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Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) in Andhra Pradesh is one of the most popular pilgrimage places in India. People from all over the country and abroad come over to receive the blessings of Lord Tirupati Balaji. This temple provides food for huge number of devotees every day at the temple. However, there are some problems of fuel shortage and electricity etc which they have to face regularly.

These above mentioned problems are solved with the installation of solar power plant. They have set up a solar steam cooking system in the temple premises.

·         The solar steam cooking system installed by the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh has the ability to prepare food for 15,000 people per day.

·         This ingenious system uses automatic tracking solar dish concentrators that convert water into high-pressure steam. The steam thus generated is utilized for cooking at TTD.

The authorities have also linked the system with the existing diesel boiler to ensure that system reliability under all climatic conditions.

·         The system designed to produce over 4000 kgs of steam/day at 180 degree centigrade and 10 kg/sq cm is adequate to cook two meals for approximately 15,000 persons.

·         The system can save around 1,18,000 litres of diesel per year, valued at Rs 2.3 million. The total cost of the solar cooking system was about Rs. 110 million.

The success of this system has led to the installation of 6 such systems in the country. This technology is very useful at places where rice is the staple food and cooking is done on a very large scale.


Location: Andhra Pradesh

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