Tapping the offshore wind

The Hindu

The main benefit of going offshore is that wind conditions are known to be steadier and less seasonal and provide power close to load centres compared to onshore

For long, Tamil Nadu has not been able to tap the vast potential of wind energy a long coastline offers.

While onshore wind farms, mostly located in the Shencottah and Palakkad passes, have been able to harness wind energy to the maximum, the offshore potential has only been talked about till now – primarily due to the prohibitive costs.

Now, the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) is carrying out a pre-feasibility study, wherein eight zones between Kanyakumari and Ramanathapuram districts have been identified as high potential areas — excluding fishing areas, military zones and oil and gas industry.

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