A year-long co-operation designed to investigate the potential of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to provide on-site power for India’s airports has been agreed.
Indian power engineering firm CG and France’s Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) are to explore the potential of solar systems with energy storage during a 12-month period, with eventual investment in Indian manufacturing facilities anticipated.
‘The collaboration synergizes the strategic strengths and complementary competencies of both establishments – CEA with its significant expertise in PV and battery storage technologies and CG an established player in AC substations in solar plants with significant market reach with large customers,’ a joint statement said.
The potential for solar power generation on unused land within India’s airports has been estimated at over 500 MW.
CG’s CEO and managing director, Laurent Demortier, said: ‘We are thrilled to collaborate with CEA. The CEA technology is the most advanced in the renewable sector. Combined with the CG capacity to fully industrialise and localise this technology in India, I do believe that we will both build competitive solutions meeting the needs of our customers in India.
‘This agreement is in line with the synergies that the two countries are exploring and combines CG’s infrastructure with CEA’s knowhow in the field. This collaboration will help to leverage the huge potential for solar power generation in the country.’