Tashkent hosted a conference on "Innovative solutions for solar energy" arranged by Alstom, world leader in power generation and transmission equipment. The conference addressed the matters of engineering and advanced technologies in the installation and operation of solar power plants. The event was attended by representatives of Uzbekenergo, international companies working in solar power and French Ambassador to Uzbekistan Francois Gauthier. Participants discussed possibilities to develop co-operation in the power sector, introduction of energy-saving technologies on the basis of the international corporation.
Renewable energy sources are getting increasingly popular across the globe. Currently, Uzbekistan is developing an understanding of the promising "green" power for the country. Recently, country's government has been closely focused on this matter. According to the Economic Research Center, natural gas stock in Uzbekistan will last for 20-30 years provided that the current output is retained. By contrast, oil reserves have been virtually depleted. Both these sources are non-renewable and they account for 99.3% in the energy generation structure. However, as reported by many experts and specialists, Uzbekistan features a considerable potential for the introduction and application of alternative energy sources. There are about 300 sunny days a year and mountain rivers than enable transition to renewables. Thus, solar energy potential in the country amounts to some 50,973 bln t in oil equivalent. Currently, Uzkebenergo is working on the solar panel manufacture project.
In its presentation sections, Alstom has showcased advanced innovative solutions both in terms of technology and environmental protection. The main focus of the solar energy report was on the production, installation and launch of concentrated solar plants (KSPs) that convert solar energy to steam. Thanks to the solar energy storage function, KSPs may ensure power supply long after sunset or on cloud days. Based on conference results, Alstom has expressed its willingness to provide Uzbekistan with an integrated solution for the provision of services, products and systems for "clean" energy production and transmission.