Empowering India with Wind Energy!
As I was reading and hearing about Chennai floods I was wondering why there are areas people are suffering from droughts and then there people who are devastated by floods.Why there is such imbalance? We have given Nature a place of a Mother, who cares, give food and water. But when we see the angry avatar of Mother nature we realize that pollution, deforestation, global warming etc. are causing the imbalance.
Global warming is caused by Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning power plants. Our increasing need for electricity from coal-burning power plants releases enormous amounts of carbon dioxide into atmosphere. Everyday more electric gadgets flood the market, and without widespread alternative energy sources, we are highly dependent on burning coal for our personal and commercial electrical supply. Thankfully Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association has launched Windergy India. Lets understand Wind Energy in details:
India being one of the heavily populated countries, the electricity requirement is increasing to meet the demands. Electricity sector also being privatized the private players are finding it very difficult to provide electricity at minimum cost. As we compare the cost per unit of the electricity has increased after privatization of power sector, people who were paying 250 to 350 rupees in 1995-96 are paying 1500 to 1600 rupees in current situation. The rising demand of power generation is taking a heavy toll not only on pockets of consumer but also on coal deposits. Wind energy will play an important role in meeting the power demands of this growing population. Many projects have started in various states in producing clean and renewable source of energy. Going green seems to be the mantra of this Era and now even temples seem to have joined the campaign. Famed temple Balaji tirupathi are also using this energy for lighting the temple and temple vicinity thereby contribution in reducing global warming. India has the fifth largest domestic supply of coal in the world, but India’s own coal sector is rife with corruption, weak policies, and poor management. Essentially 80 percent of domestic coal production is managed by the government-controlled Coal India, which is hampered by problems. Since the domestic coal market has become so constrained, international imports of coal have been increasing significantly and coal imports are considerably more expensive than coal from Indian domestic sources. India still relies on coal for the bulk of its electricity, but coal is becoming more expensive. India is also a water-constrained country, and coal power generation uses a lot of water — the vast majority of water that goes for industrial sources in India goes to thermal power generation. Some coal plants have been closed down due to water shortages, and some of the big blackouts in India have been found to come from water shortages at coal plants. Water usage is also expected to grow in India, so power generation technologies that use less water could have an advantage. While the U.S. is experiencing a natural gas boom from cheap shale resources, India actually has a very small amount of natural gas. With problems with domestic coal, a lack of natural gas reserves and a push back on nuclear power, wind power offers one of the best options for India to add electricity. There’s a peak deficit of 12 GW of electricity right now in the country. India wants to add 100 GW of power generation over the next five years, and that will be made up by mostly coal and clean power.
Wind energy is friendly to the surrounding environment, as no fossil fuels are burnt to generate electricity from wind energy. Wind turbines take up less space than the average power station. Windmills only have to occupy a few square meters for the base; this allows the land around the turbine to be used for many purposes, for example agriculture. Newer technologies are making the extraction of wind energy much more efficient. The wind is free, and we are able to cash in on this free source of energy. Wind turbines are a great resource to generate energy in remote locations, such as mountain communities and remote countryside. Wind turbines can be a range of different sizes in order to support varying population levels.
Another advantage of wind energy is that when combined with solar electricity, this energy source is great for developed and developing countries to provide a steady, reliable supply of electricity. The Indian wind energy sector has an installed capacity of 23,439.26 MW (as on March 31, 2015). In terms of wind power installed capacity, India is ranked 5th in the World. Today India is a major player in the global wind energy market. The potential is far from exhausted.
Indian Wind Energy Association has estimated that with the current level of technology, the ‘on-shore’ potential for utilization of wind energy for electricity generation is of the order of 102 GW. The unexploited resource availability has the potential to sustain the growth of wind energy sector in India in the years to come. Wind energy costs have plummeted more than 90 percent since the early 1980’s and today renewable energy is lowering electric bills across the country by replacing more Costly electricity from dirty and inefficient fossil fuel plants.
Lets all support Windergy for a greener and safer earth!