India-One Solar Thermal Power Plant

In spring 2017 the Brahma Kumaris with its sister organisation, the World Renewal Spiritual Trust (WRST) completed the design, development and installation of “India One”, a 1 MW solar thermal power plant in Abu Road, Rajasthan. India One generates heat and power for a campus of 25,000 people as well as delivering electricity off the grid for a further 10,000 residents of Mt Abu. It is a milestone for decentralised clean power generation with storage in India.

Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi praised the Brahma Kumaris for their contribution and incentive when he addressed the 80th anniversary celebrations of Brahma Kumaris via video conferencing.  President Modi went on to confirm India’s commitment towards clean energy and his desire to have India generate 40% energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030.

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Key features of “India One”:

      • 770 nos. of 60 m² parabolic dishes & 1 MW peak electrical output 
      • Co-generation, efficient use of thermal energy & modular design 
      • Thermal storage for night operation & direct steam generation  
      • Networked enabled automated dual axis tracking and controls 
      • Motionless cavity receiver & efficient use of land
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Sustainable Development

For “India One”, Brahma Kumaris & WRST have secured funds from

      • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE, Govt. of India) under its research & development scheme. 
      • The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) via its bilateral “ComSolar” initiative through GIZ (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation) to demonstrate and promote this technology.