In Russia, it is expedient to develop renewable energy sources in isolated areas of the North and the Far East

30 september 2015 | Rossiyskaya Gazeta

In 2014, according to the Ministry of Energy, in the balance of our electric power renewable energy (solar, wind, small rivers, oceans, geothermal energy), accounted for only 0.16 per cent. In 20 years, there will be no crucial change in the situation, according to the recently submitted draft of the Russian Energy Strategy of Russia up to2035. Meanwhile, the Boeing Corporation received a patent for the production of electricity from the roar of aircraft engines, which they produce during takeoff and landing.

Oleg Kolobov
Oleg Kolobov
Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

 "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" writes that the ingenious method is available on the website of the US Patent and Trademark Office, it explains that the noise will be collected by several acoustic collectors on both sides of the runway, it will be a source of energy for the acoustic transducer that will generate a stream air, and that, in its turn, will rotate a turbine connected to a generator.

Oleg Kolobov, the expert of the Analytical Center’s Department for Fuel and Energy Sector,explained the Russian state to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta". "In Russia, it is expedient to develop renewable energy sources mainly in isolated areas of the North and the Far East. It is expensive to pull power lines there, and the cost of the imported fuel for diesel generators is too high. However, even there wind energy projects bump into the long payback period," said the expert.

According to him, even in Europe, where electricity is much more expensive, renewable energy sources appear mainly due to the state support, and up to grants and concessional loans to final consumers for the purchase of solar panels and wind turbines. There are no such things in Russia, noted Mr. Kolobov. "In European countries, they see that the development and production of renewable energy sources create highly skilled jobs and make a significant contribution to the economy. For example, in Germany, that results in more than 2% of GDP," said the expert.

The publication notes that the domestic wind turbine with capacity of 2-3 kW can be installed in an allotment cottage. The permission to install a windmill is not necessary, but it will enable the owner to rely on energy independence. "However because of the variability of winds and an unability to control the amount of power energy, wind turbines require spare capacity. These can be diesel generators or batteries, or both. Diesel generators can guarantee the power supply in calm weather, and the batteries accumulate the electricity generated in the low-demand hours for use during the peak-load hours," Mr. Kolobov commented on the situation.