17 Sep 2009 18:21

Lukoil opens first solar-powered filling station in Russia

MOSCOW. Sept 17 (Interfax) - Lukoil has opened the first solar-powered filling station in Russia, in Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi, the company said in a statement.

The filling station is equipped with autonomous photoelectric cells with peak power of 9.6 kilowatts. The electricity generated is used to power interior and exterior lighting and to provide uninterrupted power in the event external power is cut. The system includes 54 solar cells installed on the station's roof, batteries, a charger unit and a control system.

The solar cells are a Russian design. The filling station has capacity to handle 250 vehicles a day. It includes three fuel pumps and a separate diesel fuel pump.

Lukoil also has a solar-powered filling station in Serbia.

Lukoil previously announced it would develop projects to build wind-powered filling stations.