Main research question:
What role will renewable and hybrid (conventional + alternative) energy sources and systems play in future development of the Eurasian Arctic transportation and logistics system?
Oil and natural gas exploitation and transport is the core activity of current maritime traffic in the Arctic. Additionally, most regions in the Arctic (excluding northern Scandinavia) depend on oil and gas for all their energy needs. Isolated Arctic communities with no connection to national grids rely on diesel generators for their energy needs. But the Arctic region does have renewable energy potential. This potential has been assessed, for example in the US Alaska (Alaska Renewable Energy Atlas project) and similar assessment is underway in Russia. So, the question is how can these renewable energy and alternative/hybrid sources and systems be better integrated to the future transportation and logistics system being developed in the Arctic?