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Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL), India’s largest renewable energy company and Tata Power’s wholly-owned subsidiary, announced the commissioning of its 100 MW wind farm project in Nimbagallu, Andhra Pradesh.

The Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN) was represented at the ‘Windergy India 2017 – International Conference and Exhibition’ held from 25th to 27th April 2017 at The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi. Mr. Markus Wypior, Deputy Director, IGEN participated in the panel discussion on ‘Grid Integration & Planning’ chaired by Mr. KVS Baba, Chief Executive Officer, Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO). The other panelists of the discussion were: Mr. Peter Jorgenson, Vice President, Energinet.Dk (Denmark), Mr. B. B. Mehta, Chief Engineer, Gujarat State Load Despatch Centre, Vadodara, Mr. Ajit Pandit, Director, Idam Infrastructure Advisory Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Dinesh Majithia, VP Engg and O&M, Wind Business, Orange Renewable and Mr. Pankaj Batra, Member, Central Electricity Authority.

As India plans to move towards a system with higher penetrations of wind energy, it is increasingly important for grid operators to understand how they can reliably integrate large quantities of wind energy into system operations. The example from Denmark shows that the system operator can provide very valuable services when he has full information e.g. by bringing in balancing power at the lowest cost. India’s unified national transmission grid is in the process of being significantly upgraded and many important policies have already been put into place at the central level in order to prepare for a larger share of renewable energy in the grid. It is now important that these policies are also being implemented adequately at the state level.
Mr. Wypior who is also in charge of the IGEN Green Energy Corridor project on large scale grid integration of renewable energy contributed to the discussion saying that despite the recent steep decrease of the cost of renewable energy projects one should not forget the cost of the system operation e.g. for balancing power due to the volatile nature of the renewables. However, one also needs to measure these costs against the environmental and health hazards caused by the conventional thermal energy generation which are socialised and not reflected in power tariffs (e.g. CO2 emissions and air pollution).

Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) in partnership with Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) hosted Windergy, the largest annual conference and exhibition on Wind Energy. Created by the industry and for the industry, Windergy India brought together key Government authorities, International and National Wind Energy players, Service Providers, cutting edge Innovators, vital Financing Entities and other stakeholders on a single platform.

The high quality planning and realization of renewable energy projects at VSB meets all the requirements of the DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.

Gamesa continues to reinforce its positioning in India, where the company has ranked as the leading OEM for the last three years, with seven new orders.

The merger between Gamesa and Siemens Wind Power becomes effective, after the registration of the combined company in the Mercantile Registry of Biscay, in Spain.

The German manufacturer is a one-stop provider of fall protection equipment for wind energy

How this technology can contribute to optimising wind blade manufacturing costs, thus helping toreduce the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE).

For more than 150 years, ExxonMobil has delivered an extensive range of leading technical services to help customers optimize their maintenance programs, enhance equipment performance and ensure safety to help deliver services to customers more efficiently.

It is the endeavour of every renewable energy company to maximize energy generation as well as to reduce energy consumption

The design of a wind turbine gearbox is challenging due to the loading and environmental conditions in which the gearbox must operate.

Wind turbines face harsh environmental conditions that are even more challenging for offshore units. Proper selection of specialty lubricants that allow wind turbines to run with maximum availability by avoiding non-scheduled shutdowns is one of the key contributors to achieving fast return on investment. 

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Small wind turbines with a capacity rating of less than or equal to 100 kW are designed to produce clean energy, emission-free power farms for homes and small businesses. Small wind turbines include all plants where the swept rotor area is smaller than 200 square meters at 350 W/m2. These small wind turbines find application in off-grid setups such as telecommunication towers and domestic uses. Small wind is expected to become an important source of renewable energy to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Growing environmental concerns, coupled with economic advantages, have led governments across the world to support the renewable energy industry, thereby expanding the small wind market. The capital costs involved in setting up a functional wind power project still remain high, but the gradual shift towards reducing reliance on fossil fuel consumption for electricity has aided cost reduction for wind technology.

The segmentation considered for the recent report on small wind market was based on the type, application, and region. The market was segmented on the basis of type into horizontal axis wind turbine and vertical axis wind turbine and on the basis of application, the market was been segmented into on-grid and off-grid. The off-grid segment accounted for the largest share of the global small wind market in 2014.

The small wind market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 19.5% from 2014 to 2019 to reach USD 1.89 Billion by 2019. The demand for small wind power has escalated due to rapid industrialization and development of infrastructure in unconnected areas. The rise in wind energy generation initiatives offers an attractive opportunity to the wind turbine manufacturers. The North American region accounted for the largest market share in the small wind market in 2014; this is owing to the high demand for on-grid applications of small wind power, especially in developed nations such as the U.S. In the European region, the demand for small wind power for off-grid applications, from most of the Western European countries, is expected to grow at a high rate in coming years.

Despite weakening policy drivers and competition from declining solar PV prices, the SMWT industry is still poised for growth. With a large amount of wind resource potential still available, plus several growing and emerging markets, the industry is anticipated to sustain itself into the foreseeable future. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the global installed capacity of SMWTs is expected to grow from 176.4 MW in 2017 to 446.0 MW in 2026.

“With historically leading markets such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and China seeing declining annual installed capacities of small and medium wind in recent years, other countries such as Japan, Denmark, and Italy are emerging as forces in the distributed wind market thanks to favorable government incentives,” says Adam Wilson, research associate with Navigant Research. “We’re also seeing a shift with medium-sized turbines as their niche slowly shrinks as drivers continue to favor small wind turbines for distributed wind and larger multi-megawatt turbines dominating utility-scale applications.”

As the SMWT market continues to mature, wind lease programs are becoming a more popular business model, and the applications for small wind turbines are expanding, according to the report. Key industry players, however, are beginning to set themselves apart as market innovators by seeking out and expanding to different areas around the globe as policies shift and demand changes.

Leading players in the small wind market include Northern Power Systems Inc. (U.S.), Bergey Wind Power Co. (U.S.), Kingspan Group Plc. (Netherlands), Shanghai Ghrepower Green Energy Co. Ltd. (China), Endurance Wind Power Inc. (Canada), ZKEnergy Technology Co., Ltd. (China), and Xzeres Wind Corp. (U.K.). One of the major developments observed in the small wind market is new product development. It is essential for the manufacturers to continually invest in research and development activities and come up with innovative solutions to adhere to the standards set by government for small wind market. Companies are adopting inorganic growth strategies such as acquisitions to cope with the increasing demand of small wind power in key emerging markets. These strategies have aided companies to create a large customer and partner base in key markets.

  Mr. Markus Stieglbauer,Global Sales Manager-Wind Energy, AkzoNobel

Markus Stieglbauer is Global Business Manager for Wind Energy Blade segment of AkzoNobel operating out of Germany. Markus is a German National and resides in Germany with his family.

Markus has a University degree and also studied business management for 4 years in special business schoolfrom Germany. After graduation, Markus started his career as trainee (on the job) program in a sales department and worked there for two years. Later on worked at US based Federal

Express as sales representative for 10 years followed by working as Global Sales Executive, specialized for automotive cus- tomers like BMW, Mercedes and Porsche. The next stint was with world’s leading chemical company BASF.Markus had prominent 12 years of rich and qualitative experience holding lead- ing positions at BASF Coatings mostly for automotive refinish segment. For 9 years worked as Global Sales Manager for WindEnergy and Aircraft Coatings at BASF Coatings. After the acquisition of BASF’s Industrial Coatings business by AkzoNobel in December 2016 Markus presently works as Global Sales Manager WindEnergy at AkzoNobel.

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a).Vision for Organization and Industry Today Wind Energy is an important source of renewable energy that contributes to reduce the environmental challenges of global warming and CO² emissions. Wind Energy has an impressive spread across the continents with more than 80 countries having wind power capacity.To meet the demands of rapidly rising wind capacity additions globally, it is essential to collec- tively work towards optimized technology as well as innovative products across the value chain. India, standing at powerful 4th position is a major contributor of Global wind power cumulative capacity. India still has huge untapped potential and we expect continuous growth in coming years.

b).One of the core principles of AkzoNobel is sustainability. AkzoNobel has recently committed to accelerating its sustainability agenda by announcing a new ambition to use 100% renewable energy and become carbon neutral by 2050. As a Global player, we at AkzoNobel work towards syner- gizingall different cultures and expertise,thereby enabling our customers to be more successful in their specific markets. AkzoNobel started operations in India in 1994 and since then, as a result of our tech- nical strength and global reach, has made significant inroads into our chosen mar- kets sectors. We transform experience and expertise from our seamless operation, into technical excellence – delivering innovative coatings and services to you, locally.We at AkzoNobel have a team in place which is well trained and has the requisite skillset on a global level to cater to the growing needs of Wind Industry. With the acquisition of Blade coatings from BASF, AkzoNobel now has a strengthened portfolio for both blade and tower segment of wind turbine. Our unique and innovative product range provides excellent protection from the harsh climatic environment thus improving the longevity of wind turbines on field.

 

  Mr. Sanjay Koul, Chairman & Managing Director, Timken India Limited

 

Mr. Sanjay Koul is the Managing Director and is inchargeof all operations in India for The Timken Company. He joined Timken in 1990 as a Production Engineer in the Jamshedpur plant in India. Since then, he has served in leadership positions within the rail and supply chain organizations. In 2007, he became the General Manager and Site Lead for the Jamshedpur Plant.

Two years later, he took over as General Manager of Supply Chain operations in Asia working out of Wuxi, China.Sanjay assumed the position as ‘Managing Director of Timken India’ in 2012 and holds the responsibility for business and manufacturing operations, financial performance and acceleration of growth in the markets in India.Koul holds a bachelor’s degree in mechani- cal engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and a mas- ter’s degree in business management from Xavier Labour Relations Institute. He com- pleted the EDGE executive development program for senior Timken leaders at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 2008.Timken’s Vision is tobe the global leader in bearings and mechanical power transmis- sion, continually improving performance, reliability and efficiency.

The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken today applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology and mechanical power transmission across a variety of bearings and related systems to improve reliability and efficiency of machinery and equipment all around the world.Wind energy is an industry in which bear- ings play a significant role in defining and improving reliability. Timken is a leading bearing supplier for the wind industry which offers bearing for the main shaft,gear drive &service solutions for the industry.

As a global leader in wind bearing design and manufacturing, Timken provides wind- turbine owners and operators with smart, cost-effective wind-energy solutions that helps to improve the turbine performance and extend the equipment life and lowers the total cost of ownership.The Timken Company was recently recog- nized as one of the world's most ethical companies by Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing standards of ethical business practices. This is the 7th consecutive year that Timken has been recognized and is one among the only five companies in the Industrial Manufacturing category to receive this designation.

 

  Mr. Siva Kasturi, Asia Pacific Regional OEM Manager, Shell Global Lubricants

Siva Kasturi is the OEM Manager for Asia Pacific region for Industrial Lubricants with Shell Global Lubricants.Based out of Mumbai, Siva works closely with all the major Global OEMs based in India & Asia Pacific. Some of his key responsibility areas include sharing insights and updates with R&D teams of OEMs on the latest trends in lubricant technology, latest product and equipment specifica- tions and liasoning with key customers and OEMs for approvals and recommendations. His responsibilities also include enhancing strategic alliances with key OEMs and industry bodies, through collaborative team leadership and prompt execution.

Within the lubricants industry, Siva’s areas of specialisation include Industrial Gear oils, turbine oils, Wind turbine lubricants, transformer insulating fluids and greases. He has more than 19 years of experience in the field of Industrial lubricants, OEM liaison and offering friction and lubricant related solutions to OEMs and customers.

Siva holds a Master’s degree in International Business and a Bachelors of Engineering degree from BITS Pilani. He is also an associate member of Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).

 

 Mr. BP Joshi, Head- Sales (Strategic and Renewables), Raychem RPG Pvt Ltd.

Mechanical Engineer from Karnataka University with Masters in Marketing from Symbiosis.Working as Business Head – Strategic Segment with Raychem RPG Pvt Ltd. Involved in Renewable segment from 5+ years, that is when Raychem RPG decided to strengthen their position in the wind segment. Having overall 15+ years’ experience in various sectors in application engineering, project management, sales & business development.

With GoI’s ambitious target of 175GW supported by policy formulations, renewable sector is attracting the good amount of investments – Rs. 26000 cr in 2014-15 to Rs. 91000 cr in 2016-17. This is supported by a record addition of 5.4 GW in FY17 and many OEMs ramping up their existing capacities and as well, adding Greenfield manufacturing facilities under ‘Make In India’ initiative. Also, there is a consolidation happening in global wind market like Siemens & Gamesa coming together, Acciona & Nordex coming together to establish themselves in this growing market. As a matter of fact, renewable sector is growing by almost 100% YoY.Looking at present momentum, the wind segment being a more matured market and the whole supply chain well set and in place, the set target of 60GW by wind does not seem a distant dream.

Challenge as we see in this segment is the existence of proper transmission network and bigger challenge of the reliability of the network. As the wind farms are located in remote locations and this being a seasonal generation, they can’t afford to have any type of breakdown during high wind season. A single trip in the system will cause a loss of lakhs of rupees. That is how the reliability of their whole electrical network assumes a greater importance.This is where we pitch in. Raychem RPG has been involved with most of OEMs in wind segment and as well various wind farm projects across India & neighboring countries. Raychem RPG’s products basically concentrate on reliable connectivity, loss reduction and asset protection. Raychem RPG is already developing new products for this segment and is also well equipped to come up with new technologically advanced products going forward.

 

  Mr. Deepak Pohekar, GM-Operations, ZF India Pvt.Ltd.

Deepak Pohekar, is heading the ZF Wind Power’s Coimbatore Plant. He is a keen strategist with expertise in managing manufacturing, quality, maintenance, new product launch, sales and service. He focuses in the growth of top line & profitability by ensuring optimal utilization of resources.He has around 28 years of cross functional experience in spearheading various projects and ensuring smooth plant operations in Automobile Industry and Wind Turbine Gear Box Industry.After graduating in BE Mechanical from Marathwada University, he started his career as a Trainee Engineer in 1988 in Indian Auto OEM, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., He held various positions and sculpted most of his career with the same company in their Igatpuri plant. In 2007, he joined ZF Wind Power Coimbatore Pvt Ltd (called Hansen Drives Ltd till October 2011) as General Manager – Assembly & Testing, later in 2012 he took over the entire Operations and became the Executive Director in July 2015.

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Over three decades of know-how in the wind industry and long-term partnerships with most of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers and operators have enabled ZF Wind Power to address any challenge put to them by their clients. The need for high efficiency, reliability, extended longevity, higher-capacity, and yet compact gearboxes is our motivation. We achieved to optimize the power to weight ratio and the energy yield of wind power gearboxes. This helps to bring down overall lifetime costs and optimizes economic payback period for wind power investments. ZF Wind Power has shipped more than 55,000 gearboxes worldwide covering 100,000MW of wind power capacity or 25% of the global installed base of geared turbines.
Embedded in a dense network of fast and global service solutions, ZF Wind Power is ready to make a difference.

 

 Paul Bollwerk, Vice President Sales, Winergy 

Paul Bollwerk started his career at Winergy in the 1980’s and since 1990 he is the Global Head of Sales for Winergy business.Paul Bollwerk’s view on the Indian wind market and Winergy’s response to the challenge of reducing the costs of energy:

The Indian wind market has taken a very positive development and my personal perception for the future is also a very optimistic one. In order to further reduce the LCoE and be competitive to other energy sources, it will be crucial to keep on developing innovative solutions and approaches for wind turbines which, of course, includes the drive train.By introducing the journal bearing technology and integrating mechanical and electrical components to our HybridDrive solution, Winergy combines the important features reliability, best efficiency and compact design in a perfect way. And the market can expect further technological developments from Winergy in the future.

These developments go along with the expansion of our localization strategy for the Indian market. Since 2005 we are producing gearboxes in our manufacturing plant at Chennai and have been amongst the first players in wind business in the country. Winergy starts manufacturing gearboxes for the multi-megawatt turbines larger than two megawatt in this year.

There is a huge demand for energy in India. I am sure that wind energy will play an important role in covering this demand next to the other energy sources.

 

 Mr. Sebastian Homborg, CEO, Klüber Lubrication

Sebastian Homborg is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Klüber Lubrication Private Limited, India. He took charge of the role in October 2015. He was previously the Head of Marketing & Application Engineering Industry & Services at Klüber Lubrication München SE & Co. KG (KLM).

Mr. Homborg graduated in 1996 in Mechanical Engineering at Munich University of Applied Science majoring in process-, environmental- and plastics technology. He started his career as entrepreneur, conducting research and industrial projects, followed by employments as assistant to the board & production manager in the plastics industry and business development manager in the software industry.

Mr. Homborg joined Klüber Lubrication München SE & Co. KG in October 2002 as Industry Group Manager for the rubber and plastics industry. Together with his colleagues from Simmering KG he expanded the lube & seal concept for power transmission technologies and became a major contact person for colleagues from Freudenberg with regard to lubrication. In 2007 he was transferred to Klüber China in Shanghai where he most successfully built up Marketing & Application Engineering. He returned to Klüber Lubrication München as Head of Marketing & Application Engineering Industry & Services in 2012, where he has substantially further developed the market segment strategies as well as together with R&D the food conveyor belt lubrication. Under his leadership a number of expats were integrated into the organization and developed for future responsibilities.

He has his focus on Customers, innovation and quality. Every step taken is towards adding value to the customer. He recognises sustainability to be a goal for the company as a whole. Many different factors form the basis of this quest for continuous improvement. The goals include reducing the strain on natural resources, emissions and energy consumption, more use of renewable energy sources, raw materials and a better eco-compatibility of the internal processes as well as our products in use by the customer.

In this line, Klüber has solutions tailored to the needs of the wind industry. Wind turbines and their components are exposed to high loads. The constantly changing high loads, vibrations and varying operating conditions require tough equipment. As an expert in speciality lubricants, Klüber cooperates closely with the manufacturers of major components and OEMs to push the limits of what can be technically achieved even further: more power generation, longer service intervals, longer component life and yet more reliable operation.

 

Wind and solar energy are two major components of renewable energy for a sustainable energy future of India. Increasing energy demand, non-availability of conventional energy resources and  amount  of emission of pollutants from commercial energy generation are major critical issues in considering wind and solar as alternative energy sources. The wind flow produces aerodynamic forces on the turbine blades to rotate and the rotation of the turbine’s shaft is transferred through a gearbox to an electrical power generator, which produces the power into the electrical grid system. Since the wind flow is a natural phenomenon, the power derived from the wind sources shows high variability and intermittency.