Russia revived one of the most ambitious energy projects in the USSR

Russia is embarking on one of the most ambitious projects of the Soviet era. Just last week, an agreement was signed on the development of the Penzhinskaya tidal power plant project in the northeastern part of the Shelikhov Bay of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.

The uniqueness of the project lies in the fact that such a facility produces electricity at a minimum cost and does not have a detrimental effect on the environment. All that needs to be done is to find the place where the highest tides arise and build a special basin with a dam and hydro turbine generators there.

We have such a place. The height of the tides in the Penzhinskaya Bay of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk reaches 13,4 meters. It was here that the Soviet Union was going to build a unique power plant, the capacity of which, according to preliminary calculations, will reach 100 GW, which is comparable to 40% of the total installed capacity of power plants of the unified energy system of Russia.

It should be noted that this idea is not new. A similar facility was already built in France back in 1966. And we also have an experimental station in Kisla Bay on the coast of the Barents Sea, which is the same age as its “foreign colleague”. Thus, it cannot be said that such a project cannot be realized.

However, the main "snag" was not the complexity, but the cost. At that time, the construction of the facility was estimated at a whopping $ 200 billion. In addition, it was necessary to solve the problem of selling such an amount of electricity, in connection with which it was even planned to create a consortium from the USSR, Japan, China and South Korea. But it didn't work out.

To be fair, it's worth noting that the cost problem hasn't gone away. But there was a prospect of earning billions of dollars in the sale of generated electricity. More precisely - on its transformation.

The demand for "green energy", in particular, hydrogen, has appeared and is gaining momentum in the world. At the same time, the production of the latter just requires a large amount of electricity.

But that's not all. The most expensive, but at the same time the most demanded in Europe is "green hydrogen" - generated using renewable energy sources. This is where the colossal capacities of the "ecologically clean" Penzhinskaya tidal power plant will come in handy.

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  1. Miffer Offline Miffer
    Miffer (Sam Miffers) 21 July 2021 11: 48
    I have already heard about similar projects somewhere.
    1. Nikolai Miracles (Nikolai Chudov) 21 July 2021 12: 02
      They wrote about this project in the journal "Technology for Youth" more than forty years ago.
    2. Just a cat Online Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 21 July 2021 12: 04
      but about the economic forums in Russia, where thousands of foreigners come, have not heard? and about the air show, where also hundreds of rich foreigners have not heard? a hundred years have passed since the time of the Vasyuk.
    3. aries2200 Offline aries2200
      aries2200 (aries) 24 July 2021 17: 57
      Young technician 1961 ..............
  2. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 21 July 2021 13: 16
    This would really be very cool if implemented successfully.
  3. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 21 July 2021 13: 50
    The Penzhin tidal power plant project was not economically feasible before, and it remains so today.
    All non-existing renewable energy sources are a double-edged sword like biofuels. So many laudatory comments, and as a result, the threat of famine due to the massive reduction in the area of ​​forage crops. History repeats itself with now hydrogen fuel. Hydro, heat, wind - all have their drawbacks and tidal is no exception.
    Today, the most promising source of energy has been and remains atomic energy, in the foreseeable future - cold thermonuclear fusion and the German-American technology neutinovolaic.
    In general, the most pressing issue in the energy sector is not its generation, but its transmission to consumers. The introduction of wireless energy transmission, like the invention of the wheel, will not only revolutionize all areas, but will change the whole World.
  4. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 21 July 2021 19: 37
    The world has emerged and is gaining momentum demand for "green energy", in particular, hydrogen

    And then I thought that Putin is with the government, they remembered us, and they all think how to sell their homeland at a higher price!
    1. Ivan Ivanov_20 Offline Ivan Ivanov_20
      Ivan Ivanov_20 (Ivan Ivanov) 22 July 2021 07: 09
      Did you ever think of yourself and raise your ass?
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      2. aries2200 Offline aries2200
        aries2200 (aries) 24 July 2021 18: 00
        edrossy do not give !!!!!!!!!!
  5. ustal51 Offline ustal51
    ustal51 (Alexander) 21 July 2021 20: 47
    What are we going to do with this electricity? Warm the sea?
  6. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 22 July 2021 10: 11
    Well done! Russia needs to hurry up with GE, or even by this parameter it will be an outsider. Does Putin know? How will the behavior of worms or jellyfish be there?
    1. Winnie Offline Winnie
      Winnie (Winnie) 22 July 2021 21: 54
      How will the behavior of worms or jellyfish be there?

      How? No way. There will be a swamp. As in the Gulf of Finland.
      You can't get away from stagnant zones. Or it is necessary to make the dam perforated. But this reduces the power of the TPP.
  7. kurilovaleksei1941 (alexey kurilov) 22 July 2021 18: 59
    clean energy using hydrogen, and to get hydrogen you need to burn coal at a thermal power plant