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Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited signs MOU with Skyfuel for use of its parabolic trough for CSP project

Megha Engineering and  Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) has two decades of experience in Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) projects execution, MEIL is a leading Infrastructure Developer in the fields of Irrigation, Water Management, Power (Generation/Transmission /Distribution), Industrial Utilities & Hydro Carbons, and manufacturer of MS Spiral pipes, Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) Pipes and Water Hammer Control devices.

As readers of Panchabuta might be aware, Megha Engineering and  Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) has own a 50MW allocation under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in the solar thermal bidding.

Further, Mahagenco has set the target of erecting solar power project capable of generating 125MW of power in the state by 2012  and as a first step has announced the setting up of a up a 4MW solar power plant in Chandrapur where the existing 1MW plant is located. Hyderabad-based Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd was one among the two companies that would construct the solar plant for Mahagenco.

SkyFuel manufactures the SkyTrough parabolic trough concentrating solar collector — a breakthrough in cost and constructability resulting from significant design and material innovations. SkyFuel is developing next-generation, high-temperature parabolic trough and linear Fresnel systems.

According to a release, SkyFuel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) regarding the use of its parabolic trough collector in concentrating solar power (CSP) projects. MEIL’s bid to build, own and operate a 50MW solar thermal power plant, through its wholly owned subsidiary MEIL Green Power Limited, in Andhra Pradesh, India was selected under Phase One of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

SkyTrough’s design allows a high proportion of components to be provided by local fabricators, which allows Indian companies to expand manufacturing into the solar market. SkyFuel is working with partners in India to secure commitments for aluminum and steel fabrication. 

“SkyFuel’s ReflecTech polymer film and lightweight trough will enable easy adoption into the nascent Indian solar market. Increasing the local supply content will further enhance its appeal to CSP Plant developers in India,” said MEIL’s UM Reddy. Based in Hyderabad, MEIL has earned a sound reputation for building sophisticated infrastructure on the leading edge of India’s modernization.

SkyFuel’s parabolic trough is priced 20% lower than competing products, and independent evaluation of a 1 MW plant in California shows that it operates at the same efficiency as traditional, glass mirror based systems. The SkyTrough’s ReflecTech silverized polymer reflectors have demonstrated a 25 year outdoor life in independent laboratory tests.

The agreement with MEIL comes shortly after SkyFuel’s announcement that they are working with a developer in China for delivery of another 50 MW project. “Providing low cost and high performance systems has been our goal since the start of the SkyTrough design cycle,” said SkyFuel’s Kelly Beninga. “It is gratifying to see the market respond like this.”

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