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students_1_113 November - 12 December 2008 first group of 10 specialists from developing and transitional economies went through the advance training course in the field of renewable and sustainable energy within the framework of UNESCO/ISEDC Joint Training Programme in Moscow.

Realization of the Programme first cycle took place on the basis of the Moscow Power Institute (Technical University) that was one of the major Russian technical universities in the field of energy, renewable energy, electrical engineering, electronics and IT.

The trainees visited:

  • All-Russia Scientific Research Institute of Rural Electrification (VIESH)
  • UNESCO International Chair "Renewable energy and rural electrification"
  • Moscow State University of Engineering Ecology (MSUEE) provided opportunity to visit training and research labs as well as the UNESCO Chair "Environmentally Friendly Technologies"
  • The JSC RusHydro organized for the fellows Round table and visit to pumped-storage hydro power plant "Zagorskaya PSHPP" (Zagorskaya SPP is unique, the only storage power plant in Russia that able both generate and "storage" electric power
  • The Central Dispatch Administration of the Unified Energy System "System Operator" (SO-CDA UES) gave an opportunity to the fellows to get acquainted with the administration and operational control of the UES, its reliable operation and sustainable development provision
  • Mosenergo PLC Company provided trainees with a possibility to visit Heat-Power Plant TPP 22 in Dzerzhinsky Moscow region.

The trainees were invited to the All-Russia Scientific Youth school "Renewable Energy Sources" in Moscow State University of Lomonosov arranged by the Lab of Renewable Energy Sources of Geography Faculty, The Institute of High Temperatures of RAS, All-Russia Institute of Electrification in agriculture.

The program participants took part in the International Scientific Workshop "Bioenergy – prospects for Russia" within the 1st International Specialized Exhibition of Agricultural Equipment in Russia – "ARGROSALON".

At the Conference there were provided presentations highlighting economy, legal and environmental aspects of bioenergy development in Russia, present status and prospects of the first and second generations of ethanol development, options of use in agriculture alternative fuels including those developed from the renewable energy sources, etc.

At the end of the training programme MPEI issued State approved Diplomas of the short term advanced training, ISEDC issued Certificates on participation in joint training program with UNESCO.