INDIA’S FIRST 4.20-MW WIND TURBINE GENERATOR

  • India’s first 4.20-MW wind turbine generator ready for commissioning
  • The single unit with the largest wind power generation capacity has been installed at Vadalivilai near Valliyoor in Tirunelveli district by Brazil-based WEG at a cost of ₹88 crore
  • The country’s first 4.20-MW wind turbine generator, a single unit with the largest wind power generation capacity, has been installed at Vadalivilai near Valliyoor in Tirunelveli district.
  • The Brazil-based WEG — involved in a range of businesses, including power generation, mining, oil, gas and sugar industries and having its manufacturing unit at SIPCOT Industrial Estate, Hosur — has installed the state-of-the-art gearless generator at a cost of ₹88 crore at Vadalivilai, which is close to the advantageous Aralvaimozhi Pass.
  • So far, the 3,000-odd windmills installed in the Aralvaimozhi Pass have the capacity to generate up to 2 MW of power.
  • Since the 33-KV evacuation facility is yet to be installed, the commissioning and transmission of power to be generated from this mega wind turbine generator is getting delayed.
  • Gujarat and Tamil Nadu would be the major players in the mission. Of the 500 GW, solar energy would account for 300 GW.
  • The remaining 200 GW would be generated from the other sources of renewable energy.
  • As Tamil Nadu has the potential to generate 35 GW wind power, including 30 GW in Dhanushkodi alone, two wind turbine generators would initially be installed in the near future in the coastal village to power the entire Rameswaram town.
  • The Minister said the 4.20-MW wind turbine generator was only a prototype as the WEG planned to install 7-MW generators in this region.
  • Asked about the delay in commissioning it, he said he would hold talks with the State government for expediting the installation of a sub-station for evacuating the power.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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