The energy market in Russia is dominated by oil and gas, and its use of coal remains high despite global recognition of the growing need for clean energy sources. With over 40,000km of coastline and 13 seas, Russia is well-equipped for wave and wind energy, but information regarding its validity is not as robust as for that of solar.
Barents Sea, Russia. Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr
Now, scientists from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, have launched a web-atlas of available wave and wind energy across the country’s coastal zones, with mean and maximum values on wave height or wind energy flux, the energy flux distribution over time, the duration of calm periods, and other parameters that can be used in the design of hybrid power stations that use solar, wave, and wind energy.
The open access web-atlas will provide unique data that can be used for the development of potential wave and wind projects that will help the Russian energy market move towards cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels.
For the latest results of the project, visit here.
By Georgina Hines