Krasnodar/Berlin. A new training and demonstration photovoltaic (PV) facility in Krasnodar in southern Russia has been demonstrating the integration of solar power into the region’s electricity distribution grid since July 2020. The project, called “Solar Microgeneration”, is based on significant improvements in the framework conditions for photovoltaics in Russia. It is the result of a German-Russian cooperation coordinated by KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions GmbH from Berlin. Other partners on the German side are eclareon GmbH and the German Solar Association (BSW Solar). On the Russian side, it is the UDPO Energy Advanced Training Institute of PJSC “Kubanenergo”, the National Research University MPEI (Moscow Power Engineering Institute) and the NGO EUROSOLAR Russia. The project is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
“We are delighted to support distribution grid operators in their preparations for the microgeneration law and thus help accelerating the decentralized energy transition in Russia,” says Dr Roman Brinzanik, Director New Markets at KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions and co-initiator of the project.
The cooperation benefits from the “microgeneration” law passed by the Russian parliament, the Duma, at the end of 2019. The new law makes it possible for the first time in Russia to set up grid-connected PV systems with a capacity of up to 15 kW for self-consumption. Surplus electricity can be fed into the grid and will be remunerated at the level of electricity prices traded on the electricity market.
The project aims to develop solar energy-friendly grid connection and feed-in regulations in cooperation with Russian energy experts and distribution grid operators, to test them in practice and to provide trainings. At the same time, it is to be ensured that all technical requirements of the Russian distribution grid operators regarding the implementation regulations for solar plants are met.
As part of the project, KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions donated a grid-connected 5 kWp PV system. KRAFTWERK planned the system together with UDPO Energy Advanced Training Institute of PJSC “Kubanenergo”, then installed it with the Krasnodar company Clever Energy and handed it over to the institute for further operation. The PV system is intended for training the personnel of distribution grid operators and PV installers as well as for testing purposes. The PV modules were mounted on a ground structure as well as on a roof imitation to demonstrate different mounting systems. The PV installation also includes a smart meter, a monitoring system connected to the internet, and a weather station that enables the institute to determine the factors affecting the PV yield.
On 9th and 10th of November 2020, the project held its first training on integrating PV power into the distribution grid. More than 20 grid experts attended at the UDPO Energy Advanced Training Institute of PJSC “Kubanenergo” in Krasnodar, and more than 40 participants from Rostov, Moscow and other regions in Russia joined online. Participants in the training included representatives of distribution system operators, energy suppliers, installation companies and universities. The training materials created for the training will also be used for further training programes in the future, both at the UDPO Energy Advanced Training Institute of PJSC “Kubanenergo” and at the National Research University MPEI (Moscow Power Engineering Institute). Another training course for distribution grid operators will take place in Kaliningrad end of this year. In addition, first lectures on the topic will be held for students at MPEI in Moscow before the end of the year.
Information on the ongoing activities and the results of the project are available at https://www.enabling-pv.ru/projects/solar-microgeneration.
KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions GmbH
was founded in 2010 in Weingarten, Germany and is internationally active with project offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Santiago de Chile, Lima, Cairo, and Tunis. KRAFTWERK develops and implements customized solar power solutions for on-grid and off-grid applications. kraftwerk-rps.com
is an owner-managed consulting company based in Berlin that specializes in the energy and environmental technology sectors and is the initiator and coordinator of the “ENABLING PV in Russia” project. www.enabling-pv.ru eclareon.com
German Solar Association
has been representing the interests of the German solar and storage industry for over 40 years. solarwirtschaft.de
UDPO Energy Advanced Training Institute of PJSC „Kubanenergo”
is the training and research centre of Kubanenergo (Rosseti Kuban), the leading grid operator in the Krasnodar region, and also trains numerous other grid operators in southern Russia on topics related to electricity grid operations. eipk.ru
National Research University (Moscow Power Engineering Institute)
is a leader in academic research and teaching in the field of electrical engineering in Russia and has a competence centre for photovoltaics with the Chair of Hydropower and Renewable Energies. mpei.ru
is one of 13 country sections of the European Renewable Energy Association EUROSOLAR, a non-profit organisation founded in 1988. www.eurosolarrussia.org
Dr. Roman Brinzanik
KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions GmbH
Project Office Berlin
12459 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 2332 6368