As part of the state government programme to promote energy efficiency, two demonstration concentration solar steam cooking systems are commissioned at the state government operated girls hostels, Savitri Phule & Mahi in Jaipur to meet cooking needs of 600 students.
Each system has 4 dishes of 16 m2 and will help conserve 4,500 kgs of liquefied cooking gas (LPG) annually assuming about 275 normal sunny days.
Similarly 4 dishes of 16 m2 are commissioned at HCM Rajasthan state Institute of Public Administration (training institute for IAS/RAS) catering to the cooking needs of 250 people.
These systems were commissioned in August 2013 with 100 per cent grant-in-aid from state government. The performance so far have been encouraging and in the three months period each of the systems have on an average avoided 1,000 kgs of LPG as per K-Energy who have supplied the systems and. It is estimated the pay back will be less than 4 years and reduce the financial burden to the state government. After judging the success of these systems the state government would like to plans to mobilize the use of solar steam cooking systems in other institutions considering the high DNI received in majority areas of the state.
Sanjeev Kachwa, Managing Director of K-Energy informs that as a part of the contract awarded to them they will maintain the systems for 5 years and have also ensured sufficient spares availability.