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29 Mar 2011 10:03:06

SkyFuel signs MoU in India

Close on the heels of its latest deal in China, solar thermal power technology and service provider SkyFuel, has signed a second deal.

The Colorado-based company, which manufactures the SkyTrough parabolic trough concentrating solar collector, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyderabad-based Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL). The Indian company, a specialist in execution of engineering procurement and construction (EPC) projects, has signed the pact regarding the use of its parabolic trough collector in concentrating solar power projects.

MEIL's bid to build, own and operate a 50MW solar thermal power plant, through its wholly owned subsidiary MEIL Green Power in southern state of Andhra Pradesh has been selected under Phase One of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. The agreement with MEIL comes shortly after SkyFuel's announcement that it has signed an agreement for the construction of a 50 MWe CSP plant at a site near Huludao in China. SkyFuel highlighted that its offering is of particular interest in China because most of the parts can be fabricated in-country.

MEIL has cited the easy adoption of SkyFuel's ReflecTech polymer film and lightweight trough and the SkyTrough's design allowing a high proportion of components to be provided by local fabricators as the main reasons behind its decision. MEIL shared that increasing the local supply content will further enhance its appeal to CSP plant developers in India.

CSP technology specialists have been signing deals in India. Earlier this year, one of the major players in this arena in Abengoa targeted this burgeoning market. Abengoa signed an agreement with Indian engineering and manufacturing enterprise Bharat Heavy Electricals and formalised a strategic partnership to jointly undertake CSP projects in India. The agreement covers joint supply and implementation of CSP plants through EPC contracts.

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