RRBEL forays into MW class wind turbines
RRB Energy Limited (RRBEL) has developed a state of the art 1.8 MW Wind Electric Generator (WEG), using in-house R&D expertise and with the help from world class consultants. The new 1.8MW WEG (PS-1800kW WEG) has received C-design assessment certificates from Germanischer Lloyd (GL), Germany for two hub heights viz. 80m and 100m. A-design assessment is under progress and is expected to receive the same certification by middle of this year.
The first RRBEL prototype PS-1800kW WEG has been successfully commissioned some time back in the State of Tamil Nadu. By launching the 1.8 MW wind turbine, RRBEL would enter the next generation in technology with machines manufactured specifically for the Indian market. The induction of the 1.8 MW wind turbine expansion is expected to take the company’s Wind Electric Generator production capacity to about 700 MW a year from the present 300 MW.
One of the initial blades produced by RRBEL was sent for fatigue and static testing to a leading testing agency in Europe. Both the tests have been completed successfully. With all the necessary tools and equipment in place, RRBEL is well equipped to manufacture the PS-1800kW WEG. The company also has adequate raw materials, equipment, tools and skilled manpower to produce the technologically advanced 40m blades.
RRBEL will soon commission a huge manufacturing facility at Poonamallee, Chennai for the serial production of the PS-1800kW WEG.
Sarvesh Kumar, deputy managing director, RRBEL said, “RRBEL’s PS-1800kW WEG offers all the features that are desirable in a modern wind turbine. In India, there is a huge potential and market demand for WEGs with the rating of 1.5MW to 2.0MW. In that sense, RRBEL’s latest 1.8MW WEG will be ideal here. RRBEL’s PS-1800kW WEG is nothing short of an excellent wind turbine ideally suitable for India and built for Indian climatic and grid conditions.”
RRBEL is looking at expanding globally and is presently exploring the Latin American market. RRBEL is expected to achieve an overall production capacity of about 800 MW during 2012-13, with 20 per cent of its turnover coming from exports.