A business delegation from Denmark is calling on chief minister M K Stalin on Wednesday to explore the possibility of establishing offshore wind mills on the Tamil Nadu coast. The state’s long coast, especially between Rameswaram and Kanyakumari, offers a potential to tap 20-30 GW offshore wind energy.
Denmark is also set to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for offshore wind energy in Tamil Nadu. The state has been taking efforts to establish 4-5 CoEs in emerging sectors to enlarge the potential for both manufacturing and services. The CoE for off-shore wind energy is most likely to come up in Chennai.
“Not just an opportunity to generate offshore wind energy, Tamil Nadu offers immense potential for manufacturing components for wind mills, ” State Industries minister Thangam Thennarasu said, addressing the Danish delegation at a meeting organized by Guidance Tamil Nadu here on Tuesday evening.
“While Tamil Nadu is already a leader in renewable energy investments, there is a huge untapped potential of offshore wind energy that is waiting to be tapped. We will soon test the waters for that and our partnership with Denmark will surely give a fillip to that move,” he said.
Offering Denmark’s support to Tamil Nadu, Danish minister for climate, energy and utilities, Dan Jannik Jorgensen said Denmark has established itself in green energy, especially wind energy.