Wind power contributes roughly 4% of power generated across the world. The gentle blowing breeze generates around 370000 MW of power in over 100 countries. From a peripheral and unconventional energy, wind power has come a long way and has become a mainstream sector with innovation, modernization and technology upgradation.
In India, wind power contributes 12% of total energy generation and it ranks 5th in global rank. In India, rapid growth of wind power generation started after year 2005 and it has grown exponentially till 2012 and gradually dropped in cap
Ministry of Renewable Energy is planning to set up India?s first offshore wind turbines at Arichamunai near Dhanushkodi at an estimated investment of Rs. 3000 million. The MNRE proposed to install four to five wind turbines, each with the capacity to generate a minimum of 6 MW of power, though offshore wind turbines were quite large with capacities going up to 12 MW. The Centre had given its nod and after obtaining clearances, the project would be launched in the next six months? time.
Avant Garde Innovations (AGI), a clean energy startup floated by brothers Arun (34) and Anoop George (30), has designed a innovative turbine that promises to bring down the cost of small wind power plants by three quarters, making them affordable for households and promising near maintenance-free service for five years. The Georges have already filed for a patent for their design. The design was recognised by the United Nations Foundation, AGI's turbine is capable of generating power even at very low wind speeds. The 1 kw-capacity equipment can provide about five units of power every day - deemed enough for meeting the energy needs of a middle-income household every day.