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Wind energy sector in India must focus on research

According to reports, the Indian wind energy sector should focus on research and indigenisation, Executive Director of the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET), S. Gomathinayagam, said on Wednesday.

Addressing an investors’ meet organised by the Indian Wind Power Association, he said that most of the wind turbines in the country were designed for European conditions.

Investors needed to choose the appropriate machine for the location. Research was mostly by individual companies. The sector should adopt a consortium approach to research for bringing down the turbine cost. “There should be indigenisation and in-house research.”

Of the 25,000 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in the country, 17,500 MW was wind energy.

Over 40 per cent of installed wind energy capacity was in Tamil Nadu and the investors were mainly from the private sector.

Independent Power Producers were likely to come up in a big way.

Nearly 70 per cent of projects registered for Clean Development Mechanism were from wind.

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