Tamil Nadu Milk Cooperative Aavin using solar power for its operations

Last Modified: Sun May 10 2020 04:54:25 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 100,000 litres
    of milk are pasteurised using steam generated by a Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) system at the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (popularly known as Aavin), in Sholinganallur.
  • 78 deg Celsius
    temperature to which milk is heated during pasteurisation using steam. The steam was generated through a boiler using furnace oil as fuel. But now, the CST has replaced at least a portion of the furnace oil.
  • 2
    such systems are now in place. A similar system was installed at the Salem dairy last year.
  • Rs. 1.20 crore
    cost of the system at Sholinganallur Rs. one crore has been provided by the State government and Rs. 20 lakh by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • Rs. 2.20 lakh
    per month will be saved on use of furnace oil. In five years, the cost incurred would be recovered, explained an engineer associated with the project.
  • 100
    out of Aavin’s 299 bulk milk coolers use solar water heaters for cleaning the systems. Aavin has been using solar power systems to heat water in all dairies in Chennai.