Wheels India, one of the world’s largest wheel manufacturers for commercial vehicles, is profiting from one of the few solar ESCO projects in India. Aspiration Cleantech Ventures has been delivering heat from a 1,365 m² evacuated vacuum collector field for over two years now. The solar-heated water at 75 °C is used to degrease the wheels prior to final painting, a process which had been supplied by oil boilers before causing high energy costs. The solar thermal system provided by Aspiration Cleantech Ventures saves as much as Indian Rupee (INR) 8 million in fuel oil over the first 2 years in operation.
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