International Solar Energy Institute to be created in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, Tashkent, March 2 /Trend D. Azizov/

The president of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov confirmed by his decree the proposal of the ministry of economy, ministry of finances, Academy of Sciences and State Joint-stock Company (SJSC) "Uzbekenergo" the creation of International Institute of Solar Energy in Tashkent.

According to the decree "on measures for further development of alternative energy sources" the institute will be created on the basis of NGO "Physics of the Sun" of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan with participation of the Asian Development Bank and other international financial institutions.

Realization of high-tech projects in the sphere of industrial use of solar energy and preparation of proposals on practical application of solar energy in different sectors of economy and social sphere on the basis of advanced and economically efficient technologies are determined as main goals and directions of activity of the Institute.

Institute will conduct applied research related to use of solar energy in different spheres of economy and coordinate creation of documentation on large projects in the sphere of solar energy.

President Karimov instructed the cabinet of ministers to adopt a resolution within one month on organization of functioning and on sources of financing the Institute.

As reported, on October 2011 ADP allocated a grant of 225 thousand dollars for creation and development of the International Solar Energy Institute in Uzbekistan.

It was assumed that the Institute would combine functions of scientific and project organization and will create specific projects in the sphere of solar energy on the basis of scientific calculations.

The potential of renewable energy sources in Uzbekistan is about 51 billion tons of oil equivalent, and technical capacity is 17982.3 million tons of oil equivalent, which is three times more than the amount of fuel extracted in the country.

The potential of solar energy in this republic with 300 sunny days per year constitutes about 50.973 billion tons of oil equivalent.

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