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Hydropower

Albania is almost totally dependent on hydropower for electricity generation; nearly 100 per cent of the country’s domestically produced electricity comes from hydropower. Energy demand is expected to increase by 45% in 2035, and there is a clear need for Albania to strengthen its energy security. While efforts to develop new thermal, wind and solar capacity are ongoing, hydropower remains the nation’s largest energy resource.

Oil and Gas

Albania’s state-owned oil company AlbPetrol estimates Albania’s total oil reserves at roughly 220 million barrels and natural gas reserves at approximately 5.7 billion m3 gas. Albania has one of the largest onshore oil fields in continental Europe and the opportunities for oil and gas explorations have attracted dozens of foreign companies.

Gas Transport - LNG - Gas Corridor

The Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is one of the most complex gas value chains ever developed in the world. Stretching over 3,500 kilometers, crossing seven countries and involving more than a dozen major energy companies, it is comprised of several separate energy projects representing a total investment of approximately US$45 billion.

Electricity and Smart Grid

The net domestic production of electric power during 2016 was 7,136 GWh from 5,866 GWh produced in 2015, which increased by 21.7 percent. The increase of production of electricity during 2016 resulted on decrease of gross imports by 22.4% and increase of gross exports by 95.5 percent, compared with 2015. During 2016, Albania resulted to be net exporting of electricity, for the first time those last five years

PV Solar Generation & Thermal Solar

Albania has a considerable energy coming through the solar radiation. This quantity varies from 1200 kWh/m2 in the northeast part of the country (the area than receives the lowest quantity of the solar radiation) up to 1600 kWh/m2 in Fier area, which is the area that has a considerable quantity of this energy kind. Albania has a potential to install over 2GW of PV in the next 10 years.

Wind Generation

The wind energy constitutes a potential opportunity for power production in Albania. The major problem of establishing wind power plant in Albania, is the lack of consecutive measurements of the velocity and duration of the wind. There are many attractive areas identified in Albania, such as Shkodra (Velipoja, Has) , Kukes, Lezha (Ishull Shengjin, Tale, Balldre), Durres (Ishem, P. Romano), Kavaja (Kryevidh), Fier (Seman), Karavasta (Hoxhara 1, Hoxhara 2), Korça and Tepelena.

TECHNOLOGY FROM TOMORROW

We work in partnership with all the major technology suppliers

The association brings together leading developers, utilities, research organisations and major industrial companies. They share the goal of accelerating the development and deployment of utility scale non-renewable and renewable energy projects.

  1. Biomass - Bio Energy - Bio Fuel

    Biomass potential in our country can be grouped in five main categories:
    1. trees and wood wastes from various processes in the wood operation industry
    2. plant remains (stalk, seeds, etc..), at the end of their production cycle, that are not used in
    other branches of economy
    3. energetic vegetables (trees) olive oil, that are planted to be burned as biomass after having reached
    their maturity
    4. animal wastes (waste, bones, skin) which are not used in other economy branches
    5. Urban Waste, industrial waste

  2. Geothermal Generation

    Geothermal energy resources in Albania are estimated as warm water sources of the underground soil, which have a sufficient temperature to be used as energy source.
    Geothermic situation of Albania offers two ways to use energy geothermic, separated as follows:
    1. thermal sources with low enthalpy and maximum temperature up to 80°C. These are natural resources or wells that are located in a vast territory of Albania, from the south, near to the border with Greece northeastern area;
    2. deep vertical wells for geothermal energy, where is included a large number of oil and abandoned gas wells, that can be used for heating purposes.

  3. Waste to Energy - WTE

    Waste as a source, as energy, as a starting point, not as the dead end of a process. If there is something economy, climate, environment and agriculture experts agree upon is that the future belongs to the three R’s: recycling, reuse and reduction of waste. In Albania there is 2.85 MW power plant is located in Elbasan, the project which also rehabilitated Elbasan’s landfill represents the largest and one of the most important engineering projects of its kind in the country.  Also there are work on progress for a second power plant waste to energy, located near Fier.

  4. Energy Storage

    Albania is not using any storage energy at the moment, even though the capacities are high especially in :
    1. Thermal energy storage technologies, allow us to temporarily reserve energy produced in the form of heat or cold for use at a different time.
    2. In Pumped Heat Electrical Storage (PHES), electricity is used to drive a storage engine connected to two large thermal stores.
    3. Pumped Hydro-Power – Gravity is a powerful, inescapable force that surrounds us at all times – and it also underpins one of the most established energy storage technologies, pumped hydro-power. Currently the most common type of energy storage is pumped hydroelectric facilities.

  5. AEA EPC/ESCO

    Energy efficiency (“EE”) is at the cornerstone of the European energy policy and one of the main targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth adopted by the European Council in June 2010.

    Our members accomplish this goal by providing Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), which is a long term partnership between the client and the supplier that facilitates staged deep energy retrofits with initial funding from a third party, the ESCO or the client. AEA ESCOs delivers energy services and/or other energy efficiency improvement measures and accepts some degree of financial risk. Our  remuneration of AEA ESCO is directly tied to the energy savings achieved. AEA ESCO can finance, or assist in arranging financing for the operation of an energy system by providing a savings guarantee.

    AEA ESCO Typical services:
    Energy engineering skills, Energy audits, Feasibility studies
    Manpower or management time, Engineering design
    Technology information, Equipment procurement
    Capital funding, Subcontractor management
    Understanding of risk, Construction
    Measurements and verification, Operation and maintenance
    Project financing