Anne Lauvergeon, AREVA CEO and Professor Prem Kumar Kalra, Head of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Rajasthan located in Jodhpur, signed a research and development cooperation agreement in the field of solar thermal. This works aim to develop hybrid energy solutions (gas/solar thermal), which are key to helping reduce India’s carbon footprint.
Areva intends to contribute to the development of renewable energy sources in India. The group aims to position itself as a strategic actor in this domain, the company added.
As Panchabuta has discussed, Areva has talked about how India is faced with a lifetime opportunity in CSP and its interest to participate in the same. Areva Renewables, has earlier talked about hybrid plants combining coal and solar thermal.
This is indeed a great move by Areva with a long term vision on the renewable sector in India and Panchabuta will keep close track of the developments in this regard.