Russia considers solar power for planes12. February 2013 | Applications & Installations, Markets & Trends | By: Vladislav Vorotnikov
Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg) has ordered several studies into fuel alternatives for its civilian aircraft industry, including solar energy. Around RUB628 million (US$ 21 million; €15.5 million) has reportedly been earmarked for the research.
According to a statement released by Minpromtorg, the research is necessary on the back of a need to expand Russia’s domestic airline industry and, thus, a need for more fuel. In addition to reducing reliance on fossil fuels, the ministry says the use of alternative fuels will help reduce emissions.
Minpromtorg says it intends to make RUB628 million available for the studies. The ministry is expected to select successful companies, via a tender process, to conduct the research by this March. The results are then scheduled to be presented in 2015. If successful, they will then be shared with Russia’s aviation companies.
This is the second project dealing with the use of solar energy in aircraft, undertaken by the Russian government. The first was initiated by Russia’s Ministry of Defense, and investigated the use of solar energy in light aircraft. However due to unsatisfactory results, the project was stopped in 2010.
Edited by Becky Beetz.
Choose between a digital and print subscription from pv magazine publisher Solarpraxis AG’s online shop!
- 14334 views
- 5744 views
- 3594 views
- 3230 views
- 3226 views
Want to publish your press releases for free? Simply log in or register, enter the information you want to appear and we'll publish it for you!