ArmInfo. Alternative energy at this stage is not capable of replacing the nuclear power. ArmInfo Head of the Department of Management and Business of Yerevan State University, Candidate of Economic Sciences Karlen Khachatryan stated this to ArmInfo.
According to the economist, renewable energy sources are not yet able to replace existing ones. "Today, nuclear energy provides 40% of the country's electricity needs. Any other way of obtaining energy, at least at this stage, is not able to replace nuclear energy and provide a guaranteed amount of energy production, "he said. In this context, the expert evaluates the program for the extension of the second power unit of the Armenian NPP rather positively. "Nuclear energy in the modern world remains the cheapest type of energy production and, in case of non-operation of the power unit, the corresponding amount of energy should be replaced by expensive energy received from the HPP or from the CHP, which, of course, will affect the formation of the cost of electricity in Armenia," explained Karlen Khachatryan.
Nevertheless, according to him, due to the growth of global energy consumption, the popularization of renewable energy, as well as the development of technologies and the reduction of the initial cost of the same solar batteries, the situation may change. "Perhaps, after 10 years, alternative energy sources - wind, sun and biofuels will play a more serious role in the country's energy supply," the economist summed up. Recall that the project is coordinated by the subsidiary structure of the State Corporation Rosatom - JSC Rusatom Service, which, together with Armenian experts, agreed to work on the implementation of the project to extend the lifetime of the nuclear power plant for 10 years - until 2026. Completion of work is planned for 2019.