The World Exhibition EXPO 2017, mainly devoted to the Future Energy, is held in Astana, Kazakhstan. The research developments of Tomsk Polytechnic University, the only academic exhibitor as part of the Russian Pavilion, will be used on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
TPU exhibits two developments – a solar panel control system and a mobile facility for domestic and industrial wastewater treatment.
According to the R&D Assistance Center of Tomsk Polytechnic University,
an expert group of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan selected both TPU developments, i.e. a solar panel control system and a mobile facility for domestic and industrial wastewater treatment, to be further applied in the country.
The Ministry’s expert group evaluated projects represented in the Russian Pavilion according to four application fields: power and coal industry; oil, gas and petrochemistry; nuclear industry and ecology.
As reported by the Business Information Center Kapital.kz, the Deputy General Commissioner of Russia at Expo 2017 Anton Atrashkin said that the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan selected five projects for further implementation in the country.
‘These are projects of Tomsk Polytechnic University, including a solar panel control system when panels turn after the sun,’ says Mr. Atrashkin, emphasizing that participation in Astana Expo is a significant project for Russia.
TPU scientists developed a solar panel control system that allows the solar panel to turn towards the sun thus focusing on its position. This increases the efficiency energy harvesting. The scientists also designed a system for energy accumulation and conversion, where all electronics and mechatronics operate at low negative temperatures of up to minus 50 degrees.
TPU wastewater treatment facility based on electron accelerator can simultaneously purify and disinfect water earlier used in household and industry. In the world practice constant electron accelerators are traditionally used to purify water, however they consume a lot of energy and most importantly, they protect from harmful intensive X-ray radiation. The application of a pulsed accelerator does not require any high costs and protective concrete- and lead-based structures. In fact, self-purification takes place in polluted water, i.e. certain chemical reactions are triggered without additional reagents, for instance, hydrogen peroxide – a compound famous for its disinfecting properties. The facility operates automatically so it can be installed in remote areas.
According to the website of the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2017, the exposition was attended by 524 thousand people, including over 400 official delegations. The Russia-Kazakhstan Business Forum was held on 22 August 2017. Participants of the meeting discussed innovations and measures to improve the quality of life.