Vision: To develop modelling and simulation tools in order to facilitate effective and efficient policy analysis.


Our core competence lies in developing and applying modelling and simulation tools for policy analysis and research. Our tools are developed keeping India-specific needs in mind and provide computational and visualisation support to policy dialogues and decisions. These tools are integrated in a platform called DARPAN (Decision Analysis for Research and Planning), to showcase simulations of policy solutions.

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Models for Informed Decisions

Think tanks play a critical role in influencing policy discourses through evidence-based analysis and ideation. Since 2005, the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) has been working with various governments to address long-term issues in key areas such as energy, climate, and health. CSTEP has developed a wide range of computational tools using inter-disciplinary methods to assist governments in examining and improving the efficacy of policies, especially in the energy sector.

Solar Mini-Grid for Improved Energy Access

This project explores a general case methodology for designing mini-grids through a pilot project implementation, to provide a sustainable, economically viable and reliable supply of power to remote areas that face zero-to-poor energy access.                                                                                                                                                                

Unlocking India's Solar Potential

India is blessed with abundant sunlight. Tapping even 0.1% of the incident solar energy in 2019-20 would have given us nearly 3.5 times the total energy generated from all sources in the year! Currently, India's solar-energy generation utilises only about 0.001% of the incident solar energy. Leveraging this immense potential is crucial to power the country via clean energy.

Evaluation of MUST System

Atria Power Ltd.'s Multi Utility Solar Thermal (MUST) system, which is expected to be set up at Bagepalli, Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka, will be a unique poly-generation unit, producing electrical power and potable water. It will also support a cold storage unit.

IH2®: Potential and Impact Analysis

IH2® is a waste-to-energy technology which converts a broad range of residues, including sorted municipal waste (up to 20% plastic content), agricultural residues to gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel-range hydrocarbon fuels. CSTEP performed the resource and impact assessment for large scale deployment IH2®. We estimated the agro-residues (for 10 states) and municipal solid waste (for 42 major cities) to examine the potential for adoption of IH2® technology.

Thermo-economic analysis of a mixture of RC-318 and pentane as a working fluid in a high temperature ORC

A thermo-economic evaluation of a steam Rankine cycle and an ORC for similar operation conditions and power outputs suggests the promise of organic working fluids for high temperature ORCs. Key conclusions are:

1. The thermal efficiency of steam Rankine is only marginally better than that of the ORC.