GWEC maps Indian offshore route
Report looks at lessons from experience to date in established markets
The Global Wind Energy Council has paved the way for a roadmap on offshore wind development in India with a report that reviews the experience to date in established markets.
The Offshore Wind Policy and Market Assessment Outlook is part of the Facilitating Offshore Wind in India project launched by a GWEC-led consortium in December 2013.
It scrutinises major offshore wind players Belgium, China, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. Although the technical, economic and ground conditions for offshore wind will be unique to each country, the report “seeks to draw out relevant policy and regulatory lessons for India” GWEC said.
The specific objectives of the project are to create an enabling environment for offshore wind through resource mapping and validation, policy guidance and capacity building measures, and to assess the infrastructure base and identify improvements required.
In addition, the effort will seek to build partnerships at a technical, policy and research level both within India and between India and EU companies, research groups and institutions, with a final goal of developing a development pathway for India up to 2032.
"The Indian environment presents both unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to offshore wind. This report is one step on the long road to building a robust, sustainable and cost-effective offshore wind industry in India" said GWEC secretary general Steve Sawyer.
India has a strong record in onshore wind and last year was the fifth-largest market globally with a total installed capacity of 22,465MW.
Image: India is looking to harvest its offshore wind resources (reNEWS)