Dec 26: Suzlon Group, one of India’s leading renewable energy solutions provider, along with its associates commissioned their first Operational Offshore Met Station in the Arabian Sea.
“Suzlon along with its associates, under the guidance from National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) Chennai and approvals through National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) Chennai, have installed their first Operational Offshore LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) based wind measurement station in the Arabian Sea, south west of Jakhau port in Kutch, Gujarat. The met station is expected to collect data for a period of two years,” said Suzlon Energy Ltd in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the company, the offshore wind data collection platform is installed at about 16 kms from the shore in the territorial waters of Gujarat under the control of the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) at a water depth of about 11meters (w.r.t Chart Datum), where the tidal range is 4meters (m). The support platform is at a height of about 14m above water level, it said.
The unmanned met station will be powered by solar energy and will be remotely monitored for maintenance needs.
Meanwhile, an onshore mast of 150m has also been installed for validation / correlation purposes.
J P Chalasani, Group CEO, Suzlon Group said, “given India’s coastline of 7,600 kms, the country has enormous potential for offshore wind energy and it can potentially repeat the success achieved in onshore wind energy. The government’s plan to auction 5 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind power capacities next year is a progressive move and will help the industry achieve the target of having 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022. The installation of the offshore wind met station will aid in better assessment of offshore wind and will lead the way in harnessing India’s vast offshore wind energy potential.”
Shares of Suzlon Energy Ltd surged more than 2% on BSE after the news came in. At 2.50 pm, the Rs 2 face value shares were trading at Rs 14.90, up 1.98% from the previous closing of Rs 14.61.