Grid-connected solar project to power pumps in water scarce Kalmykia region in Russia


Russia’s largest PV cell and module manufacturer Hevel Group constructed the first on-grid 53 kW solar power plant in southern Russia’s region Kalmykia. The PV project is aimed to supply electricity to a water pump station bringing fresh water for several villages and agricultural farms.

PV system is expected to reduce power consumption of water pumps by more than 50 percent in summer.

Besides small-scale projects Hevel Group also committed to build in Kalmykia large-scale PV plants totaling 120 MW by 2020.


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Hevel Group became a winner of National Industrial Award “Industry-2019”


Hevel group became the Laureate of the National Industrial Award “Industry” for the development of heterostructure solar cell technology and its implementation in industrial production.

Dmitry Kozak, the Vice Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, handed Igor Shakhrai, the CEO of Hevel Group, a prestigious Award. The Hevel Group is the Russian largest integrated company in the solar energy industry. The photoelectric module based on a heterostructure junction was exposed on the award. The heterostructure technology is a hybrid of crystalline and thin-film technologies for the production of solar cells. Today Hevel solar modules make the top of 5 global manufacturers for efficiency. In 2018 Hevel Group won a prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of quality.

Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia launched the National Industrial Award “Industry” in 2014 in order to facilitate the promotion of advanced technologies in industrial production, in public recognition best practices of Russian companies in the industrial development field. In 2015 the award earned governmental status. Applications from 70 companies were submitted in a request for Industry Award this year.



Yelshanskaya 25 MW PV power plant is put into operation in the Orenburg region


Yelshanskaya 25 MW PV power plant has been put into operation in the Orenburg region. The new plant has started supplying power to the grid since July 1, 2019.

Yelshanskaya solar power plant was constructed based on hetorojunctional PV modules, produced on Hevel factory in Novocheboksarsk. The cell efficiency of these modules achieves 23%. Other components for the power plant, including invertor equipment and support structures, are also made in Russia.

Estimated annual power output of Yelshanskaya SPP is 30,5 MIO kW*h,, что which will enable to avoid 16 thousand tons of carbon dioxide emissions and save 4 MIO m3 of natural gas every year.

Earlier, Hevel Group constructed and put into operation in Orenburg region 5 MW Perevolotskaya SPP, 25 MW Sol-Iletskaya SPP, 30 MW Chkalovskaya SPP, 10 MW Grigoryevskaya SPP, as well as Pleshanovskaya and Grachevskaya SPP each of 10 MW capacity, which were sold to Fortum Group in 2017. Thus, total installed power of solar power plants in the region, managed by Hevel, has reached 95 МW.


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R&D Center TFTE LLC – the nominee for the contest “100 best inventions of Russia 2018”


The Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) presented the results of the analysis of patents granted in 2018, and also published a list of “100 best inventions of 2018”. Most of them are developed in areas and fields that were defined by the Strategy of scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation and the national project “Science”.

On June 24, 2019 in Moscow in the framework of the events dedicated to the celebration of the All-Russian Day of Inventor and Rationalizer the winners of the competition were awarded, among whom were R&D Center employees.