Wind Energy Current Affairs - 2019

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Draft of Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has prepared draft of Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS) incorporating various guidelines of Turbine Certification Scheme. It has been prepared in consultation with Chennai based National Institute of Wind Energy.

Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS)

  • It is consolidation of all relevant national and international standards, technical regulations and requirements issued by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), guidelines issued by MNRE and other international guidelines.
  • It enlists guidelines for benefit of all stakeholders from concept to lifetime of a wind turbine, including Indian Type Approved Model (ITAM), Indian Type Certification Scheme (ITCS), Wind Farm Project Certification Scheme (WFPCS) and Wind Turbine Safety & Performance Certification Scheme (WTSPCS).
  • It incorporates the best practices from other nations in order to ensure the quality of the wind energy projects.

IWTCS aims to assist and facilitate following stakeholders

  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
  • End Users –Utilities, Developers, IPPs, Owners, Authorities, Investors and Insurers
  • Certification Bodies.
  • Testing Laboratories.

Background

  • Wind energy has over period become mainstream source of renewable power generation in India. The steady growth of the sector has seen different types of wind turbines with diverse performance and safety criteria.
  • MNRE through various policies and schemes has facilitated the healthy and orderly growth of this sector.
  • The modern wind turbines have higher hub heights, larger rotor diameter, higher capacity and improved Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) along with technological improvements.
  • Under these developments, there is need for comprehensive scheme that provides complete technical requirements that have to be complied by wind turbines for safe and reliable operation by all the stakeholders.
  • Also, there is need for technical regulations that shall facilitate common ground for OEMs, Developers, Investors and Financial Institution for systematic development.

Government invites proposal for India’s first offshore wind project

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued Expression of Interest (EoI) for first offshore wind energy project of India. The global EoI is for prospective offshore wind energy developers for developing 1000 MW (1 GW) offshore wind energy project in Gulf of Khambat, off the coast of Gujarat.

Key Facts

The proposed area first offshore wind energy project is located 23-40 km seaward side from Pipavav port in Gujarat. The EoI is expected to evince keen interest from leading players (both global and domestic) of offshore wind turbine manufacturers and developers. Domestic industry can also participate along with suitable tie up with global players.

Significance

With announcement of this first offshore wind energy project, MNRE is attempting to develop this sector in India and envisages to replicate success of on-shore wind power sector. This will help India to attain energy security and achieve National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) targets. At global level, it has been observed that, offshore wind energy is better than onshore wind in terms of efficiency. The offshore wind power is also becoming competitive and comparable in terms of tariffs

Background

MNRE is plannning to install at least 5 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2022. It had notified National Offshore Wind Energy Policy in October 2015 for this sector. Under it, Chennai based NIWE was designated nodal agency to carry out necessary studies and surveys before final bidding of offshore wind project sites. It also acts as single window for facilitating necessary clearances required for development of these projects.

NIWE has identified areas off coasts of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu for development of offshore wind power. It had had installed first offshore LiDAR in Gulf of Khambhat for measurement of wind resource and is collecting wind speed data from November 2017. It will install second LiDAR off Tamil Nadu coast by September, 2018.