RUSNANO opens first nanotechnology factory in Moscow

19 May 2011

Press release (Eng)

 

RMT openingRUSNANO opens a new production site for its portfolio company RMT specializing in manufacture of thermoelectric cooling devices. These components are widely used for cooling lasers, photodetectors and integrated circuits (ICs). The smaller-scale cooling elements effectively dissipate heat generated by power-hungry devices used in modern telecommunications, high-performance computing and optoelectronics industries. The total budget of the project is around 800 million roubles of which RUSNANO finances 150 million roubles. Their co-investor is the closed-end high-risk (venture) investment fund “S-Group Ventures”, established with capital raised from the Russian Venture Company.

This project is a bright example of how the research done by Russian scientists has been commercialized to a full-scale production of innovative products greatly demanded by the world hi-tech market.

RMT was founded by a team of researcher from varioius scientific institutions including the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (LPI RAS). Their start-up received support from the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in the field of science and technology (the Bortnik Foundation). In 2009 the Supervisory Board of RUSNANO approved the financing of a project with the goal of increasing the production of thermoelectric cooling devices for opto-, micro- and nanoelectronics.

RMT manufactures approximately 300,000 parts per year, and 80% of them are exported to the USA, Canada, Japan, Europe and South-East Asia. In 2010 the company's revenue exceeded 146 million roubles. RUSNANO estimates that this figure will rise to around 1.3 billion roubles by 2015 after the expansion of production capacity. The RMT’s share of the global market for thermoelectric cooling systems is expected to rise to 10% by 2015.

RUSNANO CEO Anatoly Chubais, RMT Director-General Gennady Gromov, President of the International Thermoelectric Academy Lukyan Anatychuk, and the head of the Moscow Department of Science and Industrial Policy, Evgeniy Balashov took part in the opening ceremony for the new production site.

 

Techology brief

The thermoelectric modules use the Peltier effect which results in heat consumption at the junction of two different conductors. These modules are able to cool the medium to small power electronic devices for a tens of degrees. The key role in good cooling efficiency plays the thermoelectric materials of which the module is made of.

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Above: a microphotograph of the nanostructured thermoelectric material (PbViTe) and single-stage module scheme.

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RMT uses the hot extrusion technique for producing thermoelectric material from original Pb-Vi-Te nanopowder. This allos to reach additional 15–20°С in cooling for single-stage modules. The size of material particles is about 5–20 nm.

Themoelectric elementsThe RMT's products line includes ultra-thin (less than 1 millimeter) micromodules which are used for cooling optoelectronics, microelectronics, and, especially, telecommunications (the photo shows a cooled cage for IR-laser diode for telecom equipment). The modules provide cooling temperature difference — from 70 to 130°С in the heat flow diapason from 40 to 100 W per cubic cm, for single- and multi-stage modules.

 

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RMT is among the ten largest producers of thermoelectric micro cooling products in the world. Currently, the company holds a 1.8% share of the global market. The company's products are distributed in the Russian Federation, the USA, Canada, Europe, South-East Asia, Japan etc. RMT is the only thermoelectric company in Russia to have received a license from the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos), allowing them to develop and provide thermoelectric products for space programs. The quality management system at RMT has been certified as meeting international standards ISO 9001:2008.
For more detailed information, please visit the company's website at www.rmtltd.ru

OOO MC SGCM holds an investment management license from the Federal Financial Markets Service № 21-000-1-00638 issued on 17th March 2009 for the management of investment funds, mutual funds and private pension funds. Since 2010, following the transfer of management rights from Sever Asset Management, OOO MC SGM manages closed-end high-risk (venture) investments fund S-Group Ventures.
Contact Information
Maxim Shemetov
Phone: +7 (495) 662-70-20, ext. 3216
E-mail: mg.shemetov@sgcm.ru

RUSNANO’s mission is to develop the Russian nanotechnology industry through co-investment in nanotechnology projects with substantial economic potential or social benefit. RUSNANO was established in March 2011 as an open joint-stock company through the reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, which was founded in 2007. With this reorganization, the establishment of nanotechnology infrastructure and training of nanotechnology specialists, which was formerly conducted by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, is now entrusted to the newly created non-commercial Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. The government of the Russian Federation owns 100 percent of the shares in RUSNANO.
Contact Information
Michael Popov
Phone: +7 (495) 988-53-88, ext. 1417
E-mail: Michael.Popov@rusnano.com