The unique catamaran, an electric motor and a solar-powered, It was presented at the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island 11 May. Already 19 May the ship will go to large-scale expedition "Ekovolna" from the Baltic to the Caspian Sea.

Ecological ship was designed and created by Russian engineers in the framework of the project "Engineering contests and competitions", "National Center for Engineering contests and competitions". The project is included in the road map Marinette National Technology Initiative, declared by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in his Address to the Federal Assembly in 2014 year. Most of the components on board – Russian production: solar panels are made by Hevel (Novocheboksarsk), batteries – company “Liotech” (Novosibirsk), automation – “Valkom” (St. Petersburg) Solar cells developed at the Physico-Technical Institute named after Ioffe, and, according to the representative Marinelab, They are the best in Russia, and also correspond to the world level.

This project contributed to the achievement of several goals. At first, created a unique high-tech water transport, which in the near future can be put into mass production. Secondly, implemented scientific and creative potential of young professionals, involved in the creation of a catamaran. Thirdly, Of particular value are the scientific data, who will have to collect the members of the expedition.

About, the project "Engineering contests and competitions" can literally change the consciousness of Russians, I told Eugene Kazan - director of NGO "National Center for Engineering contests and competitions": "Five years ago we started in Russia" Solar Regatta "competition and quickly realized, that most of our conservative population does not believe and does not understand, how much can give the use of solar energy. we decided, that this problem should be solved at the expense of a large scientific and educational expedition. После того, like this catamaran will take five thousand kilometers from the Baltic to the Caspian Sea, many realize, that the courts, работающих на солнечной энергии, there is a future ".

The project would not have been so successful, if not for the support of the federal and regional authorities. From St. Petersburg authorities at a press conference attended Director of the St. Petersburg State Institution "Agency for external transport", Leningrad region has been presented Pavel Mikhailovich Postovalov - Head of Department for Transport LO. He had a particular interest in the region in the development of this project,: "Right now the Leningrad Region Government is making every effort to, to channel at Novoladozhsky, shipping was restored on the Volkhov River. Last year we built a new dock on the Staraya Ladoga. We hope, that during the expedition catamaran will stop on it. Catamaran will take place in a few more cities in the Leningrad region - we will be happy to meet him and the crew will try as widely as possible to illuminate the arrival of vessel. More people should know about this project and believe in clean energy ".

Court on solar energy, or "solar boats" are widely used all over the world, I told this Professor Hartmut Ginnou Merket, President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Association of solar boats. "Establishment and operation of solar boats - a great opportunity for young scientists around the world to gain experience of interaction with the energy technologies of the future" – said partner of the expedition from Germany.

For the three months catamaran will take place on the route Saint Petersburg - Veliky Novgorod - Moscow - Astrakhan, more than 40 cities along the route will be held press conferences and educational meetings with local students and pupils. On board a permanent professional crew will be present, and replacing each other in each port of scientists, environmentalists and partners of the expedition of the leading universities in the country: Moscow State University named after MV. University, MGIMO, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences. According to the results of the expedition interactive environmental map of Russia will be drawn up, as well as a presentation to study the infrastructure of ports and shipyards along the line of the catamaran.

Vladimir V. Laptev - the vice-president of the Russian Academy of Education considers, that "Ekovolna" not only contributes to the solution of scientific and environmental issues, but is another step on the way to the common prosperity of the country: "In my opinion, This expedition is able to solve many problems. I was the closest one of them - is the formation of human capital through the projects, which will be implemented as part of this expedition. Among its members there is a lot of young scientists of the largest universities in the country. Due to this, we will take another step on the way to the formation of human capital, which is essential to any economic development ".

"I am very grateful for the invitation of the organizer and inspirer of the expedition! In this first expedition MGIMO takes on a crucial role - to carry out a project called "Floating University of sustainable development". Seventeen goals of sustainable development - a relatively new international agenda, spread around the world. We will distribute the agenda of the waterways of our country. Implementation of the project will deal with student, MGIMO graduate student or employee all the way through the expedition following, Natalia E. Ryazanov - Head of the Laboratory of Geoecology and sustainable nature of the department of international complex problems of natural resources and ecology of MGIMO.


The discovery of the expedition will take place 19 May 2018 year in St. Petersburg River Yacht Club unions. With all the additional information can be found on the expedition's website:

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Natalia Kaverzina – +7 915 050 90 45

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