February 28 (Renewables Now) - Russian power generator RusHydro (MCX:HYDR) on Tuesday unveiled a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a pilot 3.9-MW wind and diesel power project in Yakutia.
The demonstration complex will include three with turbines with a combined capacity of 0.9 MW, which will be tested for working in Arctic weather conditions, and 3 MW of diesel generators. The plants in the village of Tiksi will work in combination with an energy storage facility.
The Russian power major will implement the scheme under a MOU with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the government of Yakutia. Apart from the MOU, it has signed a separate cooperation agreement that calls for it to take care of construction and installation activities. Takaoka Toko from Japan will provide the main equipment, while JSC Sakhaenergo, a subsidiary of RusHydro, will operate the complex.
The wind component of the hybrid power plant and electric power lines are planned to be ready by December 2018, with assembly of diesel generators, as well as related distribution and storage facilities, to be completed by the end of next year. The project’s demonstration period will run through end-2020, after the end of which NEDO will transfer its ownership to Yakutia.
Depending on the development and operational results from the project, RusHydro said it might consider developing similar projects, mainly in Kamchatka and Chukotka.