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BNERI Participates in India Study on Land Neutral Solar PV Technologies

​BNERI joins as part of the Team of GOPA-International Energy Consultants GmbH (project contractor) based in Bad Homburg, Germany to carry out a prefeasibility study on Land Neutral Photovoltaic Plants in Kerala, India commissioned by KfW German Development Bank.

The study aims to support the Indian Government policy to reduce import dependence and increase the share of renewable energies. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission aims to implement 100 GW grid-connected solar PV installation by 2020. Large-scale solar PV generation is perceived to compete with the use of land for agriculture and human settlements. Under land neutral system, solar PV arrays are placed on the surface of reservoirs, ponds and dams (floating PV systems) or are installed above irrigation channels/canals (canal-top PV systems) for generating electri​​c power. The project activities include technology assessment, development of project pipeline and institutional overview.​

Kerala is one of the most densely populated areas in India but it has large water bodies that could be tapped for power generation. The Indo-German cooperation represented by KfW Entwicklungsbank as agency for financial cooperation aims to assess the total potential for land preserving PV projects in Kerala and its implementation. The study focuses on solar PV project pipelines of the Kerala Irrigation Infrastructure Development Corporation (KIIDC).​​

In participating this study, BNERI aims to establish as a regional center of excellence for energy studies, to expose its researchers to new ideas and projects being implemented globally, and to generate its own funds thus reducing its dependence from Government funding. ​

Project investigator for BNERI:
Dr Romeo Pacudan, Chief Researcher (