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“The Energy of Youth” winners to be awarded at ENES

“Smart” energy system, super effective refrigeration and wear reduction of turbines at hydroelectric power stations: “The Energy of Youth” winners to be awarded in Moscow. 

On the 24th of November the winners of the XIII All-Russian contest of youth scientific projects in the field of energy “The Energy of Youth” will be awarded in the framework the 5th International forum on energy efficiency and energy development ENES 2016. As anticipated, the young scholars from Tomsk, Saint Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk will be awarded by the members of the Global Energy Association’s Board of Trustees – Alexander Novak, Russian minister of energy, and Andrey Murov, chairman of board of directors at PJSC FGC UES – one of the Global Energy Association members. The winners will receive RUS 1 mln for their research development, which enhance hydroelectric power stations’ capacity, help to save energy and improve energy systems’ effectiveness.

The contest was held among young scientists under 35 from various regions of Russia. The winners were chosen by the group of independent experts – those who evaluate the nominees for the Global Energy Prize. The awarding ceremony will be held as a part of the plenary session “Energy-Efficiency and Development of the Russian Power Industry: Challenges and Responses” (November 24th, 10 00).

Each winner’s research has strong potential in scientific world, as well as regarding its implementation. For instance, the project of the scholars from Tomsk led by Mikhail Andreev is expected to bring the energy systems’ modelling to a new level of development. The research group works on the multiprocessor modelling complex – the platform that allows the scientists to virtually replicate a real energy system. While providing the high accuracy, the platform helps to cut the likelihood of technogenic accidents and train personal working at energy systems. The project is much more affordable in comparison to physical and digital models (the platform is twice as cheaper as digital models and five to seven times as cheaper as the physical ones). “It is almost impossible to experiment on real objects with wrong decisions leading to serious consequences”, – said Mikhail. For Russia the scientists’ innovation is especially perspective, as so far in our country there are only two quite old-fashioned physical models and digital complexes, 95% of which were developed abroad, whereas the winners’ project is expected to be Russian in every respect. The platform is likely to become popular abroad, taking into consideration the fact that accidents at energy systems is a pressing issue for many countries, including the developed ones.

The research team from Krasnoyarsk led by Andrey Minakov introduces new perspectives for hydraulic power industry. The project prolongs the working lifespan of hydropower equipment by means of pulsation’s suppression in turbines. By diminishing the range of pulsation almost twice, the project not only prolongs the working lifespan of equipment, but also boosts its safety, cuts accident risks and increases efficiency. Moreover, this project may be used for research and development activities aimed at creation of water turbines. “Today in Russia there are 14 hydroelectric power stations with capacity of 100 MW and many more stations with lower capacity. Thus, the issue of pulsation’s suppression in turbines is burning for the industry”, – noted Andrey. The project is valuable not only for Russian hydraulic power industry. China, Brazil, Canada, India and many other countries actively develop this area and encounter with problems, which can be solved with the help of the winners’ innovation. In particular, the research is believed to help develop water turbines with characteristics surpassing analogues by effectiveness, capacity and safety.

The contest third winner is Ivan Starkov, who will share the award with his team from Saint Petersburg. The scientists work on the solid-state refrigerant, which marks the beginning of the new technological stage in the cooling systems. These systems are widely spread nowadays, being installed in household appliances, computers and conditioning equipment. The project obvious advantages: high energy efficiency, small size, ecological safety and noiselessness. The refrigerant halves the energy consumption of a household refrigerator. By the way, development of effective and cheap refrigerator is pointed out in the UN program as one of the aspects aimed at tackling poverty in counties of Africa and South Asia. The project main emphasis is put on temperature change while parallel impact of several outside forces (electric, magnetic or elastic). This allows to increase refrigeration range three to four times in comparison to the existing solid-state refrigerants. “The newly developed cooling system gives an opportunity to cover the enormous market (according to even critical evaluations – USD 1 trillion). Certainly, there is need in investments. Such corporations as Bosch, LG, Embraco have already shown interest to our research”, – said Ivan. The project has perspectives not only in Russia, but in other countries as well, because it contributes to the solution of such issues as global warming, the ozone layer destruction and world energy saving.

As a reminder, over the last 12 years 204 young scientists from 43 research centers have become the contest winners. Currently, the program reaches 56% of the areas and 74% (51 regions) in Russia. The total amount of the grants amounts to RUB 38.5 million.  

The awarding ceremony will be held on November 24 in Moscow's Gostiny Dvor (plenary hall “Amphitheater”). Russian minister of energy Alexander Novak is expected to personally present the award to the winners. The event starts at 10 a.m. 

Federal and regional media are also invited to cover the event. Preliminary accreditation is obligatory.  

The winners of the XIII All-Russian Contest of Youth Scientific Projects in the field of energy “The Energy of Youth” are:

1. Mikhail Andreev. Research topic: “The development of  hardware and software platform for the real time all mode modelling of intellectual energy systems (Tomsk)
2. Andrey Minakov. Research topic: “Calculation and experiment research of the ways to suppress pressure LF oscillations in the tract of hydro machines used in high-head hydroelectric stations (Krasnoyarsk)
3. Ivan Starkov. Research topic: “Practical development of the solid state refrigerant based on the multicaloric effect” (Saint Petersburg).

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