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Innovative Developments of Young Scientists Tested in MOESK Networks

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Power engineers of JSC “MOESK” (part of “Rossetti”) begin the realization of the first pilot project of the winners of innovation contest “Energoproryv – 2014”, organized by the JSC “Rossetti” in partnership with the cluster of energy efficient technologies of the Foundation “Skolkovo”.

At the end of last year, a group of young scientists presented to the introduction by MOESK the Monitoring system of icing intensity (MIG) on the wires of power lines and contact networks. The complex of instruments is created by a team of developers led by senior lecturer of Kamyshinsky Institute of Technology Dmitry Titov.

MIG system consisting of modules for temperature measurement of wires and transceiver post, is extremely sensitive to the intensity of icing, can be used on any type of support, allows to determine on-line the start of ice deposit and intensity of the growth of deposits.

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Eleron Obtains Patent for New Utility Model

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Russia’s Eleron has received a patent for a video monitoring device to be used in the areas with high levels of ionizing radiation (utility model No. 148690).

According to the company’s press service, the invention relates to the technical means of visual control and is designed for providing continuous remote monitoring of the operations with nuclear materials in the areas with high levels of ionizing gamma radiation and neutron exposure, as well as for recording, storing and transmitting video to external devices. The patented device will be used in the video surveillance system at the facilities of the Rosatom State Corporation.

In 2014, the company received 14 proprietary articles, including 3 patents, 8 certificates for computer programs and 3 know-hows, and submitted 9 applications for inventions and utility models and 6 applications for computer programs. The company has a total of 63 patents and certificates.

Russian Scientists Discuss U-3 Nuclear Reactor

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The Krylov State Research Center held a working meeting on the directions for researching the U-3 nuclear reactor. The meeting was attended by leading experts of different organizations, including Rubin, Malakhit, Avrora, Atomenergo, Rostekhnadzor and many others.

The participants visited the U-3 reactor installation site, reactor hall, control unit and other places. Head of the Naval Power, Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department Vyacheslav Struev informed the guests about new opportunities for researching the reactor in the interests of enterprises and organizations of the shipbuilding industry.

In addition, the Krylov State Research Center and Rosatom’s Central Institute for Advanced Studies signed an agreement to train the personnel for working on the nuclear facilities based on the U-3 reactor.

It should be noted that the U-3 nuclear reactor is a unique facility that was used to solve many problems of the modern nuclear fleet.

“Schwabe” Patented New Quantum Electronics Invention

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The holding “Schwabe”, included in the State Corporation Rostec, received a patent for the invention of technological device for the production of gas discharge devices in quantum electronics.

The process device created by the scientists and engineers of the holding is designated for processing of cold hollow cathode in gas discharge and provides the possibility to carry out an anodic oxidation of the cathode in the electronegative gas medium and also to replace or repeatedly use an anode and a glass envelope when installing a new cathode.

The invention relates to the field of quantum electronics, and can be used in the manufacture of gas discharge tubes, including various types of gas lasers.

Russia May Build 24 Nuclear Power Units in India

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Russia may build 20-24 nuclear power units in India instead of 14-16 units as agreed previously. The new road map on cooperation of the countries in the nuclear industry can be presented during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Delhi on Thursday. This came in a statement by Russia’s Ambassador Alexander Kadakin.

“We have great plans for cooperation in the nuclear industry. Russia had agreed to help India build 14-16 nuclear units. Now it seems that the demand of India is much bigger and this figure may reach 20-24 units,” Mr. Kadakin said.

“The countries plan to start negotiations for the construction of the fifth and sixth units at the Kudankulam NPP soon. The agreement on the construction of the third and fourth units will be signed during Vladimir Putin’s visit,” Mr. Kadakin pointed out.

Gazprom to Replace 90% of Foreign Equipment in Few Years

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Russia’s Gazprom energy giant may substitute 90% of the foreign imports with Russian-made products in two or three years. This statement was made by Vladimir Markov, a member of Gazprom’s Management Committee and Head of the Department for Relations with the Russian Authorities.

“We are likely to substitute 90% of the foreign imports in two or three years. In addition, the government has decided to produce sophisticated equipment, including for shelf exploration,” Mr. Markov said at a press conference.

It should be noted that the EU and the United States banned the supply of equipment for deepwater exploration and oil production in the Russian Federation on August 1. In September, the sanctions were tightened to prohibit the provision of services for such projects. The EU restrictions related to the entire Russian oil and gas sector, while the United States indicated specific companies, such as Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Rosneft, LUKOIL, and Surgutneftegaz.

Rosatom Ready to Continue Cooperation with USA in Nuclear Sphere

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Russia’s Rosatom Nuclear Corporation is ready to resume cooperation with the USA, once this country expresses such a wish. This was stated by Rosatom CEO Sergey Kiriyenko on Friday.

“All our contracts are still in force. The nuclear power industry should be beyond the political situation. Russia and the USA earlier discussed projects in the nuclear sector, but now the conversation has ceased. If our partners are ready to continue the discussion, we will be glad. If not, then not,” Mr. Kiriyenko pointed out, noting that Rosatom’s ten-year portfolio of foreign orders will be about $98 billion by the end of this year.

“Our ten-year portfolio of foreign orders will reach $98 billion by the end of 2014,” Mr. Kiriyenko said, adding that the figure is not exact, but very close.

As of today, the portfolio of foreign orders comprises 27 power units, in addition to other projects in Latin America, Europe and South Africa, which are being discussed at the moment.

Russian Federation to Request Expansion of Arctic Shelf in 2015

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After successful scientific expedition to the Arctic Russia is going in the first quarter of 2015 to make a request to the UN for expansion of the Arctic shelf, the head of “Rosnedra” Valery Pak reported.

As the Minister of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation Sergey Donskoy reported in October, the expedition research vessel “Akademik Fedorov” fulfilled all the planned work in the Arctic, thus the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources completed a study for the formation of an application to the UN for expansion of the Arctic shelf.

From 2001, Russia claims the hydrocarbon-rich portion of the shelf, including the Lomonosov and Mendeleyev ridges, but its application was rejected due to lack of information. If the researchers can prove that these ridges are the continuation of Russia’s continental shelf, the country will have a priority right to exploit these resources, the volume of which, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources, can reach 5 billion tons of standard fuel.

Russia Ready to Cooperate with USA in Nuclear Energy Sphere

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Russian nuclear scientists are ready to continue cooperating with the United States on joint nuclear projects under the terms of mutual respect. This was announced by a spokesman for Russia’s Rosatom Corporation.

The comment followed media reports, which claimed that Russia allegedly informed the United States it was planning to reduce its participation in joint efforts to secure nuclear materials on Russian soil. In April, US Department of Energy warned Russia about halting bilateral nuclear energy cooperation.

“Our firm belief, confirmed by many years of experience, is that nuclear energy sector is a strategic area with very long life cycles. It cannot and should not depend on situational changes in the political environment. We oppose the idea of sanctions in principle. But, given the peculiarity of nuclear energy and nuclear non-proliferation issues, we keep the channels of dialogue with the US side open,” the spokesman said.

RAS Proposed Four Major Projects for Modernization of Russian Economy

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Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) provides for the implementation four major projects from different areas of high technology for the modernization of the Russian economy, RAS President Vladimir Fortov told to reporters on Thursday.

According to Fortov, he presented these projects on Tuesday at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The first project involves the introduction to the Russian energy industry of combined-cycle plants, the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences noticed.

The second project deals with “smart” power grids.

“Our network facilities are worn by 60-70 percent. It is the reason of large network losses,” Fortov said, adding that in order to reduce the accident rate we should use “a symbiosis of power networks and information technology”.