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Cooperation continues in the area of renewable energy

25 september 2013

From 15 to 21 September, a group of experts in the field of energy from the Republic of Karelia , Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions visited a number of renewable energy objects in the province of Västerbotten, Sweden. Study tour was organized in the framework of the project "Renewable Energy in the North -West of Russia ." The agenda has been prepared by the  Västerbotten County Administration and offered visits to renewable energy facilities in various cities and towns of the Västerbotten county, allowing to obtain a clear view of the system of renewable energy in communities with different population levels, as well as get understanding of the general principles of heat supply in cities and towns in Sweden. As a rule, municipal enterprises (Skellefteå Kraft, Umeå Energi) bear responsibility for heat supply to the settlements, although such services can also be offered by private companies, such as, for example, E-ON enterprise (Swedish branch), one of the largest operators in Europe.

The tour participants got an idea on ​​how the whole heating system functions, starting from the work of forest users, producers of biofuels (biogas, wood pellets, wood waste) and to heat supply to the consumers by means of energy-efficient technologies applied on district heating networks. At the meetings in Vännes and Umeå Swedish companies presented innovative systems for monitoring heat pipelines, level of heat consumption and its efficient distribution.

Due to the fact that the trip was attended by motivated representatives of the Russian enterprises and organizations, the Swedish colleagues have also shown great interest in further cooperation in the energy sector. At the end of October 2013 a delegation of Swedish companies, including those engaged in study tour agenda - Miwa, Mittel – plan to come to the Republic of Karelia to explore the possibilities of further cooperation.