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Kenersys inaugurates Rs 50cr wind turbine manufacturing plant at Baramati Print E-mail
Written by Vivek   
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Pune: Wind turbine manufacturer, Kenersys, part of the Kalyani Group, inaugurated its manufacturing plant for multi-megawatt on-shore wind turbines in Baramati. It has been set up with an investment of Rs 50 crore.

The Baramati plant is set up over an area of 35 acres and a built up area of 5,600 sqm. B.N. Kalyani, Chairman Kenersys Group and Chairman & Managing Director Bharat Forge Ltd., said that the company would make an additional investment of Rs 150 crore by end of next year.

He said that the company has invested Rs 450 crore in India and Europe only on research and development for this project.

Kenersys type K82 2.0MW with 82 m rotor diameter and a total height of 140 meters will be produced here with about 50 per cent local content. The company will manufacture around 250 turbines every year. In combination with the German Production Plant in Wismar, Kenersys will have a global production capacity of 1000MW by 2015. Kenersys India's current order book is for 150 MW.

"Renewable energy represents the next big frontier in the technology industry and wind power is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world. At Kenersys, we have been able to successfully combine German expertise with the global supply chain capabilities of the Kalyani Group to offer premium, state-of-the art wind energy solutions to our large quality and technology-conscious customers. Our new facility is a testament to Kenersys’ commitment to growing our footprint in India," said B.N. Kalyani.

"By 2020, we want to be a 100 percent green company, using only renewable energy for all our industry needs," he added.

"The turbines produced here in Baramati MIDC area use industry leading Synerdrive Technology with special features that are new for India. Synerdrive Technology comprises of advanced cooling system for the harsh climate conditions and a special converter system that keeps the turbine in an idling mode during a grid down-time. This system therefore backs the power electronics and the turbine can immediately start production after the grid is back. This Synerdrive Technology besides guaranteeing an uninterrupted power supply, also ensures high efficiency, reliability and a maximum availability of the turbines and enables easy maintenance of the machine. We have simultaneously introduced this technology in India and in Europe," said Paulo Fernando Soares, Kenersys Group CEO.

Kenersys is a 75:25 joint venture between the Kalyani group and the US-based private equity fund - First Reserve Corporation.

Kenersys Group appointed Kailash Tarachandani as the Chief Executive Officer of Kenersys India Pvt. Ltd in January this year. Tarachandani previously worked at Vestas Wind Systems as Director based in Mumbai looking after sales and business development with focus on IPP segment. Prior to this experience, he also served in Alstom Power (Switzerland) managing Global Strategic Projects and Product Management He started his career at Larsen & Toubro Limited.

"India has the third largest wind energy market in the world, with an estimated wind potential of 100 GW onshore. The country witnessed the addition of 2,139 MW of new capacity in 2010, taking the total installed capacity to 13,065MW. Our new facility is a part of our strategic bid to build our presence in India and this plant underscores our commitment to becoming a major player in the Indian wind market," said Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, Kenersys India.

Kenersys is a partner of C-WET and the Kenersys K82 2.0 is the largest turbine at the C-WET test site. C-WET was established in 1998 in Chennai as an autonomous R&D institution under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India to serve as a technical focal point for wind power development in India. It is the only research institute in Southern Asia to promote and accelerate the pace of utilization of wind energy and help hand the growing wind power sector.

A Wind Turbine Test Station with technical and partial financial support by Danida, Government of Denmark, has been established at Kayathar, in Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu, as an integral part of C-WET. Services offered by C-WET also include Wind resource assessment, Testing, Certification and Training.

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