Journal of Power and Energy Engineering
Vol.04 No.10(2016), Article ID:71514,14 pages

Wind Energy Generation and Assessment of Resources in India

Vishakha Tank, Jignasha Bhutka*, T. Harinarayana

Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute (GERMI), Gandhinagar, India

Copyright © 2016 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0).

Received: July 19, 2016; Accepted: October 24, 2016; Published: October 27, 2016


The gap between energy demand and its generation is constantly widening. People have started giving more emphasis on renewable sources of energy. This paper pre- sents the estimation of potential for wind energy generation maps based on fixed wind turbine capacity. Although wind energy has developed substantially in recent years, we have only wind speed and wind potential density maps. Our attempt here is to generate wind energy generation potential maps. Major step in achieving this goal is modeling of wind energy conversion system using TRNSYS software. The model consists of three main components namely the weather, the turbines and energy conversion parameters. The weather data are provided from the meteorological database, namely Meteonorm. The simulated output is compared with actual wind generation of wind farms. After comparing our model results with the existing wind energy generation data, we have extended to compute the wind energy generation for all locations in India. For simulation, 4691 locations are identified considering 0.25˚ × 0.25˚ interval. The energy generation simulated data are compiled and developed into maps that are useful to all wind energy developers. The data generated and presented in the form of maps are for all the 30 states of India.


Wind Energy Generation Map, Wind Turbine, TRNSYS, Simulation, India

1. Introduction

The exponential increase in utilization of electrical energy and the constant decrease in conventional sources of energy have led to huge gap between demand and supply of electrical energy. This has led the people to switch over to renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, etc. According to International Energy Agency, India and China are likely to consume more than 28 percent of the world total energy by 2030. Renewable energy sources must contribute to a significant amount to protect our environment as they are least pollutants [1] . According to a report (REN21’s 2016), renewable sources contributed 23.7 percent of generation of electricity in 2015. This energy consumption is divided as 8.9 percent from traditional biomass, 4.2 percent from heat energy (solar, geothermal and modern biomass), 3.9 and 2.2 percent from hydroelectricity and wind respectively [2] . The Government of India has set a target for total renewable capacity as 175 GW by 2022. It includes 60 GW from wind, 100 GW from solar, 10 GW from biomass and 5 GW from small hydro power [3] .

Among the various renewable sources of energy, wind is one of the most important sources and has widely gained attention in recent years. Although people harnessed energy from wind since ancient times, it was in different forms. Wind turbines were previously used for pumping water, grinding grains, etc. in some parts of the world before they are used for power generation [4] .

Wind is considered as a promising alternative for power generation because of its environmental and economic benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emission, reduced fuel cost and provides clean and cost effective energy [1] . Additionally, wind energy is an optimum choice due to relatively short installation time, easy operation and maintenance with reduced natural habitat disturbance compared to conventional energy source.

The factors that influence the energy produced by wind energy generators (WTG) over a particular location include: 1) power curve of the wind turbine for different wind speed, 2) good distribution of wind velocity within a location and 3) strength of prevailing wind speed in the area. The total energy generated by WTG over a period can be calculated by summation of energies corresponding to all operational wind speed [5] . The State-wise Cumulative Capacity until March 2016 is shown in Table 1.

Our study presents an approach to develop wind energy generation map based on a typical wind turbine size and also presents a method of wind resource assessment in India. The selection of a particular wind turbine size is chosen in our study is based on

Table 1. Cumulative capacity of different states [6] .

the majority usage of a wind turbine in the country. Based on this criterion, 0.8 MW turbine is preferred in our study.

Three software’s are used in the development of wind energy generation map. They are: a) Meteonorm, b) TRNSYS and c) Surfer. Meteonorm is a meteorological database that gives access to meteorological data for every location in the world that can be used in a variety of applications [7] . It contains worldwide weather data that can be retrieved in more than 35 formats. TRNSYS (Transient System Simulation Tool) is user-friendly graphical based software. It is used to simulate the behavior of transient systems [8] . Surfer is a powerful contouring, gridding and three dimensional surface mapping software that mainly runs under Microsoft Windows [9] .

2. Materials and Methods

The methodology used in this study is to evaluate the wind energy potential conducted by a series of steps. First, the wind data is collected from a weather database and then a reference turbine model is selected followed by development of wind power conversion in TRNSYS software.

2.1. Collection of Wind Speed Data

As discussed before and above the wind speed data for our study are taken from a meteorological database-Meteonorm. It gives weather information at a universally accepted reference data collection from a height of 10 meters. The database provides an average value collected over a period of 10 years. The data is retrieved in a standard TMY2 format that is also the format used by TRNSYS.

2.2. Selection of a Reference Wind Turbine Model

The annual average wind speed of India varies from 6 to 7 m/s. For this reason mostly class II and III wind turbines are used in our country. For assessment, a wind turbine from Enercon model of E-53 of 800 kW is chosen. This turbine size is selected because of the following reasons: 1) it represents the size that is most often used in the nation 2) it comes from a manufacturer that is known for its high quality 3) this turbine has a standard hub height of 75 meters that is widely being used [10] . More details on the technical parameters of the selected wind turbine are shown in the Table 2. (Source: Enercon Product Brochure)The power curve is a graph showing wind speed versus power output of the chosen turbine as shown in Figure 1. There are three main points on this curve: 1) cut-in speed; 2) rated speed and 3) cut-off speed. Here, the cut-in speed is 3 m/s at this speed turbine starts to deliver power. On rated speed wind turbine can give constant rated power output and cut-off speed beyond which the turbine is not allowed to deliver power and stop rotating wind turbine to protect against storm. If wind speed is increasing 3 - 13 m/s, power output also increasing cube of wind speed. Figure 2 shows the image of a wind farm in Gujarat. It is the first wind farm in India. It is located near the west coast 4 km from Mandvi. The narrow strip is of 1.5 km length and 55 km breadth [11] . It was established in 1985 with a total capacity of 1.1 MW.

Table 2. Technical specifications of enercon E-53.

Figure 1. Power curve of 0.8 MW wind turbine.

Figure 2. Google Earth image of wind farm at Mandvi, Gujarat (

2.3. Wind Calculation

Wind is not constant but varies with time. The variation of wind speed with height is called wind shear. It necessitates the need to convert the recorded wind speed to the height of the turbine used. This conversion is achieved using the standard wind profile power law. This power law is widely used for wind resource assessment where wind speed for various heights is retrieved from the standard recorded wind data. The wind profile power law relationship can be expressed as

where, is the wind velocity at desired height (m/s),

is wind velocity at reference hub height(m/s),

z is the desired height (m),

is the reference hub height of turbine (m).

The exponent is an empirically derived coefficient that varies depending upon the stability of the atmosphere. Generally, the coefficient is taken as 1/7 or 0.143 for wind resource assessment. Thus, this value of coefficient is chosen for our study [11] . As the wind speed varies with time and place, power from the wind at a particular location also varies. The theoretical power from wind is calculated using the following equation [12] .

where, P is the power extracted from wind in Watts, ρ represents the air density, generally taken as 1.225 kg/cubic m. The swept area of the rotor is represented by A in sq.m. and V is the wind velocity in m/s. The parameter is called the power coefficient. It is the ratio of power output produced to the power available to the wind. No wind turbine can convert more than 59.3 percent of the kinetic energy to mechanical energy to turn a rotor. This is known as Betz limit and it is the theoretical maximum power coefficient for any wind turbine. For a good turbine it is in the range of 35% - 45% [13] .

2.4. TRNSYS Model of Wind Energy Conversion

The model used for converting kinetic energy of wind to electrical energy in TRNSYS is shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. TRNSYS model of wind energy conversion system.

In the model presented the input is meteorological data in TMY2 format from Meteonorm. This information is then fed to the wind turbine component named Type-90 in TRNSYS. The turbine has the same technical specification as that of the Enercon E-53 model. The output of turbine gives generated power in the units of Watts read using Printegrator or Type-46b component. In addition to these components, an equation that converts the atmospheric pressure from the units of atm to Pa is used. It is inserted between the weather data and the wind turbine component.

2.5. Mapping the Wind Energy Generation Data

For mapping the wind energy generation, the essential step is to collect the wind data of the desired location. For this purpose, data is collected for the entire country at 4691 locations. They are chosen in a grid manner of 0.25˚ × 0.25˚ station interval. This data is then contoured using Surfer for developing the wind energy generation maps.

3. Results and Discussion

In the system, the simulation control card is adjusted for one year (8760 hours) with a time interval of 0.125 hour. Figure 4 shows the simulation output with generated power plotted on left Y-axis and the wind speed on right Y-axis as a function of time.

The developed model has been validated with actual data of wind energy at a few locations. This is clearly depicted as shown in Figure 5. It compares the actual energy generated at wind farm with the simulated energy at that particular location using the TRNSYS model. It can be seen that a maximum of 10 percent deviation between actual and simulated energy. It means our model provide approximately correct result of energy generation [14] .

After validation, the next step is to create maps of energy generation for different lo-

Figure 4. TRNSYS simulation of the wind energy conversion model.

Figure 5. Comparison of actual and simulated energy generation, Deviation is shown in percentage.

cations. Surfer 10 software is used for this purpose [9] . For map generation, the same model with some parameters is used to calculate energy generation for the entire country with 0.25 degree grid interval. Accordingly, the wind energy generation for 4691 locations is computed and contoured. The illustrated Figure 6(a), Figure 6(b) and Figure 7 show the annual wind energy generation of all the states and also for the entire country. A detailed general description on generation of each state is provided in Table 3.

From the maps, it is visible that some states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have higher energy generation than other states. Also it is observed that the wind speed is higher during May to August. Accordingly, there is higher energy generation in these months. However, the other months have relatively lower energy generation due to low wind speed. In general, the overall annual generation in India ranges till 1600 MWh.

It is well known that as we go higher from the ground level, wind velocity increases with increasing altitudes. As a result, some elevated areas have higher energy generation due to greater wind speed. For example, Deccan Plateau is elevated at 600 m and inclined towards south western part of India. This is the reason for higher generation in southern states. It is also clearly depicted that the western part of Madhya Pradesh has higher energy generation due to the presence of Satpura range of hills. There is a sudden change in energy generation near this region in the form of a straight line because of the presence of lower elevation surrounding the range of hills. Wind power density map of India is shown in Figure 8. As can be seen, there are some regions showing no wind density. But from our study some power generation is possible as shown in Figure 7, although it is a low power generation area.

4. Conclusion

Considering 0.8 MW (Enercon E-53) wind turbine as a reference model, wind energy conversion system is designed and simulated in TRNSYS. The system’s simulated generation output is compared with the actual data for a few wind farms. The deviation


Figure 6. Annual state-wise energy generation maps of India [9] .

Figure 7. Annual wind energy generation map of India [9] .

Table 3. District wise generation of all states of India.

Figure 8. Wind power density map of India at 80 m height [15] .

observed between the two is small and validates our system. It can thus be utilized for estimating the energy generation at any location. Accordingly energy generation is computed for entire country and the values are contoured for map generation. Small deviation may be because the database Meteonorm gives approximate weather average data instead of actual causing a deviation of around 5 - 10 percent. The developed energy generation maps are different and more useful from the existing wind power density maps in two ways. First, energy generation maps provide exact generation potential at a particular location. Whereas the power density maps only provide with information about the wind potential based on wind speed. Also in some places the potential density maps show no potential but there is such a possibility in energy generation maps with proper advanced technology. The common similarity between the two is that there is high energy generation where there is high potential density. We have many wind power density maps at different heights but no one has so for computed for the energy generation maps for a fixed capacity and hub height of wind turbine.


Authors would like to thank Sri J. N. Singh, VCMT of Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute (GERMI), Gandhinagar, for being constant source of inspiration and encouraging us to share our knowledge and experience in the form of publication for greater benefit of the solar industry in India and abroad. We would also like to thank Mr. Prashant Gopiyani, the Coordinator of Summer Internship 2016 for all his help and would also like to thank GERMI management for lending the required software’s for this research.

Cite this paper

Tank, V., Bhutka, J. and Harinarayana, T. (2016) Wind Energy Generation and Assessment of Resources in India. Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 4, 25-38.


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