Wednesday, 05 Aug, 2009 Environment

India Builds World's Largest Solar Steam System to Feed 20,000 People


The largest solar steam system in the world was built in the shrine of Sai Baba. The system was installed with the support of New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah. Sai Baba was a 19th century Sufi saint who was highly respected by both Hindus and Muslims.

World's largest solar steam system is able to provide daily dose of 3,500 kg of steam, which is quite enough to make food for 20,000 people. The system was created with the goal of making it possible to cook food for devotees who pay a visit to the shrine. It is located 90 kilometers from Nashik and its total cost is estimated at Rs13.3 million ($280,000) and over 40 percent of the cost was paid by the government. Find more about solar devices here at by checking the links at the bottom of the article.

The system will allow saving about 100,000 kg of cooking gas and will be able to provide steam for cooking when there's no electricity to power the feed water pump that helps the water circulate in the system, reports Hinduism Today.

According to an official statement more than 40 systems located on a dish area of about 12,000 sq meters "have been supported by the ministry so far for various applications, though the major application is cooking only."

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