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Web Exclusive | April 2013

BHEL in Hyderabad to launch solar steam turbines

Bharat Heavy Electricals Hyderabad unit is set to commercially launch a solar power-driven steam turbine for the solar energy sector. This product is essentially a 50-mw steam turbine, with the steam generated through solar power. This can be useful for concentrated solar power plants. BHEL ise in talks with several solar power operators. It is confident of securing a few orders for the product this fiscal, N Ravi Chander, Executive Director of BHEL’s Hyderabad unit said.

With large capacity compressors, the company is also ready to go to the market. The compressor could be used by the fertiliser industry to save on its production costs. The firm’s newly created division, Project Engineering and Systems Division (PESD), has also been approached by a solar power operator to provide engineering consultancy services for a 5 mw hybrid solar station and integrating it with the existing 2x100 mw combined cycle project in Gujarat.

The Hyderabad unit will be completing its capacity expansion upto 20,000 mw this fiscal,” Chander said, adding that it will spend Rs 148 crore on the remaining works this fiscal. The unit notched up a turnover of Rs 6,490 crore and profit before tax of Rs 1,525 crore last fiscal, against Rs 7,004 crore and Rs 1,605 crore, respectively.

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