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2015 innovations

Our program for innovation development in 2015 consisted of the following activities:

  1. Cooperation with higher education institutions in terms of personnel advanced training.
  2. Research and Development:
    1. Research “Development and implementation of autonomous supply systems to improve firm and reliable supply of remote 0-100 kW consumers” (research duration: 2014-2015, expenses: RUB 2.945 mn, excl. VAT).
    2. Research “Study case to investigate, in terms of climatic zones and soil constitution, the speed of new growth of forest forming species, typical for the Perm, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions in areas pierced by active power lines, with regional corridor-clearing-cycle maps drawn, and to provide relevant recommendations (research duration: 2015-2016, expenses: RUB 2.585 mn, excl. VAT).
    3. 2.3. Research “Development of methods and mathware to calculate energy distribution modes and localization of non-technical energy losses. A pilot project for IDGC of Urals” (research duration: 2015-2016, expenses: 9.238 mn, excl. VAT).
    4. 2.4. Research “School for a smart consumer” (research duration: 2015-2017, expenses: 6.558 mn, excl. VAT).
  3. Implementation of PAM system: calculators of status index and failure effect are already developed.
  4. Installation of innovation equipment and systems:
    1. Construction of wire-insulated power lines;
    2. Installation of cutting-edge relay protection and automation microchips;
    3. Construction and reconstruction of substations and power lines;
    4. Acquisition of equipment for diagnostics;
    5. Upgrade of ADMS and IATS hardware and software;
    6. Installation or upgrade of retail metering devices in all branches.

Key action items are disclosed in the table below.

Title of activity 2015 target 2015 actual
Researches
Development and implementation of autonomous systems of energy supply to enhance proper and reliable supply of remote 0-100 kW consumers In-depth technical examination of a pilot network segment (consumption modes, network status and parameters), case study of high-quality and reliable supply of remote consumers. Evaluation and feasibility study of possible ways to enhance quality and reserve supply of remote consumers. In-depth technical examination of a pilot network segment (consumption modes, network status and parameters), case study of high-quality and reliable supply of remote consumers. Evaluation and feasibility study of possible ways to enhance quality and reserve supply of remote consumers.
Study case to investigate, in terms of climatic zones and soil constitution, the speed of new growth of forest forming species, typical for the Perm, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions in areas pierced by active power lines, with regional corridor-clearing-cycle maps drawn, and to provide relevant recommendations - Drawing of regional maps of corridor clearing cycles for power lines of various voltage classes.   - Drawing of regional maps of corridor clearing cycles for power lines of various voltage classes.  
Development of methods and mathware to calculate energy distribution modes and localization of non-technical energy losses. A pilot project for IDGC of Urals - Development and use of network mode analysis models and methods, able to analyze energy properties of modes within the analyzed time span instead of analyzing sequential instant modes at certain periods. - Development and use of network mode analysis models and methods, able to analyze energy properties of modes within the analyzed time span instead of analyzing sequential instant modes at certain periods.
School for a smart consumer Formulation of IMS hardware and software concept Formulation of IMS hardware and software concept
Implementation of cutting-edge production and managerial technologies and QMS promotion
Installation of cutting-edge RPA microchips Upgrade of RPA devices on power lines and substations. Upgrade of RPA devices on power lines and 110 kV substations.
Installation of digital DVRs Installation on 110 kV substations (EAD works) Item sequestrated
Installation of up-to-date testing equipment for maintenance of RPA devices Acquisition of testing equipment Acquisition of testing equipment
Installation of IATS on Company’s substations Upgrade of IATS on substations (CIW) – 10 facilities Upgrade of IATS on substations (CIW) – 5 facilities
Installation of ADMS hardware and software in NMC for calculating modes, simulator-training Implementation of the 1st stage of the project (Permenergo NMC) Item sequestrated
Construction of wire-insulated power lines Construction and reconstruction of facilities, incl. facilities used for connection of new equipment Construction and reconstruction of facilities, incl. facilities used for connection of new equipment
Installation of PAM system Installation of calculators of status index and failure effect Installation of calculators of status index and failure effect
Innovation-driven enhancement of energy efficiency, ecological friendliness and productivity
Program for upgrade of smart electricity metering systems Installation of smart electricity metering systems Installed
Installation of energy efficient lamps Equipment of facilities with energy efficient lamps Done
Installation of thrifty heating systems Equipment of facilities with energy efficient heating systems Done
Personnel advanced training  
Advanced training and progression in personal and business competence of personnel involved into innovation activities of the Company Conduct of training events Done
Cooperation with higher education institutions and scientific organizations
Contracts on employer-sponsored education with high education institutions to drill up young specialists in shortage specialties Conduct of training events 223 students are sponsored by IDGC of Urals (OAO). Engagement of higher education institutions into R&D activities
Total expenditures on the program in 2015 amounted to RUB 726.25 mn, incl. R&D (RUB 9.37 mn, funding – RUB 2.3 mn).

These expenditures are covered by the Company’s business plan, incl. 2015 investment program. During the reported year the Company has not solicited direct state tools of support of science, technologies and innovations (funds of federal action programs, development institutions and the like) or venture capital and does not plan to do it hereafter. Moreover, in line with its program for innovation development, the Company co-invests researches of high education institutions, industry research institutes and small-scale innovation firms.

The funding of the program is presented in the table below:

Aspects of the program for innovation development 2015 target, RUB mn 2015 actual, RUB mn
R&D expenditures 12.5 2.3
Funding from Skoltech 0 0
Implementation of innovation technologies 794.9 428.5
Enhancement of energy efficiency 210.7 271.24
Ecology-related measures 0 0
Cooperation with high education institutions (excl. R&D) 11 9.226
Training and advanced training of the personnel 42.6 0.5
Innovation products and services 0 0
Improvement of business processes 2.5 7.41
Total Funding 1,074.2 719.18
Efficiency indicators No. M.u. 2015 Target 2015 Actual
Operational performance
Average power failure length I 1 Min/user 1.38 186.16*
Per-unit operational (controlled) expenses per 1 kWh I 2 Kop./kWh 16.7 22.8
Innovation performance
Patents on the balance sheet after R&D per year I 3 pcs 3 0
Computerized 6/10 kV substations ratio I 4 % 63.2 64.5
Production plans of SACs based on risk matrices (asset management) ratio I 5 % 100 0
Comprehensive indicators of economic performance
Production per one worker I 6 RUB thous/capita 5,800 3,911
Energy costs/ Total expenses I 7 % 20.9 16.0
Total Expenses/Revenues I 8 % 97 95.4
Funding and innovation efficiency indicators
Total program expenses I 9 RUB thous 1,074,200 726,250
Funding and R&D efficiency indicators
R&D expenses I 10 RUB thous 12,500 9,371
R&D expenses / Revenues I 11 % 0.02 0.016
Non-budgetary R&D expenses / Revenues I 12 % 0.02 0.016
Intangible assets / Total Assets I 13 % 0 0
Patent utilization ratio I 14 % 0 0
Appraisal of cooperation with outside agencies
Expenses on R&D performed by outside agencies, incl. contractors (high education institutions, scientific organizations, innovation-focused small and medium businesses) I 15 RUB thous 12,500 9,371
Incl. projects, implemented as a part of technological platforms   RUB thous 0 0
Expenses for advanced training and retraining in high education institutions per 1 employee I 16 RUB/capita 36.5 19.6
*hike in length was impacted by altered failure length calculation methodology.