IJSRP, Volume 3, Issue 6, June 2013 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
The deserts of the world are hottest places, very less rainfall, almost clear skies throughout the year. These deserts receive highest direct normal irradiance which is most suitable for concentrating solar power plants. With the technological developments and their innovations in concentrating solar power, thermal storage and hybridization/ back up, the sunniest countries expects that CSP should be source of bulk power in peak and intermediate loads by 2020, and base load power by 2025 to 2030. By2050, CSP could produce 11.3% of global electricity, with 9.6% from solar Power and 1.7% from back up fuels (fossil fuels or biomass). The Thar Desert of Rajasthan is most suitable site for CSP in India. The purpose of the study is to highlight available solar resource, present technology of CSP, future development in technology and contribution of power generated from CSP plants of Rajasthan and its role in India electricity demand by 2052, under the guidelines of Jawaharlal Nehru Solar mission.