Siemens to invest $87 million on wind turbines in India

Speaking on the sidelines of a function after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the second phase of the steam turbine and compressor manufacturing plant, A.K. Dixit, CEO Energy cluster of the company, said the designing and manufacture of this equipment would be done in the country and the manufacture would start by 2013.

Earlier, after inaugurating the second phase of the steam turbine and compressor facility here, Chief Minister Modi said he was happy to know that the company had chosen to look away from China and towards Gujarat in the expansion of their wind turbine manufacturing.

Clarifying, Dixit said the company’s China business was much larger than in India. "The latest technology development in wind energy will now be done at the Vadodara facility," he added.

Siemens Ltd, in which Siemens AG holds a 55.18 percent stake, comprises 19 legal entities with 21 manufacturing plants in India. With a business volume of 12,000 crore in 2009, the company expects to double the figure in the next two years.

As demand for clean power generation to meet the world’s growing energy need is increasing, Siemens Wind Power has the answers. With highly efficient, robust and reliable wind turbines, the company has a demonstrated history in delivering proven solutions to onshore, coastal and offshore sites.

Siemens Ltd., kicked off operations for it’s renewable energy segment, in India by setting up an office in Vadodara, Gujarat to further expand the business. The renewable energy division already has 30 employees on board and will ramp up the number of employees to 100 within one year.

“The market outlook for renewable energies in India is extremely positive and we see huge potential for the wind and solar business in the near future”, said Dr. Armin Bruck, Managing Director, Siemens Ltd. “ Setting up of the Vadodara office marks our foray into the Solar & wind business in India and with this initiative, we will be able to strengthen our activities in this important market,” he further added.

India has one of the most ambitious solar energy development plans in the world: The country is looking to generate up to 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by the year 2022 as part of the National Solar Mission (NSM). This presents a great opportunity for Siemens since it has a profound experience in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Solar Photovoltaic (PV) business globally.

In Concentrating Solar Power, Siemens has the parabolic trough technology, which is the most commercially established technology in the world with over 80 percent of solar thermal plants across the world using it. Also acquisition of Solel Solar Systems makes Siemens the most experienced player in the world in the area of vacuum based receiver tubes.

For solar thermal power plants, Siemens can supply individual components like solar receiver or steam turbines, entire systems such as the solar field or the power block or turnkey solutions for parabolic trough power plants. As general contractor for photovoltaic plants, Siemens takes responsibility for individual planning, delivery and installation of all the necessary components.

The Indian wind energy market is well established. With its generation based incentives (GBI) the Indian government is further supporting the growth of wind power in the country and the market is expected to grow by 2 GW annually. With more than 8,700 wind turbines and a total capacity of more than 11 GW installed worldwide, Siemens will focus on providing high efficient wind turbines with low life cycle costs to project developers and independent power producers in India.

Siemens has a long history in India and a strong local footprint with over 21 factories throughout the country. Siemens had announced setting up of a wind turbine manufacturing site in India earlier this year and the factory is expected to be established by 2012.

Products and solutions for renewable energy are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2009, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about EUR 23 billion, making Siemens the world’s largest supplier of eco-friendly technologies. In the same period, the company’s products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their CO2 emissions by 210 million tons. This amount equals the combined annual CO2 emissions of New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin.