Renewable Energy Development in the Russian Far East

V International Conference, June 22-24, Yakutsk


28.06.2017 10:56:00

Public Joint-Stock Company RusHydro together with the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) recently held the 5th International Conference on the development of the renewable energy sector in the Russian Far East. More than 350 delegates from 112 Russian and international organizations participated in the event.

The Conference was attended by representatives of public corporations Rosatom and Rosnano, Governments of Primorsky Krai and Sakhalin Oblast, as well as numerous guests, including representatives from the NEDO Japanese governmental organization and Japanese Mitsui and Co. Ltd, Komaihaltec Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd., French Saft Russia, American Apfelbaum Industrial Inc., Caterpillar Inc. and many others.

As part of the exhibition, RusHydro, Mobile Energy, Yakutskenergo, Sakhaenergo, Energo/CAT, Science-Energotech and Mitsui presented their generating equipment models operating on renewable energy. The opening ceremony began with a traditional Algys ritual: a blessing to kick off the forum, accompanied by Yakut taiga tea prepared using solar energy. At the request of the capital’s residents, the company’s team set up a playground called “We Stand for Energy Security!” for the Conference’s youngest guests.

In just two days the exhibition was visited by more than 600 specialists in science, business, local administration, design and engineering of equipment and technical systems. Among the first to walk through the expositions were the Head of Yakutia Yegor Borisov, the First Deputy Chairman of the Government of Yakutia Alexey Kolodeznikov, the Minister of Housing Maintenance, Utilities and Energy of Yakutia Gavril Levin and the Director of the Department for Perspective Development of PJSC RusHydro Alexey Kaplun.

At the plenary sessions of the Conference there was active discussion on today’s issues surrounding the rational use of resources and need for a transition to the “energy of the future” on the basis of renewable energy sources. The participants of the Conference demonstrated their interest in the unique experience of constructing and operating renewable energy objects in the extremely low temperature conditions and stormy winds of Russia’s Far-Eastern territories. It was noted that Russia has a lot of sun, wind and other renewable resources, which must be harnessed responsibly starting today. Currently, there is already remarkable success in this field in Yakutia, Kamchatka and Sakhalin, where renewable energy objects have already been constructed and are in successful operation, including the largest solar station beyond the Arctic Circle in Bagatay with a capacity of 1 MW (included in the Guinness Book of World Records).

More than 100 reports were presented spanning topics including “Russian experience in renewable energy projects”, “Normative regulation”, “Measures of governmental support and funding opportunities for renewable energy projects”, “West and East: the best technologies and projects” and others.