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C-Wet India to map potential wind energy site

New Delhi, India: Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-Wet), India, launched wind assessment project to measure the potential of wind energy at a height of 100 meters in 75 locations and at 120 meters height in 4 locations.

This phase will look for land availability through GIS along with a ‘land-use land-cover’ map, indicating the type of land cover which provides easy access to the wind power producers. It will also mark suitable land areas that are available for wind farming, using geographical instruments and applications like ‘Google maps’.

Currently, the project operates in 7 states — Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, while there’s a separate project for Odisha.

This project would calculate the potential of only on-shore wind sites. For offshore, however, there is one project in Tamil Nadu near Rameshwaram, measuring the wind energy potential at 100-meter height.

The Centre believes that this will attract a lot of new engineering, procurement & construction players and independent power producers in the wind energy sector. “This project will give direction to the industry and guide investors, policy makers and the government. Wind turbine manufacturers and power producers will have prior knowledge about the land, indicative wind at heights, hence helping them to choose a suitable technology,” said Dr S Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, C-Wet.

Source: Economic Times