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Ministry of Renewable Energy prepares draft of Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in consultation with National Institute of Wind Energy Chennai has prepared a draft of a new scheme called Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme. The draft scheme enlists the guidelines for the benefit of all the stakeholders from concept to lifetime of a wind turbine.

Nov 14, 2018 14:00 IST
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The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), in consultation with National Institute of Wind Energy Chennai, has prepared a draft of a new scheme called Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS), which incorporates various guidelines of the Turbine Certification Scheme.

The scheme is a consolidation of all relevant national and international standards, technical regulations and requirements issued by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), guidelines issued by MNRE and other international guidelines.

Key Highlights

The draft scheme enlists the guidelines for the benefit of all the stakeholders from concept to lifetime of a wind turbine, including Indian Type Approved Model (ITAM), Indian Type Certification Scheme (ITCS), Wind Farm Project Certification Scheme (WFPCS) and Wind Turbine Safety & Performance Certification Scheme (WTSPCS).

It incorporates the best practices from other nations in order to ensure the quality of the wind energy projects.

The scheme aims to assist and facilitate the following stakeholders:

(i) Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)

(ii) End Users -Utilities, SNAs, Developers, IPPs, Owners, Authorities, Investors and Insurers

(iii) Certification Bodies

(iv)Testing Laboratories

The Ministry has uploaded the draft scheme on its website: https://mnre.gov.in and has invited comments from all stakeholders and even the public latest by December 5, 2018 for finalising the new scheme.

Background

Wind energy has over the period become the mainstream source of renewable power generation in India.

The steady growth of the sector has seen different types of wind turbines with diverse performance and safety criteria.

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy through various policies and schemes has facilitated the healthy and orderly growth of this sector.

The modern wind turbines have higher hub heights, larger rotor diameter, higher capacity and improved Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) along with technological improvements.

Under these developments, there is a need for a comprehensive document that provides the complete technical requirements which shall have to be complied by the wind turbines for the safe and reliable operation by all the stakeholders namely, OEMs, Independent Power Producers (IPPs), wind farm developers, Financial Institutions, Utilities and others.

Also, there is a need for technical regulations that shall facilitate a common ground for OEMs, Developers, Investors and Financial Institution for systematic development.

Further, type certification of wind turbines plays an active role in ensuring that wind turbines in India meet the requirements of requisite IS/IEC/IECRE standards in vogue.

Internationally, IEC /IECRE Certification schemes for wind turbines are well recognised and widely used and the IWTCS in its formulation has incorporated the rules and procedures of IS/IEC/IECRE.

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