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German help offered to set up wind farms in Kerala

According to reports, Kerala could make use of German expertise in setting up offshore wind farms along its 700-km long coast, Ingo Karsten, Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangalore, said here on Tuesday.

Addressing presspersons here on his first visit to Kerala, Mr. Karsten said the long coastline offered good potential for the State to harness wind energy. He said offshore farms could be a viable option in the State where land was scarce. “I have had talks with the political leadership here on the possibility of collaboration in setting up wind farms.”

He believed that the high capital investment in offshore wind farms would be offset by long-term cost benefit and yield. Germany, with its commitment to capping all nuclear power plants by 2020, had made remarkable achievements in tapping renewable sources, including wind and solar energy.

Mr. Karsten said Kerala and Germany could benefit from mutual collaboration spanning the fields of biotechnology, waste management, scientific research, infrastructure, and IT.

During his visit, he had discussions with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Governor M.O.H. Farook, and Chief Secretary P. Prabhakaran. He is scheduled to hold talks with captains of the IT industry and other business leaders.

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