Perovskite solar tech
En+ Group is involved in the development of an exciting new generation of solar panels, in collaboration with Moscow State University. The project uses Perovskite solar cell technology, a new form of synthetic analogue which has proven highly efficient in converting solar energy into electricity, which could prove essential in meeting increased global energy demand.
The project is being led by Eurosibenergo’s Head of Research and Development, Ana Korotchenkova, and has a timeline of three years.
During this time, the Group is carrying out a range of research which we hope will lead to the creation of a prototype – the first production sample of a perovskite solar cell with the necessary characteristics for wider industrial production.
Following this, the team will study the test results and assess the potential for commercial production. If the potential is there, the Group will work to optimise manufacturing technology to prepare for the mass production of these perovskite cells.
Wind turbines based on the Magnus effect
En+ Group is investing in the development of wind turbines using the Magnus effect, a revolutionary concept within wind generation technology, in which a cylinder rotating in a flow of air is subjected to a pulling force perpendicular to that flow
Turbines using the Magnus effect use between three and five cylinders to generate electricity instead of blades, and are therefore more efficient, cheaper, less bulky and capable of operating in a wider range of wind speeds than current standard turbines, while also being simple to repair.
En+ Group is a co-investor in MAGNUS, which has developed a prototype with a capacity of 0.8 kWh, which will be increased to 3-15 kWh. The finished article will be able to operate practically in any location on dry land, and will be useful for providing electricity to settlements in remote regions.
This technology will fill a gap in the Russian market, while the product will also be marketed internationally.
SVBR (small modular nuclear power complexes)
En+ Group is investing in the development of small modular nuclear power complexes (SVBRs) through its AKME-Engineering joint venture with Rosatom, the State Russian Atomic Corporation.
SVBRs are considered one of the most promising development areas for the future of renewable energy, being both reliable and affordable. They have a variety of uses, and are capable of providing electricity, heat and desalinated water to remote regions, as well as electricity and steam to industrial facilities.
En+ Group is investing in SVBR-100, a type of SVBR that operates with a lead-bismuth (Pb-Bi) coolant and uses a design based on over 80 years of experience of Pb-Bi cooled reactors.
The SVBR-100 is sustainable, with minimal environmental impact. The design is safe and reliable, and the complex is economically efficient, being easy to transport by railway, road or ship, and can be deployed near residential or industrial areas.