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The first multi-megawatt turbine – a Kenersys K82 2.0MW - has now been officially inaugurated at the C-WET test site by Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy along with Tamil Nadu State Minister, Mr. Arcort Veeraswami, as well as by representatives of C-WET and wind turbine manufacturer Kenersys.
Dr. Farooq Abdullah made his position clear: “There is no doubt that India needs more energy. We need power to grow, so that we can provide education and meaningful jobs in every corner of our nation. And renewable sources like wind are the answer. This is the best energy - clean, plentiful, and can easily reach every household.”
Mr. Arcort Veeraswami, Tamil Nadu State Electricity Minister said: “Tamil Nadu is the nation's leader in wind energy. We have installed over 5 GW of wind power, and expect to be a power surplus state by 2012, providing power to other parts of the nation. As we look ahead, we still have enormous potential left, and the wind industry continues to provide growth and development.”
Amit Kalyani, Board of Directors at Kenersys Group said: “It is a great honour for me to be here, and Kenersys is proud to be the partner of C-WET at this test facility, as C-WET is highly professional and enthusiastic to bring technological advancements to India.”
The Kenersys K82 2.0 is the largest turbine at the C-WET test site and provides a technology that spearheads India’s wind turbine technology. Wind turbine manufacturer Kenersys, part of the renowned Kalyani Group, has won the C-WET bid due to its advanced turbine technology. Paulo Fernando Soares, Kenersys Group CEO stated: “The Kenersys K82 2.0MW turbines are state-of-the-art turbines providing special technological features that were not common for India, like an advanced cooling systems as well as a special converter system that keeps the turbine in an idling mode during a grid down-time so this system backs the power electronics and the turbine can immediately start production after the grid is back. And we use the same technology in India as in Europe and the rest of the world”.
C-WET was established in 1998 in Chennai as an autonomous R&D institution under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India to serve as a technical focal point for wind power development in India. It is the only research institute in Southern Asia to promote and accelerate the pace of utilization of wind energy and help hand the growing wind power sector.
A Wind Turbine Test Station with technical and partial financial support by Danida, Government of Denmark, has been established at Kayathar, in Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu, as an integral part of C-WET. Services offered by C-WET also include Wind resource assessment, Testing, Certification and Training.
Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy: India wants to grow and wind is
the best energy, we have to focus on it.