MNRE circulates draft Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS)

Why in News?

  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, in consultation with National Institute of Wind Energy, has prepared a draft of new Scheme called Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS) incorporating various guidelines Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS).
  • Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS):
  • The IWTCS is a consolidation of relevant National and International Standards (IS/IEC/IEEE), Technical Regulations and requirements issued by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), guidelines issued by MNRE and other international guidelines.
  • It also incorporates various best practices from other countries to ensure the quality of the wind energy projects.
    • The draft Scheme enlists the guidelines for the benefit of all the stakeholders from concept to lifetime of wind turbine including:
    • Indian Type Approved Model (ITAM),
    • Indian Type Certification Scheme (ITCS),
    • Wind Farm Project Certification Scheme (WFPCS)
    • Wind Turbine Safety & Performance Certification Scheme (WTSPCS)

Why need such Scheme?

  • Wind sector in India is growing at a rapid pace with increased utilization of wind energy for the power development.
  • The modern wind turbines have higher dimensions and capacity and improved Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) along with technological improvements.
  • Under these developments, there was a need for comprehensive document which provides the complete technical requirements which shall have to be complied by the wind turbines for the safe and reliable operation by all the stakeholders.
  • Also, there is a need for technical regulations.
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