producing steam generators makes convenient manufacture of heat exchangers with incremental investment.

The R & D expenditure currently at 2.5 per cent of annual turnover was poised to go up even beyond the 20 per cent growth rate of BHEL in keeping with its role in the mission project to design advanced ultra super critical boilers.

Compared to Rs.900 crore last year BHEL's R & D expenditure was close to Rs.1,100 crore this year, he said.

BHEL was moving ahead on the fronts of improving energy security by mastering technology for materials that would withstand high temperature and pressure for better coal utilisation, and capacity addition.

Initiatives to commercialise the emission-friendly 180 MW Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle plant, the first of which would be installed in partnership with the Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (APGENCO), have been taken, he said.

While there is an imperative need to completely utilise coal reserves to ensure eight to nine per cent economic growth, the BHEL's focus was on higher output with better burning efficiency and lesser emission, and at the same time go for a combination of renewables.

To a query, Mr. Bhutani said the BHEL has filed 1,300 patents so far, qualifying itself for the CII-Thompson Reuters Innovation Award for 2010. BHEL was the only PSU to receive the award, he said.

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