A consortium led by India’s Centre for the Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) has begun the process of evaluating offshore wind potential off the coast of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu states.

The FOWIND consortium – which also includes the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), DNV GL, Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd and the World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) – has launched a tender for the supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Light Detection and Ranging Instruments (LiDAR). Proposals will be accepted until 15 May and the maintenance contract will run for 2.5 years.

The devices will help measure India’s offshore wind potential, which GWEC’s secretary general Steve Sawyer has said could become a reality by 2019. Last year GWEC announced a four-year project, supported by €4m ($5.5m) from the EU’s Indo-European Cooperation on Renewable Energy programme, to define an offshore wind roadmap for India. In addition, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has said it is working to develop a national offshore wind policy framework.  

As well as the assessments in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, GWEC has undertaken studies of ports and infrastructure in collaboration with DNV GL.

According to the state’s Energy Development Agency, Tamil Nadu aims to build at least 200 MW of offshore wind capacity under its Vision 2023 plan. And an agreement to build India’s first offshore wind farm, a 100 MW demonstration project off the Gujarat coast, was announced in October 2014.

India aims to install almost 200 GW of renewable power capacity by 2022.

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