Windergy India 2017
The Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) in partnership with Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) recently inaugurated a two-day international exhibition and three-day international conference, ‘Windergy India 2017’ in the Capital.
While the spectacular exhibition with over 150 exhibitors drawn from over 10 countries was inaugurated by Tomasz Kozlowski, the European Union Ambassador, in the presence of captains of the wind industry led by Guest of Honour, Sumant Sinha, Chairman and CEO, ReNew Power, Tulsi Tanti - CMD, Suzlon Group, Ramesh Kymal - CMD, Gamesa Renewables Pvt Ltd, Madhusudan Khemka, MD, ReGen PowerTech Pvt Ltd and Sarvesh Kumar, President and COO, RRB Energy Ltd and Chairman, IWTMA, Chintan Shah, President SBU, Suzlon Group and Vice Chairman, IWTMA and the GWEC Secretary General, Steve Sawyer.
The event marked the showcasing of latest technologies by the leaders of the wind industry across the globe who converged at Windergy India 2017.
Coinciding the grand occasion to mark the inaugural day, the Global Wind Energy Market Outlook Report was released by Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, GWEC while the “Indian Wind Energy Outlook” booklet was released by Sumant Sinha, Chairman and CEO, ReNew Power.
Guest of Honour Sumant Sinha said, “This marquee event will provide a platform for experts to exchange views and best practices to help grow the sector. Wind energy is already a significant portion of the renewable capacity installed in India and there is enough potential for the country to reach its target of 60 GW by 2022. The ecosystem of manufacturers, IPPs and investors is well established. India recently became the first country in Asia to introduce auctions in the wind sector and it helped discover a very competitive price. Last year witnessed a stellar performance by the sector with an addition of 5.4 GW capacity, surpassing all previous records. However, to sustain momentum in the long run, the government must ensure strong Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) compliance to meet the 60 GW target, which must be a sacrosanct number for us as a nation. In the immediate term, the capacity addition momentum needs to continue through announcement of further wind auctions both at the State and Central level. In India, wind energy is in a unique position as compared to other forms of renewables as it generates employment both at the equipment manufacture as well as at the power generation stage; thereby
contributing to the Make in India programme of the government.”
800 GW by 2021: GWEC
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its flagship publication Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update recently. Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) flagship publication is the industry’s premier global report and most widely used source of data. This 76-page Global Wind Market Report provides a comprehensive snapshot of the global wind industry now present in more than 90 countries, 29 of which have more than 1,000 MW installed, and a further nine with more than 10,000 MW. This year’s edition includes insights into the 20 top wind markets across the world, including new wind power hotspots Vietnam and Argentina, a five-year market forecast out to 2021, a chapter on the global offshore wind market and much more. The report, sponsored by Ingeteam and Vaisala, was launched at a press conference at Windergy India 2017 in New Delhi.
More than 54 GW of clean renewable wind power was installed across the global market in 2016, which now comprises more than 90 countries, including nine with more than 10,000 MW installed, and 29 which have now passed the 1,000 MW mark. Cumulative capacity grew by 12.6% to reach a total of 486.8 GW.
“Wind power is now successfully competing with heavily subsidised incumbents across the globe, building new industries, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and leading the way towards a clean energy future. We are well into a period of disruptive change, moving away from power systems centred on a few large, polluting plants towards markets increasingly dominated by a range of widely distributed renewable energy sources. We need to get to a zero emissions power system well before 2050 if we are to meet our climate change and development goals,” said GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer
Wind power penetration levels continue to increase, led by Denmark pushing 40%, followed by Uruguay, Portugal and Ireland with well over 20%, Spain and Cyprus around 20%, Germany at 16%; and the big markets of China, the US and Canada get 4, 5.5, and 6% of their power from wind, respectively. GWEC’s rolling five year forecast sees almost 60 GW of new wind installations in 2017, rising to an annual market of about 75 GW by 2021, to bring cumulative installed capacity of over 800 GW by the end of 2021.
Growth will be led by Asia: China will continue to lead all markets, but India set a new record for instal-
lations this past year and has a real shot to meet the government’s very ambitious targets for the sector; and there are a number of exciting new markets in the region with great potential.
Market fundamentals are strong in North America, and Europe’s steady if unspectacular march towards its 2020 targets has been given a big boost by the year’s most exciting new development: the dramatic price reductions for offshore wind. Europe will continue to lead the offshore market, but the low prices have attracted the attention of policy-makers worldwide, particularly in North America and Asia.
“Offshore wind has had a major price breakthrough in the past year, and looks set to live up to the enormous potential that many have believed in for years. We see the technology continuing to improve and spread beyond its home base in Europe in the next 5-10 years,” continued Sawyer. Despite Brazil’s political and economic woes, other countries in the region have stepped up to fill the gap, especially Uruguay, Chile and the region’s most exciting new market in Argentina. Africa will have a big year in 2017, led by Kenya, South Africa and Morocco, and the future of wind on the continent looks bright. After a lull, the Australian market looks to come roaring back with a strong pipeline of projects to be built out over the next few years.
“Overall, we have a lot of confidence in the wind power market going forward, as the technology continues to improve, prices continue to go down and the call for clean, renewable power to reduce emissions, clean our air and create new jobs and new industries only gets stronger with each passing year,” concluded Sawyer.
Indian wind energy – A brief outlook
A joint publication by GWEC and IWTMA, Indian Wind Energy – A Brief Outlook, examines the current status of wind power development in India, assesses the potential for future growth, and highlights the socio-economic, environmental and energy security benefits. It pinpoints remaining obstacles, which need to be overcome for India to fully exploit its rich wind resource. The report summarises the current state of the Indian wind market for members of the industry, policy-makers and participants alike to understand the market opportunities. In addition, it gives insights into the challenges going forward for wind power development in India. The Indian wind industry now holds fourth position in the world with installations of over 31 GW, with almost 90% of the investment coming from the private sector. The Indian manufacturing sector has developed state-of-art technology, a strong supply chain with 75% localisation, championing the government’s Make in India campaign. Manufacturing capacity is about 10 GW which can be ramped up to 15 GW.
As an organiser of the premium event along with GWEC, Sarvesh Kumar President and COO, RRB Energy and Chairman, IWTMA said, “Big names in the wind industry such as Suzlon, Siemens, Gamesa, Vestas; Component manufactures LM Wind Power, auto component major SKF and Wind turbine tube leader Windar are participating at the mega event which is being held at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi. Over 800 delegates from different parts of the world and within the country participated. Domain experts from premier research institutions such as National Institute of Wind Energy, the TERI, and the IIT’s also participated at Windergy India 2017 presenting more than 42 abstract presentations during the event.”