Miroslav Prešern, Director At Oven Elektro Maribor Serbia:

Is Ready For Investments In Renewables

The main activity of the company Oven Elektor Maribor is producing electricity from renewable energy sources. The company also strives to continue to actively raise awareness among the public regarding the manner and utilisation of efficient energy use and RES

Miroslav Presern

The percentage of RES is higher in Slovenia than in Serbia, but Serbia has the great advantage of simplified bureaucratic procedures.

Oven has started working, in cooperation with Slovenian schools, on reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency. How is this project developing, and could similar projects bear fruit in Serbia and the region?

– The company Oven Elektro Maribor Ltd. implemented an initial project in one of Maribor’s secondary schools, which we have completed successfully. Since schools do not have the necessary financial means available, such projects could be realised through energy contracting.

However, at this moment our company is still unprepared to enter into such business practises – though we do plan for such business challenges in our company strategy up to 2025.

Such projects could also be implementable in Serbia and the broader region. With Oven’s new business model, in the future we will also be interested in a business cooperation in this field.

Renewable energy sources are not sufficiently utilised in Serbia, while the plan is for Serbia to receive 27 per cent of its energy from RES by 2020. What still needs to be done to achieve that, given that this percentage is much higher in Slovenia?

– The use of renewable energy sources is very important, both at the European level and at the national level. Most countries are aware of the finite nature of the reserves of non-renewable sources and their effect on climate change. Individual countries have set different goals to attain a higher percentage of RES in the gross final energy consumption. However, the success of European countries in attaining these goals varies greatly.

In Slovenia, the percentage of RES is indeed higher than in Serbia. However, should higher conjunctural growth occur, this percentage will surely fall in our case. We see insufficient investments in renewable sources as being the reason for that.

That is why we would recommend that Serbia mainly increase its investments in the production of electricity from water sources, biomass and geothermal energy.

This year sees the Club OVEN project being upgraded with an online shop and the selling of interconnected, so-called “green” products. For large-scale buyers who are interested in reducing the carbon footprint of transportation, we can offer a high quality selection of products from the field of electrical mobility (electric bicycles and electric hover boards), where we also plan to step in as investors

Are there advantages to investing in Serbia compared to the region and, if so, what are they?

– Serbia has a great advantage in its agreeable conditions resulting from simplified bureaucratic procedures for attaining operating licences, which are much more complicated in our country.

Your country is rich in water sources, there is ample biomass, while geothermal energy is also available to you. Because of that you have both formal and all natural possibilities of investing in RES.

What is currently in the focus of your operations in Slovenia? Is it still electricity production, or is OVEN Elektro planning to expand its range of products and services?

– Certainly Oven’s main activity is producing electricity from renewable energy sources. We will also continue to actively raise awareness among the public about the manner and utilisation of efficient energy use and renewable sources. For the last two years we have been organising events and promoting the sharing of information through social networks and other channels with Club OVEN. With the right experts and by offering practical advice, we discuss topics related to reducing the carbon footprint of the individual and other topics for a cleaner environment and for our health.

This year sees the Club OVEN project being upgraded with an online shop and the selling of interconnected, so-called “green” products. For large-scale buyers who are interested in reducing the carbon footprint of transportation, we can offer a high quality selection of products from the field of electrical mobility (electric bicycles and electric hover boards), where we also plan to step in as investors. Or aim, especially in electrical mobility, is to target larger cities and tourist complexes in Slovenia, Serbia and the broader region.