Reduction of emission of black carbon (soot) in remote settlements of Karelia

Since December 2014 launched the first phase of the project "Reducing the emissions of Black Carbon in Valdai, Voinitsa, Vozhmozero, Lindozero, Kimovaara, Yustozero Polga in the Republic of Karelia" (BCRoK). This phase of the project includes the reconstruction of power supply systems in five remote villages Republic of Karelia.
The geographical position of the objects for reconstruction: villages of Kimovaara, Voinitsa, Vozhmozero, Lindozero, Yustozero.


The recipient (beneficiary): JSC "Prionezhsky network company" (CPM)

Monitoring and supervision: "Norsk Energy" (Oslo) and ANO "Energy Efficiency Centre"

The project is funded by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), serving as the chief administrator Arctic Council Project Support Instrument (PSI).

Grant from NEFCO: 174 000 EUR allocated for the first phase of the project.

Co-financing from PSK: 18% (VAT) 

The planned timing of the 1st stage: from 15 July to December 2015

Brief Description of Project:
The strategic aim of the project is to save diesel fuel diesel power stations (DPS), located in the above-mentioned localities. Accordingly, it should reduce the emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere, including Black Carbon emissions. A special feature of this project is that in four of five localities DPSs  work in the morning and evening. Only one of DPS in the village of Kimovaara working around the clock. Other DPSs run manually on a certain schedule. In sharp jumps consumption (including heaters, water pumps, etc.) are often suspended automatically, diesel generator sets (DGs), forcing workers to manually run them, and the people suffering without power supply. For this reason, almost all the DPSs have extra power characteristics (to compensate peak loads), which leads to a significant reduction in DGs efficiency (high capasity but low consumtion during the working time).
Based on the above, the project envisages the construction of autonomous hybrid power plants (AHPP) on the basis of solar and diesel generation equipment. The contractor selected by the competition should upgrade the existing DPS to AHPP by installing a photovoltaic system, the battery pack (accumulators) and switching system with diesel generator set (see. Schematic diagram below)

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