EU-Indian wind energy network established to develop wind sector

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A recent EU trade delegation to Delhi has led to the creation of the EU-India Wind Energy Network (EIWEN). Formed under the EU-India Economic Cross Cultural Program, EIWEN aims to establish partnerships between wind energy players in Europe and India "for ensuring sustainable and economically competitive development of the wind energy sector in India and the world." The 36-month project is being overseen by the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation, ECN. Five further partners are involved; the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Centre for Wind Energy Technology, based in Chennai, the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association, the Danish wind turbine test centre at Risø and the European Wind Energy Association. The five will each have responsibility for key stages of the program. The network hopes to facilitate information exchange on best practice for policy, with a view to encouraging new policy initiatives to remove commercial and regulatory barriers to development. It further wishes to promote exchanges on operation and maintenance of wind power plant, and on technical issues such as wind forecasting and grid integration. It also hopes to improve research collaboration between India and European institutions and encourage greater awareness of the opportunities in wind development and support for the industry from financial institutions. The project will culminate in a workshop targeting key European and Indian players and stakeholders in the wind energy sector. The network notes that lack of adequate organic growth of technical capacity of the Indian wind energy sector is constraining growth. It puts the blame on limited knowledge of how best to increase the value of wind generated electricity (including reductions in the cost of generation) and on how to reduce financial risk in commercial wind energy projects. EIWEN hopes to rectify this.

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