Climate Change to Harness Power Using Off-Shore Wind Energy

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Researchers at IIT-Bombay stated that global warming could help in generating power using off-shore wind energy.

Previous studies and reports showed that changing climate could have an adverse impact on power generation from offshore wind. New research opens opportunity for production of energy from increasing global warming. Researcher’s working on the study suggest that Indian government should consider installing their plants. The study concludes that the annual “average wind potential obtained at these sites might undergo a substantial increase over the next three decades as compared to the past three. It is expected to significantly rise to about 25%”.

According to The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, three locations – Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram and Jakhau – along the Indian coastline for their offshore wind farms are major spots for installing plants. In a study published in the Royal Meteorological Society and Journal of Meteorological Applications, researchers at the Powai institute, have claimed that the rising sea temperatures will benefit the off-shore wind farms at these locations.

However, generation of energy will be subjected to variations in the average wind potential over the monsoon and non-monsoon months. The study predicts that different sites are differently impacted by climate change; some show an increase in the power potential while it may drop at other places. “An earlier study by India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai has found that moving from onshore to offshore platforms results in increasing the capital cost by 111%, but this is more than compensated by the rise in power production by 184%”, said Sumeet Kulkarni, co-author of the study from the institute. The IIT-B research approves the feasibility of government’s ambitious plans of expanding energy generation from off-shore wind farms in the next five years.

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