Standards & Regulation
Indian wind energy sector has been developing into the main stream of industrial activity with active participation of the private sector. An Indian wind turbine certification scheme viz., Type Approval - Provisional Scheme was developed by NIWE with the technical assistance of RISO National Laboratory, Denmark (presently known as DTU, Denmark). The TAPS 2000, which was the first of its kind certification scheme for wind turbines, was approved and issued by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and was implemented by NIWE. In addition, NIWE has been involved in preparation of Indian Standards on wind turbines and providing technical support to Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has been issuing the guidelines for Wind Power Projects to streamline the development and facilitate healthy and orderly growth of the Wind Power Sector in the country. MNRE is issuing Revised List of Models and Manufactures of wind turbines (RLMM). NIWE has been providing the technical support to MNRE for implementation of RLMM process. NIWE is also facilitating the grid synchronization of prototype wind turbine models to carry out type testing as per the guidelines issued by MNRE.
M&T station is the accepted primary Lab in India for Wind Turbine Testing as per the National Lab Policy of MNRE. GoI and all other laboratories operating in the field of Wind Turbine Testing will be secondary labs to NIWE. Together they will work to build the capacity and delivery mechanism for world class testing for Wind Turbines in India for all the stakeholders.
It is the first NABL Accredited Test Laboratory in India for providing the services related to Type testing of Wind Turbines in the context of wind turbine type certification, in compliance with relevant standards and rules. The Accreditation was acquired in the year 2006 and still holds the distinction of being the only NABL Accredited lab in India for the past 13 years.
NIWE's Wind Turbine Test Station (WTTS) near Kayathar in Tamil Nadu was established in the year 1999 with the technical assistance of Riso National Laboratory, Denmark under Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) grant and with financial assistance and guidance from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India. Presently plans are underway for developing the second Wind Turbine Test Station exclusively for the purpose of Offshore Wind Turbines, which when commissioned will be the first in India.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body which issues Indian Standards. A committee viz., Wind Turbine Sectional Committee (ETD 42) has been formulated by BIS for the preparation of Indian standards on wind turbines, under the Chairmanship of Director General, NIWE. NIWE provides the technical support to BIS in all the standards related works including IEC standards / IECRE documents.
MNRE has issued the guidelines on installation of prototype wind turbine models in India to facilitate the installation of Prototype wind turbine models to carry out the Type Testing for obtaining Type Certificate. NIWE facilitates for Grid Synchronization of Prototype of wind turbine models by implementing MNRE guidelines on prototype wind turbine models.
As per MNRE guidelines, RLMM lists are being issued by MNRE periodically, based on the documentation/information provided by various wind turbine manufacturers. NIWE provides the technical support to MNRE in issuing RLMM.
The WTTS Test Station has currently two test beds with grid connection to test wind turbines up to 1250kW and 400kW capacities. The number of test beds can be enhanced and higher capacity wind turbines can be tested when offered.
Each bed with its control room is equipped with sophisticated data acquisitions systems having validated software and state of art architecture.
Tests for Wind Turbines
The Division also takes up field measurements at client locations on request.
Advantages of Testing Wind Turbines
The measurements of a wind turbine would assist a
Creation of the following new national test facilities are at various stages of progress and the facilities are expected to be dedicated to the service of the nation soon.
We, a part of NIWE, are committed to provide credible, prompt and reliable service in testing of Wind Turbine to our valued customers in the wind energy sector.
We shall maintain highest standards of professional ethics, confidentiality & impartiality in our operations. Our methods and practices are transparent and conforming to national and international standards.
We are committed to ensure competence of all personnel who are involved in the testing operation in order to maintain consistency in our operation.
We shall strive to meet the expectations of our customer through implementation of IS/ISO/IEC 17025 and continually improve upon it.