India's Wind Energy Potential Upgraded To 302 GW
At the helm of all things which are happening on the energy block in the Indian subcontinent, one of the primary issues is that we are unable to meet our daily energy demands. Every day the country is falling short in rewarding our increasing population with the adequate amount of energy that they require. This is so because like most other countries, India too has been highly dependent on conventional forms of energy for far too long and this has led to the dangerous exhaustion levels that we see today.
Our problem then as a mass is that we need to substitute these resources with a more sustainable, cost-effective yet easily developed forms of energy. It is necessary that we work upon alternative forms of energy which can replicate our energy needs and meet them optimally. One of these alternate forms of energy is definitely wind energy.
Wind energy produced out of windmills and other wind capturing devices, banks upon the technology of converting this energy stored from strategic locations, into power which can be used for a variety of needs across residential as well as commercial uses. The advantage in working towards increasing the wind energy potential then was that it not only produced a resource which could replace coal, petrol etc. but that it was renewable. It could never be exhausted. These forms and types of energy are constantly increased and replaced as and when they are used.
Estimating the wind energy potential
Now, the Indian milieu has slowly but steadfastly recognized the need to construct windmills and harness wind energy for a wide variety of uses. Windmills are not a completely novel phenomenon for India, for it boasts of wind turbines in a number of places all over the land.
Nor are the country’s farmers new to the technology where even the most rural farmers have procured loans to set up windmills in order to ensure uninterrupted electricity as well as a way to reap the benefits of their crops. Fresh estimates show that India has a wind energy potential of about 302 GW which has been estimated “six times the wind energy potential determined at a 50 meter hub height and three times at 80 meters”.
This means that the potential for wind power generation in India has gone up considerably when keeping in mind earlier studies and research. Out of the several Indian states in the running, states such as Gujarat, Karnataka etc., Gujarat takes the honour of being the state with the highest wind energy potential of over 84 GW which accounts for 28% of the entire country’s potential.
New studies have been done of course, keeping in mind the fact that only a percentage of the entire land is actually feasible for wind energy harvest.
What do the new studies mean for India?
Recently, there has been a lot of hype about solar energy with fully solar panelled airports etc. coming up. This means that there would be a rise in the number of investors for solar energy as compared to other forms of renewable energy.
But, new studies such as these are conducted in order to increase the value of wind power generation in India and attract more investors for initiatives such as the National Wind Energy Mission.
The government has been working closely with organizations such as Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation to this effect.
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