Research and Development
Since the mid 1990’s, Brahma Kumaris and WRST have been able to build and install a variety of solar energy systems all over India.
1995 – two innovative eco-buildings were constructed at Brahma Kumaris’ Gyan Sarovar Campus, Mt. Abu using soil blocks, being powered by a PV/Wind hybrid system sponsored by German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation.
1996 – a modular solar steam cooking system of 24 Scheffler dishes (7.5m² each, 2,000 meals/day) was installed at Gyan Sarovar.
1997 – a 50,000 ltrs/day solar hot water system was installed at Gyan Sarovar.
1999 – a solar-steam cooking system of 84 Scheffler dishes (9,5 m² each 35,000 meals/day) was installed at Brahma Kumaris’ Shantivan Campus, Abu Road.
1999 – 60 Brahma Kumaris centers in India were equipped with a 5 KW solar PV system, funded by World Bank.
2000 – 3 x 50 KW solar PV power plants with battery backup were installed in Mt. Abu.
2002 – a 50 KW solar steam cooking system was installed at Brahma Kumaris, Yellapur, Karnataka.
2002 – a solar steam cooking system (800 kg steam daily) was installed at Brahma Kumaris´ Om Shanti Retreat Centre near Delhi
2003 – a solar steam generation system (1000 kg steam per day) for cooking, laundry and sterilization was installed at Global Hospital & Research Centre at Mt. Abu, funded by MNRE.
2006 – a 200 KW PV solar power plant with battery backup was installed at Om Shanti Retreat Centre.
2007 – a 16 m² Scheffler prototype dish was successfully designed and tested at Shantivan, funded by MNRE.
2011 – a 200 KW SPV power plant with battery backup was installed at Om Shanti Retreat Centre.
2011 – the construction of India One solar thermal power plant (1 MW) with storage, started near Shantivan.
2012 – a 200 KW SPV power plant with battery backup was installed at Om Shanti Retreat Centre.
2014 – 300 x SPV systems (1-6 KW) with battery backup were installed at various Brahma Kumaris centers in India.
In addition more than 20.000 solar lanterns, 500 home light systems and 400 solar cooking boxes have so far been distributed.