Andriy Konechenkov, the Chairman of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) and the Vice President of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), shared his vision of wind energy development at the events within the framework of the study tour to Ukraine organized by the international technical assistance project “Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus”.
The expert made an interesting presentation “The Wind Energy Sector of Ukraine. Prospects for Development”, in which he indicated new impulses for the growth of the Ukrainian wind energy sector.
He also demonstrated current results of research and forecasts of investing in renewable energy until 2040 by financial and economic agency Bloomberg.
Andriy Konechenkov commented on data of forecasts by Bloomberg, contrary to the perception about the prospects for offshore wind power, “Despite regular statements that sea-based energy will allow to double the existing capacities of wind power (in the world), the research refute this. There are a number of technical difficulties; significantly higher cost of communications and installations, compared with ground basing; the gradual toughening of requirements according to distance from the shore line (in some countries limits already come up to at least 30 km), which is because of the activities of local fishing companies, etc. Thus, today the development of namely onshore windmills is noted, there is a tendency to replace older turbines with new ones, with much more efficient electric power generation.”
The expert considers providing state guarantees for investment the primary condition for the normal development of the renewable energy sector, which allows to form an attractive investment climate.
In addition, the expert brought up a number of topical issues of wind power development around the world and answered the questions of the event participants about the possibility of application of the Ukrainian experience in Belarus.
Under the programme of activities of the study tour, a visit to the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving was also held, where the Director of the Department of Renewable Energy Sources Yuriy Shafarenko made a presentation “Renewable Energy in Ukraine: Legislative Initiatives, Progress and Prospects for Development”.
The head of renewable energy unit told about the aim of Ukraine to join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), “Ukraine's entrance to this organization will raise funding from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (there are dirt cheap money there, 1-2% for an extended period up to 20 years). The legislative framework in the sphere of RES will also be improved.”
The expert considers the development of boiler houses on alternative fuels an interesting direction, “It is planned to cultivate energy crops to use biomass boiler houses In Ukraine. There are about 4 million hectares of land unsuitable for agricultural crops within the country, that is where they will be grown. If everything goes according to plan, we will turn from an import country into an export country of biocrude, without cutting down a single tree in our forests at the same time. We assumed that a fast-growing willow can be used as a biocrude. The development of biogas complexes is also prospective for us.”
Yuriy Shafarenko also informed that in order to attract additional investment in the sphere of RES, a web platform was developed, where about 60 implemented projects and more than 50 prospective ones are gathered, “Our resource works online. Any investor can find out the current information about the most prospective areas of Ukraine for placing various RES facilities. The service is constantly being improved and updated.”