In India we live in a country where some parts of the country are talking about developing the country with the advanced digital technology whereas there are also a few parts of the country where the basic needs of electricity are not met completely, either there are power cuts twice or thrice a day or there is no electricity permanently. Electricity is generated at power stations and our government is trying its best to reach every rural part of India so that the basic needs can be met, but unfortunately there are also many obstacles in its way which are the reasons why it will take a little more time to make basic facilities like electricity available to every home.
Rural electrification is becoming one of the major topic of concerns for our government and they are trying their level best to reach maximum villages in India. Electricity is the key for development in villages, with proper electricity we can upgrade the water supply systems from wells and pumps to proper motor connections which can fetch ground water sufficient for basic needs. We can also introduce gadgets such as computer, laptops and mobile phones with proper internet connection so that the rural world can connect to the urban world within seconds. Also we can improve the educational and medical facilities in the villages with the help of electricity so that people living in those villages don’t need to travel to cities for educational and medical facilities. Electrification can also promote many small scale businesses to sell their products around the globe with online business facilities. There are many benefits and for those benefits there is only a single solution which is electricity.
Currently the requirement of electricity in major cities is being fulfilled by the production of electricity through the thermal energy, which itself is the form of a non-renewable for of energy. It is technically difficult and economical not feasible to provide electricity from thermal power plants to all the villages in India, and even if we try to do that, this may require a lot of capital and also it will not be affordable by the people at rural places and on the other hand this energy is a non-renewable form of energy which will surely end someday. So, is that all we have got? Don’t we have any sustainable solution to this problem?
Well, the good thing is, we do have a solution. And the solution to that is Wind energy.
Wind energy is a type of renewable energy which is generated completely from nature and it is completely eco-friendly. As itself the name suggests, wind energy is generated by the flow of wind. The wind energy is generated inside the wind mills with the help of the blades that move with the flow of air. The process works in this way:
- Due to the flow of wind the blades of the wind mills rotate.
- This rotation gives rise to mechanical energy which is stored in the turbines.
- This mechanical energy is then converted to electrical energy and with the help of some amplification this energy can be converted directly into consumable form of electricity which is directly supplied to houses.
How can the wind energy meet the needs of rural electrification?
Majority of land in the rural spaces of India is used for agriculture and the flow of wind at these agricultural lands is quite huge compared to the flow of wind in urban areas. This flow of wind can be used to generate electricity by setting up wind mills in those rural areas. Setting up wind mills will only require a one-time investment and many nearby villages will be benefited with the sustainable and Eco-friendly form of renewable energy.
Wind energy will be providing electricity to many villages and since it is renewable and it does not require any additional resources, this electricity can be made available for very cheaper rates to the villages and also it has no adverse effects on the nature.
Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association has launched Windergy India – a unique digital platform to create awareness about the Wind Energy sector in India. Windergy India, is slated to be the voice of the Wind Energy industry. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has set ambitious targets for the Wind Energy sector. As the sector aims to reach 60,000 MW capacities, it needs the support of the government. Windergy India aims to create wider public awareness on the benefits of wind energy, and the sectors efforts in India. Its mission to develop recommendation for Wind Energy among the general public.
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Cleantechnica, Global Wind Energy Outlook, Access to Energy.