Enel's researchers are going back to university, this time as teachers. As part of an agreement signed by OGK-5, the Group's subsidiary in Russia, and the Ural Federal University of Yekaterinburg, researchers from Enel's Engineering and Research division will take the chair at the Russian university to teach and offer their experience regarding efficiency and flexibility of thermal power plants, integration of renewable sources and energy storage systems.
The Ural Federal University of Yekaterinburg (URFU), the oldest and most prestigious university in the Ural region, is an advanced research centre that works together with the Russian Academy of Science. It trains most engineers and technicians in the energy sector, including those that work at the two OGK-5 plants and at the Sverdlovsk oblast: Reftinskaya, Russia's largest coal plant, and the Sredneuralskaya facility.
The collaboration between the Engineering and Research division and the URFU is an example of Enel's work with its strategic research programmes, which aim to increase synergies between the Group's companies around the world, accelerating technological innovation in new business areas. The initiative is being coordinated by OGK-5 and Enel's external relations department and is helping to disseminate the expertise gained within research projects, as well as strengthening relations with the Russian university.
Enel's researchers will teach a series of courses on topics that are useful for operations in the Russian energy sector, such as increasing efficiency and flexibility in thermal power plants. Lessons will also centre on new energy efficiency technology for homes and buildings and safety at the workplace, a topic in which the Engineering and Research division is involved through the Zero Accident Project (ZAP), which is currently being tested at the Dome worksite in Brindisi.