Tashkent – April 23, 2015. A National Conference on Development of Wind Energy Potential Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held in the International Business Center.
The Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan attaches great importance to the development of renewable energy sources. A number of projects that introduce renewable energy sources are being implemented in the country and the legislation on renewables is being developed.
The Conference became an important step in defining the potential of renewable energy sources of Uzbekistan. The work has been done by the unitary enterprise “Talimarjan Thermal Power Plant” of Uzbekenergo and Intec-GOPA and GEONET companies (Germany) within the Talimarjan Transmission Project, supported by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank)*.
WIND ATLAS - an interactive digital and analytical map of wind energy potential (WEP) of Uzbekistan - was presented in the conference. It was developed using modelling software. Preliminary conservative analysis shows that wind energy potential makes more than 520,000 MW of installed capacity and more than a billion of MWh a year.
On the bases of the WIND ATLAS the Uzbekenergo company has defined two perspective zones – one in Navoi region and the other in the south of Karakalpakstan – to conduct further detailed measurement to define more accurately the WEP of these areas. Meteorological masts of 85 m with devices to measure velocity and direction of wind as well as density and temperature of air have been erected in both zones. Through the satellite the measurements are sent online to the server for further analysis, which will be used to calculate the most optimal unit rating of wind turbine and potential electric power output when preparing investment project.
The German experts demonstrated to the participants of the Conference how the interactive map works. They would teach their Uzbek colleagues on how to work with the system, so the Uzbek experts can make modelling and build up the wind energy potential themselves.
During the Conference, participants were also introduced to the modern trends in development of wind energy projects, equipment and types of financing for such projects. As of today, an average CAPEX for wind energy projects is about US$ 1 million per MW of installed capacity, which is almost in parity with modern CCGT (combine cycle gas technology), while break even operation cost of is around 5,5 cents per kWh.
Uzbekistan possesses significant wind resources that are suitable for development of commercially feasible large-scale wind power farms – that was a conclusion from the discussions of the Conference.
The following counterparts took part in the Conference “Development of WPP of Uzbekistan”: experts from the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, Fund for Reconstruction and Development, State Committee on Nature Protection, Hydromet Center under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, non-governmental organizations, such as Association of Enterprises of Alternative Fuel and Power Sources and representatives of international organizations and development agencies.
The conference was also supported by ALSTOM and Uzelectroapparat-Electroshield engineering companies…
Development of Wind Energy Potential in Uzbekistan