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The Award Ceremony of the Energy of Youth was held in Moscow

The winners of the XV All-Russian contest of youth scientific projects in the field of energy, The Energy of Youth were awarded in Moscow. Each of research groups will receive a grant of 1 million rubles on completion and realization of their researches. In 2018, projects for development of organic solar panels, creation potassium - the ion accumulator and optimization of extraction of hydrocarbons were recognized the bestones. The Award Ceremony was held at the Congress center of Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Sergey Alekseenko, the 2018 Global Energy Prize laureate, Academician of RAS, presented the awards – the Golden statuette and honorary diplomas. He wished success to the young scientists in implementation of their ideas and also noted: "Besides the prize awarding to eminent and established scientists, the Global Energy Association supports the young scientist`s projects. I believe this initiative is very important because young generation determine the future of the energy industry".

Ivan Evdokimov, research associate of Institute of Technology of supersolid and new carbon materials, was the first who received the award and became the best in the nomination Traditional energy. He works on improving the technology of hydrocarbon production by multistage hydraulic fracturing (frac). A multi-stage extraction method in the traditional fracturing process is used, where the fracturing clutch valve separates one stage from the next, and to start the next stage, the valve must be removed mechanically. At the same time, there is a high probability of well damage, which leads to significant financial and temporary losses. Ivan Evdokimov development assumes creation of the withdrawing locking elements of wellhead coupling closure which are dissolved in mud fluid.
The urgency of the project is connected with the fact that almost all the withdrawing locking elements are imported (which are presented at the domestic market). Each product of the wellhead coupling closure costs the oil and gas industry around 100 thousand rubles. "We provide full import substitution and made the technology more suitable for Russian realities, including for work on the Arctic shelf," – said Ivan Evdokimov.

His colleague Juri Luponosov, leading researcher of Institute of synthetic polymeric materials of N.S. Enikolopov, awarded in the nomination of Non-traditional Energy. His project is devoted to translucent and flexible solar cells based on new organic materials with enhanced stability. According to the scientist, new photocells have a number of advantages over their silicon analogs, in particular: their levity, low production price and non-toxicity of photocells. Successful project implementation will give the chance to use batteries as mobile recharge, including elevation of buildings installation or integration into textile materials.

"Such batteries can be applied on glass structures, windows, high-rise buildings facades, small architectural forms in parks and etc. It is possible to use later the generated electricity for charging smartphones or for lighting. The entire device thickness is comparable to several sheets of paper, due to which flexible solar panels make it possible to roll them up, apply to textiles and clothing. For example, for tourist and military tents fabric. For military needs, such solar panels are also applicable,"- said the winner.

Stanislav Fedotov, a research associate of the Skolkovo institute of science and technologies was marked in the third nomination "New technologies". His research topic: Development of a Potassium-Ion Battery Based on Polyanionic Electrode Materials. The technology proposed by the scientist implies the complex potassium phosphates use and transition materials of a unique crystal structure. The young scientist is convinced that potassium-ion batteries will shortly replace lithium-ion ones due to limitation and geographical isolation of lithium in the nature and steady growth of prices for material. In his judgement, obvious advantages of potassium raw materials is a low price and availability of its natural sources.

"The idea of the project is to replace lithium-containing components of the battery with competitive potassium analogues in terms of energy characteristics while maintaining the existing battery architecture. The transition to potassium-ion technologies will significantly reduce the cost of batteries, as well as to abandon the use of expensive and heavy metal copper as a current collector, which will also have a positive impact on the final device cost. In addition, the plans are developing a new class of potassium-ion electrode materials with improved energy and power characteristics", - said Stanislav Fedotov.

All the Energy of Youth Contest winners received free annual subscription to the monthly scientific, technical and production magazine "Gas industry", which is the Global Energy Prize Association information partner. Besides that, the young scientists will be able to publish their own scientific article in the magazine.

Recall, the Energy of Youth Contest is held by the Global Energy Association annually in order to identify and promote the most promising research projects of young scientists up to 35 years. In 2018, 91 projects from 36 Russian regions entered the competition. For the first time it represented such regions as: Lipetsk region, Chukotka Autonomous district, Yaroslavl region. The most popular research areas were: "Exploration, production, transportation and processing of fuel and energy resources", "Electricity" and "Renewable energy". More than 50% of the projects were presented in the "Traditional energy" nomination.

It should be noted that the Energy of Youth Award Ceremony was held within the VI International award "Small energy – great achievements". You can learn more about the projects of the winners here.

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