RUSNANO Group Supported Publication of the Textbook on Renewable Energy

01 September 2020

Textbook “Development of Renewable Energy in Russia: Technologies and Economics”

Textbook “Development of Renewable Energy in Russia: Technologies and Economics”

RUSNANO Group together with the Publishing house “Tochka.Digital” and the Russia Renewable Energy Development Association (RREDA) presented the textbook “Development of Renewable Energy in Russia: Technologies and Economics” (under the general editorship of A.B. Chubais). At an online conference on September 1, Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO MC, and Vasily Zubakin, Professor, Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources, Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I. M. Gubkin, Alexey Zhikharev, Director of Russia Renewable Energy Development Association (RREDA), and Mikael Gorsky, Head of the Publishing house “Tochka.Digital” spoke about the relevance of the publication.

The textbook is created with the support of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of RUSNANO Group and is intended for the students of universities engaged in training specialists in the field of renewable energy sources (RES) use, as well as for upgrading the skills of existing engineering and management staff of the industry. The textbook deals with Russia’s contribution to climate change mitigation, the goals and prospects of RES development in our country. The authors analyze in detail various sources of renewable energy—wind, solar, water energy, biogas and landfill gas—their energy potential, technological, economic and environmental aspects, and prospects for development. A separate Chapter focuses on the impact of generation based on renewable energy sources on the development of energy systems and industry.

Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company: “There is no longer a doubt that over the past two years there has been a fundamental shift in the renewable energy in Russia, a whole new industry has emerged. Today, more than 1,700 MW of new capacities based on RES have been introduced, by 2024, this figure will reach at least 5,400 MW. At the same time, a whole industry cluster is being created in Russia, including not only generation, but also industry, science and education. Today, it already exists, and by 2024, 12 thousand jobs which previously did not exist at all will be created in these four segments of the industry. This means that we need to systematize the educational process in the new industry, introduce modern technological solutions and the economy description based on the established rules of the Russian market. To work on the textbook, a star team of authors was assembled who participated in the development of the regulatory framework under which the RES industry in Russia begins its practical work. Until now there has been no such a systematic description that took into account the latest trends in technology, legislation and economics, and I am happy that we have managed to complete this big work by the beginning of the new academic year in higher education institutions.”

The textbook raises an issue of development of technologies for industrial energy storage, integrated use of storage devices and renewable energy facilities in energy supply systems. The textbook also deals with such an important and relevant topic as the industrial segment of the RES cluster in Russia and the practice of localization in the country, taking into account the  recently adopted legislative framework. A significant part of the textbook is devoted to the economic aspects of RES-based energy development—it analyzes the economic and non-economic factors that affect the effectiveness of projects, examines the theoretical and methodological foundations of support systems for the industry in Russia and abroad, including tools for supporting RES in the wholesale energy and capacity market, in the retail market, and in isolated systems. Special priority is given to the analysis of RES investment projects—the specifics of calculating and evaluating efficiency in the current support system.

A unique broad team of authors who made a great practical contribution to the development of key areas of RES in Russia participated in the writing of the textbook. Among them there are such well-known specialists in the energy industry as  Alisher Kalanov, Head of RES Investment Division of RUSNANO MC, one of the founders of the RUSNANO-Fortum Wind Energy Development Fund; Igor Shakhray, Director General of Hevel group of companies—leader in the field of solar energy in Russia; Kimal Yusupov, Director General of Vestas Rus Company—the flagship in the field of localization of wind power equipment production. Among the science editors and publishers there are Vasily Zubakin, Professor, Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources in Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I. M. Gubkin,  Anatoly Kopylov, Director General of Acta Consult consulting company who participated in the implementation of projects in the field of RES in Kazakhstan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, and many others.

Vasily Zubakin, science editor of the textbook, Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources in Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I. M. Gubkin, said that the team of authors faced the challenge of synchronizing the knowledge that new specialists of the renewable energy industry should have with the help of unified training programs.

“It was not easy to do this, as the issue of RES is very diverse: it includes the energy of the sun, water flows, air masses, earth’s heat and much more,” admitted Professor Zubakin. “As a result, the textbook describes the physical basis for the functioning of renewable energy sources, technological and economic aspects of integrating new sectors into the current system of the Russian energy power industry. It takes into account the global context of sustainable carbon-free development and combating global warming.” He said that a team of like-minded professionals had been working for a year and a half over the textbook, which included experts, raising the RES issues back in the Soviet era; there were those who promoted the establishment of a regulatory framework for RES starting with energy reform. The authors include top managers of many companies operating in the RES sector, as well as many leading scientists who have linked the situation in Russia with global experience and trends. Young professionals who came to the industry just a few years ago and are now playing an active role in the industry construction also worked on the textbook. In the near future, the textbook will be sent to the libraries of major technical universities with specialized departments.

Alexey Zhikharev, Director of RREDA, said that there was a stable demand for highly qualified specialists in the technological and financial sector of the RES in Russia. He estimated that today about 400 industry specialists graduate from Russian universities annually, by 2025 this figure will grow 3 times, and by 2035 the annual need for qualified personnel for the industry will reach 50 thousand. “Of course, the textbook is a big event for us. It will become a handbook for all industry participants. We already understand that a second printing will be required,” he said.

The textbook was reviewed by the Federal Educational and Methodological Association (FEMA) in the higher education system in the direction of “Electricity and heat power”, which confirmed the high quality of the textbook and its relevance. The publication is recommended as a textbook for higher education programs and is of interest to universities that provide education in the field of renewable energy sources.

Publishing house “Tochka.Digital”, according to its Head Mikael Gorsky, in cooperation with the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs and RREDA plans to launch a series of webinars with the authors of the textbook, who will tell a wider than technical and economic experts audience about the advantages, opportunities and prospects of the renewable energy sector. He hopes that the topic will be interesting for everyone who somehow interacts with it: for example, for marketers, HR specialists, representatives of companies working or intending to work with the renewable energy sector. In addition, in October, the Publishing house “Tochka.Digital” plans to publish a reference book of the world’s best achievements in RES, which will take into account the Russian experience as well.

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RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 138 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.

Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company.

Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.