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Mumbai’s Airport first in India to turn to wind energy for consumption need

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Jun 16, 2022 6:00 PM

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The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai, has in an effort to enable a highly efficient and low carbon future launched a pilot program to begin using renewable sources of energy. This initiative would ensure round-the-clock power generation and harness a majority of required energy through wind power systems.

Airport’s vision of a "Green India"

This step is part of the airport's vision of a "Green India," and it aims to launch a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) as well as a solar PV hybrid (solar mill).

Aims to reduce dependence on conventional electricity

This sustainable initiative undertaken by the airport aims in reducing dependence on conventional electricity which propels its journey towards ‘net zero’ emissions,” a Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International 
Airport (CSMIA) spokesperson told.

First-of-its-kind to combine solar and wind energy to generate electricity

WindStream Energy Technologies India Pvt Ltd has developed the first-of-its-kind, fully integrated, hybrid renewable energy product that combines solar and wind energy to generate electricity, according to company officials.

The Mumbai Airport spokesperson also added that it is estimated that the VAWT technology would help generate around 13,140 Kwh/annum for 25 years, it will increase renewable energy in the existing energy mix and could reduce carbon emission to about 2,59,515 KgCo2e (kilogram of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilogram).

Requires minimum maintenance of installation

This plant requires bare minimum maintenance of installation, unlike other electrical supply machines where load and batteries are attached to the system, the spokesperson told the Hindustan Times.

The Union Ministry of Power released a draft National Electricity Policy in 2021. The first objective of the policy was to ensure the transition to clean and sustainable energy generation in alignment with the global agenda on climate ambitions and energy transition.

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