A recent report claims that India produces only 5% more electricity than it consumes. This can be attributed to several factors, most notably population. Over the last few years, India’s population has increased dramatically. And, with the growing number of people, resources are becoming extremely scarce.
India’s population has also resulted in an increase in the nation’s global carbon footprint. And the country’s leadership wants to keep a check on that. The focus then, shifts from using fossil fuels to other renewable sources of energy. By using resources that are virtually non-exhaustible, India can reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, and in turn, produce energy without harming the nature. Last week, we discussed the leading solar energy companies in India. This week, we take a look at another renewable source of energy: wind; and the leading wind energy companies in India.
One of the biggest wind energy companies in India and the world by some margin, Vestas began operation in India back in 1979. The company has a major global presence in more than 70 countries. Since its inception in 1970, the firm has emerged to be the market leader in harnessing wind energy and has so far installed wind energy farms capable of producing 57 GigaWatt of energy.
Regen Powertech Pvt. Ltd.
Regen Powertech is one of the most diversified wind energy companies in India. The company not only deals in the manufacture of wind turbines, but also in other services including consultancy, supply, and erection of wind energy-related projects. Regen is based in India, with headquarters in Chennai. The company’s manufacturing plant, however, is located in Andhra Pradesh.
Suzlon Energy Limited
One of the biggest wind energy companies to be conceptualised in India, Suzlon, is a true market leader in the production of wind turbines. The company started operations in 1995, and in just two decades of inception, it has managed to open branches in more than 30 countries worldwide. The company is currently capable of producing wind energy in excess of 23,000 MW.
Enercon India Pvt. Ltd.
Enercon India functions in India under the banner of Wind World Ltd. The company was founded in 1983, and today is capable of producing 28 GW of wind energy. Apart from power generation, the company also deals in other sectors like technical and business support. Enercon is surely one of the leading companies in India and elsewhere in harnessing wind energy and is rightfully a part of the top 500 companies of Engineering News Record (ENR).
GE Wind Energy Ltd.
The company is originally based in the US but has major operations going on India. Since 1980, the company has been one of the leading manufacturers of low and medium frequency converters for wind turbines. Currently, the company has the bandwidth to produce 26 GW of wind energy.
Indowind Energy Ltd.
Stationed in Chennai, the company largely deals in producing wind energy from dedicated wind farms. Indowind works round the clock to make sure that the energy generated by their wind energy farms keeps on coming continuously.
Orient Green Power Ltd.
Orient Green Power Ltd. has managed to build an efficient infrastructure for harnessing wind energy. Their wind farms, which are spread across in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh are capable of utilising even the slowest of winds to produce energy. In a short span of only 10 years, the company, headquartered in Chennai, has managed to open branches in countries o0f Europe and South Asia.
Inox Wind Ltd.
Inox began operation in 2006 and is based in NOIDA. The company plays a diversified role in the business, as it deals in the acquisition of sites for constructing wind energy farms, and also takes care of the resources required for erection and the entire infrastructure of the farms. In fact, the company’s plant in Madhya Pradesh is considered to be the biggest in India.
Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt. Ltd.
The company has ongoing projects in the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most prominent names in the wind energy business and is also a market leader in the construction and development of wind energy farms.
Wind World India Ltd. (WWI)
The company began operations in 1994 and is stationed in Mumbai. WWI primarily deals in the construction of concrete and steel wind turbines. The company’s manufacturing plants are located in Daman and Karnataka. Apart from being one of the leading wind based energy companies in India, the company also provides employment to more than 5,000 people.
Apart from the sun, wind is a resource that is ever-present. However, there are certain limitations to the energy that is produced by wind. For instance, wind is a tricky thing, and its occurrence is not in human hands. But, in order to harness usable energy from wind, the infrastructure around it should be strong, exactly what these companies are trying to do. In India, the government has no projects of its own to harness wind energy. But, that could change if the infrastructure improves.