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Ministry of New and Renewable Energy forms joint working group with Denmark on wind energy

“Denmark has set up an ambitious target of fossil fuel-free economy by 2050 by adequately developing renewable energy resources and we look forward to cooperate with India in this sector”, said Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark at an interactive session.

“India and Denmark have taken several steps to increase cooperation in new and renewable energy and energy efficiency”, he  further added.

Renewable energy is a critical issue at present and for future energy security all over the world. In December 2010, the foreign Ministers of both the countries under the Joint Commission for Cooperation, had discussed the scope of cooperation on renewable energy sector, including the areas of biomass and offshore wind farms, Mr Svane said. India and Denmark have taken several steps to increase cooperation in new and renewable energy and energy efficiency, he said.

As a thought leader, Panchabuta  had pondered about offshore wind in India in the middle of last year. (Offshore wind farm in India…when?)  

In November last year, Deepak Gupta, secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy, had announced that a study was being undertaken with the help of Chennai-based Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET) to ascertain the feasibility of setting up wind farms in India’s offshore areas.

Further one has to wonder how the approvals for such a project would be in India and given that the wind turbines would be located in the sea.  The cost of offshore wind farms are typically 2-2.5 times the traditional wind farms and face challenges in terms of technology, implementation as well as environment.

We  had mentioned in February this year, the  initial feasibility study for offshore wind potential is  expected to take 2-3 years and has talked about the complexity involved in the  approvals for such projects  in India, given that the wind turbines would be located in the sea. 

According to reports, India may take two years to study and gather data on the potential for offshore wind energy, a minister said. Preliminary studies indicate that coastal areas off Tamil Nadu and Gujarat states may have potential, Farooq Abdullah, minister of new and renewable energy, said in a written reply to questions in parliament.

The results from the studies need to be validated by setting up offshore masts to measure one to two years of wind speed data and by analyzing the seabed to see if it can provide an adequate foundation for offshore wind projects, he said.

 Speaking on Indo-Danish cooperation in the renewable energy sector, Dr D K Khare, Director, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, said a joint working group with Denmark has been set up on wind energy. The Government of Denmark has assured to assist in mapping the potential off shore wind mill sites in the country.

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