Energy from wind holds high promise in India as a Non-Conventional energy source that can supplement grid power generation. To help develop and accelerate the pace of utilization of wind energy in the country, the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources (MNES) set up the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) in Chennai as an autonomous institution of the Government of India. A Wind Turbine Test Station with technical and partial financial support by DANIDA, Government of Denmark, was established at Kayathar, in Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu, as an integral part of the Centre. NIWE is envisioned to serve as a technical focal point of excellence to foster the development of wind energy in the country.
NIWE, a knowledge-based institution of high quality and dedication, offers services and seeks to find total solutions for the major stakeholders across the entire spectrum of the wind energy sector. It will support the wind turbine industry in achieving and sustaining quality, such that products of the highest quality and reliability are installed, harnessing all energy available in the wind. NIWE will strongly support the wind turbine industry in developing the know how and know-why, and to promote export of products and services to other countries.
To serve as the technical focal point for wind power development in India, for promoting and accelerating the pace of utilization of wind energy and support the growing wind power sector in the country.
To develop and strengthen the facilities and capabilities, evolve strategies, promote, conduct, coordinate and support research and development programmes to achieve and maintain reliable and cost-effective technology in wind power systems.
To analyze and assess wind resources based on the data available from various sources and prepare wind energy density maps/wind atlas/reference wind data.
To prepare and establish standards including guidelines, procedures, protocols for design, testing and certification of wind power systems, subsystems and components, taking into consideration the Indian conditions and in line with internationally recommended practices and standards and update the same based on the feedback.
To establish world class facilities, conduct and coordinate testing of complete wind power systems, subsystems and components according to internationally accepted test procedures and criteria, whereby the total performance such as power performance, power quality, noise level, dynamics, and operation and safety systems are tested according to agreed protocols.
To accord type approval/type certification, which verifies conformity with safety related requirements as per standards, guidelines and other rules for design, operation and maintenance, as well as adequate documentation of quality issues such as power performance, noise, life expectancy and reliability.
To monitor the field performance of wind power systems, sub-systems and components, effectively utilize this feedback for fulfillment of the above objective and issue of certification, establish and update the data bank on a continuous basis, and serve as information centre for selective dissemination.
To undertake Human Resource Development programmes for personnel working in the wind energy sector.
To promote commercial exploitation of knowhow and know-why results and offer various consultancy services to the customers.
To promote the development and commercialization of any other wind energy systems including stand-alone systems.
The Governing Council (GC), consisting of 12 members appointed by the Government of India, is the highest policymaking body of NIWE, to provide direction and advice. The Governing Council is assisted by the Management Committee, Finance Committee, and Research and Development Council.
The Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources, Government of India, is the ex-officio President of the Society and also ex-officio Chairman of the Governing Council.
The affairs of the Society are managed and administered in accordance with the Memorandum of Association and the Rules and Regulations of the Society approved by the Government of India.
The Director General is the executive head and is assisted by unit heads.
Organizational Structure and Services Offered
NIWE comprises eight interactive units that offer total and integrated solutions to its clients and users in the wind energy sector. These are listed below:
Research and Development
Supports multi institutional research on wind energy
Performance testing of Small Wind Turbines / Aerogenerators
Empanelment of Small Wind Turbine manufacturers
Acoustic Noise measurement
Study of wind-solar-diesel hybrid system
Wind Resource Assessment
Site condition assessments for wind monitoring & wind farm development
Providing measurement campaign management, assisting clients in the Installation and monitoring of meteorological masts, LIDAR and SODAR stations
Data collection, management, quality control and wind energy resource reporting
Analysis of Data with sophisticated software tools and techniques
Long-Term Trend Data Analysis (NCEP/NCAR/MERRA/CFSR)
Turbine array layout design, optimization and Produce bankable P50, P75, and P90 yield predictions (gross/net Predictions, uncertainty analyses, etc.)
Analysis of existing wind farm operations
Technical due diligence in complying with international standards.
Power curve demonstration guarantee test
Preparation of Tender document and Tender Evaluation for development of wind farm
DPRs (Detailed Project Reports) preparation through State of art software tool for wind farm developers
Wind Turbine Testing
As per Internationally accepted procedures and stipulations for
Power Performance measurements
Power Quality measurements
Safety and function tests
Yaw efficiency test
User defined measurements
The services are not limited by type or size of the Wind Turbines
The services are certified as per the requirements of ISO 9001: 2008 and accredited as per the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 : 2005
Standards & Certification
Preparation of Indian standards on wind turbines
Accord type approval / type certification to wind turbines in accordance with Indian Type Certification Scheme [TAPS - 2000 (amended)]. Type Certification Services are certified as per ISO 9001 : 2008
Issue the Revised List of Models and Manufacturers of Wind Turbines (RLMM) periodically
Issue the recommendation for grid synchronization to facilitate installation of prototype wind turbines
National, International and Customized Training for various types of clients on
Wind Turbine / Solar Technology
Wind / Solar Resource Measurement & Analysis
Wind Resource Modelling Techniques
Wind Speed Statistics / Solar irradiation and Energy Calculations
Micro-siting and Layout of wind / solar farms
Design and Safety requirements as per standards as per standards
Wind Turbines Testing
O& M practices
Solar Radiation Resource Assessment
Solar Radiation Resource Assessment
Measurement of critical parameters for the development of solar power projects like GHI, DNI, DHI and meteorological parameters
Investor and bankable grade data on solar resources
Data quality checks based on BSRN protocol
Calibration of solar sensors
Preparation of Solar Atlas
Consultancy projects and training in HR development
Engineering Services Division
Campus maintenance including Civil , Electrical and Infrastructure.
Technical support services to the organization.
Finance & Administration
Department serving as the artery connecting Scientific units of Wind Technology & Solar Resources with Management.
Budget & Revised Estimates for grants-in-aid, Allocation & re-appropriation of funds, Expenditure management & budget control, Project financial management.
Statutory compliances on Service Tax and Income Tax etc., Dealing with audits, Drawing up balance sheet, Laying of audited accounts on the table of Parliament.
Framing of Rules, Schemes and Grievance Redressal, Contract Management, Legal issues, Court Cases & RTI , Recruitment , Promotion And upgradations.
Statutory compliances on EPF, Gratuity, Contract Labour, Societies Registration, Bills of Establishment, Facility Management, Activities related to Official Language. Maintenance of Vehicle, Security and Housekeeping.
Stores & Purchase section is committed to organize procurement of items required for projects of the Institute in time, at competitive rates consistent with requirement, finance available and in a transparent manner. Procurements (Indigenous & Imports) & Service Contracts.