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DTEK announced ambitious plans for Ukrainian clean energy in the EU after the war

Katerina Belousova

Ukraine hopes to attract private investment to increase green energy production

The head of DTEK Maxim Timchenko said that after the end of the war, Ukraine plans to position itself as a supplier of clean energy to the EU, in particular solar, wind, "green" hydrogen and, probably, small modular nuclear reactors.

He noted that Ukraine hopes to accelerate the integration of its electrical network with the European one with the help of the United States, reported Reuters.

Ukraine secured an emergency connection to the European power grid on March 16, less than a month after the Russian invasion on February 24, when the country was disconnected from the network connecting it to Russia and Belarus.

“The fact that Ukraine was able to connect to the European electricity grid was the result of very, very intense discussions with the US government and the European Commission and the European power grid. From a political point of view, as well as within the framework of the technical discussion, the US government plays a very important role," Timchenko said.

Although internal electricity consumption in Ukraine fell due to the war, the country maintained its pre-war levels of production of energy sources, notably coal and natural gas.

Ukraine plans to start exporting electricity to the European grid with a capacity of 100 MW and increase it to 800 MW without the need for additional equipment, and can increase the capacity to 1600 MW with the addition of battery storage and other infrastructure.

"Batteries can now work not only for us as a service provider for system stability within Ukraine, but also to ensure the dynamic stability of electricity exports outside of Ukraine," Timchenko said.

He also noted that Ukraine hopes to attract private investment, backed by political risk insurance that may come from Western development agencies, to increase green energy production.

In 2021, Ukraine began installing its first battery grid after winning a contract with Honeywell for a 1 megawatt lithium-ion system. Timchenko hopes that this system will expand significantly in the coming years.

Recall DTEK initiated project "30 by 2030".

As EcoPolitics reported earlier, DTEK stated completing embargo of russian  gas and oil will stop the killing of Ukrainians.

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