Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future 

The current environment crisis is a clear call to transform our awareness and lifestyle.  Therefore there is an urgent need for a new paradigm that integrates clean technologies into our day to day life. 
In order to give a strong impulse towards the development of clean technologies and a sustainable society the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University have been actively involved for 25 years in the research and demonstration of alternative renewable energy concepts. 

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India-One Solar Thermal Power Plant

In spring 2017 the Brahma Kumaris and WRST completed the design, development and installation of "India One", a 1 MW solar thermal power plant in Abu Road, Rajasthan. This research project uses the in-house developed 60 m² parabolic dish and features an innovative thermal storage for night operation. The 60 m² dish is a new development based upon 20 years of experience with parabolic concentrators. "India One" will generate heat and power for a campus of 25,000 people. 

Key features of "India One":

  • 770 nos. of 60 m² parabolic dishes & 1 MW peak electrical output 
  • Co-generation, efficient use of thermal energy & modular design 
  • Thermal storage for night operation & direct steam generation  
  • Networked enabled automated dual axis tracking and controls 
  • Motionless cavity receiver & efficient use of land  

Project Partners

For "India One", Brahma Kumaris & WRST have secured funds from: 

  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE, Govt. of India) under its research & development scheme. 
  • The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) via its bilateral "ComSolar" initiative through GIZ (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation) to demonstrate and promote this technology.  

Team and Consultancy 

Brahma Kumaris & WRST have created a local team of engineers and experts to execute the project smoothly. A dedicated staff of more than 40 people is coordinating the activities on site. The team is in close liaison with various Indian R&D institutes and manufacturers. 

In addition, the project enjoys the support and consultancy of:  

  • The Fraunhofer Institute (ISE) of Freiburg, Germany which will simulate the plant, design the monitoring system and evaluate the performance.
  • IndiaCare of Berlin, a long standing partner of WRST in renewable energy projects, supports the project as well as coordinates activities with German R&D institutes and companies. 
Dadi janki

…Finally, I mention Dadi Janki, the spiritual leader of the Brahma Kumaris, based on Mount Abu in Rajasthan, who, 20 years ago, when I was in my 50s and she was in her 80s—she is now 103—began showing me, through her love and compassion, that I, like everyone else, had spirit within me. When we act from that connection, it is good for each of us and for all of us. The vision that Dadi shares has inspired values-based educational programmes around the world in schools, with young leaders, and in the Brahma Kumaris institution."

Lord Stone speaking about Dadi Janki in the UK Parliament (House of Lords), responding to the report by the Commission on Religious Education Religion and Worldviews: the way forward, published in September.

Hansard, Monday 17th December, 6.55 pm