Sunshine projects

Ecological organisations invite us to learn how to use solar energy at Sun Charging master-class, during appropriate season of summer

Ecological organisations invite us to learn how to use solar energy at Sun Charging master-class, during appropriate season of summer

Andrei Dusmikeev, a national expert with the UNDP project and the Global Environmental Fund, tells us that energy efficient Belarusian residential buildings are recording around 1,800 solar hours in the Minsk Region alone. In Sochi, the figure is reaching 1,920 hours. He believes solar electricity to be most effectively gathered not at the altitude of the Sahara Desert but in moderate climate zones. Unsurprisingly, more solar-powered stations are launching every year. These solar plants include large commercial facilities of over 1MW and small (individual 3-5kW panels used on summer cottages beyond the electricity grid). Mr. Dusmikeev is convinced that many homes are already using solar energy and that the number is growing annually, powering such appliances as refrigerators, washing machines, telephone charging units and kettles. However, he declares, “We need to try and widen the possibilities.”

Ukrainian inventor Vasil Prusak took part in the master-classes, as did Pavel Gorbunov, who specialises in energy saving and renewable energy, for the Centre of Ecological Solutions. Together, they created a solar device to dry fruits, vegetables and mushrooms (an electric analogue is available but much more costly to run). It goes without saying that solar energy is kinder to the environment than burning fuels to create electricity.

By Nadezhda Dekola
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