The international forum "Renewable energy for regional development" brings together Russian and foreign market participants, representatives of relevant ministries and departments, regional and local administrations, the scientific community and financial organizations developing projects in the field of renewable energy.

Developing renewable energy
developing regions

Today, the retail market of renewable energy in Russia starts to grow rapidly. To the previously implemented projects in isolated energy regions of the Far East new projects in other regions of the country are being added. A system of support for energy supply projects for consumers on the basis of RES, at the regional level and in terms of the development of microgeneration, is being formed. The potential for further development of RES projects in retail markets, including remote and isolated areas, is obvious.

  • What additional measures should be taken to support the implementation of RES projects on retail markets?
  • How can we use the international experience in the development of renewable energy projects?
  • What technological solutions are needed in different regions of the country?
  • What promising technologies based on renewable energy sources can be used for power supply of consumers in the near future?
  • What funding options are available?
  • The forum participants will try to answer these and many other questions during round tables and panel discussions.

The international forum "Renewable energy for regional development" is held jointly with the international exhibition "RENWEX 2020 Renewable energy & Electric Vehicle", during which advanced technologies and solutions in the field of construction and operation of energy facilities using RES will be demonstrated.

The forum will allow market participants to establish new business contacts, exchange of experience and relevant information on available support tools, technical solutions and initiatives in the field of alternative energy development and to develop new projects.

Organizing Committee

  • Alexey Kaplun
  • George Kekelidze
  • Sergey Yatsenya
  • Christoph Urbschat
  • Dina Yatskova


Registration of Participants 10.30 – 11.30
Exhibition and Forum Opening Ceremony 11.00 – 11.30
Plenary Session.11.30 – 13.30

Renewable Energy: Global Trends and New Opportunities

Moderator: George Kekelidze, Board Chairman of the Russian Association for Renewable Energy ‘EUROSOLAR RUSSIA’

In recent years, Russia has been implementing a consistent policy of renewable energy sources (RES) development. The Russian Federation has become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). There is a program in place to support renewable energy under power supply contracts with projects in the wholesale power market. With the established competition on the RES market, the average unit cost of capital expenditure on projects has gone down significantly in recent years. The Russian retail market for renewable energy is also in development. Along with completed projects in isolated power districts of the Far East, projects in other Russian regions are ongoing. The Federal Law ‘On Amendments to the Federal Law ‘On Electric Power Industry’ with regard to Microgeneration Development’ came into effect. The Russian Government decree on support of projects for optimization of power supply in remote territories is in development. There is a clear potential for further development of renewable energy projects in retail markets, including remote and isolated areas. Along with improving reliability of power supply to isolated areas, mastering of advanced RES technologies and competences with further export of high-technology products have become a priority. What other measures should be taken to support RES projects in retail markets? How will the micro-generation market develop? How can we use international experience in renewable energy projects? Which technology solutions are needed in different regions of the country? Which advanced RES-based technologies can be used to supply power to consumers in near future? What are the funding options?


  • Sergey Esyakov, 1st Deputy Chairman of the Energy Committee of the RF State Duma
  • Yury Manevich, Deputy Minister of Energy
  • Mikhail Ivanov, Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce
  • Sergey Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region
  • Alexander Sergeyev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Yury Stankevich, Deputy Chairman of the Energy Policy and Energy Efficiency Committee of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
  • Alexey Kaplun, Member of the Council of Non-commercial Partnership EUROSOLAR Russia
  • Alexey Zhikharev, Director of Russian Renewable Energy Development Association (RREDA)
  • Tatyana Mitrova, Director of the Energy Center at SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management
  • Ulrich Benterbusch, Head of Department, Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy of Germany
  • Kristina Haverkamp, Managing Director, DENA
Lunch13.30 – 14.30
Panel Discussion14.30 – 16.00

RES Application in Regions: Best Technologies and Projects

Opportunities to use renewable energy vary depending on the specifics of the region. At the same time, an increasing number of renewable energy projects are aimed at addressing specific regional/local issues. How does renewable energy use affect the regional economy? How can regional autorities use renewable energy opportunities? Which technologies are already applied in the regions and which ones will help RES make a new breakthrough? Are storage technologies capable of becoming such technologies in the future? What opportunities do foreign companies see for working in the Russian regions? What makes renewable energy attractive for various companies in Russia? What could be done in this area and what stands in the way? Main issues.


  • Emi Komai, Executive Director, KomaiHaltec Inc
  • Gunnar Haglund, Counsellor, Embassy of Sweden in Moscow
  • Vadim Dormidontov, Vice President for Energy and Utilities, Gazprombank
  • Anna Lvova, Director of Department for International Relations and Information, International Investment Bank
  • Nikolai Popov, General Director, Hevel Retail
  • Maria Nevolina, Executive Director, Association of Small Power Generation

Hydrogen Technologies – Near Future or Distant Prospect

Moderator: Tatyana Mitrova, Director of the Energy Center at SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management

Analysts say that by 2050 hydrogen technology could meet about a quarter of all EU fuel needs: it will provide enough energy to fill 42 million cars, more than 1.5 million trucks and a quarter of a million buses. Hydrogen is now increasingly seen as a key to successful energy transition. The International Energy Agency (IEA) experts say that adding only 20% hydrogen to the European gas network will reduce CO2 emissions by 60 million tonnes per year. Does hydrogen technology development mean abandoning of traditional power generation sources? When can one expect a large-scale hydrogen generation project in Russia and hydrogen export? Which hydrogen-based technologies will be most in demand in the near and distant future?

Coffee Break16.00 – 16.30
Panel Discussion16.30 – 18.00

Russia – Germany Cooperation for Establishment of New RES Generation Facilities in Regions

The German Energy Agency (dena) supports German companies coming to the Russian market of RES-based distributed power generation solutions. Development of commercial consumers, project owners, use of various technologies create prerequisites for the formation of a new market for independent projects. How to create a Russian-German consortium to launch a solar energy project? What are the chances of attracting project owners and investors to initiate regional RES projects in Russian regions? What solutions can banks offer for funding of such projects? What requirements should RES projects meet to be given appropriate funding?


  • Ulrich Benterbusch, Head of Department, Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy of Germany
  • Christoph Urbschat, Eclareon (Germany)
  • Ekaterina Galitsyna, Head of Russian Representative Office, KfW Banking Group
  • Kirill Semyonov, Deputy Board Chairman, Board Member, MSP Bank

Biofuel and Biomass: Effective Raw Material Processing and Current Waste Management Solutions

Biofuels have been known to mankind since time immemorial and are still present in the structure of consumption: the raw materials of the first generation are wood and crops with high content of fats, starch, and sugars. 54-60% of biofuel is made up of its traditional forms: firewood, plant residues and dried manure for heating and cooking. They are used by 38% of the world's population. The ability of biofuels to serve as a primary source of energy depends on their energy profitability. The profitability of biofuels is often very much lost to the profitability of hydrocarbon energy. For many years however, scientists have been trying to commercialize production of 2nd and 3rd generation of biofuels in order to resolve environmental issues associated with fossil fuel utilization. A real breakthrough here would be recycling of household waste into high-grade energy. How realistic is it? What is the current world market of biofuel and what is the Russian market development potential? Can biofuel become an alternative to hydrocarbons and electric transport and can we really say it is harmless for environment? What are the available technologies to produce biofuel from domestic and industrial waste?


  • Sergey Kulikov, Deputy General Director, Novyie Tekhnologii Limited Liability Company
  • Sergey Zharenkov, Zeppelin PC Rus Limited Liability Company
  • Ivan Yegorov, Partner and Commercial Director, LANDCO SA/AgroBioTech Limited Liability Company
  • Grigory Yulkin, Director of Department for Strategic Planning and Partnership, International Sustainable Energy Development Center (ISEDC)
  • Sergey Daiman, Director, Head of Department for Services in Clean Technologies and Sustainable Development in Russia, EY
  • Vladimir Novikov, Deputy General Director for Development, Khartia Limited Liability Company
  • Alexander Pankratov, Deputy General Director, Greenenergo Limited Liability Company
Panel Discussion10.00 – 11.30

RES Regulation. RES Component Production Localization in Regions: Experience and Further Development

Moderator: Zhikharev, VYGON Consulting, Partner for Electric Power Industry Practices

While RES projects on the wholesale markets of Russian power generation have been in place for quite some time, the system of RES project support on the retail market is yet in its early development. The Federal Law ‘On Amendments to the Federal Law ‘On Electric Power Industry’ with regard to Microgeneration Development’ has been adopted. The Russian Government decree on support of projects for optimization of power supply in remote territories is in development. RES component production localization in Russia is underway. What legislative trends should the market expect in the near term? Can Russia rely on the European experience in developing its regulatory framework, or should it be guided by its own distinctive nature? What are the first outcomes of the RES component localization program? Does the government provide sufficient support to investors localizing RES hardware? How high is the localization threshold and are there any trends towards its revision?


  • Sergey Anfimov, NP Market Council
  • Andrey Pokhozhayev, Senior Managing Director, ID RES MC ROSNANO
  • Yegor Grinkevich, Deputy General Director, NovaWind
  • Dmitry Smolin, Director for Govermnet Affairs, Vestas
  • Pyotr Antonov, Chief Engineer, Science & Technology Center of Unified Energy Systems, Moscow Division

Renewable Energy for Power Supply of Consumers in Retail Markets, Remote and Isolated Energy Systems and in Microgeneration

Moderator: Alexey Kaplun, Member of Council of Non-Profit Partnership for Renewable Energy ‘EUROSOLAR RUSSIA’

RES retail market in Russia is not as developed as RES wholesale market. Inadequate support of RES projects affects regional tariffs. Nevertheless, many regions go for RES retail projects. The law on microgeneration adopted in 2019 may foster growth of RES technologies in Russia, while in the world microgeneration has developed for about three decades. In spite of its cloudy weather, Great Britain (66 mln people) counts over 0.9 mln houses with solar photovoltaic panels of installed capacity below 10 kW. Germany (82 mln people) features about 1.5 mln of such installations. The USA (327 mln people) has about 1.5 million solar roofs, and Australia (25 mln people) has 2 million. RES-based power supply projects in isolated territories with different natural and climatic conditions call for appropriate technologies to ensure reliable and safe power supply to consumers. What are the requirements to such technologies? Is current support of these technologies and projects sufficient to ensure comprehensive development of RES in remote and isolated locations? Will microgeneration in Russia develop at the same pace as in Europe? What further incentives are needed for its development? Do Russian producers see potential in this market and are they willing to meet this potential demand?


  • Vladimir Masolov, General Director, VDM-Tekhnika
  • Yury Vasiliev, Executive Director, Insitite of Arctic Technologies, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • Viktor Murzintsev, Executive Director, JSC South Electric Grids of Kamchatka
  • Viktor Yelistratov, Chairman of RES Research Board, St. Petersburg Center of Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Mikhail Konischev, General Director, VTR Engineering
Coffee Break11.30 – 12.00
Panel Discussion12.00 – 13.30

Funding of Innovative Applied R&D for RES Development

Cooperation in RES is based on two important factors:
a) The existence of a mechanism for rapid collaborative R&D development supported by leading research centres and industrial partners of both large and small businesses;
b) development of bilateral R&D funding mechanisms.

What are the best practices for financing and implementing innovative applied R&D in RES? What requirements should a regional RES development project meet for successful consortium creation and financing?


  • Professor Evgeny Terukov, Deputy Director, Science & Technology Center of Thin Film Technologies, Hevel
  • Andreas Dreisiebner, Director, Swiss Solar Energy Association ‘Solarspar’, representative of Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
  • Robert Buehler, Director, Peer Energy AG – PEP
  • Alexander Temeyev, General Director, Applied Technologies Company, Ltd.
  • Olga Levchenko, Innovation Support Foundation
  • Dmitry Skorikov, Lead System Analyst, Digital Design
  • Tatyana Yeferina, Deputy Director, Department for Government Energy Policy, Russian Ministry of Energy

Energy Storage Systems for Industrial Consumers and Households

The global market of energy storage systems enjoys rapid development. The main reason for growth is massive development of RES (storage systems are used to level power generation from renewable sources) and electric transport (batteries for electric cars) that relies on storage devices directly or indirectly. Energy storage solutions drive the industry and may bring the storage costs to an affordable level in short and medium term. What technologies should Russia develop in this area? Is the Russian industry competitive? Which energy storage systems will be in demand on the Russian and international markets? What will be the role of current energy storage technologies based on electric batteries and redox batteries? What is the market potential of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen cycle for energy storage and generation? Will Russia see comprehensive projects based on electrochemical processes of energy storage in RES in near future? What new materials for electrochemistry have the highest potential?


  • Dmitry Kholkin, Head of ‘Roadmap’ Working Group, ‘Energynet’ National Technology Initiative
  • Katia Wendel, Director for Development, BAE Batterien
  • Mikhail Kozlov, Technical Director, InEnergy
  • David Masgrangas, General Director, SAFT Russia
  • Vladimir Rebrov, independent expert
Lunch13.30 – 14.30
Panel Discussion14.30 – 16.00

Experience of United Arab Emirates in RES Development: Technology and Financing. Cooperation with Russia.

Moderator: Maxim Zagornov, President of Russian Association for Small Power Generation, Business Ambassador of ‘Business Russia’ in UAE.

Per capita electricity consumption in the UAE is one of the highest in the world. UAE faces high electricity demand due to rapid growth of population and high pace of economic development. UAE invests heavily in electric power generation development to achieve a 40% increase by 2025. The UAE government energy efficiency policy fosters demand for alternative energy. Masdar - a special free economic zone - has been established in Abu Dhabi to develop RES technologies and offer preferences to companies in this sector. According to IRENA 2019 report, total installed power of RES facilities in UAE was around 3,000 MW. The 1st phase of the world's largest solar power plant was launched in Dubai, with a capacity of 1,000 MW in 2025. Under its 2050 Strategy, Dubai plans to receive up to 75% of its energy from renewable sources in 30 years, and by next year half of the city's taxi fleet will switch to electric cars. Moreover, Dubai has become the first city whose police use flying motorcycles developed by a Russian company Hoversurf. Which RES are commonly used in the UAE and what is their share in the country’s total power output? What mechanisms does the government use to support RES? Which of the Emirati distributed generation market model can be a good practice? Why are Russian manufacturers of innovative RES equipment interested in the UAE right now? What investment support tools can the UAE and Russian authorities offer? What are the chances for Russian companies to gain a foothold in the UAE market? And what opportunities will EXPO-2020 in Dubai offer?


  • Maadad Hareb Al-Hayley, UAE Ambassador to Russia
  • Yousef Ibrahim Al Akhar, Vice President, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
  • Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Emirate of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Mohammed Al Fardan, Director of Masdar Free Economic Zone
  • Rustem Zaripov, Vice-President of the Russian Direct Investment Fund
  • Khalifa Al Hajeri, Advisor on Public Investment Partnerships at Mubadala Investment Company
  • Anton Usachev, Deputy General Director of Havel Group of Companies
  • Alexander Atamanov, General Director of Hoversurf
  • TBD, ‘Solar Energy’ Science and Technology Center, LLC
  • TBD, PJSC Masdar

Electric Cars and New Power Infrastructure

Until quite recently, ubiquitous transition to electric transport seemed to be something of science fiction. Few people in Russia took this idea seriously, and the hydrocarbon market developments such as the equilibrium price of oil or shale revolution traditionally caused much more interest. As we discuss these important matters, we may overlook the revolutionary changes of the world energy sector ‘greening’ and massive abandonment of cars with internal combustion engines, which in terms of scale could be compared to transition from coal to oil in the early 20th century. What are the implications of the global energy sector transformation and is Russia willing to follow the global trend? How much will the electric transport market grow in 2020 and 5-10 years from now? What stands in the way of electric vehicle market development in Russia? What incentives do investors need to go ahead with investment programs to develop appropriate infrastructure?


  • Anatoly Libet, Head of Legal and Purchasing, Moscow Energy Directorate
  • Ivan Butenko, CASE Implementation Manager, Mercedes-Benz Russia АО
  • Oktai Mamedov, Science Editor, Russian Journal ‘Unconventional & Renewable Energy Sources’
  • Natalia Gotova, Director of Govermnent Affairs Department, NP TSO
  • Andrey Dzhumayev, General Director,
  • Yury Sergeyev, Representative of Bellona Environmental Legal Center
  • Vladimir Matukhin, Director, Science & Research Center for Power Adaptive Photonics and Solar Aerospace Energy, RTI MIREA
  • Sergey Kiselyov, General Director, Enel X
  • Jorg Schreiber, Chairman, Committee of Automotive Companies, Association of European Businesses
  • Alexey Mikheyev, owner of Romanov Motors and Concordia
  • Ilia Likhov, General Director, NeoSun Energy Rus
Panel Discussion10.30 – 14.30


Solar power and energy efficient technologies in home building will soon spread across the country making both large industrial companies and households happy. The law on microgeneration will foster development of small companies installing RES technologies and energy efficient solutions. Senior managers of these companies will present their successful projects at this panel session today. EUROSOLAR Russia, Green Kilowatt, Ideas in Energy, and German Energy Agency DENA are putting together a training program for specialists in various regions of Russia.


Participation of delegates in the conference is free of charge. Participants pay for their own arrival and accommodation in Moscow. The organizers, if necessary, can provide assistance with hotel reservations. When planning your participation, please see the schedule of arriving flights. It is also recommended to buy tickets in advance.

The international forum "Renewable energy for regional development" is a non-profit event, participation of delegates in the conference is free. At the same time, the organizers expect voluntary sponsorship from commercial companies in order to improve the overall level of the event.

Key benefits of voluntary sponsorship:

  • Information support of the company's participation in the forum. It includes the application of the logo on all information media (where provided), the work of the press center of the conference (ensuring the distribution of the press release, the organization of a special press approach).
  • Guaranteed performance of the company's speaker in one of the sessions within the business program.
  • Placing information boards about the company. Laying out their own handouts.
  • Distribution of advertising of the company together with the main handouts of the Forum.
  • Possibility to hold own events within the framework of the Conference (signing of agreements, briefings and press conferences).

Please check with the organizers about possible sponsorship packages and the cost of services.

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