Visit of RUSNANO Delegation to Japan
RUSNANO delegation headed by Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board, paid a visit to Kyoto and Tokyo (Japan) on Oct, 4-8.
The visit was highlighted by the participation of Anatoly Chubais (upon the invitation of Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan) in Science and Technology in Society forum (STS) in Kyoto.
Within the plenary session dedicated to the role of science and technology in strategic management and business, the head of RUSNANO focused on the interaction and partnership in global economics mentioning the need for business cooperation in solving worldwide problems despite the competition.
Anatoly Chubais stressed the search of the effective solutions to the one of the main threats of the mankind—global warming. The head of RUSNANO emphasized that the development of the alternative energy sources and energy-saving technologies are the effective solutions, but they are clearly insufficient. The main focus areas should include material approach. According to the recent RUSNANO research (in Russian), approximately 28% of total greenhouse gas emissions come from materials’ manufacturing (steel, cement, paper, aluminum and plastics) that is essential for the mankind. This sector affects global warming no less than energy industry. The global experience shows that nanotechnology is one of effective ways to decrease the production volume of these materials.
Anatoly Chubais cited the example of the use of single-walled carbon nanotubes which serve as multi-purpose modifier enhancing mechanical properties, electric and thermal conduction of various materials. Their application leads to significant decrease of process materials consumption and, consequently, to the reduction of emissions. Anatoly Chubais told about OCSiAl, an engineering company from Novosibirsk that with the support of RUSNANO has created the base for manufacturing of single-walled carbon nanotubes which technical and economic indices stand as unique for the global market.
“We have succeeded in creation of the first in the world process technology for manufacturing of single-walled carbon nanotubes which allows to produce them at the cost 75 times less than the cost of available counterparts; moreover, the technology is scalable”, the head of RUSNANO noticed. Last year the company manufactured 200 kg of nanotubes. This year the output will be around one ton, and the company is planning to reach 30-40 tons within the next 2-3 years. For information, the world market had only two tons available in the last year.
As a part of the visit to Japan, RUSNANO delegation had also business meetings with the management of Sumitomo and Sumitomo Electric where they discussed the future of joint projects.
RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 115 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.
Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company. Anatoly Chubais is the Chairman of its Executive Board.
Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.