The Facilitating Offshore Wind in India (FOWIND) consortium has commissioned India’s first offshore wind resource assessment, off the coast of Gujarat, in the Gulf of Khambhat.
Data from LiDAR will support India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s efforts to explore the potential of offshore wind along the country’s lengthy coastline.
India’s National Institute of Wind Energy developed the offshore platform on which the LiDAR has been commissioned. The LiDAR being used is a Leosphere Windcube v2 procured by FOWIND from MeteoPole.
“This is an important first step on the long road to establishing a vibrant and cost-effective offshore wind industry in India,” said the Global Wind Energy Council’s secretary general Steve Sawyer. “I believe offshore wind will play an important role in India's clean energy future.”
“Providing the industry with preliminary measurement data to get a better understanding of the resource helps a great deal to make the stakeholders more comfortable since they can better estimate the risks involved,” said DNV GL Energy executive vice president and regional manager Asia Pacific, Mathias Steck. “This will accelerate development of offshore wind in India.”
The four-year FOWIND project aims to put together a roadmap to develop the offshore wind industry in India. The consortium aims to complete the preliminary roadmap for offshore wind development in India in early 2018.
India has the world’s fourth-largest onshore wind market with a total installed capacity of close to 33 GW. However, it also has an acute need for large-scale, clean energy generation to fuel its rapidly growing economy.
Offshore wind power could play an important role in India due to the large wind resources available near centres of high-energy demand.