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The offshore wind energy test facility, which is being set up by India’s National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) in Tamil Nadu’s Dhanushkodi, is regarded as the first such project in the Asia-Pacific region, reports WION.
“We will be setting up an offshore wind energy test bed and research centre at Dhanushkodi (a narrow strip of land in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram District). We have got 75 acres of land allotted for the project. Generally, turbines are tested only in Europe and their wind profile is different. Testing here in Indian conditions will give us confidence to re-design the turbines for best performance in Indian conditions. In Europe, the average windspeed is around 10 meters per second, whereas it is around 7.5-9m/s in India,” Dr Balaraman Kannan, Director General, NIWE, elaborated to WION.
Funded by Indian government, this project would cost Rs. 350 Cr, the 75 acre facility will have 2 trubines of 8 GW capacity each, enabling advanced R&D tests, The project is expected to come up in two years.