FOWIND is a global consortium comprising the Global Wind Energy Council, the Centre for Study of Science Technology and Policy – an Indian think tank, DNV GL, EU Commission, Gujarat Power Corporation and the World Institute of Sustainable Energy.
The group’s whitepaper ‘The Supply chain, Port infrastructure and Logistics’ released in June 2016 aims to develop a roadmap to increase the adoption of wind energy generation in India particularly in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu regions.
Following the approval of the India Offshore Wind Policy by the Union Cabinet in 2015, FOWIND believes a roadmap for the installation and operation of wind farms will leverage the policy to result in increased investments and participation by multiple players in wind farms in the South Asian country.
[quote] The consortium is focusing on assessing potential zones for the implementation of the projects as well as evaluate the amount of grid integrated renewable energy sources that can be incorporated into the grid and consider the associated costs. [India to double clean energy research investment].
Wind energy project planning
FOWIND said the paper provides information on typical ports, vessels, infrastructure and supply chain requirements for the development of offshore wind projects.
The document also gives an illustration of the supply chain requirements including the design, fabrication, installation, operation and management of a wind farm taking the risk, health and safety and environmental considerations.
The consortium highlights the need for India to develop a similar supply chain with the ones being implemented by other Asia Pacific countries.
The paper states that a skilled workforce will be required for the design, installation, commissioning and operation of the plant hence the need to select suppliers with a solid global and proven track record in offshore wind.
The paper hence provides an overview of key suppliers in both the EU and India in a more ‘illustrative’ rather than ‘comparative’ manner as claimed by FOWIND.
Some of the key questions the paper provides answers to include:
- How feasible are local suppliers in providing key components in the medium and long term?
- How suitable are India’s existing ports infrastructure for offshore wind development?
Key findings of the FOWIND study include the fact that there are a number of areas where there is good potential for Indian companies to move into the offshore wind sector.
Due to the complexities of developing wind offshore wind and lessons learnt from other emerging markets, the consortium recommends that local companies require some collaboration and capacity building with experienced organisations especially during the local market’s first stages of development.
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