Indian offshore wind edges forwards

Offshore wind farmThe FOWIND Consortium has issued a new report studying the potential for India’s offshore wind industry.

The DNV GL-led study, ‘Grid Integration Study for Offshore Wind Farm Development in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu’ is the first step in providing a path for developing a sustainable and commercially viable offshore wind industry in India.

This report – published in cooperation with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and state utilities Getco and Tangedco – addresses the critical issue of how to prepare the state power systems to connect offshore wind projects in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Massive potential

The GWEC says that India has the world’s fourth largest onshore wind market with a total installed capacity of over 32.6 GW. However, India does have an acute need for large-scale, clean energy generation to fuel its rapidly growing economy. Offshore wind power could play a very important role here due to the large wind resources available near centres of high-energy demand. Globally, offshore wind power is becoming increasingly cost-effective with installations close to 14.5 GW at the end of 2016.

“Offshore wind has taken dramatic steps forward in the past two years, particularly the major established market in Europe where tender prices have dropped by more than 50 percent in the last 18 months”, said Steve Sawyer, GWEC secretary general. “It’s a rapidly maturing technology ready to go global and we expect India to be one of the major beneficiaries.”

“For the success of renewables in general and offshore wind specifically it is important that it can be integrated into the grid. Otherwise curtailment will have a massive impact on the levelised cost of energy. A strong grid is the backbone of a high renewables generation future,” added Mathias Steck, executive vice president and regional manager Asia Pacific, DNV GL – Energy.

The FOWIND consortium aims to complete the preliminary roadmap for offshore wind development in India in 2018.

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