Tata BP Solar has won a contract to build a 30 kWp building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system at the Samudra Institute of Maritime Studies at Lonavala. Also an industrial solar water heating system will provide hot water for the students' hostel. The order is worth approximatey Rs 11 million (US$250,000).
The Samudra Institute of Maritime Studies is being established by the Singapore-based Executive Ship Management to provide maritime training to seafarers. The institute is being established to fill the void of quality hands-on post-sea training for the Indian seafarers particularly in specialised areas such as chemical, crude oil and gas tankers. The marine institute will have state of the art facilities including training simulators of the ship deck, engines and other facilities.
The 30 kWp BIPV will be the largest BIPV project in India. Tata BP Solar has successfully executed a number of BIPV Installations in India, notably the Indian Oil Corporate Building at New Delhi, at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Campus at Kanpur and Alliance Francaise, New Delhi.
The project is expected to be completed in Q3 2005.
Tata BP Solar is a joint venture between Tata Power Company, a pioneer in the power sector in India and BP Solar, one of the largest solar companies in the world. The company is totally focused on designing, engineering, manufacturing, supplying and installing solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems that cater to both domestic and industrial needs.
Tata BP Solar clocked a sales turnover of US$106 million in 2004-05, with exports touching US $ 76 million.