At the UN headquarters in New York prospects for the development of alternative energy in the Exclusion Zone were discussed
During the international conference «Sustainable Energy and Heritage of Chornobyl» held at UN Headquarters in New York (USA), the experts of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management presented the current state of overcoming the consequences of the accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the prospects for the development of the territory of the Exclusion Zone. In particular, a lot of attention was paid to the opportunities for the development of alternative energy in this area.
«The Exclusion Zone now turns from the territory of accident and damage into the territory of change and attraction of investment for development not only locally but also at the national level. We are constantly working on transforming the Shelter Object into an ecologically safe system and optimizing the work of the radioactive waste management system. But it is also important for us to find the possibility of reuse of contaminated lands, so the development of alternative energy projects here can become a solution to this problem», – Kateryna Pavlova, head of the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department of SAUEZM, said.
The Exclusion Zone can become a place for the development of alternative energy, because here a powerful transmission infrastructure has been preserved and, most importantly, there is a consumer in the Kyiv region. In addition, the Exclusion Zone is in the same geographical latitude as the south of Germany, where solar power is rather advanced, and therefore, solar insulations here are enough to produce «green» electricity.
In order to implement an alternative energy project in this area according to international standards, it was decided to involve the experience of leading countries in this field. The French government supported the initiative of Ukraine and funded the feasibility study for this project.
«In the spring of this year, with the support of the French Government, we received the results of the feasibility study, which confirmed the possibility of creation of the park of solar energy with a capacity of 1.2 GW in the Exclusion Zone», – Kateryna Pavlova said.