MNRE Issues Draft Scheme on Indian Wind Turbine Certification

The scheme will not only provide a framework for standards, but also cater to the technical regulations and requirements

Wind Turbine

Consolidating National and International Standards, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a draft scheme on wind turbines in India. Known as the ‘Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme’ (IWTCS), the draft has been prepared in consultation with the National Institute of Wind Energy, Chennai.

The scheme will not only provide a framework for standards, but also cater to the technical regulations and requirements issued by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), guidelines issued by MNRE and other international guidelines.

Internationally, IEC /IECRE Certification schemes for wind turbines are well recognized and widely used and the IWTCS in its formulation has incorporated the rules and procedures of IS/IEC/IECRE.

Type Certification of wind turbines will play an active role in ensuring that wind turbines in India meet the requirements of requisite IS/IEC/IECRE standards.

The steady growth of the sector has seen different types of wind turbines with diverse performance and safety criteria.

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 comprehensive document which provides the complete technical requirements which shall have to be complied by the wind turbines for the safe and reliable operation by all the stakeholders.

There is also a need for technical regulations which shall facilitate common ground for OEMs, Developers, Investors and Financial Institution for systematic development.

The guideline for the recognition of the certification schemes in India by MNRE was paramount for the success of quality wind turbines installed in India.

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