Suzlon Energy, on 06-11-2014, put into operation the world's tallest hybrid wind generator turbine in Kutch. The turbine, it is claimed, will generate 12-15 per cent more energy.The 120-metre hybrid turbine, inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, had been designed and developed by local engineers.
This tower is taller by 40 metres than conventional wind turbine towers.
With this new turbine, the installed wind energy capacity at the Kutch region of Gujarat has gone up to 1,100 MW.
And, this makes it the Asia's biggest wind energy park at one location, according to Tulsi Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director of Suzlon.
"This tower is ideal for low wind areas, and the potential is huge. In the next three years, this region will have 2,000 MW of wind energy capacity, and this will make it the world's biggest wind energy park in one location. Six years ago, we had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Gujarat Government to set up 2,000 MW capacity here. Out of that, we have now crossed 1,100 MW," Mr. Tanti said.
So far, India had a potential of 1 lakh MW of wind energy. With this breakthrough, however, the potential had increased to two lakh MW, Mr. Tanti pointed out.
"This potential from the hybrid 120-metre turbine is 50,000 MW as now we can go to low-wind side," he said.
Suzlon has set up 25,000 MW wind energy capacity for its customers in 31 countries, including 9000 MW in India.