Infinia introduces itself an aggressive team commercializing a compelling and uniquely scalable solar power solution that will enable broad access to inexpensive, mass-manufactured solar power. They claim to be working on a number of other unique energy conversion products that offer the potential to dramatically increase energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.
The compnay claims to do this by offering unique, high-performance, cost-effective energy conversion solutions using our proprietary, mass-manufactured, free-piston Stirling engines.
These engines are at the heart of their Infinia 3.2KW PowerDish. , As readers of Panchabuta might be aware, Infinia was also 2010 CSP Today Award finalist in the CSP commercialized technology innovation of the year category.
According to the company, their proven free-piston Stirling engine is coupled with a dish-style solar concentrator to produce 3.2 kW of grid-quality AC power. By harnessing the manufacturing might of the world’s automotive industry combined with industry-leading solar product performance with massive production scale helps to dramatically lower the cost of solar power.
The PowerDish does not consume water or need flat ground to operate and can be deployed in numbers that fit within existing transmission and distribution system constraints. These attributes enable deployments in solar parks ranging in size from a few units to thousands of units.
This seems an ideal solution for the Indian market and according to reports, Stirling solar-engine manufacturer Infinia will sell 10MW of its PowerDish systems to Dalmia Solar Power a subsidiary of Dalmia Cements.
As Panchabuta understands, Dalmia Solar Power has a 9MW Solar Thermal project allotment under the original migration scheme. The PPA for most of the migration projects were signed last year with a January 2011 middle deadline to achieve financial closure.
The company has achieved financial closure last month according to sources. Dalmia Solar Power has decided to partner with Infinia for the technology and has placed an order of 3000 units of infinia’s 3.2kW PowerDish system . The EPC contractor has also been shortlisted and the commissioning of the project is expected to happen by the end of 2012.
It has also helped Infinia that the deal is supported by the US EXIM bank, a federal agency responsible for financing global trade of US goods and services. EXIM Bank support could be a great step to help companies such as Infinia establish a early mover advantage in the National Solar Mission as one of the key aspects that developers are looking at is funding. With the participation of EXIM bank as a parter, the cost of capital becomes extremely competitive and hence very attractive to developers.