Ulyanovsk Region Takes First Place in Rating on Involvement of Regions in Development of Wind Power Industry
The indicators were announced by Igor Bryzgunov, Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI), at the RAWI International Wind Energy Forum-2020 on 19 February.
Noted the head of RAWI, “The Ulyanovsk region is a pioneer in wind-power engineering. The region has a serious approach to this sphere and great prospects for development. It has introduced all business opportunities, so two wind farms and a plant for production of blades for wind generators have already been built.”
The Ulyanovsk region continues to be the leader in Russian wind power industry. It has constructed and put into operation two wind farms with the total capacity of 85 MW.
“Fourteen wind plants, which were commissioned in 2018 as part of the country's first industrial wind farm, have already generated more than 82 million kilowatt-hours of electricity - the amount necessary for about 23 thousand flats. In 2019, the second stage of the wind farm was put into operation, which provided electricity to 50 thousand households. In total, up to 10% of the general electricity demand in the Ulyanovsk region is received thanks to the wind today. The energy generated by wind farms is supplied to the integrated network of the country,” - said Sergey Morozov, Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region.
The Vestas plant for production of one-piece blades for wind turbine started working in Ulyanovsk within the programme on localization of components for the renewable energy sector in 2019. Each blade is 60 meters long. The first batch of goods was shipped to consumers last summer. The blades meet all requirements of the special investment contract signed between the Russian Federation and Vestas, as well as requirements within the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation regarding the share of Russian glass fiber (no less than 75%) in manufactured goods. The plant uses unique technologies and is the only production of this kind in Russia that has great export potential. It now employs 380 residents of the region.
The region provides training for this industry. With the help of ULNANOTECH, Ulyanovsk State Technical University has established Wind Power Engineering and Wind Energy Systems and Complexes departments. Educational programmes are introduced in partnership with the Higher School of Economics and Bauman Moscow State Technical University.
Currently, the Ulyanovsk region is preparing an application to take part in the priority national project "Science" so that the region could participate in establishment of the Research and Educational Center (REC) on renewable energy sources. The consortium of participants will ensure research and production cooperation - from development of new technologies to their commercialization, as well as product launch and scale-up. It is planned to involve in the project universities of the region, ROSNANO and Bauman Moscow State Technical University, as well as Vestas (Denmark) and Fortum (Finland).
According to Vadim Pavlov, Adviser to the Governor on Digital and Technological Development of Ulyanovsk Region, the Research and Educational Center on renewable energy will bring together a lot of experience and knowledge accumulated by major representatives of the alternative energy sector. He explained, “Our goal is to unite leading scientific schools and engineering laboratories in Russia, as well as to attract foreign competence centers. The Government of the Ulyanovsk region headed by Governor Sergey Morozov has actively worked to join REC. For example, we have held meetings with representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany and German non-profit institutions and agencies, as well as with the Department of Energy of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and German Energy Agency. The Ulyanovsk region's initiative was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.”
In 2019, construction of utility infrastructure facilities has started at the interregional cluster "Kompozitnaya dolina" (Composite Valley) in the special economic zone "Ulyanovsk"; it is also planned to establish it in the Tula region and the Republic of Tatarstan. Residents of the cluster will include companies that represent Rosatom and other Russian and foreign leaders of the composite materials industry. The products made by members of the Composite Valley cluster will be used to manufacture components for alternative energy plants.
As a result, the first full-fledged RES cluster in Russia has been formed in the Ulyanovsk region.
“We continue working to conclude investment agreements with new companies, members of the RES market. We also need to prepare engineering and design documentation to build new sites for alternative energy facilities. Now we are getting ready to sign several agreements on localization of production for wind turbine components with both new and currently working Russian and foreign companies,”- said Sergey Vasin, Director General of Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation.
In addition, the region has already opened competitive admissions for investment projects to include renewable energy generating facilities in the programme for long-term development of power sector in the Ulyanovsk region for 2021-2025. These facilities will supply electric energy to retail markets.