The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), in consultation with National Institute of Wind Energy Chennai, has prepared a draft of a new scheme called Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS), which incorporates various guidelines of the Turbine Certification Scheme.
The scheme is a consolidation of all relevant national and international standards, technical regulations and requirements issued by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), guidelines issued by MNRE and other international guidelines.
1. The draft scheme enlists the guidelines for the benefit of all the stakeholders from concept to lifetime of a wind turbine, including Indian Type Approved Model (ITAM), Indian Type Certification Scheme (ITCS), Wind Farm Project Certification Scheme (WFPCS) and Wind Turbine Safety & Performance Certification Scheme (WTSPCS).
2. It incorporates the best practices from other nations in order to ensure the quality of the wind energy projects.
The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy through various policies and schemes has facilitated the healthy and orderly growth of this sector. The modern wind turbines have higher hub heights, larger rotor diameter, higher capacity and improved Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) along with technological improvements.
Under these developments, there is a need for a comprehensive document that provides the complete technical requirements which shall have to be compiled by the wind turbines for the safe and reliable operation by all the stakeholders namely, OEMs, Independent Power Producers (IPPs), wind farm developers, Financial Institutions, Utilities and others.