IndianOil and the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural gas have developed an indigenous Solar cooktop called “Surya Nutan” in pursuance of the challenge and inspiration given by Prime Minister Modi in his address on 25th September 2017.
The innovative solar cooking system was demonstrated at the residence of Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Hardeep Puri on 22 June 2022 in the presence of Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh; IndianOil Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya; Indian Oil’s Director (R&D), Dr SSV Ramakumar, and various other senior dignitaries.
About Surya Nutan
Surya Nutan is a patented product designed and developed by IndianOil R&D Centre which is stationary, rechargeable, and provides an all-time kitchen-connected indoor solar cooking.
It offers an online cooking mode while charging through the Sun which maximizes the system efficiency and ensures high utilization of energy from the Sun. Surya Nutan works on a Hybrid Mode (i.e. can work on both solar & auxiliary energy sources simultaneously) which makes it a reliable cooking solution for all weather conditions.
The insulation design of Surya Nutan minimizes radiative and conductive heat losses. Moreover, the device is available in three different models, i.e, The premium model (Breakfast +Lunch+Dinner) of Surya Nutan can cook all the meals for a family of four.
Currently, the cost of the product is around Rs 12,000 for a base model and Rs. 23,000 for the Top Model which is expected to reduce substantially with economies of scale. At a price of Rs. 12,000-14,000/- for Top Model, assuming annual consumption of 6-8 LPG cylinders, Surya Nutan can pay back the buyer in the first 1-2 years itself.
Fulfilling Energy Goals of India
Surya Nutan can potentially transform the energy security situation of India. The country currently imports 50% of its LPG requirements which can be reduced with large-scale use of this device.
The device can also reduce India’s CO2 emissions drastically while keeping citizens insulated from the vagaries of the high international fossil fuel prices.
‘Surya Nutan’ follows a series of other steps being taken by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in the current global energy crisis, including increasing ethanol blending to 20%, increasing the procurement price of Compressed Bio-Gas under the SATAT Scheme from Rs 45/kg to Rs 54/kg, increasing the area under Exploration and Production to 15% of geographical area from current 7-8% and pursuing Green Hydrogen Mission in refineries.