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FOWIND events

Launch of FOWIND

A global consortium led by Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and comprising of Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Garrad Hassan India Pvt. Ltd (DNV GL), Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) and World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) launched FOWIND(Facilitating Offshore Wind in India), a four-year project to develop a roadmap for offshore wind development in India, with a focus on the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, on 13 December 2013.

Supported by a €4 million contribution through the European Union's Indo-European Cooperation on Renewable Energy programme, the project will work in close cooperation with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, State governments of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu and other relevant offices of the Indian government to look at the challenges and opportunities presented by offshore wind. State government agency, Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd. (GPCL) has committed to co-finance the project to the tune of 500,000 Euro.

The specific objectives of the project are to create an enabling environment for offshore wind through resource mapping, policy guidance and capacity building measures, and to assess the infrastructure base and identify improvements required. In addition, the project will seek to build partnerships at a technical, policy and research level both within India and between India and EU companies, research groups and institutions, with a final goal of developing an Offshore Wind Outlook and development pathway for India up to 2032.

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One day international seminar on Offshore Wind Power Potential of Gujarat

1st February 2014, Gandhinagar - Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar, Gujarat on the 1st of February 2014 organised an international seminar on Offshore Wind Power Potential of Gujarat in association with Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL).

The FOWIND partners were involved in the designing of the workshop. WISE was the knowledge partner and the GWEC was the supporting partner for this event. This event marked a crucial juncture in the implementation of the FOWIND project, as the tripartite agreement between GWEC, GPCL and WISE was signed here.

Steve Sawyer, Secretary General GWEC, inaugurated the event. Leon Wijshoff, Senior Advisor, International Programmes Department, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Dr. S.Gomathinayagam, Executive Director of Center for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai and Dr. Andreas Reuter, Managing Director of Fraunhofer Institute of Wind Energy Systems, Germany were amongst the notable speakers at the seminar.

The day-long event focused on three main areas
1) Markets, Resources, Economics, Policy and Regulation for Offshore Wind
2) Implementation Strategy and Execution of Offshore Wind Projects and
3) Technical issues and Challenges for the Offshore Wind sector from both national as well as international markets.

Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, GWEC elaborated on offshore wind power markets and financing of offshore wind projects. Rajendra Kharul, Director, Center for Wind Power, WISE introduced FOWIND objectives, action plan and expected outcomes to the attendees. He highlighted the benefits, implementation of this project can bring to the state government of Gujarat.

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PMU Inauguration

19th March 2014, Pune - The PMU for the duration of the project will be responsible for the day-to-day project management, ensuring timely reporting and financial management of the project. As per the consortium agreement, the office of the Project Management Unit (PMU) will be located at WISE, Pune.

Dr. Satish Agnihotri Hon. Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India inaugurated the Project Management Unit at WISE on the 19th of March 2014.

The PMU is comprised of four personnel, of which the Project Manager, Deputy Manager -Technical and Assistant Manager will operate from WISE, Pune, India. The Project Finance officer will be based out of GWEC, Brussels.

IEDCL joined the FOWIND consortium as a strategic partner

25 April 2014, Delhi - The FOWIND consortium comprising of GWEC, CSTEP, DNV GL (formerly GL-GH), GPCL and WISE signed an MOU with IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited (IEDCL), a group company of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS). IEDCL joined the consortium as a strategic partner. IEDCL's expertise in conceptualization, development and structuring large infrastructure projects will significantly enrich the consortium's work over the coming years.

The MOU signing event was held on 25th April at New Delhi. The event saw representations from the EU Delegation to India, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and several recognised national and international experts in the field of wind energy. For more information please visit:

Shruti Shukla, Sr. Policy Advisor GWEC, commenced the inaugural session by introducing the consortium and its members. This was followed by a session on the EU's perspective of offshore wind industry in India delivered by Smita Singh representing EU Delegation to India. Smita Singh indicated that IEDCL's collaboration with the GWEC led consortium will set an example for future feasibility assessment projects and help pave a path forward for offshore wind in India.

Dr. Alok Srivastava, Joint-Secretary, MNRE in his keynote speech spoke about the challenges faced by the ministry in mainstreaming renewable energy (RE) in our country's development agenda.

The event also marked the launch of the FOWIND website.

Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, GWEC, presented on the development scenario of offshore wind technology around the world. J P Singh, Director, (MNRE) spoke about the forthcoming offshore wind policy and its details. Alok Kumar, Country Manager. Renewables Advisory, DNV GL shared the lessons learnt by DNV GL over the last ten year'sin offshore wind domain. Meera Sudhakar, Sr. Research Analyst at CSTEP gave an overview of FOWIND project highlighting the objectives set for each year over the 51 months duration of the project. Rajendra Kharul, Director and Head, Centre for Wind Power, WISE presented an overview of Gujarat's perspective on offshore wind. He spoke about inherent wind potential already existing in the state.

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