The Suzlon Group is conducting a techno-commercial feasibility study for an offshore wind power project in India...
The Suzlon Group is conducting a techno-commercial feasibility study for an offshore wind power project in India. The project, if it materialises, would be the country’s first such project. Suzlon, which is conducting the study in Gujarat, has been keen on bringing offshore wind projects to India.
Senvion SE, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Suzlon, enjoys leadership in the offshore wind energy segment. Senvion introduced its multi-megawatt offshore turbines 10 years ago and has installed more than 130 such turbines offshore. Offshore installation is far more complex and Senvion is among the few players with competence in the field. It completed one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe for a total cost of 1.3 billion euros.
Senvion has just erected the prototype of the 6.2M152, which has the largest rotor diameter in the product range. The 6.2M152 is the largest commercially proven offshore turbine with a power rating of 6.2 MW. The Hamburg-based company has already sold the 6.2M152 prototype. In conjunction with the customer, Ewe Erneuerbare GmbH, commissioning is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.
The Senvion 6.2M152 could enter serial production in 2015, the company said. With the 6.2M126, the company already manufactures the largest commercial turbine for offshore projects. The project is a first for the company in two respects — the blades of this size have never been developed, built, transported and assembled, and such a large rotor star has never been pulled and assembled. With a diameter of 152 metres, the swept area is larger than three football pitches.
Tulsi R Tanti, chairman of the Suzlon Group and the Senvion Supervisory Board, said: “The prototype of the Senvion 6.2M152 is based on the highly reliable 6.2M126 WTG and takes us one more step towards reducing the cost of energy with highest reliability and quality. The large rotor diameter, when compared to the erstwhile Senvion 6.2M126, will result in higher energy yields of up to 20%. With this turbine, we will further capitalise on our strong position in the offshore wind-energy market, Tanti said.