The third edition of ‘Wind India’ was renamed “Wind Power India 2011’ and was organized by WISE in association with the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The two-day conference and three-day exhibition at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, was held from 7th to 9th April 2011. In view of the success of ‘Wind India 2006 and 2008’, ‘Wind Power India 2011’ was pitched as an international conference and received an overwhelming response from the global wind industry, witnessing the participation of more than 100 eminent international and national speakers, over 1000 delegates and around 115 exhibitors from Denmark, Spain, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Germany, China, USA, UK, France and Sri Lanka representing wind turbine manufacturers, equipment suppliers, service providers, investors, financiers, technology consultants, policy makers, regulators and media.
The inaugural function was graced by globally renowned wind power advocates such as Dr. Klause Rave, Chairman, GWEC; Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, GWEC and conference chairperson; Hans Jorgen Koch, Deputy State Secretary, Danish Energy Agency, Denmark; V Subramanian, Former Secretary, MNRE and Chairperson Organizing Committee; Mike Nithavrinakis, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai; Dilip Nigam, Director-Wind Policy, MNRE; Tulsi Tanti, Chairman, Suzlon Energy Limited; Ramesh Kymal, Chairman, CMD, Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt. Ltd., Chennai; Rajiv Wahi, Executive Chairperson, Vestas Wind Technology India Pvt. Ltd.; Bernhard Telgman, CEO, Siemens Wind Power, and G M Pillai, Founder Director General, WISE. The inaugural session also included the release of Wind Energy Outlook 2011, a joint publication by WISE, GWEC and IWTMA and a special conference edition of WISE’s magazine Green Energy.
WISE continued the awards section from its first edition in 2006, aimed at recognizing and encouraging the best performing wind players in 17 different categories.
The conference also featured a single, full-day, side event called ‘One day conference on small wind power and hybrid systems’. The side event saw participation from small wind turbine manufacturers and stakeholders and also featured the launch of the Indian Small Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (INSWA). Other major side event series were the Knowledge Fora series – a series of side events comprising customized business meets and workshops offering unique networking opportunities for suppliers and buyers in the area of wind turbine tower and hub, mechanical drive train, wind turbine electricals, and wind power forecasting.
The significant international interest the conference evoked benefitted the Indian wind sector in building new business relationships and assisting local manufacturing.