SKOLKOVO – RUSSIAN SILICON VALLEY
We are really happy to announce that our Application for Skolkovo Innovation Center was accepted with a very high score (Distribution of votes: 32 – Yes, 3 – No). The process was very harsh, but we got our acceptance.
And we are willing to implement floating solar technology in combination with hydropower with appropriate support from our new partner.
Russia has significant potential of all renewable energy sources, with large hydropower and bioenergy being the main sources of renewables in the country’s energy system today. By the end of 2015, total installed renewable power generation capacity reached 53.5 gigawatts (GW), representing about 20% of the country’s total capacity, the majority of which lies in large hydropower (resource).
In the draft Energy Strategy of Russia for the period up to 2035 (“Energy Strategy to 2035”), Russia has prepared a detailed projection of its energy use by sector and fuel. Based on the calculations which take into account the latest draft of this strategy and other sources, the Reference Case takes Russia’s renewable energy share in its Total Final Energy Consumption(TFEC) to 4.9% by 2030. This includes Russia’s plan to expand its total solar PV, onshore wind and geothermal capacity to 5.9 GW by the end of 2024 (resource).
As Lu Zhao, Head of PV System Technology Group at Solar and Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) said “We think the potential of floating PV coupled with hydro is potentially at terawatt scale” (PV Magazine, October 2017).