Investments for a Sturdier System

EPS Experts at the 17th Energy Fair


During the first day of the 17th Energy Fair, Elektroprivreda Srbije presented its Go Green Road, a strategic document based on a shift towards renewable energy sources and decarbonization, Bistrica pumped-storage hydropower plant construction project, as well as several of the key investment projects.

The most significant environmental project of EPS, flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) for four units of the Nikola Tesla A thermal power plant was presented by Ljiljana Velimirović, senior project manager from the Key Investment Projects Department.

- The project is aimed at reducing sulphur dioxide emissions below 200 milligrams per cubic meter, together with the dust emissions to less than 20 milligrams per cubic meter on TENT A3-A6 units - Velimirović said.

Wet limestone technology was chosen for the FGD process, which is the cheapest absorbent, while gypsum, as a by-product, has significant application in construction industry. To date, some 95 percent of the design and equipment delivery has been completed, with 88 percent of works.

Jelena Urošević, physicochemist, together with Dragan Arsenijević, head of the Environmental Protection and Improvement Department, presented the pilot project of establishing plantations of fast-growing woody species in the Kolubara Mining Basin.

- Mixing willow tree biomass not contaminated with heavy metals with lignite in a ratio of five to 95 percent increases the heating value of lignite by some 500 kilojoules per kilogram - Jelena Urošević said.

Dragan Arsenijević explained that as part of the pilot project in April 2021, some 42,000 willow tree cuttings were planted on an area of three hectares, while there are plans to select another 30 hectares of land to plant additional willow trees.

Jadranka Ristić, Director of the Public Supply Department and Ivana Đorđević, Director of the Prosumer Management Sector coming from EPS Snabdevanje spoke about the current topic of introducing the prosumer concept in Serbia. They pointed out that the best indicator of the great interest of both citizens and the economy was the fact that since March, when the first contract with Gruner was signed, the number of contracts signed had increased to 446, of which 404 are guaranteed supply and 42 commercial contracts, while currently there are 310 prosumers connected to the grid who already at this moment generate their own energy. Numerous examples of solar panels commissioned demonstrate that the prosumer concept in Serbia is developing in a good direction. This success is also contributed by the fact that EPS has from the very beginning devoted its full attention to the prosumer issue.

Ljubodrag Josipović, head of the Development and Strategy Division of the EPS ICT Sector, explained that the PROTIS information and communication system was a substantial support to electricity generation and equipment maintenance, while the RUDIS software solution was being developed on the same information technology principles, and would be applied in coal production. Both software solutions are tasked with boosting business processes and contributing to making quick and high-quality business decisions.

Presenting the achieved developments and importance of software solutions in the electricity trade, Jasna Marković Petrović, integrative projects manager coming from the Development and Strategy Division of the EPS ICT Sector, indicated that the implementation of several interconnected information systems inside EPS had been completed, facilitating real time electricity trading operations with maximum results. She emphasized that implementation of information systems to support electricity trade was possible thanks to continuous ICT infrastructure investments.