I don’t think off­shore is go­ing to hap­pen in the near fu­ture, un­less some­body is ready to in­vest loads of money and pro­vide con­sul­tancy as well. This is be­cause off­shore will cost 4- 5 times more than on­shore wind gen­er­a­tion. At such a high cost, which el

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hap­pen­ing around stor­age but it is yet to reach the im­ple­men­ta­tion stage.

How far do you think we are from ac­tu­ally for­ay­ing into off­shore wind power gen­er­a­tion.

I don’t think off­shore is go­ing to hap­pen in the near fu­ture, un­less some­body is ready to in­vest loads of money and pro­vide con­sul­tancy as well. This is be­cause off­shore will cost 4-5 times more than on­shore wind gen­er­a­tion. At such a high cost, which elec­tric­ity util­ity would want to buy power? The chal­lenges range from high project cost, main­te­nance of tur­bines, evac­u­a­tion, sta­tion­ing peo­ple on off­shore tur­bines to mon­i­tor, etc. Off­shore gen­er­a­tion has only been suc­cess­ful in the west of Europe pre­cisely be­cause the re­gion doesn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any cy­clones or ty­phoons. Whereas, In­dia is ex­posed to all sorts of na­ture’s fury like hur­ri­canes and cy­clones. This would en­tail huge in­sur­ance and main­te­nance cost of the off­shore tur­bines. Even China and the US haven’t done much on this front be­cause of the in­fea­si­ble cli­matic con­di­tions pre­vail­ing in their coun­tries.

How do you see the po­ten­tial of small wind?

Small wind has tremen­dous po­ten­tial in In­dia but, un­for­tu­nately the gov­ern­ment with­drew all the poli­cies. Small wind so­lar hy­brid backed by bat­tery stor­age and diesel backup is phe­nom­e­nal for cap­tive sys­tems. In­dia can eas­ily have 1,000 MW of small wind tur­bines, es­pe­cially in the south and east re­gions, pro­vided we have the right poli­cies.

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