ST. PETERSBURG, December 6. /TASS/. Hybrid electric power plants, which use alternative energy sources and diesel fuel, are the only effective solution for the Russian Arctic regions, the Association of Power and Energy Equipment Producers’ Vice President Oleg Yegorychev told The Arctic: Present and Future forum.

“In our opinion, the only solution, prompt and rather effective [for the Arctic territories], are hybrid systems: the Sun, wind and diesel,” he said. “Unfortunately, I cannot imagine and nobody can realistically present any other quick solutions.”

According to him, the Association considers it very important to have standards for equipment and technology solutions, which will be used actively at the polar and Arctic territories.

The expert stressed in a conversation with TASS the work on standards would require support from the government. “Quite a lot is to be considered, and no businesses will afford it,” he explained. “The cost of work on one standard is about one million rubles ($15,000).”

The Arctic: Present and Future forum, organized by the Association of Polar Explorers, is underway in St. Petersburg from December 5 to December 7. The event features about 2,000 participants from Russian Arctic regions and from more than 20 countries, including the Arctic Council’s member states.

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