Visiting Ukraine on the Eve of Crisis

In November we visited Kiev, Ukraine to research the viability of renewable energy projects in the country that has been known as the “Breadbasket of the Soviet Union” and the “Breadbasket of Europe”.

Meeting with Ukrainian Attorneys in Kiev to discuss potential project challenges.

Despite the ongoing crisis are now hearing that a European leaning Ukraine will focus on agricultural bioenergy to reduce its politically dangerous dependence on Russian oil and natural gas. With less corruption and Western investment from the EU, the United States and elsewhere, Ukraine may still reach its unique green energy potential.

Prior to the visit we discovered that mega-farms in Ukraine could supply more than enough raw material (manure, sugar beet waste, animal carcasses etc.) to produce significant amounts of electricity, natural gas and liquid fertilizer.

Outside Freedom Square, site of the Maidan protests. Barricades were being constructed as we were leaving, marking the beginning of the Ukrainian Revolution of 2014.

Moreover, despite economic challenges, we were advised there were several agricultural companies that could afford digesting equipment.

Despite the ongoing crisis we are now hearing that a European leaning Ukraine will focus on agricultural bioenergy to reduce its politically dangerous dependence on Russian oil and natural gas. With less corruption and Western investment from the EU, the United States and elsewhere, Ukraine may still reach its unique green energy potential.