Russia is embarking on the realization of a forgotten Soviet project, which is the construction of a station that generates electricity from tidal energy. That energy will later be used to produce hydrogen.
“H2 Clean Energy” has signed an agreement with the Kamchatka Peninsula Development Corporation for the realization of the construction project of an underwater electric tidal station in the northeast of the “Bengin” bay in the south of the peninsula. The purpose of the project is to make the “Benginskaya” power plant one of the main sources of This project was presented by the president of the company, Pavel Grachev, at the “Petersburg” economic forum.
Under the project, a large basin, a high dam and hydroelectric generators will be built on the Gulf coast, where the tide rises to 13.4 meters.
The Soviet Union had previously proposed a project to establish a single power plant in that region with a capacity of 100 gigawatts, equivalent to 40% of the total energy produced in the country. The formation of a consortium for this purpose was assumed with the participation of the Soviet Union, Japan, China and South Korea. He expected the cost of the power station to reach $ 200 billion. However, this idea did not come true at that time for political and economic reasons.
It is worth mentioning that the first hydroelectric power station of this type was established in 1966 in France. And then in Canada, China and South Korea, which established the world’s largest hydroelectric plant, with a capacity of 254 megawatts. As for the Soviet Union, it established an experimental station based on the force of the sea tide on the shore of the Barents Sea in the northern European part of Russia, where the height of the sea tide does not exceed 9 meters . There is another important aspect in the interest of this plant, which is the environmental factor, since hydroelectric plants that operate with tidal waves never cause any damage to the environment and produce cheap green energy.
It is worth noting that the economic aspect of the project faces problems due to the absence of production facilities that can consume such large amounts of electrical energy in the eastern Soviet Union and in the Kamchatka Peninsula in particular.
Now the situation has changed and the world is faced with an urgent need for so-called “green energy”, of which hydrogen is one of its sources. However, hydrogen production needs to consume a large amount of electrical energy that will be provided by the “Benginskaya” hydroelectric power station.
It is noteworthy that by 2050 Russia intends to achieve an annual hydrogen export of $ 100 billion. This is according to the program for the development of “green energy” in Russia until 2050.
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