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UK-India offshore wind farm co-operation: wind energy workshop

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The workshop is aimed at academics, scientists, Government, and Industry across South India.

Mr Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai said,

I am delighted that UK ocean and energy experts are in Chennai this week. Tamil Nadu is blessed with ideal coastal conditions for offshore wind farms and the Indian Government has identified the UK - the world’s largest offshore wind energy producer - as the partner of choice for offshore wind energy. This is a perfect partnership. I hope that discussion this week will help identify specific areas of research collaboration that will benefit the offshore wind sector in India, and especially in Tamil Nadu.

Leading research experts from the UK will be in Chennai on Thursday, 6 February for a workshop titled, “UK-India Offshore Wind Energy Research”. It will be held at the national centre for excellence on wind energy, Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), Chennai

This is the latest development in a long-running programme. A collaborative project on ‘Creating ecosystems for offshore wind development in India’ has been funded by the UK Government. A mission led by India’s Ministry of Non-Renewable Energy went to the UK in October 2013 to share experiences and learn about offshore wind generation in the UK.

The workshop brings together Indian experts, including from:

  • Chennai’s National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT)
  • IIT Madras and
  • C-WET

with UK experts from sectors such as:

  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering
  • Wind Power Forecasting
  • Wave Modelling, and
  • Climate Change Impacts

Further information:

  • In green technologies, the UK is responsible for breakthroughs from the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell motorbike to SeaGen, the world’s first commercialised tidal energy system. It is also home to the world’s largest wind farm in Thanet, off the North Sea. The UK is a global centre for research in clean and sustainable energy, with famous institutions like Imperial College’s Energy Futures Lab and the University of East Anglia’s Low Carbon Innovation Centre.

  • The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, UK, business plan includes key milestones for Catapults to:

    • help grow the industry and play an active role in reducing the cost of generating energy from offshore wind and
    • show how this can be extended to wave and tidal energy sources.
  • The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is the UK’s innovation agency; its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. It is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The TBS brings together business, research and the public sector supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy.

  • Catapults are centres of excellence that bridge the gap between business, academia, research and government. They are a powerful new element in the UK economy, helping businesses develop relevant and exciting ideas in receptive and invigorating environments. The Technology Strategy Board will oversee the Catapults. The High Value Manufacturing Catapult was the first to open in October 2011. Catapults for Cell Therapy, Offshore Renewable Energy and Satellite Applications, Connect Digital Economy, Future Cities and Transport Systems are also being established.

  • Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), Chennai, has been established as a technical focal point of excellence by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, (MNRE). It is an autonomous R&D institution of Government of India. The Centre’s mandate is to research sustainable wind energy development and to help India achieve self-reliance in the power sector supplementing the core conventional resources and large scale demonstration and diffusion of the non-conventional energy sources.

  • For media queries please contact Anita Mawdsley, Press & Public Affairs Officer, British Deputy High Commission, Chennai. Mobile: +91-96001-99956.

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