Climate change could help harness power using off-shore wind energy: IIT-B researchers

Wind mills in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu (Raj | Flickr Creative Commons)

Researchers at IIT-Bombay have suggested that global warming could be good news after all--for generating power using off-shore wind energy from the sea bed. Debunking fears that the changing climate could have an adverse impact on power generation from offshore wind, researchers have concluded that Indian government should aggressively install their plants.The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has identified three locations - Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram and Jakhau - along the Indian coastline for their offshore wind farms. 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.

In fact, they conclude that the annual "average wind potential obtained at these sites might undergo a substantial increase over the next three decades compared to the past three. It is expected to significantly rise to about 25%". However, this 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.Professors Sumeet Kulkarni, M C Deo, and Subimal Ghosh from the institute, who co-authored the paper 'Framework for assessment of climate change impa....

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