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India: India’s wind power potential 30 times bigger than estimated

Published at: Mar 30, 2012
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India’s wind power potential 30 times bigger than estimated

A new study shows that the potential for onshore wind energy in India is up to 30 times greater than previous government estimates. The current government estimates for wind energy in india is 102 GW, which would only be able to provide the nation with up to 8% of its projected electricity demand by 2022 and 5% by 2032. According to the 24 page- study 95% of the nation's wind energy potential is located in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharasthra und Gujarat.

The study, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, has found that the country’s total wind potential ranges from 2,006 gigawatts (GW) for 80 metre hub heights to 3,121 GW for 120 metre hub heights.

Berkeley Lab scientist Amol Phadke, the lead author of the study, said the findings show that wind power is one of the most cost-effective renewable energy sources commercially available in the Asian nation.

After China, India had the second highest amount of wind power in Asia by the end of last year and was fifth in the world in terms of cumulative capacity, GWEC statistics show.

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