AGENDA OF THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY FORUM "RENEWABLES FOR REGIONS"
11-12 October

Programme of activities:
«Renewable Energy for Regional Development»
11 october
12 october
9:30 - 10:00
Registration of participants
10:00 - 11:30
Panel discussion: Regulatory regulation of renewable energy sources. Renewable energy for energy supply to consumers on retail markets, in remote and isolated energy systems, in the Arctic zone
Moderator: Alexey Zhikharev, Partner of VYGON Consulting, Director of the Renewable Energy Development Association

In contrast to the RE development projects in the wholesale areas of the Russian electricity market, the support system for the implementation of RE projects in the retail markets has only recently started to take shape. The federal law "On Amendments to the Federal Electricity Law with regard to the Development of Microgeneration" has been adopted, and a resolution of the Russian government to support projects to optimise electricity supply in remote areas is in preparation.

What major trends in Russian legislation can the market expect in the near future? Can Russia use the experience of the development of the legal framework in European countries or should its own specificities be taken into account?

To what extent are the existing support measures for retail market technologies and projects, as well as for remote and isolated energy systems, sufficient for the systemic development of this renewable energy sector? How are RE technologies being adapted for deployment in the Arctic? Will microgeneration in Russia develop at the same pace as in Europe? What additional incentives are needed for its development? Do Russian producers see prospects in this market and are they ready to meet the potential demand?

Sergey Anfimov, Head of the Audit and Technological Expertise Department of Association NP Market Council
Egor Grinkevich, Deputy General Director of Novawind JSC
Representative, Ministry of Energy
Vladimir Sofyin, Director of the Innovation Department of PJSC RusHydro
Tobias Merkel, Managing Director of SOLAR23 GmbH (Germany)
Maxim Polishchuk, Project Head at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Vasily Potemkin, Managing Director of the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic
11:30 - 12:00
Coffe break
12:00 - 13:30
Panel discussion: Development of micro-generation and international cooperation on the creation of new RE generation facilities in the regions
Moderator: Dmitry Burykin, Head of educational projects of NP on RES "EUROSOLAR Russia"

Microgeneration projects are increasingly interesting in Russia, not only for private households and industrial companies. The passing of a law on micro power plants is an incentive for small companies to develop renewable energy technologies and energy-efficient solutions. The German Energy Agency (dena), the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) and eclareon support German companies in entering the Russian market for decentralised renewable energy solutions. The development of commercial consumers and the use of various technologies create the conditions for the emergence of a new market for small-scale generation projects based on renewable energies.

Alexander Kiryukhin, Professor NRU "MEI" (online)
Vadim Pavlov, Director of the Ulyanovsk Region Technological Development Agency
Nikolay Popov, General Director of Volta Energy
Albek Sarbasov, CEO of ECONRG (online)
Akram Mirzabayev, Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences, CEO of MIR SOLAR (online)
Carlos Martinez, Project Manager at GoodWe Europe Russia
13:30 - 14:30
Lunch break
14:30 - 16:00
Panel discussion: Renewable energy management solutions for industrial consumers and households
Moderator: Roman Ishmukhametov, Lawyer, Representative office of Baker and Mackenzie in St. Petersburg

The global market for energy management and storage systems is growing rapidly. The main reason for the growth is the large-scale development of renewable energy (to compensate for the unevenness of renewable generation) and electric transport (batteries for electric vehicles), directly or indirectly through storage systems. The driving force is technological progress in a number of energy storage solutions that can reduce the cost of the systems to a level acceptable to the market in the short to medium term.

What technologies should Russia develop in this area and is the Russian industry competitive? Which energy storage systems will be in demand on both the Russian and international markets? What role will modern energy storage technologies based on rechargeable and redox batteries play? What are the market prospects for hydrogen fuel cells and the hydrogen cycle for energy storage and generation? Will complex projects based on electrochemical RE energy storage processes be developed in Russia in the near future? What are the most promising new materials for electrochemistry?

Vitaly Puziy, energy auditor, Energy on Track
Representative, Rosseti
David Wedepohl, Managing Director for International Relations at German Solar Association BSW Solar
Mikhail Kozlov, Development Director of InEnergy
Petr Vorobyov, Assistant Professor, Associate CREI Director of Skoltech
Adil Iskhakov, Executive Director of Kurai Solar LLC
16:00 - 16:30
Coffe break
16:30 - 18:00
Panel discussion: Applied research and development for RES development with the involvement of Russian and Swiss funds and development institutions
Moderator: Igor Pivovarov, Entrepreneur, Expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Member of the RG NTI Neuronet

How can commercial companies enter foreign markets? A permanent interface between Switzerland and Russia has been created, which helps innovative companies from Russia to enter Switzerland and vice versa, from Switzerland to Russia. The first successful cases of such companies will be presented.

Julie Bächtold, Deputy Director of the Swiss Business Hub, Embassy of Switzerland in the Russian Federation
George Kekelidze, Chairman of the Management Board of NP for the Development of RES "EUROSOLAR Russia"
Andreas Dreisiebner, Head of the consortium of Swiss companies for renewable energy projects in Russia, CEO of A777
Vladimir Masolov, CEO of "VDM-Technika"
David Clement, Project Manager of Plumettaz SA
Nicolae Podolyanu, Commercial Director of MTE Metering AG
Konstantin Zalessky, Development Director of BE Energy
Anton Usachev, Deputy General Director of Hevel Solar
Arsen Gareev, National Technology Initiative Project Support Fund, Director of the NTI Technological Development Management Center
Andreas Gut, Head of International Programs at the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse
10:00 - 12:00
Plenary session: "Renewable Energy: Regional Challenges and New Opportunities"
Moderator: George Kekelidze, Chairman of the Board, EUROSOLAR Russia

In recent years, Russia has pursued a coherent policy on the development of renewable energy sources (RES). The Russian Federation has become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). There is a programme to promote renewable energy through capacity contracts, under which projects are implemented on the wholesale electricity market. Due to the established competition in the RE market, the average specific capital costs of projects have decreased significantly in recent years.

At the same time, a retail market for renewable energy is developing in Russia. Projects in isolated energy regions of the Far East are now being added to those already implemented in other regions of the country. The Federal Law "On Amendments to the Federal Law 'On Electricity Industry' with Regard to the Development of Microgeneration" has come into force, and the possibilities for supporting projects to optimise energy supply in remote areas have been expanded by a decision of the Russian government. The potential for further development of RE projects in retail markets, including in remote and isolated areas, is obvious. In addition to solving the problems of improving the reliability of energy supply in remote areas, the priority of renewable energy development in Russia is the development of advanced technologies and skills, as well as the further export of high-tech products.

What additional measures should be taken to support the implementation of RES projects in retail markets? How will the market for micro-power plants develop? How can international experience be used in the development of renewable energy projects? What technical solutions are needed in the different regions of the country? Which promising renewable energy technologies can be used to supply electricity to consumers in the near future? What financing options are available?

Alexey Kulapin, Director General of Russian Energy Agency
Gadzhimagomed Huseynov, 1st Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic
Kristina Haverkamp, Managing Director of German Energy Agency (dena)
Roland Roesch, Deputy Director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Center (IITC)
12:00 - 12:30
Coffe break
12:30 - 14:00
Panel discussion: Hydrogen technologies - near future or distant prospect. Regional development projects.
Moderator: Yuri Melnikov, Senior Analyst at the Energy Center of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Analysts predict that by 2050, hydrogen technology could meet about a quarter of the EU's total fuel needs: It would provide enough energy to power 42 million cars, more than 1.5 million trucks and a quarter of a million buses. Hydrogen is now increasingly seen as the key to the success of the energy transition. Experts at the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimate that feeding just 20% hydrogen into the European gas grid would reduce CO2 emissions by 60 million tonnes per year. In Russia, a hydrogen energy concept has been adopted that envisages that by 2050 about 20% of all global hydrogen exports will come from Russia.

Does the development of hydrogen technology mean abandoning conventional energy production sources? When can we expect a large-scale hydrogen production and export project in Russia? Which hydrogen-based technologies will be most in demand by consumers in the near and distant future?

Ivan Ivanov, Deputy General Director of the Russian Energy Agency
Tatiana Mitrova, Professor, Scientific Director of the Energy Center of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Mikhail Guzenko, Minister of Energy of the Sakhalin Region
Alisher Kalanov, Head of the LEGACY and RES Investment Division of RUSNANO
Alexey Kaplun, CEO of H2 Clean Energy
Alexey Kashin, Founder of InEnergy
Motoko Daimon, CEO of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rus
Thorsten Herdan, Head of Energy Policy Department at Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany (BMWi)
Mugihiko Yanagida, Deputy Director General of the Department of Modern Composite Materials Mitsui & Co
14:00 - 15:00
Lunch break
15:00 - 16:30
Panel discussion: " Green financing: the example of renewable energy projects "
Moderator: Ekaterina Galitsyna, KfW IPEX Bank, Country Director Russia and CIS, Member of the Association "Women in Energy"

Purpose of the discussion: to discuss the possibilities of financing RES projects taking into account the planned Green Taxonomy, practical examples of implemented projects. To formulate the requirements of banks, the wishes of investors and project developers. Search for alternative sources of financing and all possible funding instruments. How to build relationships with RES project stakeholders in the initial phase so that the project financing structure is acceptable to all parties involved.

Alexander Gareev, Managing Director, Eurasian Development Bank
Anna Lapkina, Head of Export and Structural Financing Department at Unigreen Energy, Avelar Solar Technologies LLC
Kirill Semenov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of SME Bank
Mikhail Molchanov, CEO of the Solar Systems Group of Companies
Tobias Merkel, Managing Director of SOLAR23 GmbH
Kristina Haverkamp, Managing Director of the German Energy Agency (dena)
Vadim Dormidontov, Executive Vice President of Gazprombank
Vsevolod Gavrilov, Director of the Directorate for Project Management in the Field of Energy Conservation and Environmental Management of Sberbank of Russia
Christof Sagasser, Managing Director of COVENDIT Corporate Finance (online)
16:30 - 17:00
Coffe break
17:00 - 18:30
Panel discussion: Renewable energies as an element of sustainable development and decarbonisation in various economic sectors
Moderator: Alexey Kaplun, Member of the Council of NP "Eurosolar Russia"

The climate agenda and the tasks of reducing greenhouse gas emissions are playing an increasingly important role in the energy strategies of many countries. So, the European Union is going to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the same goal was announced by the Japanese Government and the US Administration, China is going to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. One of the mechanisms of decarbonization is an increase in the share of RES in the energy balances of countries, the use of renewable energy sources in various sectors of the economy.

Thomas Henzschel, Deputy Director of the Department of the Embassy of Germany
Mikhail Yulkin, Expert of the International Center for Sustainable Energy Development under the auspices of UNESCO, founder and CEO of "Carbonlab" LLC
Chris Buttkus, Director of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Branch
Yulia Grishchenkova, Head of the Representative Office of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Ekaterina Galitsyna, Director of KfW IPEX Bank Russia and CIS, Member of the Association "Women in Energy"
Alla Belikova, Head of the German National Tourist Office in Russia
Alexander Dolganov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Center-Invest Bank
Sergey Novikov, Director of the Svet Solnca LLC
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