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“Towards Offshore Wind Power development in India”

FOWIND aims to unlock the offshore potential of India by introducing various capacity building measures for stakeholders who could contribute to the development of the offshore wind market in the long run. In line with this objective FOWIND conducted series of workshops and presented the technological and economic aspects of offshore development in various EU member states and identified various development constraints and challenges at the national level with a focus on the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Titled “Towards Offshore development in India” these workshops aimed to introduce different aspects of offshore wind power development that are necessary to establish cost competitiveness in the offshore wind market.



Capacity building Workshop, 09 September 2014, Ahmedabad

The Inaugural session was chaired by Arjan Mast, Program Manager, TKI Offshore Wind, The Netherlands. Samrat Sengupta, Project Manager, FOWIND spoke about the FOWIND project, its timeline, targets and status of the project. Arjan Mast pitched for the necessity of offshore wind development in India. Paul Reynolds, Head, Strategy and Policy – Offshore Wind, DNV GL Energy, UK briefed about the offshore wind technologies providing details on turbine, foundations, electrical infrastructure, installation and operation. Arjan Mast explained the need for conducting detailed study on wind power assessment, seabed and waves, scour protection, supply chain and grid availability. Shruti Shukla, Sr. Policy Advisor, GWEC presented on the 'global review of offshore wind policy and regulations'. Rajendra Kharul presented his views on 'the development challenges for offshore wind power in the state of Gujarat'. The offshore wind resource data, offshore wind turbine technology, infrastructure,

Arjan Mast, Program Manager, TKI Offshore Wind delivering the Inaugural address


Panel & open house discussion on Key Challenges/
barriers for offshore wind development.

costs and finance, policy and regulation, ecology, environmental impact were identified as the key challenges for offshore wind in Gujarat.


Screening of a film on offshore Wind Power− Horns Rev, Denmark marked the beginning of Technical session – 2 which was followed by a Panel & Open House Discussion on Key Challenges/barriers for offshore wind development. Discussion on cost of the offshore wind projects, the quality of data for engineering, surveys and studies, political will, policy support, streamlining of processes, integration between different sectors like ports, oil and gas, shipping and logistics, public consultation process and participation of the stakeholders were some of the highlights of the panel discussion.



Capacity building Workshop, 11 September 2014, Chennai

Dr S.S. Krishnan, Principal Research Scientist CSTEP commenced the Inaugural Session by introducing the consortium and broad objectives of FOWIND. Smita Singh, Programme Manager, EU Delegation to India opined that collaborating with the GWEC led consortium will set an example for future feasibility assessment projects and help pave a path forward for offshore wind industry. Alok Shrivastava, Joint-Secretary, MNRE presented an overview of India's offshore wind policy and the way forward. He remarked that the findings of the project FOWIND and the soon to arrive national offshore wind policy will help lay down the foundation for development of offshore wind sector. Sudeep Jain, CMD, TEDA mentioned that policy planners had made great progress in terms of identifying the preliminary role of ministries involved with offshore wind infrastructure development. Shruti Shukla, Sr Policy Advisor GWEC provided an overview of the FOWND project and the roles and responsibilities of all the partners. Meera Sudhakar, Senior Research Scientist CSTEP drew our attention to the potential role of offshore wind in India's overall RE portfolio, existing baseline scenario in Tamil Nadu and various aspects that will hinder the feasibility of

offshore projects in the state of Tamil Nadu. Shamik Parikh, General Manager - Marketing & Strategy AREVA spoke about the Global technology status and its future outlook. Arjan Mast, Program Manager, TKI Offshore Wind, The Netherlands shared the Dutch experience of handling offshore wind sector development. Paul Reynolds, Head, Strategy and Policy – Offshore Wind, DNV GL Energy, UK presented on the issues and lessons learned from EU strategy for offshore wind. According to him the only way India can solve its key hurdles associated with offshore infrastructure projects is to rectify the inefficiencies at various stages of the value chain. Rajshekar, IL&FS delivered an overview of the sequence of activities of developers during the commissioning of a wind farm. The technical session was followed by Q&A session where the audience sought clarity on various aspects of offshore wind sector which was then followed by a panel discussion on offshore wind power development: Way forward for India and Tamil Nadu. The highlights from the discussion focused on vital

Smita Singh, Programme Manager, EU Delegation to India being felicitated by Dr S.S. Krishnan, Principal Research Scientist CSTEP functions like preparations needed before the development phase, logistics and supply chain capabilities in Indian companies, possible financing strategies for future projects.

Dr. Alok Shrivastava, Joint Secretary, MNRE during the Inaugural session
Paul Reynolds, Head, Strategy and Policy –Offshore Wind DNV GL Energy, UK during the Q&A session whic followed the technical session


Capacity building Workshop, 12 September 2014, Delhi

J P Singh, Director, (Offshore Wind), MNRE delivering the inaugural address Shruti Shukla, Sr Policy Advisor of GWEC commenced the workshop by welcoming all the guests and introduced the GWEC led consortium to the audience. Smita Singh, Programme Manager, EU Delegation to India presented EU's perspective on offshore wind in India. She opined that EU will be able to identify potential locations for project deployment in India through this project. Samrat Sengupta, Project Manager, FOWIND briefed about the project and explained the seven work packages developed for this project under which the project activities have been grouped, and highlighted the tasks accomplished till date. J P Singh, Director, (Offshore Wind), MNRE delivered the inaugural address by presenting a brief background of wind energy and potential for offshore wind in India. He spoke about the various initiatives taken up by the Government of India for promoting offshore wind power. He also discussed about draft national offshore wind energy policy, demonstration project for offshore wind farm, proposed incentive mechanism and the offshore wind farm, proposed incentive mechanism and the wind energy policy, demonstration project for offshore wind farm, proposed incentive mechanism and the role of National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) in facilitating offshore wind energy in India. Paul Reynolds, Head, Strategy and Policy –Offshore wind, DNV GL Energy, UK spoke about the 'European strategy for offshore wind and learning for India'. He summarised offshore wind energy project development activities and grouped them into 5 critical components namely regulation, finance, site selection, supply chain and grid infrastructure. Arjan Mast, Program Manager, TKI Offshore Wind, The Netherlands, spoke about the 'Pre- project development activities for offshore wind'. He presented a cost model developed by TKI highlighting the importance of detailed project planning before execution. Shruti Shukla talked about 'Offshore wind policy and regulations – global experience'.


Open House Discussion on Key Challenges/barriers for offshore wind development

Rajendra Kharul expressed his views on 'Development challenges for offshore wind in India' and emphasised on the need to upgrade infrastructure components like ports and vessels to deploy large offshore wind turbines. He identified policy, regulation, ecology and environmental impact to be the key areas of concern for India. An Open House Discussion was held to discuss Key Challenges/barriers for offshore wind development. It was concluded that for India, offshore wind energy should not just be limited to demonstration projects. It should be planned for a longer timeline while maintaining a balance between the targets set by the government and the capacity of industry.

FOWIND pioneered the cause of raising awareness to lay the foundation for a strong offshore wind market in India and these workshops were a milestone indeed and proved to be an apt vehicle for information dissemination and media outreach.

For further details and to download the presentations made during these workshops please visit our website


Field Visit and Study Tour in Hamburg, Germany

Welcome Meet hosted by GWEC and OWEF for the Indian delegates in Hamburg on Sunday 21 September 2014

GWEC organised a capacity building field visit and study tour for key stakeholders, experts and decision makers from India during the week of the 21-26 of September in Hamburg, Germany. This visit facilitated constructive dialogue and knowledge sharing between key Indian and European institutions working on long-term R&D aspects of the wind power sector. The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) led the Indian delegation that visited Germany and met with offshore wind industry stakeholders to understand the development process of offshore wind energy. The main objective was to promote learning from Germany's experiences to shorten the lead-time for developing offshore wind projects in India. The German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (OWEF) was the local host for the delegation from India. The trip coincided with the leading International fair for the wind industry called WindEnergy Hamburg. It gave the delegates a unique opportunity to understand the complexity of the offshore supply chain in more mature offshore wind markets like Germany.


The delegation was given an opportunity to obtain first-hand information about the expansion of the offshore base port in Cuxhaven and the facilities that have had to be built in Cuxhaven to make its port ready for the offshore wind sector's specific needs. The delegates had the opportunity to tour Bremerhaven's well-equipped ports, industrial areas on the seaside with deep-water, test sites for multi-megawatt wind plants, excellent research centers like the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES. The delegates visited AREVA's 5MW prototype for its offshore wind turbine that was being tested onshore. The renewables advisory arm of DNV GL is headquartered in Hamburg.

The delegates had the opportunity to see presentations by DNV GL engineers and staff to understand and discuss DNV GL's work -including Wind Resource Assessment, Feasibility Assessment, Cost of Energy Mapping, and GIS based Decision Support System etc. On 24 & 25 September 2014 OWEF and GWEC hosted a Workshop on Energy Policy in Germany and India and Germany's initial experience with offshore wind energy test site “Alpha Ventus” respectively.

The workshop was planned to allow for knowledge exchange and capacity building amongst policy makers and other key stakeholders from both countries. The MNRE was working on a draft policy for offshore wind and this workshop was designed for them to understand the German experience with setting up its first deep-water offshore wind farm in April 2010.

Thus the visit culminated with a strong foundation laid for a platform which could facilitate knowledge exchange, capacity building and accelerate R&D to help set the stage for offshore wind in India.

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