Pilot energy-efficient combined cooling, heat and power plant opened in India

Ein Mann und zwei Frauen betrachten eine Maschine

On 31 October 2012, Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), inaugurated a pilot plant using Trigeneration technology in the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center in New Delhi, India. This innovative technology generates decentralised power on-site and simultaneously uses waste heat very efficiently for other heating and cooling. An International Climate Initiative (ICI) project assessed the economic and technical feasibility of this technology, tested the practical application of the pilot plant and thus demonstrated its performance to potential users.

India has the fourth-highest energy consumption in the world. National energy production cannot keep pace with the rapid economic growth. Experts estimate that current energy consumption will at least quadruple by 2032. In order to keep dependence on imported energy to a minimum, India is increasingly focusing on strategies for using renewable energies and improving energy efficiency. The German Federal Government is supporting the country in this. For example, the ICI project carried out by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is working to introduce and disseminate energy-conserving and climate-friendly Trigen technologies in India. It offers potential users information about the technology and providers. In addition, the project partners are evaluating further potential locations for Trigen plants, informing providers about new market opportunities and preparing a strategy for improving the political and economic framework for power, heat and cooling technologies. These technologies could be especially suitable for hospitals, airports, businesses, IT centres, industry and more.

The pilot plant will be jointly operated for one year by the Indian Ministry of Power's Bureau of Energy Efficiency and GIZ. Its performance will be monitored continuously and the results of the pilot project will be published.