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BLP and IBM collaborate to boost wind power output in India
India’s renewable energy producer Bharat Light and Power (BLP) has teamed up with the US International Business Machines corporation (IBM), with the aim to expand its wind power output by fivefold, according to Bloomberg. The 10 year agreement will allow BLP to use IBM’s SoftLayer cloud capabilities, IBM analytics and mobile solutions to boost its wind power generation capacity.
Balki Iyer, chief development officer of BLP, said that the collaboration with IBM will increase the company’s profitability as a result of efficient wind farm data management.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Iyer said: “These projects are usually located in very remote parts of India and the level of intelligence dispatched from the field is low. The collaboration with IBM will allow Bharat Light to generate power at levels “way beyond” what wind farms, often managed by turbine suppliers in India, currently can do.”
Wind power in India has seen a significant increase this year. Figures in August revealed installed wind power capacity in India is expected to overtake the US for the first time. The figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) showed India is forecast to put up 2,050MW of wind capacity in 2013, compared with 2,000MW expected from the US.
Tejpreet S Chopra, president & CEO of BLP, said: “The Indian power sector has doubled its capacity in the last 10 years and is projected to add another 100GW in the next five years. With the issues facing fossil-based fuels, a good share of this growth will come from renewable energy sources. The scope of investments for renewables is estimated to be between USD 10bn to USD 12bn in the next five years making it ripe for global investments in India.”