Research and Development (R&D) and Resource Data Analytics and Forecasting (RDAF)

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Research and Development (R&D) +

R&D Unit of NIWE was established with the aim of addressing the specific purpose of supporting time bound and mission oriented research and development programmes to achieve and maintain world class, reliable and cost effective technology in wind power systems. The Unit continues to improve its knowledge and skills through continuous learning, to keep pace with the State-of-the-Art Technology and excel through innovative approaches. The Unit carries out in-house R&D and coordinates research and development programs through effective networking with academic institutions, industry, experts and consultants working in a wide spectrum of disciplines for the benefit of wind energy sector.

  • Industrial Research & Acadamic Interaction (IRAI) MoU -    
  • NIWE being the model institution in the entire Asia-pacific accordingly to demonstrate the renewable energy technologies and also to conduct research relevant activities, the following facilities has been established
    1. 2 MW Variable speed wind turbine
    2. 600 kW constant speed Wind Turbine
    3. 200 kW constant speed wind turbines
    4. 5 kW wind solar hybrid system
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Student Internship / Project +

To encourage students to choose renewable energy as their career option, NIWE will provide 25 Internships in the field of renewable energy every year. The internship will be called as “NIWE- Academic Associate Programme (AAP)”. NIWE-AAP will provide opportunities for the students to work with scientists/engineers on NIWE’s projects

Click here to obtain more information on Internship Programme for UG/PG students

Success Stories +

Establishment of Pan-India Research Network

Pan-India Research Network has been established at NIWE where all the OEM’s of WT’s, researchers and institutions conducting work in Wind engineering/ Technology to be brought to one common platform, which will open an indigenous research network in India. The intention is to create the hub of synergy for all wind related research in India, where Industry identified issues will be taken up for research by a consortia of Academia with support from MNRE through NIWE.

Resource Data Analytics and Forecasting (RDAF)+

NIWE has developed state of art in house developed wind/solar power forecasting system to predict wind/solar power upto 7 day-ahead and also provide intraday revisions to support all the State load despatch Centre (SLDC) in the country to evacuate wind /solar power and also to manage grid efficiently.

Historical Perspective +

Variable generation (VG) forecasting service plays an important role in grid management activities of State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC). In order to utilize the maximum of renewable resources and to increase penetration and evacuation of wind power generation, a demo 51 MW wind power-forecasting project was initiated during 2013 in association with M/s Vortex Spain through an Indo-Spanish research collaboration facilitated by MNRE, Government of India. As a spinoff of the said project, NIWE initiated operational wind power forecasting services to Tamil Nadu since 2015. Subsequently, with the help of Indian NWP data set, an Indigenous wind power-forecasting model was developed by NIWE during 2017 and the same is under testing with various pilot operational wind-forecasting projects. Currently, NIWE is carrying out pilot operational wind power forecasting services for the whole state of Gujarat, Karnataka , SRLDC and Maharashtra. NIWE also initiated pilot solar power forecasting services to SRLDC. The NIWE forecasting service is assisting State -owned electricity generation and distribution utilities for better management of fluctuations in wind power/Solar power output.

  1. Skoch Order-of-Merit Award 2015

    Skoch Order-of-Merit was awarded for the project “Wind Power Forecasting by NIWE – Vortex” during the 42nd Skoch summit on 10th- 11th December 2015 at India Habitat Center, New Delhi.

  2. National Awards for eGovernance 2018-19

    Received National Award for eGovernance 2018-19 (Golden Award under “Outstanding research on citizen centric Services by Academic Research Institutions”) for the project “Wind power forecasting for the whole state of Tamil Nadu” during the ceremony of National Award for eGovernance 2018-19 on 27th February 2019 at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, Janpath, New Delhi.

  3. Centre for Excellence VG Forecasting laboratory

    NIWE established VG forecasting laboratory in year 2017 under the project viz., Centre for Excellence in VG Forecasting with a major objective to create a State of Art Forecasting Laboratory in NIWE for providing wind and solar power forecasting services to Indian Industry.

  4. NIWE’s Indigenous Forecast System

    NIWE has developed In-house Data management system, Indigenous Wind and Solar Power Forecasting model, Monitoring System, Web portal, forecast simulation tools and security system. NIWE is currently providing VG pilot forecasting services and Operation VG forecasting services on commercial basis for various SLDCs.

  5. Performance Analysis

    The accuracy of Wind forecasting for the State of Tamil has hit a milestone of 99% of error blocks within permissible deviation as per CERC norms for both Intra-Day and Day-Ahead forecast in year 2018. NIWE has already signed MoU with Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan SLDC’s to establish operation wind power forecasting system. NIWE has proposed to sign MoU with other RE rich states in couple of months.

    Error analysis for the whole State of Tamil Nadu is given below,

    Error Analysis for the whole state of Karnataka is given below,

    Error Analysis for the whole state of Gujarat is given below,

    Error Analysis for NP Kunta Solar Park is given below,

Initiatives +
  1. Training

    Forecasting Team Capacity, building process was initiated by Overspeed, GmbH in collaboration with NIWE in August 2017. Fine tuning of prototype solar power forecasting model is under progress.

  2. Workshops
    • NIWE and IWPA conducted a 3 day workshop on “Forecasting and Scheduling Wind Power” from 8th - 10th February 2016 in Radisson Blue Hotel, Chennai.
    • NIWE and IWPA conducted international workshop on “Current Practices in wind solar forecasting and 99+ grid availability for RE integration” on January 22nd and 23rd 2018 at Le Royal meridian, Chennai.

    New Upcoming Facilities/Events

    1. Initiation of Data management centre and Data analytics laboratory
    2. International conference on “ Wind Resource Assessment” from 23rd- 24th August,2019
    3. Development of Data analytics portal
    4. R&D to improve the existing wind power forecasting model accuracy at Sub-Station and State level
    5. NIWE proposes to sign MoU and initialize wind/solar power forecasting in RE rich states.

    Snapshots of forecasting portal:

    Day ahead Schedule of Wind power Forecasting
    Week ahead Schedule of Solar power Forecasting

MoU signing with various SLDC’s for pilot wind/solar power forecasting services

National e-governance Award

IWPA Review Meeting

Click here to access NIWE’s VG power-forecasting dashboard