In recent years, popularity of this place has increased significantly. The flow of tourists rises regardless of seasons. Here you can visit not only beautiful sea and wonderful mountains. In winter, there is an abundance of opportunities for alpine ski lovers. People from different corners of Russia and the world come to see the Olympic facilities.
Can you guess which city is being referred to? Of course, it is Sochi. At the beginning of each year, it becomes a place of attraction for the business community from many parts of the world, which, by the way, has doubled this year.
Investors and those who are looking for their investments come to the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, which was held already for the 18th time in 2019. Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, also takes part in the Forum.
In 2019, more than 200 foreign companies from Austria, Belarus, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Turkey and Finland participare in the forum. In total - more than 60 countries.
Representatives of large Russian companies also arrived, and among them - Enel Russia. Why? It was important for us to talk about Enel's international experience in developing alternative energy and deploying smart technologies in urban environment.
This year, our program at the forum included signing of a Memorandum with JSC Tatenergo, business meetings and negotiations.
First event of the program of the forum for us was a business breakfast of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) on the topic “City as a place for implementing national projects”, where Enel presented an innovative approach to the development of smart technologies and infrastructure for a “smart city".
“Enel’s innovative approach to devising a smart grid/smart city’s infrastructure is based on a comprehensive, convergence of multiple technologies and solutions - smart meters at end-user level, remotely controlled smart appliances (smart home), automated demand response, active consumption and production by residential customers, bidirectional smart charging of electric vehicles (vehicle-to-grid), digital platforms for multichannel customer interaction”
An intention to expand technological cooperation was confirmed by signing of a Memorandum between Enel X Rus and Tatenergo. The signing took place in presence of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Nurgalievich Minnikhanov. The areas of cooperation will be: providing charging infrastructure of Enel X for electric vehicles and assessing the possibilities of using the Vehicle-To-Grid (V2G) technology, which allows for the establishment of a two-way exchange between an electric vehicle and the grid.
“Joint efforts of our companies will contribute to a significant progress in the market penetration of electric transport, creation of an affordable and cost-effective charging infrastructure, and, in turn, environment protection, creation of favorable urban conditions and improvement in the quality of life”
Enel X Rus is a member of the Skolkovo Foundation's energy-efficient technology cluster. The main task of the cluster is to create an environment to support innovative developments related to the introduction of breakthrough technological solutions in the field of production and efficient use of energy resources for development of new industry trends. The Skolkovo Foundation actively supports Enel X Rus.
On the sidelines of the Sochi forum, we held a series of meetings with the Governor of the Murmansk Region Marina Kovtun and the Governor of the Rostov Region Vasily Golubev in order to discuss the implementation of wind farm projects with the capacity of 201 MW and 90 MW, respectively.
Another meeting was held with Vladimir Vladimirov, Governor of the Stavropol Territory, where Nevinnomysskaya GRES, the most "southern" power plant of Enel Russia, is located.
Hospitable Sochi, which at the beginning of each year becomes business capital for several days, offering a fair of ideas and opportunities, brought together international business community and became a platform for a dialogue between investors and projects that wait to be implemented.