Kotor is a finely preserved medieval town in a secluded corner of the visually stunning Bay of Kotor. It is a top attraction of Montenegro and protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The 72-megawatt Krnovo Wind Farm (onshore) is Montenegro’s first wind farm and one of the largest in the region. An exemplary project in terms of its contribution to the regional economy and the application of best practice, Krnovo has been developed by Akuo Energy and built to the highest social and environmental standards set out by the World Bank.
Conference closing and cocktail reception.
Western Balkans have much to gain from a regional approach to energy security and greater integration of markets. What are the prospects for regional integration in the energy sector? Can energy be seen as a catalyst to bring the Western Balkans’ countries closer to EU membership? What are the opportunities for mobilizing funding for joint implementation of priority projects? The importance of the exchange of experience and the promotion of clean energy technologies in the region.
What are the perspectives for further development of the hydropower sector in the Western Balkans? What are the innovations in the hydropower development technologies to assist with the region’s demand? What are the most promising ongoing and investment projects in the region?
Among the hydropower projects to be presented: Skavica HPP (210 MW); Đerdap 3 PSHP (2,400 MW); Bistrica PSHP (680 MW); Chebren HPP (333 MW); HPP Komarnica (155 MW); Vrilo PSHP (64 MW), etc.
What are the most promising solar energy projects in the regions? Insights on cost reduction, technology trends and the need to prepare electricity grids for rising shares of solar PV in the region.
Among the solar PV projects offered for a discussion: Spitalla (100 MW) and Karavatsa Solar (140 MW); Vau I Dejës floating solar PV farm (12,9 MW); Agrosolar Kula (660 MW); Erdželija solar power plant (80 MW); Oslomej solar power plants (100 MW); Briska Gora PV plant (262 MW); Trebinje solar power plant (73 MW); the Kosovo Solar project (50 MW), etc.
The role of hydrogen in the region’s energy transition. When will the countries develop their strategies for hydrogen energy? Funding the hydrogen economy. How to secure the capital needed to make green hydrogen succeed? What other support should be given to green hydrogen production in the Western Balkans? How important is it to establish regional and European partnerships? What projects are there currently and what experiences can be passed on to the Western Balkans? Leading technologies for a hydrogen-based energy transition.