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JOURNAL: Volume 13, No. 1, 2023, p. 72-84

HEADING: Study and development of nature resources of the Arctic

AUTHORS: Minin, V.A., Tselishcheva, M.A.

ORGANIZATIONS: Northern Energetics Research Centre Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences

DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2023-1-72-84

UDC: 621.548 (470.1)

The article was received on: 02.07.2022

Keywords: Western sector of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, wind potential and resources, wind power plants, directions and prospects for the use of wind

Bibliographic description: Minin, V.A., Tselishcheva, M.A. Wind resources of the Western sector of the Arctic zone of Russian Federation and possible areas of their use. Arktika: ekologiya i ekonomika. [Arctic: Ecology and Economy], 2023, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 72-84. DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2023-1-72-84. (In Russian).


The authors consider the potential and technical resources of wind energy in the Western sector of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. They have stated that increased wind speeds take place in the Arctic coastal areas. Their average annual values ​​at a height of 10 m reach 6—8 m/s. The strongest winds are observed in winter. It is during this period that the demand for heat and electricity from all categories of consumers is maximum, which is a significant prerequisite for the use of wind energy. On the example of the Murmansk region, the authors show the prospects for the use of wind-driven power plants (WPPs) for the production of electricity as part of the Kola electric power system, where there are 17 hydroelectric power plants that can compensate for the variability in the supply of wind energy. Promising is the joint work of WPPs with diesel power plants and boiler plants. The positive effect of such work is expressed in saving the imported fuel and reducing harmful emissions into the environment. The authors propose promising sites for the construction of energy complexes focused on the production of environmentally friendly hydrogen through the use of high-potential wind resources.

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