Minnikhanov on “green” energy: “In our climate, you can hardly live on solar batteries”

Presentation of the World Energy Prize in Kazan showed that Russia has technological solutions for generating clean energy

At the annual ceremony to announce the winners of the World Energy Prize 2021 in the Kazan City Hall, the discussion on the consequences of carbon regulation in the country, which began at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2021) and continued at the Tatarstan Petrochemical Forum, continued. At the suggestion of the President of the World Energy Association and TV journalist Sergey Prilev, the participants of the conversation focused on the technological aspect of “decarbonisation”. Will renewable energy replace hydrocarbons? Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov spoke in favor of a balance between “green” and conventional generation, and Dmitriy Besarabov, a member of the International Prize Committee from South Africa, sees a future in the “yellow” hydrogen produced by nuclear power. Ravinat Yarulin, President of Tatneftekhiminvest-Holding, explained to Realnoe Vremya the change in color choice.

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The winners of the World Energy Prize 2021 have been announced in the capital of Tatarstan. This is an annual competition with a prize money of more than 38 million rubles, in which prizes are given to outstanding scientists and researchers who have made the greatest contribution to improving the environmental safety of energy sources on Earth.

President of the World Energy Association and TV journalist Sergey Prilev arrived in Kazan for the official ceremony, along with the experts who are members of the International Committee – Martha Bonifert, Vice President of the Hungarian Institute of Directors, and Dmitriy Besarabov from South Africa. The guests were received by the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. Brilev himself acted not only as a director of the meeting, but also as a director and supplier of a television film about the leaders of “green” energy. According to Prilev, the television version of the ceremony will be broadcast on the resources of the United Nations Information Center in Moscow and on the global media platforms of the United Nations, and a 10-minute story about Tatarstan will be part of this film.

According to Prilev, the television version of the ceremony will be broadcast on the sources of the United Nations Information Center in Moscow. Photo President.tatarstan.ru

– From the point of view of energy balance, Tatarstan looks like a model for the whole of Russia: despite the historical oil reserves, the republic is strongly represented, for example, by hydropower. At the same time, in recent years, first of all, an increasing share of the oil produced goes to petrochemicals, and within the framework of reasonable consumption, alternative energy has also been developed: wind and solar energy. “Kazan is an ideal place to announce the winners and for a series of discussions on other ways to develop the Russian and global energy industry,” said Sergey Prilev, President of the World Energy Association.

The two winners are Russian and American of Chinese descent.

The Global Energy Prize is awarded in three categories – conventional, unconventional (or alternative) energy and ‘new ways of generating energy’. In contrast to previous years, when foreign scientists won, this time two Russian scientists, as well as an American of Chinese descent, took the prize.

In the first nomination, the winner was an academician, director of the Institute of Coal Chemistry and Chemical Sciences of the Federal Research Center for Coal and Coal Chemistry of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Zenfer Ismagilov (Russia). KA Timiryazev Suleiman Efkhanoglu Allahverdiyev (Russia). American Yi Kui, director of the Energy Institute. Precourt of Stanford University, honored as the winner of the final category.

Academician Zenfer Ismagilov was awarded the prize in the first nomination. Coal.sbras.ru صور Photos

Academician Ismagilov received the award for his contribution to the field of carbon chemistry, carbon chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and the fight against climate change. Now he heads the Institute of Coal Chemistry and Chemical Sciences of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. At the same time, he manages major international projects, including those under the auspices of the European Union, the Netherlands Foundation for the Promotion of Science, and the Japan Fund for Energy and Industry Development. True, the name of the winner was announced during the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum with the participation of the presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, the President of the People’s Republic of China, the Prime Ministers of India and Thailand as an example of the developer. Green technologies. Speaking via video, he said that his developments are widely used in Tatarstan in the purification of associated petroleum gas in the southeast of the republic.

Is there an alternative to oil and gas?

Süleyman Efkhanoglu Allahverdev received the award for his outstanding contribution to the development of alternative energy and scientific achievements in the field of designing artificial photosynthesis systems. He demonstrated the energy and kinetic schemes of electron transfer during photosynthesis, proving that during photosynthesis, water is oxidized and oxygen is liberated.

After the scientist expressed his views on the development of alternative energy sources, the director of the meeting, Sergey Prilev asked the opinion of Rustam Minnikhanov about the path towards the “green” generation.

Will renewables replace hydrocarbons? – Asked.

Suleyman Efkhanoglu Allahverdev was awarded for his outstanding contribution to the development of alternative energy. photo ofr.su

The President of the Republic replied: “We do not reject hydrocarbon energy.” The issue of renewable energy is also important. Today, much is being done in this direction. Both areas are important to us and we will work on them.

On the other hand, there is the question of how to completely switch to alternative energy sources, he noted: “You cannot live on solar batteries in our climate zone.” He gave the example of the European Union: “Europe found itself in a difficult situation, focusing only on renewable sources. So everything must be balanced.”

The path towards the “green” generation is “the right decision too”, “as the amount of hydrocarbons in the gut will be depleted every year.” “It will be the most valuable product for the chemical and petrochemical industries,” stressed Minnikhanov.

Continuing the topic, Sergey Prilev asked if Tatarstan was interested in the technology of pumping carbon dioxide into oil reservoirs.

– We not only discussed this topic, but also tried it in this direction. Unfortunately, energy costs are high, so we need to look for some other form. The President replied: “The work is in progress, and we are following this matter carefully.”

American scientist Yi Kui has been recognized for his contributions to the development, synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for energy and the environment. youtube.com images

“Yellow” vs “Green”

American scientist Yi Kui has been recognized for his contributions to the development, synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for energy and the environment. True, the director of the Precourt Institute of Energy, Yi Kui, was also able to advance his technologies by founding the StorageX Initiative project. In his opinion, by developing hydrogen energy, countries will be able to move towards achieving carbon neutrality without compromising the use of the resources of the planet’s subsoil.

Hydrogen energy can become part of the “green” course. And Prilev asked one of the members of the International Prize Committee Dmitry Besarabov from South Africa, what kind of hydrogen do you like better – “green” or “blue”.

Hydrogen is a carrier of energy and there must be plenty of it. He believed that in the future it could become a tool for integrating all sectors of the economy in order to reduce the carbon footprint. – And to be honest, I love the “yellow” hydrogen associated with nuclear power.

In the hall, he was applauded by the head of Ravinat Yarulin who goes by the name of Tatneftekhiminvest. Perhaps he is the only one who at the moment understands the value of “yellow” hydrogen. At the end of the discussion, explain to Realnoe Vremya that all types of hydrogen: “blue,” “green,” “brown,” “gray,” and “Yellow” – the latter is the cheapest.

“In the future, hydrogen may become a tool for integrating all sectors of the economy in order to reduce the carbon footprint,” Besarabov said. Photo President.tatarstan.ru

– So today I brought Hydrogen Maganov (General Director of Tatneft), which was received by Tatnergo. This is green hydrogen. Well, it is very expensive! lovable! – Ravinat Samatovich firmly convinced Besarabov of the correctness of the conclusion.

According to him, hydrogen energy is approaching, but it may also have an alternative. This may be the mass production of electric cars, but there is not enough lithium to produce lithium-ion batteries. “Lithium is scarce in the country,” he said, adding that there is also a need for great scientists who will find new methods.

In conclusion, Sergey Prilev said that the award ceremony will take place within the framework of the Russian Energy Week, which will be held in Moscow from October 13 to 15.

Louise Ignativa

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