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Vladimir Tykhonovich: Kamchatka experiments - EastRussia | Opinions






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Kamchatka Experiments

Kamchatka Experiments

Vladimir Tikhonovich

Head of the Energy Saving and Technical Policy Department of the Ministry of Housing and Utilities of the Kamchatka Territory

Vladimir Tikhonovich, Head of the Energy Saving and Technical Policy Department of the Ministry of Housing and Utilities of the Kamchatka Territory:

- The Kamchatka region is rich in local fuel resources and renewable energy sources. The power system of the region consists of a central power unit, which includes 2 Kamchatka CHP plants converted to gas, Mutnovsky geothermal power plants with the capacity of 62 MW, a cascade of Tolmachevsky hydroelectric power stations with the capacity of 45 MW, and a number of isolated power units where diesel generation predominates. In isolated energy units, we are implementing projects for the use of renewable energy sources. This, for example, is the Pauzhetsky geothermal power plant with the capacity of 12 MW. In addition, we are now actively targeting the introduction of wind generation in coastal settlements. Already there are actually operating facilities - for example, a wind farm on the island of Beringa, consisting of two modern wind power plants of French production.

The Kamchatka region, thanks to its natural resources, can afford to experiment in the field of energy. Thus, options are being explored for the use of geothermal water for the production of electrical and thermal energy - for example, the expansion of the existing Mutnovsky geothermal power plants. There is already a technical possibility of constructing an additional power plant with the capacity of 50 MW. An alternative option is the construction of large hydroelectric power stations. We are talking about the construction of a cascade of Zhupanovsky HPPs. We plan to use the wind potential, including in the central power unit, where it is possible to build a large wind field up to 20 MW. The main goal of using natural potential is the substitution of diesel generation in remote isolated energy nodes.

But perhaps the most interesting experiment that is underway right now is a Russian-Japanese joint project to create special wind-generating equipment for working in cold climates. The project is being implemented by the structures of JSC RAO Energy Systems of the East on the one hand, and a group of Japanese construction and energy companies led by Mitsui & Co and Komai Haltec Inc. on the other. The project provides for the integration of three KWT wind power plants for 300 kW each (two in the Arctic version) into the isolated power grid of the Ust-Kamchatsk village. The Japanese are very interested in the trial operation of their wind turbines in our harsh climatic conditions, where in winter the temperature can fall below –40 degrees. We can say that we are an experimental platform for them, because the technologies that will be introduced are still in development. And the result will allow our colleagues to have a very competitive product, which can then be applied in the Arctic zone of Russia and other countries.

Recorded at the II International Conference "Renewable Energy in Isolated Systems of the Far East of Russia" (19-21 June 2014 of the Year, Yakutsk).