Promoting the energy of future

May 27. Kazpravda. East Kazakhstan oblast

By Svetlana ABENOVA

Promoting the energy of futureAn exhibition OSKEMEN EXPO 2014 which became a continuation of the VII Astana Economic Forum was held in the East Kazakhstan oblast. Representatives from 12 countries took part in the event and the significance of the innovative projects was evaluated by world’s leading scientists, including Nobel Prize winners Kurt Wüthrich, Svyatoslav Timashev, famous scholars Klaus Thiessen, Giuseppe Eramo, Lali Berdzeneshvili, Alexei Kavokin and others.

Opening the OSKEMEN EXPO 2014 oblast governor Berdybek Saparbayev emphasized the importance of “green” economy and green development for the world economy.

The energy of future is a very vast concept which involves the issues of energy of wind, sun, water and space.

It should be noted that last fall the regional authorities announced a contest of innovative projects “Energy of Future” with three nominations and in total 86 projects were submitted to it. In the result the winners in 21 nominations were selected for the OSKEMEN EXPO 2014.

Their authors are developers of the best innovations and “green” technologies for renewable and alternative energy sources, environmental security and resource conservation.

– The exhibition presents a lot of ideas that in the near future can contribute to the treasury of the total energy of Kazakhstan and the world in general, – said during the plenary session Nobel laureate Svyatoslav Timashev.

Oblast governor Berdybek Saparbayev in his speech at the plenary session talked about the need of creation of fusion energy for the future.

– Nuclear energy should be developed both traditionally and alternatively, in particular in thorium direction that will minimize risks and prevent a repetition of the accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima, – he said.

The KTM is the first and the only in the world specialized material-science tokamak, designed in Kazakhstan for a wide range of research to develop materials for future fusion reactors. A test complex for KTC is being created in the city Kurchatov at the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan. A trial launch of the first breakdown and formation of plasma column was held September 5, 2010 with participation of the Head of State. Creating the KTM tokamak will allow Kazakh scientists to take a rightful place in the international programs of scientific research on physics of plasma and controlled thermonuclear synthesis.

Professor of physics from the University of Southampton (England) Alexei Kavokin said that Kazakhstan has a huge potential for development of science, both fundamental and applied. Known in the field of nano-physics and photonics scientist was especially interested at the exhibition in the silicon project.

– Solar energy is a very important component for Kazakhstan. I believe that this project has the potential for many billions of dollars, -he said.

And a world-famous expert on solar energy, Nobel Laureate Professor Klaus Thiessen believes that Kazakhstan has chosen the right direction for its further development. He was impressed by the potential of the region in the field of renewable energy and a number of interesting projects on alternative energy – wind, solar and bio-energy.

– As known Germany in 10 years will “turn off” the last nuclear power plant. I hope that in this case nothing bad will happen, – said the scientist. – Thereby, today Kazakhstan is on the right track choosing “green” energy and “green” economy.

The guests also visited the Ust-Kamenogorsk plant on the production of photovoltaic and silicon wafers. This is a joint project of France and Kazakhstan in the field of renewable energy. The Kazakhstan Solar Silicon LLP is one of the technological links of integrated line for the production of photovoltaic modules based on domestic silicon KAZ PV. Its uniqueness is in the full cycle – from extraction of raw materials to manufacturing of a high-tech innovation product.

Until recently, only four countries – the U.S., Canada, Japan and China had fully integrated production lines of photovoltaic modules. The planned volumes of solar products are impressive – they are equal to the power of a major plant. The guests agreed that the project is destined to become a brand of the international exhibition EXPO 2017.

In general, according to Nobel laureate Kurt Wüthrich, the projects presented at the exhibition OSKEMEN EXPO 2014, showed a high level of Kazakh science, experts and scientists from the region whose ideas are relevant and useful in the world.