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It’s Windfall for grid managers

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | G JAGANNATH
Published Feb 4, 2016, 6:47 am IST
Updated Feb 4, 2016, 6:47 am IST
(Representational image)
 (Representational image)

Chennai: Grid managers from across the country will be trained by experts from Europe on absorption of higher level of renewable energy into the grid in a three-day workshop to be held in the city.

With the Centre targeting to add 1.60 lakh mega watt solar and wind energy sources by 2022, and the evacuation of wind energy becoming a nationwide issue, Indian Wind

Power Association along with National Institute of Wind Energy will be holding ‘International Workshop on Wind Power Forecasting & Scheduling’ starting  February 8 in Chennai.

India has a total installed wind capacity of 24,750 mw including 7,500 mw in Tamil Nadu alone.  

The grid dropping of windmills has emerged as a major problem in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Resource persons from Denmark, Switzerland and Spain have been invited to share their practical tips and latest techniques adopted in forecasting and scheduling of wind energy.

The experts including Mr Henrik Breum, special advisor, Danish Energy Agency, Dr Karl G. Gutbrod, Meteoblue AG, Switzerland and Jordi Ferror Director, Vortex FDC, Spain will address.

Dr S. Gomathinayagam, director general, National Institute of Wind Energy,  said that experts would share their experience on how to optimally use thermal and other sources of energy when free source of wind and solar are available
and could be absorbed into the grid.

Many developed countries ramp down or up their thermal energy generation in such a way that wind energy is absorbed fully said IWPA president Prof Dr K. Kasthurirangaian.

“Experts from Europe will share their expertise with SLDC/RLDC engineers to know how best the thermal generation units can be ramped down to 35 per cent of capacity to accommodate lessened load demand during night and ramp up to 100 per cent generation in half to one hour during day’s peak demand and so on to accommodate fluctuations in wind generation and load demand,” he said.

The workshop has been planned as a follow up on the IWPA sponsored training for Tangedco’s SLDC engineers in Denmark and Switzerland in November last year.

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