This page will provide interesting updates on the status and trends in wind power in India
Chennai Port Trust wants to put up windmills in the port’s breakwaters. Though in the concept stage, if the project succeeds, it could be the first in the country. A similar array of windmills on a breakwater is located in the small harbour of Bonnerup, in Belgium.
The wind energy industry in India is going through a revolution. Modifications to the tax incentives offered for wind power generation shifting the focus for operators, necessitating a step change in how wind power is generated. Whereas projects were previously rushed through to installation stage with little thought to future operation, the emphasis is now on efficient and profitable power generation for grid sale.
This has resulted in new business opportunities, and not just for domestic suppliers; with uncertainty in the European market, international manufacturers and ISPs are looking to the Indian wind industry to take advantage of the rapid growth
Spanish power firm Iberdrola said on Wednesday it will invest 1.6 billion euros ($2 billion) to build its firSpanish power firm Iberdrola said on Wednesday it will invest 1.6 billion euros ($2 billion) to build its first offshore wind farm in Germany, which it said will be the largest in the world once completed.
The Wikinger installation, due to come on stream in 2016, will have a capacity of 400 megawatts, enough to supply annual electricity to 350,000 German homes, Iberdrola said in a statement. ($1 = 0.8028 euros) st offshore wind farm in Germany, which it said will be the largest in the world once completed.
A city-based college has developed a 500 Watts class wind turbine that could help resolve power shortage in rural areas. TK Seshachari, a retired air vice-marshal and director of Aeronautical Studies at the Park College of Engineering and Technology in the outskirts of the city, claimed the turbine he designed is smaller in size compared to the present ones in use and could be transported in small trucks or vans.
"In rural India, only 20% to 30% residents have a power connection. Turbines like these could be easily erected in villages and electricity could be generated in a decentralised manner," said Seshachari. He is planning to build a more sophisticated version of the turbine.
Converging World Renewable Energy (CWRE) has attracted more than £1.2m of investment to finance its wind energy development programme in India.
The funding includes 60 per cent bank finance and a loan of £250,000 from Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue. It will take CWRE’s total wind turbines to four, with a generating capacity of 4.5MW.
The Indian wind energy sector should focus on research and indigenisation, Executive Director of the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET), S. Gomathinayagam, said.
Addressing an investors’ meet organised by the Indian Wind Power Association, he said that most of the wind turbines in the country were designed for European conditions
Windar Renewable plans to double its production of tubular towers in India with an investment of Rs 150 crore by 2014.
At present, the company has a tower manufacturing plant at Halol, near Vadodara, with a capacity to produce 500 towers a year
Private equity firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has invested Rs 84 crore in Trishe Developers, a Chennai-based renewable energy infrastructure company.
"This is the first time a private equity investment has come into a company which is purely involved in the services business of wind farms," Trishe founder Ramkhumar Narasimhan said adding that "we are proud to be associated with a leading private equity firm like NEA"
The Rajasthan Government has adopted a new wind power policy to facilitate installation of wind energy plants of 3,000 MW capacity during the next three to four years and promote private investments in the sector through a slew of incentives and concessions.
http://www.eai.in/360/news/pages/5947 - The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) should evacuate the wind energy generated by the wind mills in the State fully, according to president of Indian Wind Power Association K. Kasthoorirangaian.
He told The Hindu that wind mills in most parts of the State faced shutdown for more than four hours on one of the Sundays. “Nearly 15 million units were not evacuated,” he said. The winds have been good so far this year since May and were low only for a day last week. As many as 12 sub-stations in the State were private and would be able to give details to the TANGEDCO at least a day in advance on the wind energy that would be sent to the grid. This should help the corporation plan for the demand