Fulfilling the project “LINK: Poltava region sustainable development centre” CSO “EKOLTAVA” and representatives of regional media have set off to the second informational tour embracing Poltava region. This time it was Kremenchuk. We have had a talk with the leader of one of the toughest condominiums in the city, where energy saving technologies and measures are implemented for a long time; visited an enterprise where solar collectors heat water and its shops are heated from plain air; clearly saw how one of the biggest alternative boiler-houses works and heats three hospitals using solid fuel boilers.

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The first spot was a multifamily house with separate heating point installed, able to regulate inside temperature according to outdoor weather. Nataliya Mashyrova, Head of condominium, states that thanks to “Warm credits” project condominium members have saved considerable finances. The loan given is 350 000 UAH, 170 000 UAH reimbursed by city council.

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Our condominium is founded in 2010. During these seven years we have winterized the facade, repaired the roof, installed SHP (separate heating point),which helped to reduce bills. This year we plan to provide heating system with heat insulation to avoid warming the cellar. Thus we can save 30 percent more. Loan interest is payed by city council and Poltava regional state administration – says Nataliya.

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Nataliya Mashyrova, Head of condominium board

She also marks that the idea of installing separate heating point was supported by other multifamily houses.
Halyna Kolomiychenko, comments the profit from separate heating point: 

I live in three-room apartment. First the monthly bill was over 3000 UAH, now thanks to separate heating point during winter period monthly savings reached half of it, that is 1200 – 1400 UAH, depending on the outdoor temperature. All the neighbours are satisfied with the innovations.

After having talked to house dwellers we arrived to utility enterprise “Kotlohaz”. Its leaders have installed heat-generator normally used for individual heating and providing housing with hot water. Engineer manager, Vadym Bazyk, emphasizes that the solution works here for two years already. The generator itself have costed 500 000 UAH, yet Bazyk assures the expenses are won back in four years.

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The system operation is based on outdoor air.That is, heating pump uses the energy of air (cold outside air, -10 to 13 °C) and turns it into heat. The result is heat-transfer agent, which warms the floors of our housings. The heating pump works on electricity, of course. The output is 4 to 5 kW of heat per 1 kW of electricity. A random electrical  heater, for instance, consumes 1 kW too, yet produces only 1 kW of heat respectively – states Vadym.
It is known that such heat-generators operate in Poltava, Kharkiv and Yalta. The enterprise also owns an engineering centre «BUDERUS», with solar collector attached. Special equipment enables monitoring and checking the schedule of solar energy consumption, for day as well as any other certain period.
The solar collector receives power from sun, then transfers it and passes to water. Solar collectors square is three square metres. Received solar energy is calculated in kilowatts. Schedules also inform us on how much is consumed for all the period. From technical point of view this is sheer profit since there is no need for wood or gas – a pure power provided by sun – speaks Andriy Bartosh, «BUDERUS» chief.

A trip to one of the biggest biological fuel boiler-house in Ukraine was no less interesting. Nowadays “Soft-Energy” boiler-house uses pellets – the safest fuel. Pellets are made out of wooden and agricultural wastes, that is why they are assumed to be almost non-pollutive, since burning liberates the same amount of carbon consumed while growing raw for future pellets.

Boiler-house power is 4 MW. It heats three hospitals and medical college nowadays. This year it is planned to attach to it a pedagogical college.

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The average season output is 8 thousand gigacalories. Its price for three years is 1184 UAH, VAT included. During three years savings reach 20 percents of traditional expenses for heating the hospitals – says Volodymyr Karpuk, the general manager.

The company uses wooden pellets for heating, yet the management plans to replace it with silver grass for the sake of economy:

We shall develop a system of vertical integration, that is, the energetical program enabling us to grow energy raw, silver grass, locally and become financially independent – claims Volodymyr.

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According to mr. Karpuk statements, silver grass is profitable to use since it has high energy efficiency, crop yield and is good for wide range of soils. This species is cultivated in Poltava Cherkasy and Khmel’nyts’ky regions.

EKOLTAVAteam thanks for cooperation journalists ofLtavaNBCU department Lidiya Rytchenko and cameraman Pavlo Bardysh,StudioMisto” – Kristina Bryhyda and cameraman Ivan Kozachenko, reporter of RCIANovyny Poltavshchyny – Viktoriya Zhyzhenkova, the host ofEkopraktykumprogram, regional radio stationLtava” – Inna Kulish, Yevheniya KabluchkawebportalEnerholayf.info”.

We thank for support while preparing the press-trip the department of press service of Kremenchuk city council, and the department of energy management of Kremenchuk city executive committee.

The activity is fulfilled within the local project “Poltava region sustainable development centre” under international grant programs support LINK of Regional Environmental Centre and CLEEN.
The projects are financed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway and the EU.