Ulyanovsk region to form a consortium of profile organizations to create a world-class research and educational center on renewable energy
Governor Sergey Morozov announced this information at the International Forum on Renewable Energy for Regional Development on 18 June. The event also featured a meeting during which experts and representatives of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany approved the road map for creation of a research and educational center (REC) on renewable energy in the Ulyanovsk region.
The main topics included the format of cooperation between the Ulyanovsk region and Germany and between institutes and universities, as well as international research consortiums on renewable energy and programmes of collaboration between Russia and Germany for development of science and education.
Sergey Morozov emphasized that the renewable energy sector will become the new point of technological development for both the region and the whole country.
“Our aim is to bring together the leading research schools and engineering laboratories in Russia, as well as to attract foreign competence centers to create world-class hi-tech products for commercialization on global markets in cooperation with industrial partners, leaders of the global RES industry. Our ambition is to create a world-class research and educational center. We have all prerequisites for this task: the region has created an industrial cluster, as well as production of key components for the equipment of wind and solar power engineering. We have developed sustainable cooperation with industrial partners, the leading Russian and international competence centers. We have a unique experience in design, construction and launch of projects for RES generation. We have also created educational projects in this sphere, - Sergey Morozov emphasized. - We have started work to form a consortium of relevant profile organizations to create a world-class research and educational center on renewable energy. REC on renewable energy should become a competence center for distribution of RES technologies, which will be created at the leading Russian laboratories. We would like to see REC as the association of equal partners implementing joint development programmes”.
Experts discussed Enabling PV programme (study on ways to develop solar power generation in Russian regions), which will be launched in the Ulyanovsk region in 2019. They also talked about REC's future research and development activities.
The parties expressed their interest and commitment to take part in the programme for creation of the research and educational center. Representatives of Germany consider joint financing of similar projects under the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Sergey Vasin, CEO of the Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation, and Vadim Pavlov, Director General of the Ulyanovsk Region Agency for Technological Development, also attended the Forum.
“The project attracted interest of both international and Russian partners. We have already started work to establish a consortium of the scientific and educational organizations that carry out research and development and implement educational programmes in the sphere of renewable energy generation. We will provide the project with our full support, as well as create all conditions necessary for creation of the infrastructure, comfortable jurisdiction, and cooperation with industrial partners. We are sure this center of knowledge will provide competitive technologies for the growing global market of renewable energy, qualified professionals, and teams of the highest quality, which have created knowledge-intensive businesses in various segments of the renewable energy sector”, - Vadim Pavlov noted.
During the Advisory Council on Scientific and Technological development and Intellectual Property of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science of the Russian Federation, which took place within the forum, Sergey Vasin (head of Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation) talked about the human resources management while creating the cluster of alternative energy in the Ulyanovsk region.
“We are creating a new industry with a complete production cycle on the basis of the renewable energy sector. It will include everything from training of personnel and research activities to world-class industrial manufacturing. We together with other regional development institutions have attracted over a dozen companies to the new industry. They provide components and raw materials, as well as render services in building, design, and training. Direct capital investments have reached tens of billions of rubles, – noted the head of Ulyanovsk Region Development. – The Governor has set a task to start generating 30% of energy from renewable sources by 2030, as well as to find personnel for all new jobs created at enterprises working in the sphere of renewable energy engineering. We have already taken the first steps to begin training by creating the Department of Wind Energy Systems and Complexes in ULSTU and the specialized Department of Wind-Power Engineering Technologies in collaboration with ULSTU and ULNANOTECH. However, we should also introduce more sophisticated innovations in education”.
They will include introducing practical experience in the training courses, launching master's programmes for the wind industry and networking programmes with various spheres (including project management for the wind industry and development of wind farms), and developing training programmes in the sphere of operation, maintenance and repair of for alternative power engineering.