RUSNANO News Sat, 16 Oct 2021 08:31:00 +0300 VISITECH Will Help Support Industrial Safety for the URALCHEM Organization The portfolio company of Far East High Technology Fund VISITECH and URALCHEM Innovation LLC signed an agreement to implement a scope of work in the frames of won tender for Digital Challenge innovative ideas held by URALCHEM and the Skolkovo Foundation. <p>The portfolio Company of Far East High Technology Fund (set up with the participation of RUSNANO, VEB Group) VISITECH and URALCHEM Innovation LLC (a subsidiary of United Chemical Company URALCHEM JSC) signed an agreement to implement a scope of work in the frames of won tender for Digital Challenge innovative ideas held by URALCHEM and the Skolkovo Foundation.</p> <p>Pursuant to the agreement, VISITECH will ensure industrial safety of the Perm branch of URALCHEM.</p> <p>As part of the project, VISITECH will supply a positioning system that provides full-scale control over the work and movement of employees. The monitoring system records the beginning and the end of the work process, and VISITECH V-Track trackers make it possible to send a SOS signal to the system operator.</p> <p>In addition, the company will provide video analytics for the premises and personnel at the enterprise. VISITECH will install video cameras that will be used to analyze the presence of PPE (personal protective equipment) and compliance with industrial safety rules. Cameras will monitor the body temperature of staff and register violations of social distancing and the absence of a respirator. The system will be able to identify potentially dangerous situations and objects, and instantly report about deviations from reference values to the operator.</p> <p>The work on implementing the project has already begun.</p> <p>&ldquo;Safety is one of the core values of every manufacturing company. Tracking personnel using portable devices in conjunction with video analytics will significantly increase transparency and the reliability of information about the personnel work. This will entail both responsiveness in the case of incidents and a culture change regarding occupational health and safety. If the pilot project is successfully implemented, we will consider scaling up the system to other manufacturing sites,&rdquo; stated <strong>Aleksandr Prygunkov</strong>, the general director of UCC URALCHEM JSC.</p> <p>&ldquo;VISITECH solutions help businesses to adopt an integrated approach towards occupational health and industrial safety issues at the enterprises. The used technologies make it possible to make the process end-to-end, from defining security policies to monitoring their implementation. In the context of the global sustainable development agenda, these technological solutions will actively be used at industrial sites not only in Russia but all over the world,&rdquo; stated <strong>Aleksey Tikhonov</strong>, Senior Managing Director for Products of RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Russian industrial safety market is now emerging, and major production companies and holdings are becoming the &lsquo;pioneers&rsquo;. Piloting VISITECH products at URALCHEM facilities will allow the project team, together with a leading fertilizer manufacturer, to test, finalize and enhance the advantages of the existing solution, that, we believe, can become a standard in the field of occupational safety in Russia,&rdquo; commented <strong>Ruslan Sarkisov</strong>, the CEO of the Far East High Technology Fund.</p> <p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s challenges require modern solutions&mdash;the &lsquo;new normality&rsquo; of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the digitalization of health and safety was an important step towards an innovative future. VISITECH has dealt with complex projects repeatedly, and this time our team will do everything to ensure the high-quality implementation of the objectives that have been set,&rdquo; said <strong>Rustam&nbsp;Milanov</strong>, general director of VISITECH.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Anti-pandemic&rdquo; system from VISITECH is especially in demand to help digitalize occupational health and industrial safety (HS) in the context of the &#39;new normality&#39; of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Wed, 7 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The Fortum-RUSNANO Wind Investment Fund Exits from Wind Farm Projects in Kalmykia The Wind Energy Development Fund sells both the Salynskaya wind farm and the Tselinskaya wind farm with a total capacity of 200 MW. The purchase is a joint venture between the Russian Direct Investment Fund and Fortum. <h5>The <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/wedif">Wind Energy Development Fund</a> sells both the Salynskaya wind farm and the Tselinskaya wind farm with a total capacity of 200 MW. The purchase is a joint venture between the Russian Direct Investment Fund and Fortum.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The Fortum-RUSNANO Wind Investment Fund Exits from Wind Farm Projects in Kalmykia" src="/upload/images/news/2020-09-03_Vetropark_snippet.jpg" /></p> <p>&ldquo;Today, the wind farms in Kalmykia, built with localized equipment, are launched and operate in the unified energy system. Our task within RUSNANO&rsquo;s investment strategy has been accomplished for these projects, as we continue to support and develop green energy projects,&rdquo; said <strong>Alisher Kalanov</strong>, head of RUSNANO Management Company Investment Division.</p> <p>&ldquo;The deal will contribute to further development of the Renewable Energy Sources industry in Russia. The financial result will help the Fortum-RUSNANO wind investment fund to continue implementing Russia&rsquo;s largest wind energy investment program, which envisages the commissioning of 1,823 MW by 2024,&rdquo; commented <strong>Alexander Chuvaev</strong>, Executive Vice President, Russia Division and General Director of PAO Fortum.</p> <p>The WEDF built wind farms in the Republic of Kalmykia in full compliance with localization requirements. Wind farms began power delivery to the wholesale electricity market (WEM) on December 1, 2020. The power plants&rsquo; revenues are guaranteed under the long-term Capacity Supply Agreements (CSA), providing investors with a return on their investment.</p> <p>With the acquisition of wind farms in Kalmykia, the combined capacity of RES projects of the joint venture between RDIF and Fortum exceeded 600 MW. In December 2020, the joint venture portfolio included wind farms in the Ulyanovsk and Rostov Regions with a capacity of 350 MW. In March 2021, the partners announced the construction of Russia&rsquo;s largest solar power station (SPS) with a capacity of 116 MW in the Republic of Kalmykia.</p> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The Far East High Technologies Fund Invests RUB 200 Mln in a “Smart City” Project in the Primorye Territory The Far East High Technology Fund has provided RUB 200 mln in funding to Digital Primorye LLC, a joint venture with the VessoLink Group, a pioneer of smart urban systems. <p>The Far East High Technology Fund (FEHTF), invested in by VEB.DV, RUSNANO (a member of the VEB.RF Group) and RVC, has provided RUB 200 mln in funding to Digital Primorye LLC, a joint venture (JV) with the VessoLink Group, a pioneer of smart urban systems. The JV is focused on launching digital services and high-technology systems in the fields of transport, utilities, education, healthcare etc. in the Primorye Territory. It is anticipated that by April 2022, more than 30 services will have been launched.</p> <p>The Digital Primorye project is a wide-ranging initiative aimed at developing a digital infrastructure and management system in the Primorye Territory, particularly in its four municipal areas - Vladivostok, Nakhodka, Artyom and Ussuriysk. The project is structured as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). A concession agreement on the implementation of the project was signed on April 12, 2021, between Digital Primorye LLC, the government of the Primorye Territory and the city administrations of Vlavidostok, Nakhodka, Artyom and Ussuriysk.</p> <p>The funding provided by the FEHTF will be used to carry out the initial stage of the integration of information systems. A unified digital portal and residents&rsquo; card will be introduced in the Primorye Territory, which will &ldquo;digitize&rdquo; the provision of services to residents, making it easier for them to receive benefits, pay for utilities and transport, and participate in the management of the urban economy. Infrastructure such as paid parking systems and smart traffic lights and street lighting will be introduced in Vladivostok, Nakhodka, Artyom and Ussuriysk.</p> <p>The total investment in the project will exceed RUB 5 bln over the course of the 12 year term of the concession agreement, and will include funding from the FEHTF, private investment and bank loans.</p> <p>Digital Primorye is the first infrastructure project to be established by the Far East High Technology Fund in the form of a PPP. Its aim is to boost the innovative development of the Russian Far East and to expedite the introduction of technologies to increase the quality of life and make the region more business friendly. To date, the Fund has invested more than RUB 1 bln in technology projects in the Russian Far East.</p> <p>&ldquo;The introduction of &lsquo;smart&rsquo; systems will improve the transparency, flexibility and effectiveness of city management processes. And the PPP format, combined with the potential offered by IT, will enable us to make rapid improvements to the quality of life and to security in the region. The resulting synergy effect creates ideal conditions for the accomplishment of the Fund&rsquo;s goals in the Far East, and therefore the project will be extended to other parts of this huge region,&rdquo; said <strong>Ruslan Sarkisov</strong>, General Director of the Far East High Technology Fund.</p> <p>&ldquo;In addition to the long-term infrastructure projects, it is also important to highlight the initiatives which will have a positive impact on the lives of residents of the Far East in the immediate future. The implementation of the Digital Primorye project will improve local population&rsquo;s living conditions by taking their requirements into account, and will create a digital infrastructure and make the urban spaces more comfortable for Primorye residents. Digital transformation has been set as a national goal, and it must be implemented at a regional level,&rdquo; commented <strong>Artyom Dovlatov</strong>, deputy chairman of VEB.RF and a member of its Board of Management.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Fund is starting to develop a new generation of major high technology infrastructure projects, which have a great deal of potential for implementation at a larger scale, both in the Far East and throughout Russia. Projects such as Digital Primorye have a direct impact on the quality of life enjoyed by every resident of the region, making many services in the area of education, healthcare, rail transport etc. more accessible. The RUSNANO Group is now prioritizing projects which improve the lives of ordinary citizens in our country,&rdquo; said <strong>Alisher Kalanov</strong>, head of the Investment Division of RUSNANO Management Company, and a member of RUSNANO&rsquo;s Board of Management.</p> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO’s TechnoSpark Startup Has Boosted the Diamond Growth Rate <h5>The new technology developed by CVD Spark enables faster synthesis of artificial gem diamonds, expanding the possibilities of mass production with consistent quality. CVD&nbsp;Spark is part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies, which is part of the <a href="" target="_blank">investment network</a> of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="CVD Spark увеличил скорость роста алмазов" src="" /></p> <p>As a result, the Russian market has been able to reduce the cost of producing gem diamonds.</p> <p>The CVD Spark&rsquo;s proposed technology for synthesizing single-crystalline diamonds for gems is based on the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Since 2018, global production of &ldquo;ethical&rdquo; lab-grown diamonds has been growing rapidly, at more than 15% per year, to more than 10 mln carats in 2020, while natural diamonds have been declining (150 mln carats in 2018, 140 mln in 2019).</p> <p>&ldquo;The company is now scaling up the technology for mass production. The company plans to increase its capacity to 1,000 carats a year in 2021. In addition, we expect to get a significant share of the world market of artificial gen diamonds,&rdquo; said <strong>Oleg Lysak</strong>, CEO of the TechnoSpark Group.</p> <p>CVD Spark develops technologies for growing gem and industrial diamonds using Russia&rsquo;s largest fleet of CVD reactors and has been engaged in contract manufacturing of laboratory diamonds since 2012. The facility and its laboratory are located in New Moscow (Troitsk) in the TechnoSpark Group&rsquo;s technology campus. In 2021, gem diamond production will be spun off into a separate company with the participation of private co-investors.</p> Wed, 26 May 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO’s FIEP Startup Has Begun Supplying Kazakhstan with Cranioplates That Halve the Surgical Time <p>The CML AT Medical engineering company has started supplying cranioplates to Kazakhstan, enabling them to halve their surgical time. CML AT Medical operates at the <a href="" target="_blank">Northwest Technology Transfer Centre (NWTTC)</a>, which is part of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) <a href="" target="_blank">investment network</a>.</p> <p>The first surgery using a customized product set produced by CML AT Medical was successfully carried out at the National Neurosurgery Centre in the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan, in April 2021. The neurosurgeons noted the accuracy of the positioning of the cranioplate on the patient&rsquo;s skull, thereby reducing the surgical time by an&nbsp;average of half.</p> <p>A cranioplate is a printed implant to replace damaged areas of the skull and dura mater resulting from trauma or surgery. The product allows the closure of injured bone areas of almost all sizes, localizations, and shapes, achieving high functional and cosmetic results in the post-surgery period.</p> <p>CML AT Medical designs cranioplates individually based on CT scans, replicating the bony architecture of an individual&rsquo;s skull. Together with the plate, an anatomical model of the injured area is made for pre-surgery planning. The use of the product set reduces the duration of the surgical procedure, allows the use of fewer fixation elements, and reduces the likelihood of post-surgery complications. The CML AT Medical cranioplates have a mesh structure and are manufactured from titanium alloy using additive technology. This reduces the weight of the product while ensuring high strength and good osseointegration (ingrowth) of the implant.</p> <p>In the past three years, more than 150 surgeries have been carried out in Russia using CML AT Medical cranioplates. &ldquo;As a result of our successful cooperation with the Neurosurgery Centre, we have new business partners in Kazakhstan interested in supplying and promoting the products of the engineering center in the republic,&rdquo; says <strong>Yana Chekryzhova</strong>, CML AT Medical Director.</p> Wed, 2 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 FIEP Has Supported RTU MIREA in Developing an Educational Program for Biopharmaceutical Companies <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (part of the VEB.RF Group) has supported the development of a professional retraining course on &ldquo;Development, conduct, and management of biosynthesis and chromatography processes in modern biopharmaceutical production&rdquo;. The program has been commissioned by the Generium biopharmaceutical company, which develops and manufactures medicines for the treatment of orphan diseases and has recently become one of the largest production sites for the new Gam-Covid-Vac (Sputnik V) coronavirus vaccine.</p> <p>The new program is being prepared by MIREA&mdash;Russian Technological University. The 250-hour course will be used to improve the skills of technologists involved in the development, maintenance, and management of process technology in biopharmaceutical companies. In particular, specialists will be trained in modern methods of culturing and chromatographic purification of proteins in drug production.</p> <p>The customer of the program is the Generium research and production company, approved by the Russian Ministry of Health as the manufacturer of the GAM-COVID-Vac (Sputnik V), the COVID-19 vaccine. The company&rsquo;s production facilities and R&amp;D park are located in the Vladimir Region, where state-of-the-art technological approaches and advanced equipment have been introduced.</p> <p>&ldquo;Fruitful cooperation with the Generium biopharmaceutical products manufacturer, with the support of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, has made it possible to create not only a state-of-the-art training program based on the Master&rsquo;s Degree program in the RTU MIREA but also to develop an advanced training program for production technologists. This program will also be a good basis for training technologists at the RTU MIREA, given the rapid development of the biopharmaceutical industry,&rdquo; says <strong>Stanislav Kudzh</strong>, Rector of MIREA&mdash;Russian Technological University.</p> <p>Workers who will be involved in the production need to expand their existing competencies. Additional knowledge and skills will not interfere with the employees of the company&rsquo;s R&amp;D park who have the potential to develop any biotechnology-based drug, from the creation of a molecule through to commercial production, and have expertise in the development of drugs for inherited diseases and asthma.</p> <p>&ldquo;The pandemic situation has proved once again that the winners in pharmaceuticals were the companies that could quickly restructure their production and adopt new high-tech products whose time-to-market was a year away. However, this required qualified personnel who could look one step ahead to the current needs and opportunities&rdquo; said <strong>Stanislav Nisimov</strong>, Director of the Department of Education Programs and Professional Skills at FIEP.</p> <p>&ldquo;The support of the retraining program by the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs will allow us to qualitatively improve and increase the competencies of our employees, as biotechnology is rapidly developing, and it is important for us to always meet the modern requirements of the industry,&rdquo; emphasized Professor <strong>Ravil Khamitov</strong>, General Director of MBC Generium LLC.</p> <p>The educational program will be offered to other companies in the industry, and the developers are confident that there will be a high demand for it. In Russia, the research and production complex of the biopharmaceutical industry, one of the most knowledge-intensive and high-tech sectors of the economy, is undergoing active technological modernization.</p> <p>A total of 28 programs in the field of advanced medicine and pharmacology for Russian companies have been prepared with the participation of the Fund. They have already been used to train more than 20,500 production specialists, doctors, students, and residents. These include programs in nuclear medicine, computational biology, the production of nanopreparations, exorehabilitation, and modern methods of diagnosis and therapy for various diseases, including cancer.</p> Wed, 19 May 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO’s FIEP Representatives at the Russian Venture Forum Have Proposed the Concepts of an Investment Loan and a Digital Face <p>Specialists from the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (part of the VEB.RF Group) took part in the Russian Venture Capital Forum in Kazan on April 7 and 8.</p> <p><strong>Alexey Kachay</strong>, Board Member and Deputy Director General of FIEP, has moderated &ldquo;The professional community, the innovation ecosystem, and the state: in search of an effective alliance&rdquo; open dialogue. He invited the panelists to discuss the current state and main trends of the Russian venture capital market and find effective tools to support startups.</p> <p>The panelists noted that the country had a range of development institutions that provided support to companies at the earliest stages of development, and their instruments had long proven themselves (the Innovation Promotion Fund, the Skolkovo Fund, and FIEP). There are also measures to support medium and large innovative businesses, including through a system of private equity and venture capital funds (Skolkovo Ventures, VEB Ventures, RUSNANO, and RDIF). At the same time, a startup often lacks resources for the intermediate stage of initial growth. New sources of growth can be harnessed and technology teams can be focused on developing technologies and products through internationally recognized instruments for raising investment, including non-equity ones. It is also advisable to develop digitalization.</p> <p>In particular, a simplified procedure for investing in innovative companies in the early stages of development for a wide range of non-institutional investors could be one of the tools. &ldquo;One of the effective tools for stimulating investment activity in Russia could be the so-called investment loan&mdash;a simple and balanced way of investing in innovative projects, technology companies, deep tech and material-based startups,&rdquo; Alexey Kachay believes. The mechanism is based on a classic loan, but is not tied to a mandatory interest payment period, but entitles the lender to a&nbsp;share of the profits or proceeds of the project. In this way, the interests of the venture project and its investor are aligned. International experience shows that the effective operation of such tools requires regulation at the legislative level to balance the interests of the investor and the investment recipient. The relevant draft law has been prepared and would soon be presented for discussion with the professional community and the public authorities concerned.</p> <p>At the round table &ldquo;Fintech Trends: View of the Regulator, Banks, Businesses and Financial Technologies&rdquo;, <strong>Anna Pisareva</strong>, Chief Analyst of the Department of Regulatory Support for Innovative Development at FIEP, and <strong>Ivan Ermokhin</strong>, Deputy Head of the Russian Center for Competence and Standards Analysis of OECD at RANEPA, presented an extended concept of a digital legal entity.</p> <p>The concept involves the creation of digital platforms where early-stage companies generate their entire document flow from registration documents to business transactions on third-party agreements and ongoing information within the business operations. All of this is used to generate automatic reporting to government agencies, namely the Federal Tax Service, Pension Fund, Social Insurance Fund, and Rosstat. This allows getting rid of on-site inspections and the need to register the office at a postal address since the address also becomes digital.</p> <p>As a result of digitization of all primary information, companies become fully transparent not only to regulators but also to banks, counterparties, and investors, making it easier to access international markets, said <strong>Antonina Levashenko</strong>, Head of the Russian Center for Competence and Analysis of OECD at RANEPA.</p> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Enel and RUSNANO Discuss the Creation of Russia’s First Green Hydrogen Production Project During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum representatives of Enel and RUSNANO had an initial meeting in which they discussed the idea of working together on the production of green hydrogen. <p>During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum representatives of Enel and RUSNANO had an initial meeting in which they discussed the idea of working together on the production of green hydrogen. The two companies are looking at the possibility of creating Russia&rsquo;s first green hydrogen production project at a wind farm in Murmansk Region.</p> <p>The Enel Group was represented by <strong>Simone Mori</strong>, the head of its Europe division, Stephane Zweguintzow, head of Enel Russia, and <strong>Viktor Naboichenko</strong>, the Director for Regulatory &amp; Government Relations at Enel Russia PJSC. In the meeting RUSNANO was represented by <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the executive board of RUSNANO Management Company, and <strong>Alisher Kalanov</strong>, head of RUSNANO Management Company&rsquo;s Investment Division.</p> <p>The meeting focused on discussions relating to potential collaboration between the two companies in the area of green hydrogen. The companies had earlier signed a memorandum of understanding in which they agreed to consider a project involving the use of renewable energy at the Kola Wind Power Plant (capacity&mdash;201 MW), a wind farm operated by Enel Russia on the Kola peninsula in Murmansk region, which is currently being constructed. It will be the largest wind farm in the Russian Arctic, and will be able to generate 750 GW/h of electricity a year, representing a reduction of 600,000 tons in CO2 emissions. It will have 57 turbines, spread out over an area of 257 hectares.</p> <p>&ldquo;All over the world, we are seeing a growing interest in green hydrogen production. As for the Enel Group, we are already working in this field in many of the countries in which we have operations. And we are naturally interested in Russia as a region where we may potentially implement projects of this type. The joint project with RUSNANO will be our first step in starting to explore this promising area in various parts of Russia,&rdquo; emphasized <strong>Simone Mori</strong>, the head of Enel&rsquo;s Europe division.</p> <p>&ldquo;Russia has a huge potential, both as a producer and as a consumer of green hydrogen. Both state and private companies are getting increasingly involved in projects aimed at developing a high-tech hydrogen energy sector with export potential in Russia. RUSNANO aims to intensify its focus on the development of this sector, and to participate in hydrogen projects involving the latest technologies. The successful implementation of this joint project with Enel will prove that there is a real demand for the production of green hydrogen and enable us to scale up the project in the future, thus contributing to the development of Russia&rsquo;s national hydrogen strategy,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the executive board of RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, pointed out that reducing emissions in different sectors of the economy and increasing the proportion of energy generated from renewable sources is one of Russia&rsquo;s priority projects. The president emphasized that Russia&rsquo;s natural environment represented a huge potential that could make a very significant contribution in stabilizing the earth&rsquo;s climate at a global level.</p> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Andrey Belousov: Government Creates Startup Data-Sharing System for “Seamless Support” <h5>A system of seamless integration of support measures for technology startups has been formed as part of reforming development institutions. This was announced by First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on the implementation of the messages to the Federal Assembly.</h5> <p>It is about the end-to-end acceleration of the startup process (acceleration)&mdash;from forming teams and creating companies to bringing products to market, generating profits and launching an IPO, or raising investment from strategic investors.</p> <p>The seamless integration system included ANO Platforma NTI, innovative development institutions&mdash;the Russian Direct Investment Fund, as well as VEB.Russia&rsquo;s subsidiaries Innovation Assistance Fund, Skolkovo, and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>A memorandum was signed by these organizations at the end of 2020 and binding legal agreements&mdash;at the end of January 2021. &ldquo;Now, startups that get into the orbit of support at an early stage, such as the Innovation Promotion Foundation, will not lose momentum and will be picked up by other institutions,&rdquo; the First Deputy Prime Minister said. &ldquo;Now, with the agreement of the companies themselves a unified information environment is being created to share data on startups and their projects.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition, in accordance with the President&rsquo;s instructions, a public-private investment Fund of funds is being set up for the first time in Russia. Ten of Russia&rsquo;s largest private companies are involved in this work. Eight private investors have already signed the agreement to set up the Fund of funds. The plan is to contribute RUB 10 bln from private businesses and from the state. The Russian Direct Investment Fund is a partner of the Fund on behalf of the Russian Federation.</p> <p>The government is currently working with the leadership of committees of the State Duma to promptly introduce the point-by-point legislative changes needed to create these types of investment institutions. In addition, a package of legislative amendments is being prepared to take account of the feedback received from the enforcement of the so-called Right to Risk Act.</p> <p>&ldquo;The issues of accelerated investment and technological development are decisive for the sustainable long-term growth of the Russian economy. They certainly remain at the heart of our work, and we will make every effort to succeed,&rdquo; <b>Andrey Belousov</b> concluded.</p> Tue, 6 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Portfolio Company RST-Invent Provides Vehicle Control in St. Petersburg During EURO 2020 RUSNANO Portfolio Company RST-Invent Provides Vehicle Control in St. Petersburg During EURO 2020 <h5>The RUSNANO portfolio company <a href="/portfolio/companies/rst-invent">RST-Invent</a> installed a digital vehicle control system in the framework of the 2020 European Football Championship held on Krestovsky Island, where the UEFA EURO 2020 matches are held at the Gaszprom Arena.</h5> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p>To ensure safety during the championship, the city government introduced a temporary restriction on the traffic of vehicles on Krestovsky Island. For the convenience of residents and Petersburgers who work on the island, an RST-Invent team has developed and deployed an automated access control pass system with CandyTag, an integrated RFID tag.</p> <p>The system works as follows: residents and employees of the island get an RFID tag pass at the Multifunctional Centre for Provision of State and Municipal Services; the checkpoint lanes, equipped with RFID complexes, a video recognition system and traffic lights recognize these cars and automatically let them pass or prevent the entry.</p> <p>The system only functions on the days of the events.</p> <p>The RST-Invent system provides a fully secure area on Krestovsky Island as no entry into the restricted area is possible without a pass. Forgery is impossible with the two-factor vehicle identification.</p> <p>&ldquo;The use of a comprehensive system from RST-Invent at EURO 2020 illustrates the range of applications of the company&#39;s technological solutions quite well. The team prepared a &lsquo;turn-key&rsquo; system that could be quickly installed and connected to the city&rsquo;s infrastructure. Such products are convenient and meet all safety requirements, so they are in market demand,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Vakhterov</strong>, Senior Managing Director for Investment Activities at RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>&ldquo;This project is essential for us since our company has acted both as a manufacturer of RFID tags, equipment and software, and as an integrator. Once again, we confirm the full cycle of competence from implementation to after sales use of RFID systems,&rdquo; pointed out <strong>Ilya Melnik</strong>, Commercial Director of RST-Invent.</p> Tue, 29 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO’s FIEP Startup Has Created a Picosecond Laser for Cutting Sapphire and Silicon <p>Polarus (part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) investment network of the VEB.RF Group) has launched a new PL Beta fiber laser model for the microelectronics industry. The company estimates that domestic equipment will cost significantly less than its foreign counterparts. Serial production is scheduled to start in 2022.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="PL Beta fiber laser for the microelectronics industry." src="" /> <p>PL Beta fiber laser for the microelectronics industry.</p></div> <p>The PL Beta laser is designed for cutting and machining sapphire, silicon, and other delicate materials that are used in microelectronics as shielding glass and substrates for microchips and LEDs. The PL Beta laser is also capable of passing through wafer-cutting, scribing (precision notching), micro-welding, material removal from the surface, marking, and other operations. The compact laser can be directly integrated into complete industrial systems.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our laser will make it possible to handle such complex operations as precision cutting of sapphire without resorting to expensive and cumbersome solid-state lasers. PL Beta operates with very short pulses of 38 picoseconds, and therefore the radiation causes the material to vanish rather than melt as with a nanosecond laser. The result is a very neat cut with straight edges. Such a precise treatment can be done with a femtosecond laser, which costs a lot more,&rdquo; said Polarus Director <strong>Ekaterina Khodunova</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Compared to solid-state lasers, fiber lasers are more robust and compact, with low sensitivity to shock and vibration. Their high spectral characteristics, comparable to those of solid-state lasers, allow very fine cuts to be made.</p> Tue, 27 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO Ronavi Robotics Startup Has Begun Selling a New Model of Parcel Sorting Robot The RUSNANO Ronavi Robotics Startup Has Begun Selling a New Model of Parcel Sorting Robot <p>The Ronavi Robotics startup company, part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies of the <a href="" target="_blank">investment network</a> of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP), has opened sales of robots for automatic sorting of postal items.</p> <p>Ronavi S50 is a new compact logistics robot that is designed to distribute and dispatch letters and parcels weighing up to 50 kg to their destinations.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Ronavi S50 is a new compact logistics robot" src="/upload/images/news/2021-07-13_Ronavi-S50.jpg" /> <p></p></div> <h3>Advantages</h3> <ul> <li>Flexible response to changes in the volume of cargo distribution.</li> <li>Efficient change in the number of destination zones and reallocation of the addresses.</li> <li>Optimization of the functionality of employees, avoiding human errors. It is estimated that about 80 Ronavi S50s and 2 employees can sort 7,000 parcels from 30 destinations in an hour.</li> <li>The RMS robot control system builds optimum routes and ensures error-free movement.</li></ul> <p>Ronavi Robotics is the first Russian company to develop, manufacture, and sell autonomous robots for logistics needs. The Ronavi robot range now includes three models with load capacities of 1,500 kg, 500 kg, and 50 kg.</p> <p>The H1500 robot, designed to carry loads weighing up to 1,500 kg, was successfully tested in June 2021 by PEC, Russia&rsquo;s largest trucking company. Also, pilot projects with Ronavi robots are being carried out by Rosatom, <a href="/press-centre/news/20200915-ronavi-robot-of-the-technospark-group-has-successfully-passed-tests-in-the-gazprom-neft-logistics-complex">Gazprom Neft</a>, <a href="/press-centre/news/20210429-fiep-startups-have-launched-a-pilot-project-to-robotize-the-faberlic-central-warehouse">Faberlic</a>, and others. In early July, Ronavi Robotics&rsquo; proposal to automate operations in distribution centers was among the winners of the second MGNTech accelerator of Magnit, Russia&rsquo;s largest grocery chain, and the Skolkovo Foundation. Pilot testing at the retailer&#39;s warehouses will begin shortly.</p> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Has Signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Almazov National Medical Research Center <p>RUSNANO and the Almazov National Medical Research Center (NMRC) have signed a cooperation agreement on the implementation of high-tech developments in healthcare. The document has been signed by <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company, and <strong>Evgeny Shlyakhto</strong>, General Director of the Almazov National Medical Research Center. The ceremony took place on day zero of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum during a strategy session at the Almazov Center attended by world-class experts. The strategy session was organized with the support of SAMSONOWA &amp; Partners, an international consultancy firm.</p> <p>The parties have identified the following areas for joint work: modular solutions for the smart clinic, gene therapy, innovative pharmaceuticals, biomedical cellular products, Home to Hospital, and Hospital to Home technologies.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our agreement aims at using the high research potential of domestic science to improve the quality of medical services provided. The latest high-tech developments should be made available to the widest possible range of our citizens. RUSNANO needs to cooperate with the center, as it not only does a lot of scientific work but has accumulated a wealth of experience in treating patients. I am confident that the Center will become one of our anchor customers in the <a href="/portfolio/nanobiopharmaceutics" target="_self">biomedical area</a>,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Almazov National Research Center is the only medical research center in the country that conducts its training of students in the specialist field. Other levels of education, including postgraduate training, are attended by up to 3,000 health professionals a year. The Solnechnoye Research and Education Biomedical Center for Gifted Children and Youth is being set up based on the Center. The Center has enormous scientific and educational potential to create a pool of the most in-demand specialists in the latest industries. Based on the results of the grant competition for the creation and development of the second stage of world-class scientific centers that research the priorities of scientific and technological development, the FSBI Almazov National Research Center of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation received the status of a world-class scientific center,&rdquo; said <strong>Evgeny Shlyakhto</strong>, General Director of the Almazov Center, RAS Academician.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Almazov National Medical Research Center (NMRC) is one of the few medical research centers with a license to conduct educational activities. This opens up opportunities for effective interaction with the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, with whose support more than 200 training courses have already been developed for retraining and professional development of specialists in high-tech enterprises, including those in the medical field.</p> Tue, 1 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The first Implementation of Drone as a Service in Russian Quarries <p><a href="" target="_blank">Optiplane</a> (part of SIGMA.Novosibirsk Group of the Investment Network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) was the first company in Russia and the CIS to use drones for regular automatic monitoring of open pits at one of Russia&rsquo;s largest coal mines.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;" /></p> <p>The new service in Russia is based on the Drone as a Service model, which means that surveying and geodetic services no longer need to purchase non-core aircraft&mdash;all they need to do is sign an agreement for periodic monitoring of the production site. This format speeds up and improves the quality of the work. As a result, the customer will receive the finished decoded data from the Optiplane&rsquo;s special Mine Surveying series of rotorcraft.</p> <p>For mining companies, the use of drones allows them to move towards an &ldquo;autonomous quarry&rdquo;. The mining industry still uses long-running and time-consuming foot surveying. Crews of surveyors and survey technicians walk around the open pit with heavy instruments, spending days and months surveying to check and correct the progress of the work in the open pit. Work monitoring and calculation of output volumes are carried out regularly, depending on the size and volume of production in the field, from daily to monthly ones.</p> <p>The quarries are already trying to implement drone technology, but the current solutions cannot satisfactorily cover the challenges and needs of the business. Two types of aircraft&mdash;planes, and quadcopters&mdash;are mainly offered to quarries. However, none of them is the optimal solution for the mining industry. The aircraft is not suited to operating in the confined space of a quarry with its difficult terrain, it requires an extended open space for take-off and landing.</p> <p>The aircraft can only be flown by an experienced qualified pilot, the machine is difficult to maneuver, and it is not possible to get close to the subject for more footage detail. The quadcopter, on the other hand, is maneuverable enough, but it is not suitable for work in large fields, as it has low energy efficiency in horizontal flight and captures too small area&mdash;less than 1 sq km&mdash;in a single flyout.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Первое внедрение Drone as a Service на российских карьерах" src="" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;" /></p> <p>The latest field solution involves the use of Optiplane rotorcraft, combining the maneuverability and range being the advantages of both types. This type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can take off and land on a 2x2 meter site and has a range sufficient for surveying large deposits and measuring open storage sites. Another key feature of the complete rotorcraft-based quarry solution is its fully automatic flight.</p> <p>Since in the case of quarries, the same area is always shot, on autopilot, it is possible to set the boundaries and route once and have the machine do all the work itself within a couple of hours. One worker is enough to take the drone to the take-off point and launch it. For example, it takes about 2.5 hours to survey an 800-hectare quarry instead of a month of uninterrupted surveying and geodetic service.</p> <p>&ldquo;Previously, the quarry surveyor&rsquo;s office could not survey the whole deposit because of its size. The data was updated virtually once a month as a result of continuous work by teams of surveyors and survey technicians of several people. Autonomous quarry monitoring based on the Optiplane rotorcraft comes out tens of times more efficient. Now, instead of several surveying teams working continuously every day, it takes 2-3 hours a month to survey the quarry,&rdquo; said <strong>Kirill Yakovchenko</strong>, Director of Development at Optiplane Aerodynamics LLC.</p> <p>However, it is also possible to increase the efficiency of the surveying service by doing an aerial survey every week. In this way, the survey technician can quickly monitor work results and adjust tasks for the miners. This, in turn, will lead to an increase in production globally. So if you want to step into the automation of surveying and geodesy, Optiplane is for you.</p> Thu, 8 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Projects Showcased at INNOPROM Exhibition in Tashkent Projects from RUSNANO (part of VEB.RF) were showcased at &ldquo;INNOPROM: Big Industrial Week in Uzbekistan&rdquo;, an international trade fair that took place from April 5 to 7 in Tashkent. <p>Projects from RUSNANO (part of VEB.RF) were showcased at &ldquo;INNOPROM: Big Industrial Week in Uzbekistan&rdquo;, an international trade fair that took place from April 5 to 7 in Tashkent. The event organizers were the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan.</p> <p>The exhibition&rsquo;s renewable power generation section featured <a href="/portfolio/companies/vestas">Vestas Manufacturing RUS</a>, a joint venture of RUSNANO, Vestas and Consortium of Ulyanovsk Region Investors (which the Ulyanovsk Nanotechnology Centre ULNANOTECH (RUSNANO Group) is a part of). Wind turbine blades made from composites are unique for Russia products manufactured by Vestas Manufacturing Rus. The production facility is located in the Ulyanovsk Aviation Cluster.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is great to see that the renewable energy sector is developing at great pace in Uzbekistan. Aside from quality equipment, Vestas offers an opportunity for collaboration in staff training so as to share the experience we have gained in the Russian market with others,&rdquo; stated <strong>Kimal Yusupov</strong>, Managing Director of Vestas Manufacturing Rus.</p> <p>Exhibition participants also included VISITECH, a portfolio company of the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/fehtf">Far East High Technology Fund</a>, established in collaboration with RUSNANO, VEB.DV and RVC. VISITECH develops and produces safety management software for industrial use and offers companies an opportunity to digitize workplace safety processes.</p> <p>During the exhibition in Tashkent, VISITECH showcased the capabilities of its geonavigation platform linking together various software components, equipment and IoT devices into an intelligent system aimed at improving workplace safety and management effectiveness at industrial facilities in Uzbekistan. As a result, VISITECH and the Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan reached an agreement that would enable the company to become a part of the digital transformation process of the manufacturing sector in Uzbekistan.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is great interest and potential in cooperating with industrial facilities in Uzbekistan more closely. And, in the nearest future, we are planning on starting a fruitful and active collaboration here,&rdquo; noted <strong>Rustam Milanov</strong>, General Director of VISITECH.</p> <p>The exhibition showcased more than 200 exhibits from the largest companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses from Russia, Uzbekistan, France, Belarus and Kazakhstan.</p> Thu, 8 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 FIEP Has Supported the Development of Russia’s First Artificial Intelligence Standard for Situational Video Analytics <h5><a href=";id=240356" target="_blank">The Approved Standard Is Available On The Rosstandart Portal</a></h5> <p>The Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) has approved the first national standard in artificial intelligence for situational video analytics. With the support of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (part of the VEB.RF Group), the document was developed by Videointellect LLC, one of the leading Russian developers of multifunctional intelligent computer vision systems.</p> <p>The standardization of basic terminology in the fast-growing artificial intelligence industry for computer vision systems will remove communication barriers to effective digitalization and create a common terminology field, ensuring that the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation national program is implemented.</p> <p>GOST R 59385-2021. Information technology. Artificial intelligence. Situational video analytics. Terms and definitions is the first in a series of standards in the field of situational video analytics.</p> <p>&ldquo;The approved standard becomes a basic terminological document for situational video analytics systems, will promote the development of scientific and technical cooperation, improve the quality of regulatory documents in the field of innovative computer vision technologies, will ensure the improvement of domestic intelligent video systems with elements of artificial intelligence, and expand the market for their application to new areas,&rdquo; says <strong>Yury Tkachuk</strong>, Director of the Standardization Department of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;The development of cognitive capabilities in video analytics and computer vision takes standard video monitoring procedures to a new level, enabling intelligent control of public safety in crowded places, detection and prevention of vandalism and threats at various levels, and high-precision monitoring in industrial plants for worker safety and production process control. The formation of unified &lsquo;rules of the game&rsquo; will allow manufacturers to offer the most effective solutions, and customers of intelligent systems, in turn, to be confident in choosing the best video analytics products for their tasks&rdquo;, says <strong>Pavel Sazhin</strong>, CEO of Video Intellect, the Leading Developer of the Standard.</p> Thu, 8 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Signs a Technological Partnership Agreement with Rosatom State Corporation During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum RUSNANO and Rosatom State Corporation signed an agreement on cooperation in the development of high technology projects in the fields of composite materials, energy storage systems, accessible radiotherapy, and the production of isotope medical products, water purifying and treatment, waste recycling, and other projects in fields relevant to the parties&rsquo; strategic interests. <p>During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum RUSNANO and Rosatom State Corporation signed an agreement on cooperation in the development of high technology projects in the fields of composite materials, energy storage systems, accessible radiotherapy, and the production of isotope medical products, water purifying and treatment, waste recycling, and other projects in fields relevant to the parties&rsquo; strategic interests.</p> <p>The document was signed by <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company, and <strong>Alexey Likhachev</strong>, the Director General of Rosatom.</p> <p>The parties agreed to work together on matters related to the commercialization of promising developments of Rosatom enterprises, RUSNANO project companies and other market participants, in order to draw up a unified state policy for the fields of science, technology and innovation, and for Russia&rsquo;s social and economic development.</p> Thu, 3 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO and Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) to start work in spheres of green hydrogen, alternative energy and high tech in Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) RUSNANO and the Eurasian Development Bank are to start collaborating on the implementation of projects in the green hydrogen, renewable energy and high tech sectors in the Eurasian Economic Union. The agreement to this effect was signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum by Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO MC, and Nikolai Podguzov, Chairman of the Management Board at EDB. <h5>RUSNANO and the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB or the Bank) are to start collaborating on the implementation of projects in the green hydrogen, renewable energy and high tech sectors in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The agreement to this effect was signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum by Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO MC (Management Company), and Nikolai Podguzov, Chairman of the Management Board at EDB.</h5> <p>The aim of the accord is to enable EDB to finance a new alternative energy fund being established by RUSNANO with the aim of providing funding for the renewable energy sector. It is expected that this organization will make investments not only in the Russian Federation but also Kazakhstan and other EAEU nations.</p> <p>In addition, the two sides agreed on the terms and conditions under which the Bank is to finance RUSNANO projects aimed at promoting the development of high-tech companies.</p> <p>&ldquo;By implementing joint alternative energy projects with the EDB we will be able to create significant potential for enhancing the technology environment and establishing projects to reduce the carbon footprint that would be attractive to investors. As a development institution with vast experience of implementing innovation projects we will be in a position to offer unique expertise for companies in the EAEU,&rdquo; stated <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO MC.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Eurasian Development Bank has formally agreed to consider becoming involved in financing the RUNSANO alternative energy fund and its projects, including the company&rsquo;s initiatives in the green hydrogen sector. The agreement is another step by the EDB on the path towards &lsquo;going green&rsquo; that both of our nations are on. I would like to remind you all that we own a stake in Green Finance Centre Ltd. of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), an organization focused on attracting green finance projects and promoting the use of green financing instruments in the Central Asian region. The document signed today will enable us to start discussions about ample opportunities that the EDB can provide in order to implement cutting edge environmentally-friendly projects in member states of the Bank,&rdquo; said <strong>Nikolay Podguzov</strong>, Chairman of the Management Board at EDB.</p> Thu, 3 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Sergey Kulikov Chaired the Supervisory Board of ITMO University Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company chaired the Supervisory Board of ITMO National Research University, one of the country&rsquo;s leading higher education institutions. RUSNANO is committed to strengthening its scientific and investment partnership with the university. <h5>Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company chaired the Supervisory Board of ITMO National Research University, one of the country&rsquo;s leading higher education institutions. RUSNANO is committed to strengthening its scientific and investment partnership with the university.</h5> <div class="img"><img alt="Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company" src="/upload/images/news/Kulikov-Sergey_snippet_01.jpg" /> <p>Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company</p></div> <p>The first meeting of the renewed composition of the Supervisory Board was addressed by <strong>Valeriy Falkov</strong>, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, who welcomed the new members: &ldquo;I know how much care ITMO University takes in its work with governing boards, and how seriously it takes the issued decisions. Then these decisions are put into practice. We are at the beginning of a new era for the higher education system, including for ITMO University. The launch of the new Priority 2030 programme, and also the renewal of the Supervisory Board have fortunately coincided. That is why I would like to wish the Supervisory Board every success in its work. I consider Sergey Kulikov to be a very good choice, and fully support his appointment. I am confident that the company which he heads, and which has been an innovation partner of ITMO University for many years, will boost its development.&rdquo;</p> <p>The other members appointed to the Supervisory Board of ITMO University were <strong>Andrey Belevtsev</strong>, Director, Directorate of Digital Transformation at Gazprom-Neft PJSC, <strong>Alexander Galitsky</strong>, Managing Partner of the Almaz Capital Partners, venture capital firm, <strong>Elena Isinbayeva</strong>, Chairperson of the Russia&rsquo;s Association of Student Sports Clubs, <strong>Alexey Medvedev</strong>, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, <strong>Vadim Medvedev</strong>, Director of the Department for Innovation and Advanced Research of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, <strong>Andrey Styskin</strong>, General Director of Yandex Technologies LLC, and <strong>Elena Fyodorova</strong>, head of the Saint Petersburg Interregional Territorial Department of the Federal Agency Federal Agency for State Property Management.</p> <p>&ldquo;The newly constituted Supervisory Board, chaired by the head of RUSNANO, one of Russia&rsquo;s leaders in the sphere on innovation, will give ITMO University the chance to upgrade its course of development rapidly and effectively. The University has always been, and will remain at the cutting edge in the fields of science, technology and education. Naturally, we are open to collaboration, in order to unify our practices, generate new ideas and better respond to today&rsquo;s challenges. I am sure that, together with RUSNANO, we will be able to play an important role in achieving a scientific and technological breakthrough&rdquo;, said <strong>Daria Kozlova</strong>, First Vice Rector of ITMO University.</p> <p>During the meeting of the Supervisory Board Sergey Kulikov emphasised that RUSNANO rated the University&rsquo;s scientific potential very highly. He also stressed the importance of mathematical modelling, and working with algorithms and big data in the development of RUSNANO&rsquo;s projects. ITMO University is a place where fundamental scientific research is applied in the development of deep technology and new products. RUSNANO is committed to making full use of its investment resources in order to commercialize the University&rsquo;s most promising innovations&rdquo;, said <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>.</p> Thu, 3 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Russian Railways and RUSNANO Sign an Agreement on the Joint Development of Technologies in the Field of Rail Transport During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Oleg Belozyorov, the General Director of RZhD (Russian Railways) OJSC and Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the executive board of RUSNANO Management Company signed a master agreement on scientific and technical cooperation on the implementation and promotion of the use of innovative products in the rail transport sector. <h5>During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Oleg Belozyorov, the General Director of RZhD (Russian Railways) OJSC and Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the executive board of RUSNANO Management Company signed a master agreement on scientific and technical cooperation on the implementation and promotion of the use of innovative products in the rail transport sector.</h5> <p>In their joint projects, the companies will concentrate on such areas as electric engines, composite materials and coverings, the digitization of rolling stock and infrastructure facilities, multispectral computer vision, and robotization. The parties will also focus on energy efficiency, green technologies and quantum communications.</p> <p>Under the agreement, RZhD will develop technical requirements for innovative products, and provide infrastructure and rolling stock for use in testing new technologies. RUSNANO, in turn, will take responsibility for organizing the manufacture and testing of prototypes of innovative equipment that will be able to resolve the technical challenges faced by RZhD.</p> <p>&ldquo;We consider that working together with the acknowledged leader in the development and introduction of innovative technologies will enable us to realize our potential to the full and take rail transport technology to a new level&rdquo;, said <strong>Oleg Belozyorov</strong>.</p> <p>&ldquo;RUSNANO and RZhD have a long history of cooperation and have worked together on many joint projects. For example, in 2021 Liotech, a RUSNANO portfolio company was the winner in RZhD&rsquo;s tender for equipping 14 railway stations with back-up power systems based on lithium-ion batteries. I am confident that the cooperation between our companies can make the sector more efficient and allow us to implement cutting-edge innovative solutions&rdquo;, said <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company.</p> Thu, 3 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 FIEP and eNano Conference on Engineering Education Has Highlighted the Key Role of Technoentrepreneurship Component <p>The CEE2021 <a href="" target="_blank">engineering education conference</a> took place online on April 27 under the topic &ldquo;Engineer 2021: new educational solutions for a new reality&rdquo;. The event has been organized by ANO &ldquo;eNano&rdquo; and the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (part of the VEB.RF Group), with support from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University and the Kompozity Rossii Interindustry Engineering Center (IEC). The information partners were the Association for Engineering Education of Russia and the Foundation for Assistance to Innovations.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p>More than 450 participants registered for the conference, including those from eight neighboring countries. Opening the event, <strong>Igor Valdman</strong>, Director General of ANO &ldquo;eNano&rdquo;, reminded that the restructuring of engineering personnel training should be carried out taking into account the Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development of Russia until 2035, the National Technological Initiative to develop breakthrough areas, and the impact of the pandemic on the implementation of complex engineering projects.</p> <p>The modern engineer, working in the innovation sector and wishing to remain in demand as technology changes rapidly in production, must have the professional skills of a technology entrepreneur. This was the view of the majority of those attending the conference.</p> <p><strong>Stanislav Nisimov</strong>, Director of the Department of Education Programs and Professional Skills at FIEP, gave a presentation on &ldquo;Human Resource Potential of the Deep Tech Industry: Evolution of Advanced Present Professions&rdquo;. He described how the Fund is helping to build the right competencies through education to promote the most advanced technologies to the masses. &ldquo;Innovative businesses have a very functional approach to educational programs: they want cheap and fast programs with guaranteed results. It is important to provide business with the tools to influence the process of creating an educational program. We focus on practical training for engineers. Other development institutions have virtually none of this,&rdquo; the FIEP representative said. He explained how the demand for innovative business has changed over the past ten years. &ldquo;The wave of applications for innovation management programs has come to naught. However, there has been a noticeable increase in demand from medical companies, including for the promotion of new medical technologies in the Russian market. The ordering of electronics and optoelectronics topics is gradually decreasing. The demand for new material programs is steadily high and gradually increasing. In recent years, there has been a demand for training for alternative energy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cooperation with the Fund has a significant impact on the organizational and management structure of higher education institutions, and they are beginning to work more actively with the industry. &ldquo;They get special units that, as the organs of senses, help them to interact, to work with the external production order. As a result, after 72% of our projects, the connection between enterprises and universities continues, the joint R&amp;D projects are underway, and new educational projects appear,&rdquo; Stanislav Nisimov said.</p> <p><strong>Alina Zvereva</strong>, Marketing Director of ExoAtlet Russia, a manufacturer of medical exoskeletons (a portfolio company of RVC BioFund, resident of the Skolkovo Foundation of VEB.RF Group), spoke about how the educational program created with the support of RUSNANO&rsquo;s FIEP had increased the geography of exoskeleton training and the quality of education. &ldquo;The program, which has already been tested, fully meets and even exceeds our demand. It&rsquo;s not just workshops giving the basics of operating exoskeletons, and providing practice for dealing with contingency situations. The program has additionally included such topics as cellular processes in exorehabilitation, patient psychology, proper nutrition, and economics of exorehabilitation,&rdquo; Alina Zvereva said. The program has been translated into English and is used to train specialists in overseas clinics.</p> <p>&ldquo;All employers require from university graduates not only profound technological knowledge but also a set of competencies related to the ability to work in teams, ensure scientific cooperation, or manage the product lifecycle,&rdquo; warned <strong>Dmitry Guzhelya</strong>, Head of the Evaluation and Methodology Department of ANO Russia&mdash;Land of Opportunities. &ldquo;We suggested creating university-based competence centers that would conduct an entry assessment of first-year students in various software competences, primarily managerial and business competencies, and on this basis would build individual educational programs and personal profiles so that the strengths of each specialist could then be used with maximum efficiency. The output will be a more efficient workforce for specific employers and the economy as a whole.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Svetlana Andreeva</strong>, Commercial Director of the TechnoSpark Entrepreneurship School (part of the FIEP investment network), spoke about the importance of entrepreneurial skills in innovative technology industries. The school runs the #startupdiplom entrepreneurial practice, which allows universities to arrange full-time student internships in TechnoSpark&rsquo;s technology startups. The program consists of two key stages: diagnostics of entrepreneurial competencies and candidate selection based on technology developed at TechnoSpark, as well as a full-time internship during 9 months, where students build technology startups in partnership with experienced entrepreneurs. This approach reduces the time to enter a real business from several years to months.</p> <p>As a result, the students who have completed the program can bring the skills learned to their university at the end of their internship. The university can retain those students who would like to take up entrepreneurship but see it as an alternative to studying. In addition, there is an opportunity for the university to become a center for the formation of an ecosystem for technological entrepreneurship at a regional level.</p> <p>The program was launched in 2018, and 15 partner universities are participating in it. The second graduation of 11 trainees will take place in May. New selection programs are already starting at universities for participants who will come for internships in September.</p> <p>The Tomsk State University (TSU) is one of the active participants in the #startupdiploma program. As a result of last year&rsquo;s graduation, one student was offered to stay at TechnoSpark, two were offered jobs at other companies in the FIEP network of nanocenters, and one student started his own business. Accoring to <strong>Viktoria Makoveeva</strong>, Director of the TSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Deputy Director of the Institute of Economics and Management, the most important fact is that the entrepreneurship course is built into all undergraduate programs at the university.</p> <p><strong>Andrey Dubrovsky</strong>, the graduate of the inter-university technoentrepreneurship program, who now works at the head office of OCSiAl from the investment portfolio of Rusnano Management Company, spoke about the demand for engineers with entrepreneurial skills. The inter-university program was created based on the RUSNANO-MFTI Technoentrepreneurship Department and also brings together NRNU MEPhI, NRTU MISIS, and RANEPA. At OCSiAl, it is the main source of personnel for the sales, marketing, and product development departments. &ldquo;The RUSNANO-MFTI Chair trains specialists to become intermediaries between science and business professionals. The two groups have different world views and speak different languages. The Technoentrepreneurship Department teaches how to find common ground with those and others, and to establish communication,&rdquo; Andrey Dubrovsky said. According to him, this is because the commercial, business aspects are studied there by students who are also defending their engineering theses at the same time. OCSiAl employs 15 graduates of the Technoentrepreneurship Department, including Vice President and CEO of OCSiAl Energy, <strong>Andrey Senyut</strong>, who is responsible for the application of nanotubes in lithium-ion energy storage devices.</p> <p>The modern engineer must be in the context of the latest technological developments in the world, as they provide the highest level of productivity and set the trends to which investors respond. In the 20s, a new agenda will be set by engineering solutions related to the post-carbon economy, a revolution in biology, as well as artificial intelligence, nature-like technologies, and new materials with programmable properties, says <strong>Dmitry Sanatov</strong>, a partner at the Center for Strategic Research North-West.</p> <p>Summing up the conference, <strong>Igor Valdman</strong> pointed to the need for engineering training in close cooperation with industrial partners: &ldquo;It is very important to engage in soft skills development around real technology hard projects. Then communication and entrepreneurial competencies will become the real foundation for projects.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO’s FIEP Startups Have Launched a Pilot Project to Robotize the Faberlic’s Central Warehouse <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ronavi Robotics</a> and RMS (both being parts of the TechnoSpark Group of the <a href="" target="_blank">investment network</a> of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) of the VEB.RF Group) have successfully completed the first stage of a pilot project to robotize the Faberlic&rsquo;s central warehouse.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Ronavi Robotics and RMS have created a demo area that transports pallets of goods from the pick-up point to the high racking storage area, and from there to the shipping area. A forklift truck transferred the goods delivered to the warehouse from the vehicle to the Ronavi H1500 robots, which transported them to the high storage racks, where a forklift lifted the goods and placed them at the required racking level. The robots worked together through the RMS software, which uses artificial intelligence technology.</p> <p>The main economic objective of the worked out scenario is to minimize the horizontal movements carried out by the forklift. Each robot travels over 40 km in a 12-hour shift, enabling the forklifts to be used primarily for vertical load handling. This makes it possible to increase the efficiency of the forklifts by a factor of four.</p> <p>&ldquo;We consider the first phase of the pilot project a success. The logistics robots and software were fast, trouble-free, and, importantly, safe. We have agreed to scale up the project and continue experimenting by increasing the number of robots and routes,&rdquo; said <strong>Andrey Kosov</strong>, Director of Logistics at Faberlic.</p> <p>&ldquo;The project with Faberlic is evidence that large companies see the real impact of robotization and are ready to get started now. Companies now have the opportunity to implement the idea of the warehouse of the future using Russian robots and the Russian integration system,&rdquo; said <strong>Oleg Lysak</strong>, CEO of the TechnoSpark Group.</p> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 According to Russian Accounting Standards (RAS), RUSNANO’s Profit in the 1st Quarter of 2021 Increased 37.6 Times to RUB 6.1 bln According to Russian Accounting Standards (RAS), RUSNANO&rsquo;s Profit in the 1st Quarter of 2021 Increased 37.6 Times to RUB 6.1 bln <p>Pursuant to the Russian Accounting Standards (RAS), RUSNANO made a net profit of RUB 6.1 bln for the first quarter of 2021. Revenue for the reporting period totaled RUB 15 bln; gross profit amounted to RUB 9.2 bln.</p> <h3>RUSNANO&rsquo;s key RAS indicators, million rubles</h3> <table> <tbody> <tr> <th> <p>Indicator</p></th> <th> <p>1st Quarter of 2021</p></th> <th> <p>1st Quarter of 2020</p></th></tr> <tr> <th> <p>Revenues</p></th> <td> <p>14,972</p></td> <td> <p>946</p></td></tr> <tr> <th> <p>Gross Profit</p></th> <td> <p>9,227</p></td> <td> <p>945</p></td></tr> <tr> <th> <p>Net Profit</p></th> <td> <p>6,093</p></td> <td> <p>162</p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p>Proceeds from the assets of RUSNANO&rsquo;s investment portfolio more than doubled to RUB 16.1 bln, compared to RUB 7.3 bln in the same period in 2020.</p> <p>Positive financial results were primarily due to the coordinated work of the new team and the successful closure of several deals. Also, the financial haul for the reporting period resulted from a 39% decrease in management expenses.</p> <p>&ldquo;The company is currently committed to implementing a proactive investment agenda. Emphasis has shifted to increasing the asset value of the current portfolio with an exit horizon of 18-36 months and reinvesting in new and promising deep tech projects that would generally boost the company&rsquo;s capitalization. Moreover, improving efficiency and optimizing costs is paramount to us. Meanwhile, we will definitely keep the educational projects in the company, spending money on advanced training of our employees, i.e., investing in people,&rdquo; stated <strong>Maxim Sakharov</strong>, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board for Economics and Finance, RUSNANO Management Company LLC.</p> Thu, 27 May 2021 12:00:00 +0300 FIEP Proposals on the Development of Remote Vocational Examination System Have Been Approved by the Presidential National Council for Vocational Qualifications <h5>The Presidential National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ) has adopted proposals from the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) to develop a&nbsp;system for the remote passing of the theoretical part of vocational examinations.</h5> <p>The National Qualifications Development Agency (NQDA) has presented the results of the 2020 pilot testing of a model for the theoretical part of the vocational examinations using digital technology, in which only 5 CVQs have participated so far. As part of the NQDA project, the Online Examination digital resource has been created. However, a number of the strongest CVQs, including those in the nanoindustry, have already developed digital services providing the opportunity to take vocational exams remotely.</p> <p><b>Alexandr Shokhin</b>, Chairman of the NCVQ and President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, suggested taking into account the comments of the NCVQ Working Group on the development of the qualifications assessment system and analyzing the experience of &ldquo;strong CVQs where remote exams have been set up on a large scale&rdquo;. According to Alexandr Shokhin, еhe NQDA&rsquo;s unified digital system should adjust towards the CVQ&rsquo;s best practices.</p> <p>&ldquo;Indeed, in order to scale up this approach, work needs to be done to dock all the existing information resources of the Councils and NQDA. This is required in order to create modern and accessible services for citizens wishing to prove their vocational qualifications. We have gained considerable experience over the past year, and we are ready to make proposals for adjustments to the proposed model for the digitalization of independent qualifications assessment,&rdquo; assured <b>Angelina Volkova</b>, the Head of Vocational Qualifications Development at FIEP, Executive Secretary of the Working Group on the NCVQ Qualifications Assessment System Development under the RF President.</p> Thu, 25 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0300 70% Increase in Mechanical Properties: Graphene Nanotube Conductive Additive for Rubbers Goes Industrial 70% Increase in Mechanical Properties: Graphene Nanotube Conductive Additive for Rubbers Goes Industrial <p>New graphene nanotube product particularly developed for EPDM rubber provides materials with anti-static properties and improves tear strength, overcoming the standard drawbacks of carbon black, polymer additives, multi wall carbon nanotubes, and other conductive agents on the market.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Graphene Nanotube Conductive Additive" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-22_OCSiAl_Anti-static_EPDM_roller_snippet.jpg" /></p> <p>Electrically conductive rubbers&nbsp;are in high demand in many industries where rubber interacts with moving objects, which may cause a spark, or in explosive atmospheres regulated by electrostatic requirements. However, degradation of mechanical properties, elasticity, and color, along with compounding issues, are common drawbacks of typical conductive agents that arise from high working dosages. Graphene nanotubes, also known as single wall carbon nanotubes, stand out by showing results at extremely low working dosage starting from 0.15% for anti-static, static dissipative or conductive properties, while retaining or improving the mechanical properties of rubber.</p> <p>A&nbsp;new solution&nbsp;based on TUBALL graphene nanotubes produced by OCSiAl makes it possible to achieve anti-static performance in mineral filler-based EPDM formulations, as well as improvements in tear strength and tensile performance by up to 70% without degradation of elastic properties or hardening.</p> <p>&ldquo;About 10% of conductive polymer is normally used to reach the same resistivity level, leading to a significant negative impact on mechanical properties and unstable anti-static performance due to release of this additive to the material&rsquo;s surface. On the other hand, use of carbon black results in dusty production, hardening, and carbon release to the surface of molded parts, which leads to black marks,&rdquo; explains <strong>Ekaterina Gorbunova</strong>, OCSiAl Vice-President for Elastomers. &ldquo;For TUBALL MATRIX preparation, we use a triple system, with graphene nanotubes being dispersed in the plasticizer and the polymer, where the plasticizer facilitates proper dispersion and retains elastic behavior, and the crosslinkable polymer interacts with the material medium for better mechanical performance and creation of a 3D conductive network built by nanotubes. In other words, this solution makes it possible to produce low-hardness compounds with the required conductive performance, which was not possible using conventional additives.&rdquo;</p> <p>Some of the main sectors to use&nbsp;anti-static EPDM&nbsp;are the conveyor manufacturing, industrial roller, cable accessory, and automotive industries, in a wide range of products where stable electrically conductive properties are required in combination with a long service life and color options.&nbsp;</p> <p>The launch of a new product series for EPDM rubber is only the first step in industrializing and expanding graphene nanotube solutions for various types of rubbers. OCSiAl has developed and is preparing to scale up production of products for electrically conductive and mechanically strong FKM, natural rubber, BR, NBR, SBR and silicones, and received wide adoption in electronics, automotive, oil &amp; gas, and other industries related to static sensitive or harsh environments.</p> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Geosplit Technology Has Been Successfully Certified by the State Commission on Mineral Reserves Method of production logging based on quantum marker-reporters using GeoSplit technology, a portfolio company of Rusnano Sistema Fund and Skolkovo Foundation resident company (VEB.RF Group) was recommended for use by the decision of the Expert and Technical Council of the State Commission on Mineral Reserves. <p>Method of production logging based on quantum marker-reporters using GeoSplit technology, a portfolio company of Rusnano Sistema Fund and Skolkovo Foundation resident company (VEB.RF Group) was recommended for use by the decision of the Expert and Technical Council of the State Commission on Mineral Reserves.</p> <p>Successful certification of the technology by the State Commission on Mineral Reserves indicates the high feasibility and practical importance of Geosplit marker-reporters as a method for production logging solutions for horizontal, directional, and vertical production wells.</p> <p>&ldquo;Cutting-edge technology solutions enable more efficient processes in key sectors of the Russian economy, such as the production of traditional energy sources, which clearly facilitates the implementation of national development goals. A recommendation by the State Commission on Mineral Reserves is a further mark of quality, demonstrating the expert community&rsquo;s recognition of the innovative solution of GeoSplit, a Skolkovo Foundation resident company. I am confident that the technology will become even more in demand by energy sector companies not only in Russia but also in partner countries,&rdquo; said <strong>Arkady Dvorkovich</strong>, Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation.</p> <p>&ldquo;We congratulate the GeoSplit team on another significant achievement and wish them a successful implementation of their plans. The company is a true pioneer in data collection to benefit leading international and Russian oil and gas, and well logging companies. We are confident that GeoSplit has great potential, as its products can significantly improve the quality of data on the development of oil and gas fields and raise the return on capital investment into their development and operation,&rdquo; said <strong>Maxim Kuzyuk</strong>, Senior Managing Director, Business Development Center, RUSNANO Management Company LLC.</p> <p>The Geosplit innovative method for monitoring of oil-producing well inflow profiles is used for long-term monitoring of profile and composition of oil, gas, and water flow along the wellbore of well logging. The technology allows marking facilities both using marked proppant in multiple-stage hydraulic fracturing and using composite polymer in marker tape as part of special cassettes placed into lower completion.</p> <p>&ldquo;Since the establishment of Geosplit, we have chosen an open strategy of cooperation with the expert oil and gas community: we conduct laboratory and field tests jointly with our clients and partners, invite the independent experts to evaluate the value and advantages of the Geosplit quantum marker-reporters technology, and present real practical results at conferences. The defense of our technology at the Expert and Technical Council of the State Reserves Committee was a serious challenge for our team.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m very excited that we successfully passed this exam. The results of the due diligence review in the State Reserves Committee coincided with the company&rsquo;s receipt of the status of a certified producer in Saudi Aramco. Our clients can be sure that by using Geosplit technology, they obtain products and services that meet the highest production standards both in Russia and abroad,&rdquo; said <strong>Alexander Katashov</strong>, Chief Executive Officer of GeoSplit.</p> Thu, 20 May 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Valery Falkov, the Russian Federation Minister of Science and Higher Education, and Sergey Kulikov, the Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO Management Company LLC, Visited the Production Facilities Run by InEnergy, a Major Developer and Manufacturer of Fuel Cells As part of that visit, a work meeting was held on the issues involved in developing a geographically distributed Research and Development Center &ldquo;New and Mobile Energy Sources&rdquo;, which will operate joint laboratories with Russia&rsquo;s leading universities and scientific organizations. <p>As part of that visit, a work meeting was held on the issues involved in developing a geographically distributed Research and Development Center &ldquo;New and Mobile Energy Sources&rdquo;, which will operate joint laboratories with Russia&rsquo;s leading universities and scientific organizations.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Valery Falkov, the Russian Federation Minister of Science and Higher Education, and Sergey Kulikov, the Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO Management Company LLC, Visited the Production Facilities Run by InEnergy, a Major Developer and Manufacturer of Fuel Cells" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-15_InEnergy_02.jpg" /></p> <p>The center was set up taking a development program drafted by InEnergy for new and mobile energy sources dubbed NAMES as its cornerstone; this has three areas of focus: power generation, energy storage devices, and fuel. The program focuses on using Russian technologies and developing Russian science and manufacturing. The main scientific partner organization for the NAMES project is the NTI Competency Center at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of the Problems in Chemical Physics, which brings together the competencies to develop and bring all types of electrochemical energy sources up to the level of industrial prototypes. In addition, the following organizations have joined the work being done by the center: the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry; the G.K. Boreskov Institute of Catalysis; the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology; the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology; the Southern Russian State Polytechnic University; the Tomsk Polytechnic University; the Mendeleyev Russian Chemical Technical University; the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Organoelement Compounds; the Scientific Research Institute of Construction Materials Based on Graphite.</p> <p>InEnergy also devotes a great deal of attention to developing education in the area of new energy. An important area of focus for the company is implementing education projects that make use of cutting-edge laboratory and educational equipment that makes it possible to popularize, introduce, and foster advanced technologies, as well as create a favorable environment for new professions to make headway.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Valery Falkov, the Russian Federation Minister of Science and Higher Education, and Sergey Kulikov, the Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO Management Company LLC, Visited the Production Facilities Run by InEnergy, a Major Developer and Manufacturer of Fuel Cells" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-15_InEnergy_01.jpg" /> <p>Foto: the Russian Federation Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov (L), the General Director of the InEnergy Group Aleksey Kashin</p></div> <p>Russian Federation Minister of Science and Higher Education <strong>Valery Falkov</strong> underscored the importance of uniting the efforts put forth by innovative businesses, universities, and scientists. &ldquo;This experience of effectively integrating innovative companies, universities, and research centers is a vivid example of both creating advanced solutions in the field of energy, and training new types of engineers through close interaction among the participants. This model can serve as a performance benchmark for a new initiative by the Ministry of Education and Science: creating the advanced engineering schools that will appear in Russia in the coming years. The program to train more than 40,000 specialists will be set up taking into account the strategies organizations have for technological transformation, as well as the requirements new industries have for engineering research and development.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong> also noted InEnergy&rsquo;s unique approach toward tapping into the potential of Russian universities and research centers. &ldquo;Thanks to the link between businesses and science, we gain &lsquo;futuristic&rsquo; developments with great export opportunities. Today, InEnergy is actually a focal point for competencies in the area of &lsquo;new energy&rsquo; that can be used to address current internetwork, construction, and transportation challenges. The close connections between businesses, the scientific base, and qualified customers allow the company to quickly move from research to commercializing developments,&rdquo; proclaimed Sergey Kulikov.</p> <p>&ldquo;We live in the era of the knowledge economy. Science is one of the most important factors in the competitiveness of a modern-day economy. Naturally, science needs support from the state. However, that kind of support is not charity, but rather investments that come back in the form of the practical solutions demanded by the market. The optimal format for support is creating a market from the position of science&rsquo;s qualified customers. What is needed is a holistic model to form that qualified customer,&rdquo; stated <strong>Aleksey Kashin</strong>, the General Director of the InEnergy Group.</p> Thu, 15 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Tomsk Polytechnic University Students Will Be the First in Russia to Study Robotic Systems on Promobot Robots The educational system was developed by the company Promobot: the project by the Far East High Technology Fund (organized with participation of RUSNANO and the VEB.RF Group) is especially for Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU). <h5>The educational system was developed by the company Promobot: the project by the Far East High Technology Fund (organized with participation of RUSNANO and the VEB.RF Group) is especially for Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU).</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Promobot Robots" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-15_Promobot_Laboratoria.jpg" /></p> <p>Students at Tomsk National Research Polytechnic University will begin to study service robot systems using Russian-produced Promobot robots. The educational system is comprised of a model Promobot V.4 robot along with ten Promobot Robox sets. This is the first time this kind of system has been delivered in Russia: the equipment configuration was developed for the Department of Robotics and Automation at TPU.</p> <p>&ldquo;Promobot is a good example of a Russian-produced robotics product that has been successfully put into service in various countries around the world. The new robot, and the sets of components for it, will be used during the educational process for students at all levels, depending upon the objective. Future mechatronics engineers, automation specialists, and metrologists will work with them. They will study in practice how robotic systems are programmed, sensors, the aspects of using robots in closed rooms, and how robots interact with people, as well as the general concepts and principles related to managing technical systems,&rdquo; states <strong>Andrey Yakovlev</strong>, the acting rector of Tomsk Polytechnic University.</p> <p>The Promobot V.4 robot is a service robot that performs work in places where large crowds gather. The robot can work as a consultant, receptionist, guide, or airport employee. Using the Promobot, TPU students will study programming, electronics, and mechatronics. The Robox set consists of an interface board, distance sensor, servomechanism, and software. What sets this apart from other educational products is that the Russian-produced Promobot Robox consists of &ldquo;real robot&rdquo; components used in 40 countries throughout the world, and not toy or virtual models.</p> <p>&ldquo;This could seem obvious, but it is important to study robotics using &lsquo;real&rsquo; robots. We provide students with a unique case study: this is a Russian robot, exact copies of which are currently working all over the world, from the USA to Australia. Any successful solution can make its way from the university laboratory directly to our developers, and then appear in a robot, for example, at an American airport,&rdquo; comments <strong>Oleg Kivokurtsev</strong>, Development Director at Promobot.</p> <p>Students at the TPU Engineering School of Information Technology and Robotics will learn how to create and program robots that will help people perform various tasks: from processing requests at banks to delivering freight shipments. To do this, students will become acquainted with robot control and facial recognition technologies, scenarios for communication between people and robots, and tools for human-machine interaction as illustrated using the latest Promobot model. The program calls for 6 laboratory works.</p> <p>The company Promobot was founded in 2015 in Perm. The company became a Skolkovo resident that same year. Today, Promobot is the largest manufacturer of autonomous service robots in Europe.</p> Thu, 15 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The FIEP Zelenograd Nanocenter Has Participated in the Development of a Gyroscope for Drones and Virtual Reality Devices <p>The<a href="" target="_blank"> Zelenograd Nanotechnology Center (ZNTC)</a> of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) investment network (part of the VEB.RF Group) has supported the development of a high-precision microelectromechanical (MEMS) gyroscope for unmanned aerial vehicles. The work has been carried out for the Gironav Research and Production Enterprise.</p> <p>The ZNTC has partly invested in the development of the gyroscope, which will be manufactured at its site in the future.</p> <p>The gyroscope is part of an inertial system used for spatial orientation and stabilization of unmanned vehicles, both airborne and ground-based ones. It is also used to monitor the trajectory of vehicles in the event of loss of communication with a navigation satellite. The new development is characterized by high-temperature resistance, improved accuracy, and low noise. The device weighs around 40 grams.</p> <p>The device can also be used in robotics and virtual reality devices.</p> <p>&ldquo;MEMS angular velocity sensors are produced in Russia, but are often used within the production chains of large corporations and are not commercially available. Our company&rsquo;s development, on the contrary, is aimed specifically at the open market,&rdquo; said <strong>Dmitry Daniltsev</strong>, Head of the Gironav RPE. &ldquo;The project will contribute to solving the problem of import substitution in the segment of high-precision MEMS angular velocity sensors, where currently more than 50% of the volume is occupied by products of foreign manufacturers.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The fundamental difference between the Zelenograd center is not only investment and consultancy services, although this is certainly important for startup projects, but also the ability to conduct research and experiments using high-tech equipment, to produce prototypes and go into pre-production, and technical support,&rdquo; specifies <strong>Anatoly Kovalev</strong>, ZNTC General Director. &ldquo;The team&rsquo;s task is also to find industry partners and investors, both in Russia and abroad, so that projects can break new ground.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 13 May 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Has Been Elected as Chairman of the FIEP Supervisory Board <p><strong>Valery Falkov</strong>, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, has been elected as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (part of the VEB.RF Group).</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation" src="" /> <p>Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation</p></div> <p>The Supervisory Board is the highest collegial management body of the Fund. According to the statutes of the Fund, the Supervisory Board is responsible, among other things, for determining the Fund&rsquo;s priorities, strategy, and budget.</p> <p>The FIEP Supervisory Board consists of:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Vladimir Knyaginin</strong>, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg;</li> <li><strong>Valentin Korchunov</strong>, Managing Director of the Business Unit of the VEB.RF State Development Corporation;</li> <li><strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company LLC;</li> <li><strong>Maxim Nikitin</strong>, Senior Researcher &mdash; Head of Nanobiotechnology Laboratory of the Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education &ldquo;Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University)&rdquo;;</li> <li><strong>Artem Oganov</strong>, Professor at the Autonomous Non-Profit Educational Organization of Higher Education &ldquo;Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology&rdquo;, Professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Graduate School of Public Administration;</li> <li><strong>Aleksey Ponomarev</strong>, Senior Vice-President for Industry Relations of the Autonomous Non-Profit Educational Organization of Higher Education &ldquo;Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology&rdquo;.</li> <li><strong>Valery Falkov</strong>, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.</li></ul> Thu, 13 May 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Special Clothing from the ArcticTex Start-Up, Part of the FIEP Investment Network, Will Be Tested on an Expedition to Mount Elbrus <p>The pilot jacket was created by ArcticTex using innovative heating modules that used carbon nanotubes from the RUSNANO&rsquo;s portfolio company, <a href="/portfolio/companies/ocsial" target="_self">OCSiAl</a>. ArcticTex is a project of the Northwest Technology Transfer Centre of the <a href="" target="_blank">Investment Network</a> of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) of the RUSNANO Group.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="е" src="" /></p> <p>The innovative textile jacket will be tested in real weather conditions during the ascent of Mount Elbrus in July.</p> <p>Participants in the expedition will evaluate the properties of the new product: heating speed, evenness, and surface area of the fabric at different temperatures, battery life, and convenience, long-wearing comfort, and abrasion resistance.</p> <p>Thanks to the development of ArcticTex, the fabric becomes a heating element in its own right. This technology provides more surface area and more uniform heating, while also keeping the fabric flexible and reducing the weight of the garment. The product is heated from a portable power source, with enough charge for 4-6 hours of continuous operation. The maximum heating temperature is 45&ordm;C, providing comfort and safety for the user.</p> <p>The innovative heating material was tested together with the St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Technology and Design (SPbSUITD). Research has shown that the ArcticTex fabric warms up to operating temperature in just 40 seconds, ensuring heat distribution across the entire surface of the fabric. The material&rsquo;s fast heating ability halves the weight of the finished product, up to 500 grams, by reducing the thickness of the insulation. &ldquo;The properties of our warming fabrics open up the possibility of producing clothing with climate control and thermoregulation while keeping the product light and allowing greater freedom of movement. These are the basic qualities of clothing for mountaineering and active sports in cold weather conditions,&rdquo; comments <strong>Olga Moskaluk</strong>, Head of the ArcticTex start-up.&nbsp;</p> <p>The development of the pilot jacket was carried out in cooperation with the Sportego Russian sportswear manufacturer and professional climbers, who formulated the basic requirements for the functionality of the product, the localization of heating zones, and the location of the portable power source.</p> <p>The test results from the Elbrus expedition will be used by ArcticTex to refine the product and subsequently scale up the technology to other segments of specialty textiles.</p> <p></p> Thu, 1 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Ivan Ozhgikhin, Senior Managing Director of the RUSNANO Management Company: If the Conditions for Young Scientists Are Created, the Economy Benefits from Unique Technologies <h5>Creating conditions for young scientists, including the development of special platforms and intellectual property protection, will lead to their developments and ideas being able to move into a real business, resulting in unique products and solutions appearing on the market, said <strong>Ivan Ozhgikhin</strong>, Senior Managing Director of the RUSNANO Management Company at the SPIEF in the Session &ldquo;Career Trajectories for Young Scientists: Science, Business, and Technological Entrepreneurship. New Development Opportunities on the Road to the Knowledge Economy&rdquo;.</h5> <p>The rapid development of high-tech industries and the emergence of companies&rsquo; own R&amp;D centers are dramatically changing the way science works around the world. Universities have stepped up their research efforts and are setting up technology parks to build startups with opportunities for the rapid commercialization of scientific research. All of this creates a high demand for highly qualified researchers and developers and opens up new opportunities for young scientists, the panelists said.</p> <p>In his speech, <strong>Ivan Ozhgikhin</strong> noted that for the successful technological development of the country, appropriate conditions and motivation had to be created for young scientists. &ldquo;We need to protect intellectual property rights, develop and create B2S (Business-to-Science) and S2B platforms. This will enable young scientists to find applications for their developments in laboratories and engineering R&amp;D centers in the real economy. Businesses, in turn, will gain new scientific and technological solutions and products that are in demand in the market or, moreover, products and solutions that will enable the formation of new markets and consumption patterns,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Ozhgikhin recalled that RUSNANO had been providing comprehensive support to young entrepreneurs and scientists for more than 10 years. The <a href="" target="_blank">Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs</a>, part of the RUSNANO Group, is one of the largest <a href="" target="_blank">innovation infrastructure</a> development institutions in Russia. Its goal is the financial and non-financial development of high-tech sectors of the economy by implementing national projects, forming and developing innovative infrastructure, <a href="" target="_blank">transforming further education </a>through the creation of new curricula and educational technologies, and providing institutional and informational support to help bring technological solutions and finished products to the market.</p> <p>Since its inception, the Fund has supported more than 800 startups. Thanks to the Fund&rsquo;s involvement, <a href="/portfolio/companies/ocsial">OCSiAl</a> has evolved from an idea of scientists into Russia&rsquo;s only &ldquo;unicorn&rdquo; in the material-based sector.</p> <p>The event was also attended by <strong>Alexandra Glazkova</strong>, the URALCHEM&rsquo;s Deputy General Director for Organizational Development, <strong>Nikita Marchenkov</strong>, acting head of the Kurchatov Synchrotron-Neutron Research Complex at the NRC Kurchatov Institute, <strong>Mikhail Samsonov</strong>, R-Pharm Group Medical Department Director, <strong>Olga Tarasova</strong>, Chairman of the Youth Council of the All-Russian Society of Inventors and Innovators (VOIR), and <strong>Boris Korobets</strong>, First Vice-Rector&mdash;Vice-Rector for Research and Strategic Development of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.&nbsp; The session was moderated by <strong>Vadim Tarasov</strong>, Director of the Institute of Translational Medicine and Biotechnology. The event was partnered by the Coordinating Council for Youth in Science and Education of the Presidential Council for Science and Education.</p> Sun, 6 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO’s FIEP Has Organized the Development of National Standards for Lithium-Ion Batteries and Electricity Storage Systems for Rail Transport <h5>On June 1, 2021, national standards related to the use of lithium-ion batteries and electricity storage systems in railway rolling stock will come into force in Russia. The documents have been developed with the support of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP).</h5> <p>&ldquo;The application of the new standards will contribute to the technological development of the domestic industry and the introduction of domestic lithium-ion batteries in onboard energy storage systems for rail transport,&rdquo; said <strong>Yury Tkachuk</strong>, Director of the Standardization Department of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>The standards have been developed by the RUSBAT National Association of Power Source Manufacturers with the participation of leading Russian battery manufacturers (Liteco LLC and Liotech-Innovations LLC, portfolio companies of RUSNANO), consumer companies (NP Association of Railway Equipment Manufacturers, Transmashholding JSC, Research Institute of Railway Transport JSC, etc.), and Russian Railways divisions responsible for technical policy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Systematic work with the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs contributes to the creation of a regulatory framework harmonized with international requirements that ensures the use of our company&rsquo;s innovative products in various sectors, including railway transport. This is relevant both for our current projects with Transmashholding and for the industry as a whole,&rdquo; said <strong>Konstantin Yakushev</strong>, CEO of LITECO.</p> <p>The following national standards have been prepared and have entered into force under the Program for Standardization in the Nanoindustry and Related High-Technology Industries.</p> <ul> <li><strong>GOST R IEC 62864&ndash;1-2021. Railway applications. Rolling stock. Power supply with an onboard energy storage system. Part 1. Series hybrid system.</strong> The document is based on an international standard and applies to on-board lithium-ion traction batteries for energy storage systems used as traction drive for railway vehicles, including hybrid vehicles. The&nbsp;standard specifies requirements for their design, performance, safety, communication, labeling and marking, as well as for types and methods of testing.</li> <li><strong>GOST R IEC 62928&ndash;2021. Railway applications. Rolling stock. Requirements for traction lithium-ion onboard batteries</strong> has been prepared based on an international standard and establishes the rules for the construction of serial hybrid systems (electrically connected) with integrated energy storage used for the movement of railway vehicles, providing energy flow management, and enhancing performance.</li></ul> Mon, 7 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The Unicorn and the Camel. Startup Studio: Building a Successful Tech Business Without the Silicon Valley Startup Studio: Building a Successful Tech Business Without the Silicon Valley&nbsp; <p>The Silicon Valley model for growing an innovative tech company is highly dependent on the concept of the unicorn. VCs, angel investors, and accelerators sift through thousands of proposals sent to them by independent entrepreneurs. They fund a large number of them, hoping that one will become uber-successful. The single unicorn then attracts a huge volume of capital, allowing the VC to write off all the other companies as a loss.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The Unicorn and the Camel" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_Unicorn_Camel.jpg" /></p> <p>This process has a&nbsp;low hit rate, and requires a highly developed ecosystem that can support all the independent teams working to conjure the next unicorn. While the Silicon Valley model has been incredibly productive over the past 50 years, there is a growing need for other approaches with other advantages.</p> <p>The startup studio model aims to breed camels instead of unicorns: tough, hardy creatures that don&rsquo;t take a miracle to create.</p> <p>Camels produced at startup studios reach seed funding at a whopping 50% success rate.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark</a>, for example, is a fast-growing tech campus on the outskirts of Moscow that boasts this level of consistency. How is this achieved, and what are the advantages of this model?</p> <h2>Finding a Genius vs. Building a Team</h2> <p>The search for unicorns is a high-risk proposition, even within highly-saturated environments like Silicon Valley.</p> <p>Geniuses are great, but you may not always find one.</p> <p>However, the tech startups today has many important needs that require competent teams and clear entrepreneurial approach, rather than unique ideas.</p> <p>This is especially applicable to hardware and deep tech fields, where startups require more time and funding to get off the ground. Technospark is one of the first startup studios to take this as their focus. For example, it&rsquo;s known that large retail companies need warehouse robots, and there is great potential value in a startup that can build a stronger, cheaper bot&mdash;and Technospark launches such startup.</p> <p>Having identified a solid business hypothesis, the startup studio then engages an experienced tech business builder, offering him the role of entrepreneur-in-residence. He puts together a team of engineers. Back office staff such as lawyers and accountants is available for a monthly fee.</p> <p>The startup studio provides the early-stage capital and facilities that are so difficult to achieve for independent companies which are just starting out.</p> <p>This model, also known as the &ldquo;venture builder&rdquo; approach, is well suited for the hardware and materials space, as well as IT.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s also great for any city in the world that happens not to be San Francisco or Boston.&nbsp;While the first startup studios arrived in the mid-nineties, we are currently seeing a major global proliferation of such ventures. More information about the history of this phenomenon can be found&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Startup Studio waves by" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_Unicorn_Camel_01.png" /> <p>Startup Studio waves by</p></div> <h2>Companies as Clients</h2> <p>The deep tech-focused startup studio responds to two major trends in the high-tech sector.&nbsp;<strong>The first trend</strong>&nbsp;is a sharp decrease in the cost of starting a hardware venture in the last decade, which mirrors a similar process for software and internet startups from the mid-nineties to 2005.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Startup cost graph by TechnoSpark" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_Unicorn_Camel_02.jpeg" /> <p>Startup cost graph by TechnoSpark</p></div> <p>With a relatively modest war chest, a startup studio like Technospark can enter a variety of lucrative markets, with the high strike rate offering investors a clear path to profitability.</p> <p><strong>The second trend</strong>&nbsp;is in the behavior of large companies, which are now more and more likely to want to purchase startups rather than create a new department within their own corporate structure. In 2017, 50% of all mergers and acquisitions deals were purchases of startups; in 2012 this was 25%, and only about 7% in the 1990s.</p> <p>A great example of this is DSM, a 100-year-old Dutch chemical company that transitioned from coal to high-tech chemicals, and is now pivoting to biotech. It is doing so by purchasing dozens of small startups, not with mega-deals but with modest acquisitions in the tens-of-millions range.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="DSM acquisitions chart" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_Unicorn_Camel_03.jpg" /> <p>DSM acquisitions chart</p></div> <p>A hardware-focused startup studio like TechnoSpark meets this demand by using an assembly-line approach to startup creation. In a recent interview, founder <strong>Denis Kovalevich</strong> outlined the methodology: &ldquo;Of the 100 companies we&rsquo;ve launched during the past 5 years, 10 already have products on the market; these are the most marketable companies, and they will be sold in the coming years. The next 30 companies (we refer to them as &lsquo;candidates&rsquo;) are developing their products at full speed, and most of them will be transferred to the group of leaders in the next year or two. Then there are 60 very young startups, and we launch another 10&ndash;15 fresh startups every year.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The goal is not to create an over-capitalized unicorn, but a highly viable company with an appropriate valuation.</strong></p> <p>These kinds of ventures easily find buyers, bringing a steady flow of capital back on to the assembly line.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="TechnoSpark" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_TechnoSpark.jpg" /> <p>Photo by TechnoSpark</p></div> <p>Of course, we all love a good unicorn. Not all tech entrepreneurs are as public as Elon Musk, and 99.9% of tech entrepreneurs are noname. A business-savvy startup studio with entrepreneurs-in-residence can be extremely productive in terms of increasing efficiency and reducing investments in a wide range of fields within the high-tech sector.</p> <p>With many great leaps of conceptual innovation having already been taken by unicorns, an army of camels is on its way to secure sustained progress.</p> Mon, 5 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Expert RA Confirms RUSNANO’s Rating of ruAA with Stable Outlook The Expert Rating Agency has confirmed that the credit rating of RUSNANO (a member of VEB.rf) remains at ruAA. The rating outlook is Stable. <p>The Expert Rating Agency has confirmed that the credit rating of RUSNANO (a member of VEB.rf) remains at ruAA. The rating outlook is Stable.</p> <p>The Agency notes that RUSNANO&rsquo;s systemic importance is fairly high, and points out that since it began operations the company has never missed a deadline for servicing its debentures.</p> <p>Expert RA first awarded RUSNANO a credit rating of ruAA with stable outlook in April 2019.</p> <p>In December 2020 Fitch Ratings also confirmed RUSNANO&rsquo;s Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) on par with the sovereign rating of the Russian Federation, BBB, with stable outlook.</p> <p>Expert RA also confirmed RUSNANO&rsquo;s debt instruments rating (for series 06, 07 and 08 bond issues) of AAAru.</p> Mon, 5 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Andrey Evdokimov, General Director of Baikal Electronics, Talks about the Prospects of Domestic Electronics Production <p>&ldquo;Russia can meet the basic needs for processors on its own right now,&rdquo; General Director of Baikal Electronics, <strong>Andrey Evdokimov</strong> told Izvestia in an interview. He also spoke about the risks of US sanctions against the supply of foreign components to domestic companies, the opportunities for Russia to produce ultramodern microchips, and Russia&rsquo;s chances of becoming one of the world leaders in the electronics industry.</p> <h4>&mdash; The 7-nm and 5-nm (nanometer) chips are now considered revolutionary in their size. Will Russia ever produce one of these?</h4> <p>&mdash; Everyone likes to write and talk about cutting-edge 7- and 5-nm technology because it sounds cool and is well advertised. But the reality is that even 65-nm has a million applications. Let&rsquo;s take TSMC, the world&rsquo;s largest contract chipmaker, which now has the factories to build those very processors in 7- and 5-nanometer technologies. The company continues to build factories to produce 180-nm and 90-nm chips, and these lines are utilized for 100%.</p> <h4>&mdash; Why?</h4> <p>&mdash; Because all car electronics, all Internet of things, all domestic appliances, and many other things are &ldquo;fat&rdquo; processors, whose production is fine-tuned to near perfection and yields a defect rate approaching 0%. They are cheap, clear, fast, and efficient. In anything that flies into space, 5-nm is nowhere near it. Anything that rides and floats doesn&rsquo;t even have 28-nm. The 65-nm processors are still very relevant today. My point is that in the event of hypothetical isolation from the production of advanced processors, Russian processors would be enough to meet the most basic needs of the state.</p> <h4>&mdash; Which processors can be developed and produced in Russia right now?</h4> <p>&mdash; Those with 90-nm chips. The elements that make up a processor chip are measured in nanometres: the smaller the element, the more of them you can fit on the chip area. Micron has something to produce 65-nm chips. But we are not considering this option at the moment because this topology is not currently suitable for our products. One of our flagship products, the Baikal-M processor, is designed with a 28-nm topology. We order the production thereof in Taiwan from TSMC. Nvidia, AMD, and Apple follow the same model today. We could, of course, design the Baikal-M for 65-nm, but then it would be expensive and not as efficient.</p> <h4>&mdash; But still, should Russia aim at producing processors with 7- and 5-nanometer technology processes?</h4> <p>&mdash; One should strive to become part of the world of modern microelectronics. Imagine a honey pie with lots of thin layers. The division of labor in the processor-led microelectronics industry is structured roughly the same way. Some companies make chemistry for etching microchips, some make some machines, some make other machines, some make lasers for third type machines, and so on. If a country is part of the &ldquo;pie&rdquo;, without which it cannot exist, it is assured of technological well-being. Otherwise, we risk becoming a &ldquo;third world&rdquo; country. It is now impossible to be a &ldquo;first world&rdquo; country by growing bananas or extracting minerals. I think Russia understands this and is doing a lot to become part of the &ldquo;pie&rdquo;.</p> <h4>&mdash; Like what?</h4> <p>&mdash; Most importantly, perhaps, the National Strategy for the Development of the Electronic Industry to 2030 was approved last year. According to it, factories for the production of chips with a topology of up to 5-nm should appear in Russia.</p> <p>Announcing such a plan alone improves the situation, as it draws people&rsquo;s attention to the industry. The younger generation sees that this is promising, and goes to study in the relevant professions. Engineering is back in vogue, and so is microelectronics. So, there will be new engineering centers, new educational programs. The number of specialists will grow. Specialists are a major resource for this industry. If the limit of technological progress is reached, the limiting factor is not money, but people.</p> <p>The strategy may not be 100% effective and will not make Russia the most competitive in the world in one moment, but it will still do a lot. Even if we get a factory to produce 16-nm instead of 5-nm chips, that will be great. Any factory would definitely allow Russia to become more independent of foreign electronics and strengthen its engineering potential. From here, there will be the impetus and the prospect of finding a niche in the semiconductor industry, which, remember, is made up of many majors with a critical dependence on one another. It will be difficult, but I think anything is possible.</p> <h4>&mdash; What problems may arise on the way to this goal?</h4> <p>&mdash; We have a difficult staffing situation. Sophisticated technology requires skilled people with a wealth of experience. If we are talking about programming, we have such people in Russia. There are already fewer specialists for the physical design of microchips. We feel there are very few technologists and engineers.</p> <h4>&mdash; Will buying second-hand equipment make it easier for Russia to set up its own factories?</h4> <p>&mdash; There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with that, we&rsquo;re not talking about a car with a motoring life here. If, with proper maintenance, the equipment Russia needs works well, then why not buy it. I suspect a non-new stepper (a machine used in the manufacture of semiconductor integrated circuits&mdash;Izvestiya) will already be very well set up and debugged, which will only save the buyer time and money. Sometimes, entire production lines are bought and nothing happens&mdash;everything works. Buying used equipment is not a good or bad thing, just normal. In the case of starting production in Russia, it might even be a logical step.</p> <h4>&mdash; Aren&rsquo;t you afraid that in the event of political aggravation, Baikal Electronics would be cut off from TSMC the way Huawei was cut off before?</h4> <p>&mdash; This is a fundamental risk to which all Russian chipmakers are exposed. It&rsquo;s hard to do anything about it, because you can&rsquo;t get better service, quality, and speed than TSMC anywhere else. There is a hypothetical possibility to shift orders to another manufacturer, but this means a big expense and delay. This pattern is common to any chip manufacturer.</p> <h4>&mdash; Who could be a hypothetical alternative to TSMC in producing your 28-nm processors?</h4> <p>&mdash; You could try transferring Baikal-M production to the Chinese SMIC factory, for example. It is necessary to note that the sanctions do not imply the USA&rsquo;s outright ban on TSMC from working with Huawei. Huawei will simply be put on the list of organizations banned from supplying American technology, and then each semiconductor manufacturer has to decide at its own risk whether it has American technology or not.</p> <h4>&mdash; Given the current political factors, will there be computers and smartphones powered by domestic processors in Russia?</h4> <p>&mdash; A computer powered by a Russian processor? Here it is, I work on it, and nothing bad happens, I don&rsquo;t even swear (laughs). Servers? They will appear. Laptops? They will definitely appear. We are actively involved in all these projects. Smartphones are a tricky issue, as it is a highly optimized system. I now find it difficult to create such a system in Russia. It is a specific product.</p> <h4>&mdash; Can computers powered by Baikal stand next to Intel and AMD computers in a shop five years from now and compete for the attention of the average user?</h4> <p>&mdash; So far, we do not consider the end-user market to be a target one. But this may change when the next generation of our processors comes out and we and our partners create a good optimized workstation or a good optimized laptop based on them&mdash;then it will be possible to channel it into the consumer segment as well. It is still premature to talk about this, but we certainly have Napoleonic plans.</p> <h4>&mdash; When can we expect new laptops powered by your processors?</h4> <p>&mdash; I can&rsquo;t answer that question exactly, but I would guess that new Baikal-powered laptops would be available by the end of 2022. We are discussing several such projects based on Baikal-M, but there are still some issues that need to be addressed. First and foremost, these are battery life and appearance. In any case, I think the first customers for these laptops will still be state-owned companies, not home users.</p> <h4>&mdash; Are laptops the most ambitious project Baikal Electronics is working on right now?</h4> <p>&mdash; The biggest and most ambitious project is the 48-core Baikal-S server processor. For us, it is not comparable in value and complexity to, for example, Baikal-M Lite, a simplified, cheaper version of Baikal-M. Five Russian companies are currently developing products for Baikal-S. These are mainly servers and storage systems in various formats.</p> <h4>&mdash; Still, what about the Baikal-M Lite, which some are waiting for because of its cheapness?</h4> <p>&mdash; We are now focusing on releasing our flagship products from our processor range. First of all, we should get the 130,000 Baikal-M units ordered and start production of the Baikal-S. These are two equal tasks of the highest priority for us. The scheduled release of Baikal-M Lite is likely to be in 2022.</p> <p></p> Mon, 31 May 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO’s FIEP Anti-Icing Coating Has Successfully Passed the First Phase of Testing by the International Waste Management Operator <p>The FORS anti-icing coating, developed by the ZhNF technology startup, has successfully passed the first phase of testing at Remondis Logistics (the organization of the Remondis International waste management operator). ZhNF is part of the Center for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials of the Republic of Mordovia, an <a href="" target="_blank">investment network</a> of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (VEB.RF Group).</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Tests of the innovative FORS coating began in March 2021, when alternating positive and negative temperatures contributed to the buildup and freezing of the waste in containers. The ZhNF coating facilitated complete cleaning of the transport containers when emptying them, as required by regulations, and obviated the need to manually beat away the frozen waste, which was labor-intensive, time-consuming, and led to container deterioration. The developers are convinced that FORS is also capable of solving the problem of debris buildup in summer when it gets wet.</p> <p>&ldquo;The first tests showed that there was no sticking or icing of waste on the inner surface of the container. Our startup now plans to get the results of the innovative coating from the summer and winter tests. This will make it possible to use FORS on the rest of the waste management operator&rsquo;s fleet of containers,&rdquo; said <strong>Maxim Chepezubov</strong>, Director General of Mordovian Nanocenter.</p> <p>This is not the first successful application of an anti-icing innovation from the ZhNF startup. In March this year, the FORS coating completed control tests at RZD, where it confidently coped with icing on undercarriages throughout the winter season, thus preventing many operational problems. For the second year now, the coating has also been effective against ice on the eaves of buildings in Moscow, Saransk, and other cities.</p> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO’s FIEP Has Presented Staffing Models for Innovative Industries at the International Labor Forum <p>A delegation from the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (part of the VEB.RF Group) took part in the 5th St. Petersburg International Labor Forum. They spoke about the importance of early vocational guidance and project work for school children, the growing need for a lifelong learning trajectory throughout their working lives, the contribution of the vocational qualifications system to shortening the time it takes to implement innovative projects, and to significantly increasing productivity and thus production efficiency.</p> <h2>Project recruitment mechanism</h2> <p>For several years now, FIEP has been supporting projects in St. Petersburg aimed at increasing the region&rsquo;s investment potential through the efficient use and enhancement of its human resource potential. Initially, a staffing model was developed&mdash;the technology that allows employers or project managers to identify competence needs based on their strategic objectives and transfer them to universities so that they could quickly upgrade their skills or train the relevant people. The model is already being tested in several enterprises in St. Petersburg. At the same time, a list of priority technologies and sectors to be developed in the region has been identified together with the city&rsquo;s Labor and Employment Committee.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the participation of the Fund, requirements have been developed for digital transformation specialists and for specialists who will use the tools of the national qualifications system to forecast the human resources needs of the regions. We intend to involve employment service specialists in this project by training them in design technologies,&rdquo; <strong>Angelina Volkova</strong>, Head of Vocational Qualifications Development at FIEP, said at the &ldquo;Teams 4.0&mdash;the solution exists!&rdquo; session. There they also discussed how to upgrade the workforce planning model, what needed to be strengthened, and what was lacking so that there iwass more interaction among all actors in the labor market.</p> <p>Another FIEP project aims to create a technology to identify qualification requirements for professionals who will work in the nascent sectors. This is the case, for example, with atomic-molecular engineering, which can be applied in chemistry, materials science, and biotechnology. The development is being carried out together with the ITMO University.</p> <p>The work of the Fund is focused on involving young people in project activities and on shaping their educational and professional trajectory, including by making a&nbsp;conscious choice about their future profession. This was the topic of the St.&nbsp;Petersburg State University students&rsquo; battle on &ldquo;The Ideal Company through the Eyes of a Young Professional&rdquo;, held as part of the Labor Forum. It reflected current trends and young people&rsquo;s understanding of the content of future professional activities, which should certainly be taken into account in career guidance work, said Angelina Volkova, who was a member of the competition jury.</p> <h2>High-precision training</h2> <p>FIEP has a tried and tested technology for creating educational programs to improve the qualifications or retraining of professionals working in high-tech companies. Their distinctive feature is a clear focus on the needs of a specific enterprise that is modernizing, adopting advanced technology, developing and bringing to market an innovative product, launching or expanding production. The Fund provides ongoing expert and methodological support at all stages of program development, trains universities in advanced educational technologies, including distance learning, and provides tools for identifying real business needs and qualification deficits at the enterprises ordering the retraining of their specialists.</p> <p>&ldquo;Actually, the Fund is helping businesses and universities find a common language and create a compact training course that addresses the specific needs of a seemingly single enterprise. Since we work in the most innovative field of nanotechnology, the programs turn out to be highly sought after by universities, helping them to update their entire educational and research process,&rdquo; explained <strong>Stanislav Nisimov</strong>, Director of the Department of Education Programs and Professional Skills at FIEP, at the Lifelong Learning session on the prospects for additional professional education. He said that with the support of the Fund, 80 of the country&rsquo;s leading technical universities had been involved in developing 217 educational programs for more than 200 companies. More than 100,000 specialists and students have been trained and have taken their knowledge into research and development or industry. Two-thirds of higher education institutions report an increase in R&amp;D funding for those companies for which educational programs have been developed with the Fund&rsquo;s participation.</p> <p>The Fund&rsquo;s approach is also beneficial for the enterprises that order the educational program. As a result of the projects, in over 80% of the cases, businesses report improved product quality and wider markets; 67% say their employees have become more motivated to innovate. After a year and a half, there is an outpacing increase in productivity compared to other enterprises in the industry.</p> <h2>Inviting children to become technoentrepreneurs</h2> <p><strong>Andrey Melnikov</strong>, Director of the Department of New Educational Technologies and Projects for Children and Young People at FIEP, spoke at the &ldquo;Vocational guidance in the VUCA world&rdquo; session. The high-tech industry is well aware that in a world of fast-changing technology it is difficult, if not impossible, to predict what the products will be like even in a few years&rsquo; time. It is therefore a challenge for modern schools and vocational education and training to provide children with education that will ensure their future success and guarantee their professional and personal success. The previous models of career guidance for children and young people are being called into question, as is the notion of a profession itself. One of the assumptions that follows from such a situation of high uncertainty is that several basic competencies and behaviors need to be developed, in particular the ability to learn continuously throughout life. When it comes to the high-tech sector, there is a specific motivation and awareness that you have to study long and hard to enter this sector in 10-15 years, not just as an operator &ldquo;on the machine&rdquo;, but as a creator of new technologies.</p> <p>&ldquo;The term &lsquo;career guidance&rsquo; needs to be rethought. A possible way of preparing for an uncertain future could be the so-called T-education, involving broad general training together with narrow specialization, as well as the increasingly popular microlearning, which allows learning and applying new skills quickly,&rdquo; Andrey Melnikov said.</p> <p>To help children see whether a particular activity is of interest to them, the Fund develops projects that help them try out roles that they will encounter in their adult lives. As an example, the Department Head cited the Nanograd summer project school within the RUSNANO Schools League program, where children look for optimal, creative solutions to problematic technological cases encountered by real high-tech enterprises in the context of a big business game. However, the FIEP project &ldquo;Technoleaders of the Future&rdquo; helps high school students turn their own idea into an &ldquo;adult&rdquo; startup.</p> <p>&ldquo;We call it pre-professional tryouts when we give children real business tasks to work through. They have to be immersed in the topic deeply enough, it has to &lsquo;grab&rsquo;. After this, the issue of learning becomes somewhat secondary: the interested child will wear down everyone and everything&mdash;the teacher, parents, tutors, the Internet, and textbooks. He/she will become a proactive participant in the learning process,&rdquo; Andrey Melnikov is convinced.</p> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Group Presented 10 Companies of FIEP Nanocenter Investment Portfolio at Startup Village RUSNANO Group Presented 10 Companies of FIEP Nanocenter Investment Portfolio at Startup Village <p><strong>Alexey Tikhonov</strong>, Senior Managing Director, RUSNANO Management Company LLC, participated in the first day of Startup Village, the largest startup conference for technology entrepreneurs in Russia and the CIS.</p> <p>&ldquo;RUSNANO Group has vast experience in creating technological startups: more than 800 of them have been formed with the participation of FIEP (The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs). Our challenge now is to support startups focused on the deep tech that can change current industries or create new ones. Our priority is the commercialization of technology, targeted for the needs of end-users. We consider such events as Startup Village to be particularly beneficial, because they allow entrepreneurs to receive feedback in an informal setting, find partners, and learn new trends,&rdquo; said <strong>Alexey Tikhonov</strong>, Senior Managing Director, RUSNANO Management Company LLC.</p> <p>During the Startup Bazaar exhibition, <strong>Alexey Tikhonov</strong>, as part of a delegation of development institutions, got acquainted with several technology companies, including the CitySad startup, which produces micro-farms for growing greens. The company was formed with the nanocenters of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, RUSNANO Group.</p> <p>According to <strong>Vladimir Svinarenko</strong>, director of CitySad, the delegation put a high value on the fact that products are produced without fertilizers: productivity is achieved due to a carefully selected microclimate temperature, lighting, and humidity maintenance. &ldquo;The main secret is using the Japanese method&mdash;farming on a membrane with nanopores, providing the correct amount of water needed for plant growth, but at the same time, the roots of the plants remain completely dry. Grown in a week, the greens can be immediately put on a plate, ready for use. They don&rsquo;t even need to be washed. And that&rsquo;s what makes us different from all other solutions on the market. We give an absolutely healthy, clean harvest,&rdquo; <strong>Vladimir Svinarenko</strong> explained.</p> <p>In addition to <a href="" target="_blank">CitySad</a>, the Startup Village exhibition presented several companies formed with the participation of the RUSNANO Group in the regions of our country:</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">ElTag</a>. A digital price tag system based on e-ink displays&nbsp;(Saint Petersburg)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">ArcticTex</a>. Workwear of the future&nbsp;(Saint Petersburg)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">ZhNF Technology Company</a>. Anti-icing and thermal insulation coatings&nbsp;(Saransk)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">CML AT Medical</a>. Design of medical devices for 3D-printing&nbsp;(Saint Petersburg)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Pozvonoq</a>. 3D printing of medical cages&nbsp;(Saint Petersburg)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Imprinta</a>. 3D printer manufacturing&nbsp;(Krasnoyarsk)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Solartek</a>. Solar roofs&nbsp;(Troitsk)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">EN RU</a>. Electric power storage system&nbsp;(Troitsk)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">FlexLab</a>. Development of flexible electronics and photovoltaics technologies&nbsp;(Saint Petersburg).</li></ul> Mon, 24 May 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO’s FIEP Has Supported the Training to Promote New Medical Developments <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (part of the VEB.RF Group) has supported the development of two new courses for the prompt advanced training of medical professionals in the effective use of Russian electrosurgical and dental equipment.</p> <p>The dynamic development of the MedTech market is a global trend. In Russia today, companies are developing high-tech devices and services, the implementation of which improves the level of healthcare services and in global terms influences the quality of life of the country&rsquo;s population.</p> <p>&ldquo;All of our programs are aimed at enhancing the skills of specialists in new technological areas. However, medical technology projects have an important humanitarian component and are of particular relevance. They aim to improve the quality of health services on which people&rsquo;s health depends. In this case, our educational programs allow us to make high-tech care more accessible to Russians,&rdquo; said <strong>Stanislav Nisimov</strong>, Director of the Department of Education Programs and Professional Skills at FIEP.</p> <p>Modern technology is evolving towards more efficient and safer surgical procedures with minimal traumatic impact on the patient. High-frequency electric current, laser, and ultrasound energy are now used to separate tissue, ablate (gently remove part of the tissue without using a scalpel), and coagulate (cauterise) blood vessels. Appropriate domestic equipment is appearing on the market. One of its manufacturers, Fotek LLC from Ekaterinburg, has commissioned training in the techniques and safe handling of high-tech electrosurgical equipment. The program, which provides individual educational pathways for five groups of doctors (surgeons, dermatologists-cosmetologists, obstetricians-gynecologists, urologists, and otorhinolaryngologists), was developed by the A.I.&nbsp;Yevdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. The first group of trainees has been recruited.</p> <p>Another Ekaterinburg company, VEGA-PRO LLC, manufactures small-size automated electro-vacuum furnaces for the production of orthopedic structures using nanostructured pressed ceramic. The program developed by the Institute of Business and Information Technology, in collaboration with specialists from the Ural Federal University, is intended to promote the latest models of this dental equipment. The course is designed to train orthopedic dentists and dental technicians in the use of ovens. The developers of the program are confident that Russian equipment of the same quality as the world&rsquo;s leading models will help optimize the costs of dental clinics and laboratories for the production of dental prostheses. The program has been highly praised by the Sverdlovsk Regional Entrepreneurship Support Fund. The first group of specialists is scheduled to start training in May this year.</p> Fri, 9 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO, Sintez OKA Group of Companies and Samruk-Kazyna JSC Sign Agreement Outlining Terms of Joint Investments in Chemical Industry Projects RUSNANO, the Sintez OKA Group of Companies and Kazakhstan&rsquo;s sovereign wealth fund (SWF) Samruk-Kazyna JSC are planning to establish a joint platform for investing in innovative small and medium-sized projects in the chemical industry. Developing this sphere is one of the key aims of Russia&rsquo;s industrial strategy. <p>RUSNANO, the Sintez OKA Group of Companies and Kazakhstan&rsquo;s sovereign wealth fund (SWF) Samruk-Kazyna JSC are planning to establish a joint platform for investing in innovative small and medium-sized projects in the chemical industry. Developing this sphere is one of the key aims of Russia&rsquo;s industrial strategy.</p> <p>During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an agreement setting out the main terms and conditions of the partnership was signed by <strong>Alisher Kalanov</strong>, Head of the Investment Division of RUSNANO Management Company; <strong>Yernar Zhanadil</strong>, Managing Director for Investment, Privatization and International Cooperation at Samruk-Kazyna JSC, and <strong>Sergey Lugovskoy</strong>, Chief Executive Officer of Himtek Engineering JSC (owner of the Sintez OKA Group of Companies). The signing ceremony was attended by the heads of RUSNANO and Samruk-Kazyna JSC, and <strong>Gleb Nikitin</strong>, the Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region.</p> <p>The document sets forth the general terms of collaboration between Samruk-Kazyna JSC and RUSNANO-SINTEZ Fund on investment and technology transfer, and on the establishment of manufacturing facilities for Russia&rsquo;s and Kazakhstan&rsquo;s chemical processing industries, which may potentially play an important role in import substitution and the export market.</p> <p>Overall, the investment amounts to RUB 14 bln, with RUSNANO-SINTEZ Fund and Samruk-Kazyna JSC contributing equal amounts.</p> <p>&ldquo;Developing the chemical industries is a priority for the economies of both of our nations. This agreement will create the base for the joint implementation of projects in Russia and Kazakhstan, and the transfer of knowhow and technology by the RUSNANO-SINTEZ Fund,&rdquo; said <strong>Yernar Zhanadil</strong>, Managing Director for Investment, Privatization and International Cooperation at Samruk-Kazyna JSC.</p> <p><strong>Alisher Kalanov</strong>, Head of the Investment Division of RUSNANO Management Company, noted that the interest expressed by foreign partners in the transfer of Russian technologies reflected the great potential offered by the country&rsquo;s research and development teams. &ldquo;We welcome this partnership between our Fund and such an important organization as Samruk-Kazyna, the Republic of Kazakhstan&rsquo;s sovereign wealth fund, and view the implementation of cross-border deals with partners that can help promote Russian technologies as one of the key aims of the RUSNANO Group in the CIS,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>&ldquo;A collaboration spanning over 10 years between the Sintez OKA Group of Companies and Kazakhstan&rsquo;s largest oil and gas businesses has laid a solid foundation for a fruitful and mutually beneficial collaboration with the RUSNANO-SINTEZ Fund. I am convinced that by working together we can make the chemical sector in both Russia and Kazakhstan more attractive to investors,&rdquo; noted <strong>Sergey Lugovskoy</strong>, Chief Executive Officer of Himtek Engineering JSC (owner of the Sintez OKA Group of Companies).</p> <p>As <strong>Gleb Nikitin</strong>, the Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region, pointed out, the creation of a platform for joint investments in the chemical industry will promote the development of this sector in the region. &ldquo;The chemical industry is an important sector in Nizhny Novgorod Region, and it is expanding. Companies are upgrading their production facilities, improving the quality of their output and extending their production lines. Naturally, none of this is possible without investment. I am confident that this platform will allow us to achieve real results and lead to the creation of new jobs,&rdquo; said <strong>Gleb Nikitin</strong>.</p> Fri, 4 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Russian Railways, Sinara Group and RUSNANO to Develop Jointly Hydrogen Fuel Cell Locomotives Russian Railways, RUSNANO and the Sinara Group have signed an agreement to cooperate on the development of mainline locomotives using a power plant based on electrochemical hydrogen fuel cells together with lithium-ion batteries. <h5>Russian Railways, RUSNANO and the Sinara Group have signed an agreement to cooperate on the development of mainline locomotives using a power plant based on electrochemical hydrogen fuel cells together with lithium-ion batteries.</h5> <p>The document was signed by <strong>Oleg Belozerov</strong>, CEO and Black Chairman of the Management Board of Russian Railways, <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Management Board of RUSNANO Management Company, and <strong>Dmitry Pumpyansky</strong>, President of the Sinara Group, who were attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.</p> <p>Russian Railways will act as a potential customer of locomotives, while the Sinara Group, represented by the Sinara&mdash;Transport Machines Machine-building Holding, will be the general contractor. RUSNANO will be represented by subsidiaries and partners and act as a co-contractor in terms of hydrogen fuel cells, energy storage systems based on lithium-ion storage batteries and other innovative technological solutions.</p> <p>The agreement provides for a whole range of research and development (R&amp;D), the analysis of the necessary infrastructure and the development of the technical requirements for the locomotives, as well as the implementation of a number of activities necessary for the development, production and testing of the vehicles.</p> <p>The three parties are also interested in the development of mutually beneficial cooperation in the creation of shunting locomotives using a hybrid power plant based on hydrogen fuel cells and domestically produced energy storage units.</p> <p>&ldquo;Russian Railways ranks first in the world in terms of energy efficiency in freight transport, according to the International Energy Agency,&rdquo; said <strong>Oleg Belozerov</strong>. &ldquo;The bulk of all work is done on clean energy sources. Russian Railways accounts for less than 1% of Russia&rsquo;s total volume of greenhouse emissions. From 2025, we plan to purchase only electric locomotives, as well as locomotives operating on alternative energy sources such as natural gas and hydrogen. This will enable us to further reduce the environmental burden on the environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We see how the environment is setting a new trend for the further development of the entire railway engineering industry. Hydrogen transport in the rail sector can solve the problems of reducing emissions, noise and vibration. According to our estimates, prototypes of mainline and shunting locomotives can be created in 2023-2024,&rdquo; said <strong>Dmitry Pumpyansky</strong>, President of the Sinara Group.</p> <p>&ldquo;This agreement is an example of creating alliances to share costs and competencies for the development of a promising technological project using alternative fuels. Today, the hydrogen and electric transport sector has very great prospects, so RUSNANO intends to actively develop this area,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Management Board of RUSNANO Management Company.</p> Fri, 4 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Will Create Carbon-Neutral Territory in the Ulyanovsk Region <h5>RUSNANO and the Ulyanovsk Region have signed an agreement at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on a set of practical measures to implement pilot projects in the region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Carbon Free Zone). The document has been signed by <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company, and <strong>Alexey Russkikh</strong>, Acting Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region.</h5> <p>As part of the agreement, a pilot project will be implemented to create a Carbon Free Zone (CFZ) in the Zavolzhye Industrial Park.</p> <p>Within this territory, the parties will implement a set of measures to introduce and apply technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from industrial production. Green technologies for MSW disposal, RES, electric transport, energy efficiency technologies, and others will also be introduced in the carbon-free zone.</p> <p>Now, the Ulyanovsk region is one of the leaders in RES development. The <a href="" target="_blank">Wind Energy Development Fund</a>, established by RUSNANO and Fortum, has implemented its first project in the region&mdash;the Ulyanovsk Wind Farm-2 with a capacity of 50 MW. Also, the <a href="">production of composite blades</a> for wind turbines, which are unparalleled in Russia, is localized in the region. Partners in the project were Vestas, RUSNANO, and the Ulyanovsk Region Investors Consortium, which included the <a href="">ULNANOTECH Ulyanovsk Nanocentre</a> and the Regional Development Corporation. Investments totaled more than RUB&nbsp;2&nbsp;billion, and more than 400 jobs were created.</p> <p>In addition, RUSNANO actively cooperates with the Ulyanovsk region in the field of education. With the support of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP, RUSNANO Group), the Ulyanovsk State Technical University together with the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (MSTU) implement programs for professional development, training, and retraining of personnel in the field of wind energy, specialists in wind power component production technologies, and project management in the wind power industry.</p> <p>There are currently 40 students in the department. This is a special year for the department, with its first graduation: 11 students are finishing their undergraduate studies.</p> <p>&ldquo;RUSNANO and the Ulyanovsk region have a long-standing partnership. Here our first wind energy project was launched, which has actually turned the region into a flagship in the renewable energy sector. Today we are taking another important step in this direction by creating a pilot carbon-neutral territory. In fact, here in this region, we will be testing technologies that will then be replicated across the country to reduce the carbon footprint. In the long run, all this will lead to an improvement in the quality of life of our citizens and reduce the costs of Russian exporters,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>&ldquo;The green economy is a unique case where our decisions are determined not so much by economic gain as by the strategic need to improve our competitiveness in the global technology and innovation market. Today, more than ten companies are active in the renewable energy sector in the Ulyanovsk region, supplying components, raw materials, design, construction, and training services in cooperation. In addition, all major foreign investors who have opened their industrial enterprises in the region are world leaders in implementing green technologies and are actively implementing green policies at their plants here in Ulyanovsk,&rdquo; said <strong>Alexey Russkikh</strong>, Acting Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region.</p> Fri, 4 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Group Exits Wind Turbine Composite Blade Manufacturing Venture with Profit <h5>The RUSNANO Group and <a href="" target="_blank">ULNANOTECH</a> Ulyanovsk Nanocenter (a part of FIEP <a href="" target="_blank">investment network</a>) are selling their shares in <a href="" target="_self">Vestas Manufacturing RUS</a>. The RUSNANO Group will continue to collaborate with Vestas as per CSA RES 2.0 (capacity supply agreement for RES generation facilities).</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>In line with obligations undertaken, the two sides transferred their respective shares (with each owning 24.5%) to the majority shareholder, Vestas Manufacturing RUS LLC. In other words, Vestas, a strategic partner, has now acquired a 100% stake in the manufacturer of wind turbine composite blades.</p> <p>In line with obligations undertaken, the two sides transferred their respective shares (with each owning 24.5%) to the majority shareholder, Vestas Manufacturing RUS LLC. In other words, Vestas, a strategic partner, has now acquired a 100% stake in the manufacturer of wind turbine composite blades.</p> <p>&ldquo;In 2017, Vestas and RUSNANO jointly developed an extensive localisation programme including state of the art blade manufacturing in Ulyanovsk, Russia. RUSNANO&rsquo;s investment and local experience made it possible for the Ulyanovsk blade factory to successfully meet all its manufacturing objectives ensuring on time delivery of high quality Russian blades to over 650 MW of Vestas wind farms in Russia and of nearly 50 exported blades to projects across Europe. Today, after successfully reaching pre-determined parameters, RUSNANO withdraws from the blade project on previously agreed terms. Now, Vestas looks forward to continueing our close cooperation in the future with RUSNANO within the frameworks of both the CDC 1.0 and CDC 2.0 programmes, and in other areas of mutual interest,&rdquo; said Tommy <strong>Nielsen Rahbek</strong>, Chief Operating Officer of Vestas.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are at the end of the venture capital financing process involving a project that is important not only for our company but also the economic sector, as a whole. During the three-year period not only have we completed the technology transfer in Russia and nailed down the manufacturing process for wind turbine blades but also started exporting RES-related goods. It is safe to say that the mission within the scope of CSA RES 1.0 based scheme has been successfully accomplished. New projects with Vestas await us. Currently, we are devising a joint investment strategy with regards to CSA RES 2.0, and looking into a possible collaboration in the sphere of venture capital financing as well as on green hydrogen production and offshore wind energy projects,&rdquo; noted <strong>Alisher Kalanov</strong>, the Head of Investment Division RES at RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="" src="" /></strong></p> <p>Vestas Manufacturing RUS is one of the key facilities that are part of the plan to localize production of wind farm equipment in Russia. It can make as many as 500 wind turbine blades a year. Setting up of this manufacturing facility along with the wind turbine tower production (Rostov Region) and nacelle assembly factories (Nizhny Novgorod Region), helped business ventures involving Vestas to meet all the localization-related targets (to more than 65%) of CSA RES 1.0 based scheme.</p> <p>In 2018, the plant for making wind turbine composite blades was established by RUSNANO and Akvilon (the Ulyanovsk Region Investor Consortium that includes the ULNANOTECH nanocenter) in collaboration with Vestas. Overall, more than RUB 2 bln in financing was provided. Vestas transferred the technology used in the manufacture of wind turbine blades.&nbsp;</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="" /></div> <p>Products of Vestas Manufacturing RUS are used in Russia as well as abroad. Blades produced by the company have equipped wind turbines in the Republic of Kalmykia, the Rostov and Astrakhan Regions. Wind farms help lower carbon dioxide emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tons on an annual basis and the power they generate meets energy needs of over 300,000 private households. In 2020, Vestas Manufacturing RUS exported a batch of equipment to Denmark.</p> Fri, 25 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Baikal-M: What Ecosystem Has the First Russian ARM Processor Managed to Build Around Itself <p>The arrival of this processor was indeed awaited. The Ministry of Industry and Trade needed not just to make sure that the financial support for chip development had apparently paid off, but also to close the issue of the lack of a competitive environment in the market segment it had been entrusted with. With the release of Baikal-M, the monopoly in the field of general-purpose processors has disappeared in Russia: not one but two domestic ranges of such chips have become available. As far as Russian hardware and software developers and state customers are concerned, they finally have better opportunities to be fully included in the import substitution programs that have been so widely declared and supported in Russia at the state level for several years now. Some of these developers were interviewed by CNews for this survey.</p> <h2>Baikal with the &ldquo;M&rdquo; Letter</h2> <p>A year and a half ago, the Russian microelectronics market was hit by a remarkable event. In October 2019, Baikal Electronics unveiled the first domestic general-purpose processor implemented on the ARM (Advanced RISC Machine) architecture.</p> <p>The new product is called Baikal-M. It is a 28-nm processor-based so-called system-on-a-chip. At its heart are eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 (ARMv8-A; four clusters of two cores) with up to 1.5GHz and an 8-core Mali-T628 GPU with up to 700MHz with hardware acceleration for H.264/H.265 video playback. The tier 3 cache (L3) is 8MB. RAM parameters are the following: 2 &times; DDR3/DDR4-2133 64 bit DRAM, ECC. The declared energy consumption is less than 30 W.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Public presentation of Baikal-M by the General Director of " andrey="" baikal="" src="М1000.jpg" /> <p>Public presentation of Baikal-M by the General Director of Baikal Electronics&nbsp;Andrey Evdokimov</p></div> <p>Baikal Electronics has had a partnership with the British ARM corporation (the copyright holder of the architecture of the same name) since 2014 when the company had acquired a license for the then most advanced processor core, which formed the basis of the future chip.</p> <p>At the time, the company was already finalizing the development of its first 28-nanometre Baikal-T processor, which saw the light of day in mid-2015. However, it was implemented on a fundamentally different architecture&mdash;MIPS (also designed according to the RISC concept, i.e., for processors with a reduced instruction set) and is aimed to be used in telecom, storage, and embedded systems.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="New ARM processor by Baikal Electronics (on the right) compared to the old MIPS chip" src="" /> <p>New ARM processor by Baikal Electronics (on the right) compared to the old MIPS chip</p></div> <p>In this regard, Baikal Electronics at that time explained its interest in the ARM architecture by the vastness of the ecosystem, which was growing at one of the fastest rates in the world and was critical to the market success of the general-purpose processor that Baikal-M was.</p> <p>The &ldquo;M&rdquo; in the name of the Baikal-M ARM processor can be taken as a reference to mobility. Due to its special features, the ARM architecture is most widely used in chips for smartphones and other portable devices. In recent years, however, architectural specialization has become more diffuse and chips have become more versatile. The Baikal-M is therefore primarily designed for use in desktop and all-in-one PCs, mini servers, and industrial systems.</p> <p>Its simplified versions Baikal-M/2 and Baikal-M/2+, which Baikal Electronics announced in October 2020, have been aimed at the light workstation and thin client segments.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="" /></div> <p>The company is now finishing its work on its subsequent ARM processor, the 16-nm Baikal-S, designed for high-end server systems. The company is also already working on its next-generation processors, both ARM-based for consumer systems and RISC-V for embedded and telecom applications. The details of these projects have not yet been released.</p> <h2>Status of the Russian Chip and Prospects for Demand</h2> <p>One year after Baikal-M had been presented, the Ministry of Industry and Trade awarded it the status of a Russian second-tier chip, indicating that it was officially classified as an industrial product manufactured in Russia. Based on this, the processor was included in the ministry&rsquo;s thematic register. It is this register that the officials are obliged to use as a priority when making thematic public procurements.</p> <p>Under the current regulatory framework, the designer of a Russian second-tier chip is required to hold the rights to its design documentation, and the design, development, and testing of the chips must take place within the borders of our country. The only fundamental difference from tier 1 microchips is that they are directly manufactured abroad.</p> <p>The current state of affairs in Russia is such that no processor development of small topology can obtain tier 1 status by definition&mdash;we simply do not have the appropriate production capacity. The creation in Russia of factories capable of producing chips with a topology of 28-nm and below (down to 5-nm) is stipulated in the strategy for the development of the electronics industry for the period until 2030, approved in January 2020&mdash;but without any clear timetable. Meanwhile, Mikron, the most advanced company in this respect, has set up mass production only under the 90-nm norms and has acquired the capacity to produce processors in 65-nm topology for developmental research. As such, all developers of advanced domestic chips tend to order the production thereof from the Taiwanese TSMC factory.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Processor Baikal-M " src="" /> <p>Processor Baikal-M</p></div> <p>In any case, for Baikal-M, the status granted at the end of 2020 has become extremely relevant because of the trend towards the exclusion from the aforementioned register of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the machines based on foreign chips.</p> <p></p> <p>For example, as early as of January 1, 2021, all storage systems must be built on domestic processors in order to be considered as manufactured in Russia. At the very end of December 2020, the government approved similar legislation for several other categories of equipment: laptops and tablets, desktops and all-in-one PCs, SSDs, motherboards, scanners, printers, MFPs, etc. The legislative changes will come into force at different times for different product categories, between July 1, 2021, and January 1, 2022.</p> <p></p> <h2>New Funding, New Runs</h2> <p>The fact that Baikal Electronics has a new investor in the company and the plans announced immediately thereafter for a genuine mass production of chips are indicative of the company&rsquo;s ability to meet the emerging large-scale demand for its processors.</p> <p>Previously, the key shareholders of Baikal Electronics were T-Platforms and T-Nano (the RUSNANO&rsquo;s technology center). The development of Baikal-M, as well as Baikal-T and Baikal-S, was mainly funded by T-Nano, with fund raising from the Ministry of Industry and Trade.</p> <p>Now all indications are that a majority stake in the company (i.e., at least 50%) will end up in the ownership of the Varton Group. The arrival of this investor was announced in October 2020. The word &ldquo;group&rdquo; can only be used conventionally about it. As a representative of Varton previously noted to CNews, this was some kind of conglomerate of legally unconnected very different businesses (LED production, software development, etc.).</p> <p>The transaction with Varton has not yet been completed; all legal issues would probably be closed in April 2021. However, back in October 2020, from the words of General Director of Baikal Electronics <b>Andrey Evdokimov</b>, one could conclude that Varton had already started to be very involved in the company&rsquo;s development at that time.</p> <p>At the same time, it was announced that 13,000 Baikal-M had been ordered at the Taiwanese TSMC factory. By the end of 2020 a batch of 100 thousand units will be ordered there and in Q1 2021&mdash;at least 100 thousand units. According to the current information, given the extreme capacity constraints of all semiconductor manufacturers in the world, in Q3 2021 the company expects to start shipping chips from the first batch of 130,000 units. The subsequent batches, larger in volume, are expected in 2022.</p> <p>Such runs are a clear breakthrough for Baikal Electronics. In the five years that have passed since the development of the Baikal-T chips, only about 50,000 of them have been produced, and as for the new Baikal-M, the company had only engineering samples from a small batch of about 2,000 pieces.</p> <p>Moreover, orders for hundreds of thousands of chips can also be considered a completely new phenomenon for modern Russia. As CNews has found out, the Baikal&rsquo;s main competitor has much more modest plans for its products.</p> <p>Note also that after Varton entered the arena, Baikal Electronics had public plans to develop the aforementioned new simplified Baikal-M/2 and Baikal-M/2+ chips. Before this, the company had announced its new products in January 2016.</p> <h2>Business Model: a Level Playing Field for All Partners</h2> <p>It is noteworthy that after Baikal Electronics gets new shareholders, the business model of the producer, according to its General Director Andrey Evdokimov, will not undergo serious changes. The company will retain its focus on developing chips for a wide range of computing applications, and the product line will expand in response to market demand. He also noted that Baikal Electronics did not intend to engage in the production of final devices (computers, monoblocks, laptops, etc.).&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The team now faces the challenge of ensuring that Baikal processors are compatible with all major elements of the Russian IT landscape in the short term. This implies strengthening cooperation with all domestic hardware and software vendors on an equal footing, developing technological partnerships in terms of product integration and creating integrated hardware and software solutions, where we have already achieved considerable success,&rdquo; Andrey Evdokimov said.</p> <h2>Adapting Russian Operating Systems</h2> <p>Proof of the validity of Andrey Evdokimov&rsquo;s words above can be seen in the comments of competing domestic OS developers, who are actively pursuing projects to integrate with Baikal-M.</p> <p>In particular, Basalt SPO, which develops the Alt OS line, stressed in a conversation with CNews that the aarch64 ARM platform implemented in Baikal-M was one of the target architectures for the organization. In the summer of 2020, the company released a new generalized ISO image of the operating system running on Baikal-M, and a universal secure distribution, recently certified by the FSTEC, was released in the autumn of the same year.</p> <p>The company says it is working closely with Baikal Electronics to form a universal Linux kernel with the Baikal-M support implemented. Baikal Electronics regularly releases new versions of the SDK (software development kit)&mdash;a set of firmware that updates the functionality of the motherboard; this includes Linux kernel updates as well. Basalt SPO assures that the Alt OS currently works on all existing boards with Baikal-M processors.</p> <p>In this regard, the company reminds us that its developments to support aarch64 are hosted in the Sisyphus open repository. Developers of various applications can use these packages to create their own products capable of running on devices with Baikal-M processors.</p> <p>Representatives of Red Soft, the open-source developer of the Red OS operating system, assured CNews that they considered Baikal-M with the company&#39;s OS on board an excellent base for entry-level office machines and information booths. Red Soft notes that with the move to the latest Linux 5.10 kernel, that support for Mali graphics accelerator included into Baikal-M has been updated, allowing for more comfortable handling of media content as well as improved responsiveness of the operating system&rsquo;s graphical interface. Red OS version 7.3 is currently being adapted for Baikal-M.</p> <p>The Rostelecom&rsquo;s subsidiary, Open Mobile Platform (OMP), developing and implementing the Russia&#39;s first mobile OS, Aurora, noted in a conversation with CNews that they had had the experience of cooperating with Baikal Electronics on Baikal-T as part of their R&amp;D work. This interaction, with the advent of Baikal-M, has received a strong impetus for further development, especially given the experience and expertise of OMP in supporting ARM architecture, the most prevalent in the mobile device market.</p> <p>In November 2019, an agreement was signed on the creation of information kiosks based on domestically produced, elemental base and Aurora OS between OMP, Baikal Electronics, and Itelma, a research and production enterprise. These kiosks are intended for use as infomats at MPSCs, prefectures, town halls, court offices, as infomats and self-registration terminals at medical institutions, as devices for automatic examinations at the traffic police, and as self-service terminals at employment services.</p> <p>In 2020, the first results of this cooperation were presented at industry fairs: infokiosks on Baikal-M with the secure Aurora OS version 3.2.1.</p> <p>As for Astra Linux, according to CEO, <b>Ilya Sivtsev</b>, interaction with Baikal Electronics has been and is being carried out in two areas: hardware platform support and software ecosystem development.</p> <p>In terms of hardware compatibility, Astra Linux operating system on SOC Baikal-M is fully operational, with the support for Mali-T628 video chip, including the use of &ldquo;free&rdquo; video drivers. At present, the main task is to ensure the correct functioning of Astra Linux on all new motherboards of Russian manufacturers. As part of the design work, the issue of optimizing the performance and power consumption of Astra Linux on domestic computing hardware is also being addressed.</p> <p>In the area of ecosystem development, Baikal Electronics partners have successfully ported to Astra Linux Special Edition running on Baikal processors, the MyOffice office package, Dr.Web antivirus, CryptoPro CSP, VipNet Client, Termidesk VDI client, RuBackup backup tool, TrueConf video conferencing client, WorksPad chatbot platform, and other software solutions. The Liberica JDK Java development and runtime environment has been confirmed to be stable and efficient, allowing many Russian companies to use their Java applications without making changes to the source code.</p> <p>&ldquo;In cooperation with Baikal Electronics, we have carried out comprehensive research and have been able to provide customers with ready-made hardware and software complexes with a Baikal-M processor running the Astra Linux operating system for pilot testing in various versions, such as a workstation, terminal station, and monoblock. In addition, we have succeeded in implementing practical application scenarios for the OS on the Russian computing platform that are relevant to consumers. We have always supported domestic computer developers, but now this area has become strategic; therefore, any of their products immediately gets first-level priority for integration with the entire Astra Linux product stack,&quot; Ilya Sivtsev says.</p> <h2>Basic Hardware</h2> <p>The description of the hardwire infrastructure surrounding the Baikal-M should start with the motherboards. In October 2020, Andrey Evdokimov of Baikal Electronics noted that at the time, the company&#39;s own boards in the Mini-ITX form factor, which it produced under license from T-Platforms, as well as Edelweiss and Project Lagrange products, had become most widespread.</p> <p>Edelweiss was a pioneer in this field, presenting its development in the Mini-ITX form factor in July 2020. The company points out that its board has a compact and unified design and can be used as part of any Mini-ITX compatible desktop solution.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="The Edelweiss board has a compact and unified design" src="" /> <p>The Edelweiss board has a compact and unified design</p></div> <p>In preparation for this review, Edelweiss also noted the emergence of its E107 server board, designed to build a range of entry-level general-purpose servers, distributed DSS platforms in rack or blade server format, as well as advanced NAS platforms.</p> <p>The Lagrange Project is the developer of the Lagrange Sarmah SoM processor module in a 70x70mm form factor with integrated DDR4 RAM. The company told CNews that that solution, together with its carrierboard, allowed the organization to offer a range of Baikal-M motherboards in Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX, and Pico-ITX formats.</p> <p>Serial samples of both the Lagrange processor modules themselves and the motherboards based on them will go on sale at the end of March 2021. The company provides free engineering samples of motherboards pre-installed with the Alt Linux operating system on loan for testing and feasibility assessment.</p> <p>So far, 3Logic Group, Aquarius, and Depo have also told CNews about the development of their Baikal-M boards. The former reported that serial production of the respective products was planned for the summer of 2021. In the meantime, engineering samples have been produced and were on display at the 3Logic demo center.</p> <p>Depo notes that it has developed a motherboard for personal devices and a single-processor server motherboard for servers and DSS. However, the company assured CNews that it was already developing a dual-processor server motherboard for the forthcoming Baikal-S. It will find use in Depo servers and data storage systems, which will be available in late 2022 or early 2023.</p> <h2>Computer Science</h2> <p>Edelweiss may also be a pioneer in producing off-the-shelf technical solutions for Baikal-M. At the end of August 2020, the company announced the release of its touchscreen monoblock on this chip running the Alt OS. The system supports up to 64&nbsp;GB of DDR4 RAM.</p> <p>The Edelweiss Baikal-M range also includes an SFF-format system unit, a system unit with integrated uninterruptible power supply and power failure protection, and a range of computers in the compact desktop form factor for creating automated workstations.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Edelweiss monoblock based on the Baikal-M" src="" /> <p>Edelweiss monoblock based on the Baikal-M</p></div> <p>The Lagrange Project has created a compact nettop using the Baikal-M, just under the size of a 3.5&rdquo; hard disk, based on the Lagrange Sarmah motherboard. The company calls it a blade server that allows up to 15 Baikal-M-based machines to be housed in one 3U server enclosure, as well as combining them with computers and acceleration equipment on other architectures (x86/64 and FPGA) to build a heterogeneous computer. In addition, Lagrange is now developing a monoblock based on the Baikal-M and the Lagrange Sarmah board with a 27-inch screen diagonal.</p> <p></p> <p>The 3Logic Group, which produces its computing equipment under the Graviton brand, has developed a range of desktop monoblocks, double-loop monoblocks, desktop and small-format PCs on Baikal-M in addition to the aforementioned boards. Serial production of this equipment, like the boards, is planned for the summer of 2021. Engineering samples are also available at the 3Logic Group demo center.</p> <p>Depo told CNews that the company had already developed a PC in a compact desktop case, an all-in-one PC, and a dual-circuit system combining two physically isolated PCs in a single all-in-one case, based on its own boards. Samples of these devices will become available for order as part of a testing program in July-September 2021.</p> <p>On the server side, Depo has developed an entry-level universal server with 100 GFLOPS, single-controller storage systems with 8-12 drives, and a fault-tolerant dual-controller storage system with 24 drives on its boards. Server samples are already available to order, with DSS samples due in July 2021.</p> <p>The models in question will be put into series production in Q2 and Q3 2021. Depo is now working to obtain approval from the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the production of these models in Russia.</p> <p>Notably, Depo has already started to develop a range of thin clients and laptops based on the Baikal-M/2 and Baikal-M/2+ mobile processors that Baikal Electronics is currently developing.</p> <p>Aquarius told CNews that it planned to launch several Baikal-M-based client devices and servers in 2021. In 2022-2024, the company plans to expand its range of client devices (PCs, monoblocks, laptops, and thin clients), single- and dual-socket servers, and DSS based on both Baikal-M and <nobr>Baikal-S</nobr>.</p> <h2>Applied Software</h2> <p>According to Andrey Evdokimov, at the fourth, by definition the most extensive level of the Baikal-M ecosystem, Baikal Electronics is interacting with a very wide range of domestic developers. These include Kaspersky Lab, Doctor Web, creators of My Office and P7-Office, TrueConf, Termidesk, Tionix, and others.</p> <p>However, the quantity and quality of these links is literally growing before our eyes. For example, an announcement by the developers of the Russian office suite My Office about the compatibility of its desktop editors with the Baikal-M hardware platform was published just while CNews was preparing this review.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our main focus now is precisely on developing the software ecosystem around the Baikal processor, which is very important for meeting the needs of computer technology end-users. Fortunately, we are not doing this alone; dozens of Russian development companies have already seen the promise of this direction, believed in it, and issued compatibility releases of their products with Baikal. All together we are doing a great job and by the end of this year, we expect the further serious expansion of the Baikal ecosystem, especially in the area of application software,&rdquo; Andrey Evdokimov notes.</p> <h2>Direct Speech</h2> <p>To conclude this review (it is not intended to be exhaustive; CNews did not manage to talk to all representatives of the Baikal-M ecosystem), here are statements of top managers of the interviewed partners of Baikal Electronics about the first ARM processor of this company.</p> <p>&ldquo;Baikal-M has established itself as a state-of-the-art domestic electronics solution meeting the highest global standards while being one of the most economically attractive,&rdquo; says <b>Alexey Kogan</b>, Director of Strategic Development at Open Mobile Platform.</p> <p>&ldquo;Baikal-M is a development of a decent standard,&rdquo; says <b>Sergey Belkin</b>, Aquarius Vice-President and Head of Technical Directorate. &ldquo;Baikal Electronics is making a significant contribution to the development of domestic microelectronics. The use of common architectures, such as AArch64, which have an extensive ecosystem, makes it easier building applicated solutions and migration, which is an advantage. There are disadvantages too, but they are mostly temporary and have to do with circulation and price.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are delighted to be among the first to realize the potential of the Baikal-M processor to create functional and secure workplaces,&rdquo; said <b>Alexander Grischenkov</b>, CEO of Edelweiss. &ldquo;The pilot projects have shown a high level of interest in our solutions and we are preparing to launch a new range of devices in the near future.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The prospects for ARM processors across the entire spectrum of equipment are now beyond doubt,&rdquo; says <b>Evgeny Sinelnikov</b>, Head of the Saratov-based unit of Basalt SPO. &ldquo;With today&rsquo;s security requirements, standardization&mdash;a move away from the embedded development style of producing a different kernel for each device and a boot loader tied to it&mdash;is the main problem with OS development. Only when the user is able to use any OS for ARM64 on any device on this architecture will we achieve a truly valuable result for our customers. I should point out that this is not only a Russian problem but a general international one. I hope that we will solve it together with Baikal Electronics and other hardware developers and manufacturers.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;As developers of domestic motherboards, we have been waiting for such a processor,&rdquo; assures <b>Alexander Kornev</b>, CEO of Lagrange Project. &ldquo;What matters to us is both the speed to build a complete PC and the availability of documentation and technical support to enable us to design our own motherboard. We&rsquo;ve got it all in the new processor. The Baikal-M&rsquo;s performance has even exceeded our expectations. We set up an experimental application software development workstation in the lab on a computer with our Lagrange Sarmah motherboard. It&rsquo;s a pleasant experience, with full screen resolution, fast application compilation in the QtCreator environment, and good responsiveness in the office suite. We believe that Baikal-M has every chance of becoming truly mass-produced and accessible to a wide range of consumers.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is important, from our point of view, that the processor manufacturer is turned towards the market and aims at mass application, rather than being locked into producing its own PCs,&rdquo; adds <b>Roman Zharkikh</b>, Technical Director of Lagrange Project. &ldquo;This approach by many leading foreign manufacturers has enabled them to increase their chip runs to enormous proportions. However, where there are large print runs, the quality is higher and the price is lower. With this approach, however, the manufacturer has to support developers with open-source materials: reference designs, open-source distributions, experience-sharing forums&mdash;the stuff that builds the engineering community. With this support, the developer&rsquo;s decision to switch to Baikal-M will become a frequent occurrence, and the speed at which new developments are brought to market will increase significantly.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are extremely positive about another domestic chip that can be used in thin clients and entry-level workstations,&rdquo; says <b>Petr Shcheglov</b>, Products Deputy Director of Moy Ofis (My Office). &ldquo;The Baikal-M processor is well suited to create significantly more secure solutions from an information security point of view due to the design features of the chip.&nbsp;&nbsp;&#39;Moy Ofis&#39;&nbsp;looks forward to the further development of Baikal Electronics&rsquo; product line and the introduction of more powerful Baikal chips that will enable even more applications on this platform.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Baikal Has Dug into Production. The Company Is Investing in a New Range of Processors <h5>Baikal Electronics domestic processor manufacturer will invest RUB 23 bln to expand its product line and increase production to 600,000 units by 2025. The new solutions can be used in laptops, tablets, data storage systems (DSS), supercomputers, and artificial intelligence. Demand for processors will stimulate import substitution in the public sector, experts say. But the problem, they warn, could be capacity shortages at Taiwan&rsquo;s TSMS, where Baikal would place the order.</h5> <div class="img"><img alt="Baikal Has Dug into Production" src="/upload/images/news/2021-07-02_Baikal_Snippet.png" /> <p>Foto by Alexandr Kazakov / Kommersant</p></div> <p>Kommersant has taken a look at Baikal Electronics&rsquo; new product strategy until 2025. The document was approved by the company&#39;s board of directors in June. It says it will invest up to RUB 23 bln in new processor lines by 2025. The investments will be made with own funds, state subsidies, and debt financing. The company refused to specify which bank would be the partner, but SPARK-Interfax database shows that between January and April, Baikal Electronics had entered into three pledge agreements valid till March 2022 with Sberbank.</p> <blockquote>Baikal Electronics intends to increase its total processor output from 130,000 in 2021 to 600,000 by 2025.</blockquote> <p>The chips are planned to be manufactured at Taiwan&rsquo;s TSMC. The company wants to launch new generations of Baikal processors based on the ARMv9 architecture: Baikal M2 for desktops and monoblocks, Baikal L for laptops and tablets, and Baikal S2 for data storage systems (DSS), servers, and supercomputers. The topological norms will be between 12 nm and 6 nm. Baikal&rsquo;s processors are now manufactured using 28-nm technology.</p> <p>According to <strong>Andrey Evdokimov</strong>, Director General of Baikal Electronics, the development of a new range of processors based on the open RISC-V architecture is also being considered. Such solutions, he says, can be used in telecommunications equipment. &ldquo;A line of artificial intelligence accelerators is being studied, both for data centers and advanced processing on devices where Baikal Electronics is targeting large banks and IT companies,&rdquo; Andrey Evdokimov added.</p> <p>In June, more than 70% of Baikal Electronics was purchased by lighting equipment manufacturer Varton Group of Companies (80% owned by<strong> Denis Frolov</strong> and 20% by <strong>Ilya Sivtsev</strong>; both own software developer Astra Linux Group of Companies in similar proportions). The amount of the transaction was not disclosed; according to expert estimates, it could be around RUB 4.5 bln. According to Andrey Evdokimov, after the transaction, Baikal Electronics will continue to develop as an independent business &ldquo;without being linked to Astra Linux&rdquo;. &ldquo;This does not preclude partnerships to integrate products and create joint solutions,&rdquo; Ilya Sivtsev specifies.</p> <blockquote>The demand for Baikal processors will be met primarily by the public sector, according to the experts interviewed by Kommersant.</blockquote> <p>&ldquo;All the major developers of Russian computing equipment are either developing or have already introduced to the mass market products based on domestic processors. In the next few years, their use will become mandatory for Russian computer technology,&rdquo; reminds <strong>Svetlana Legostayeva</strong>, Director General of the Computer Science Consortium. Open architecture solutions could complement the Baikal&#39;s range, however, most likely not in the high-performance segment, but in the relatively simple and more price-sensitive one, says <strong>Ivan Pokrovsky</strong>, Executive Director of the Association of Russian Electronics Developers and Manufacturers.</p> <p>A problem for the project, according to the expert, could be the lack of TSMS capacity. The factory announced in June that it would concentrate its efforts on producing chipsets for Apple and the auto industry. Semiconductors for PCs, servers, and network devices will be of secondary importance. However, if Baikal places a large order, there is a better chance of it being fulfilled on time.</p> Fri, 2 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Smart Solutions for Power Systems and Infrastructure Development Are Essentials for Technological Disruption Smart Solutions for Power Systems and Infrastructure Development Are Essentials for Technological Disruption <p>Senior Managing Director at RUSNANO Management Company <strong>Alexey Tikhonov</strong> talked about promising solutions in the energy industry during the showcase session &ldquo;Mission Possible: Infrastructure = Sustainable Development Guaranteed&rdquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;Creating infrastructure for the technological disruption is a challenge that needs to be addressed today. An interdisciplinary approach should be used when planning such systems, and each of their separate components ought to be designed with a single concept in mind. We are prepared to coordinate our work with city institutions and other market players,&rdquo; Alexey Tikhonov noted.</p> <p>One promising system is Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) combining energy storage capabilities and e-mobility technologies. With its help, vehicles become a part of the power supply system. For instance, they can either return excess electricity to the grid when not in use or store power during off-peak hours when it costs less.</p> <p>Pilot zones for testing new approaches to power management can already be set up in large Russian cities. Ready-made solutions available on the market can thus be used, and requirements for infrastructure elements that are lacking can be put together.</p> Fri, 2 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Joint Initiative of Moscow Government, RUSNANO and Kamaz Is Set to Lower CO2 Emissions in Capital Tenfold Joint Initiative of Moscow Government, RUSNANO and Kamaz Is Set to Lower CO2 Emissions in Capital Tenfold <p>The corresponding Project Implementation Agreement was concluded during the Moscow Urban Forum today. The document was signed by <strong>Maxim Liksutov</strong>, the Head of Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development of Moscow; <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, the Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO Management Company, and <strong>Sergey Kogogin</strong>, the CEO of Kamaz.</p> <p>A unique bus powered by hydrogen fuel cells from the Russian-based InEnergy Company will be ready for use in the 1st half of 2022. And its mass production and launch will be in 2023. The agreement provides for the creation of suitable infrastructure for the maintenance and use of hydrogen stations.</p> <p>&ldquo;Hydrogen fuel cells are one of the most promising directions in the transportation sphere at present. City transport fuelled by hydrogen is both environmentally friendly and economically viable. Implementation of the project will help lower CO2 concentrations in the capital tenfold. Hydrogen buses can be used on the longest and most complex routes on account of their extended cruising range,&rdquo; <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong> noted.</p> <p>Completion of the project will ensure goals set out by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and in the Roadmap for Development of Hydrogen Energy by 2024 (Russian Government Decree No. 2634-r from October 12, 2020) are met.</p> Fri, 2 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The MSU Supported by FIEP Has Begun Training Specialists in Composite Asbestos-Free Seals for Extreme Conditions <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) has supported the creation of an advanced training course in chemical technology for the production of next-generation composite sealing materials. The training was conducted by staff from the Department of Chemistry at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). A pilot group of specialists is trained for a new sealing material plant in the Tula region.</p> <p>Highly qualified specialists were needed at Tensograph due to the launch in the special economic zone &ldquo;Uzlovaya&rdquo; of the Tula region of a plant for the production of composite sealing materials using fundamentally new Russian technology developed by scientists of the Unihimtek Group and the Lomonosov Moscow State University. In its field, it is the largest manufacturer of such products in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;The composite sealing materials program allows engineers to be trained to set up processes in the new plant. With this educational project, we have supported the transition of advanced scientific development into mass production. In general, this is one of the main missions of the Fund: to help scientists and designers to implement the technology they have developed into production and to make knowledge-intensive products accessible to the masses,&rdquo; said <strong>Stanislav Nisimov</strong>, Director of the Department of Education Programs and Professional Skills at FIEP.</p> <p>The quality of the gaskets at the joints in the pipelines defines the frequency of downtime due to leaks, the amount of wasted resources, and the degree of impact on the environment. Sealing materials and products must be resistant to a wide range of aggressive media, temperatures, and pressures. Worldwide manufacturers are therefore investigating the use of various high-tech sealing materials to increase resistance thereof. Recently there has been a growing demand for seals containing modern fibers (aramid and carbon) and those made from expanded graphite. They offer better performance than traditional materials on the global market.</p> <p>The educational program duration amounted to 360 hours. Approximately 70% of the training took place in the laboratory, some of which was carried out directly at Tensograph. The entire theoretical part is put into a remote electronic module.</p> <p>The new recruits, who have combined their basic training with targeted, in-house training, will start work in September of this year.</p> Fri, 2 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The Tatarstan Nanocenter Forms an Ecosystem for Cultured Meat Production in Russia <p>The AltFoodConf: Alternative Food Products conference held in Sochi on May 11 was attended by <strong>Maria Abyzova</strong>, Head of the Artmeat project of the Nanotechnology Center of the Republic of Tatarstan. She spoke about the formation of a research base in Russia to launch cultured meat production. The Tatarstan Nanocenter does this as part of the <a href="" target="_blank">investment network</a> of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (part of the VEB.RF Group).</p> <p>The cultured meat technology involves the production of meat products from real animal cells grown in industrial bioreactors. The output is something like minced meat, made up of muscle and fat cells, and connective tissue. In the future, 3D bioprinting technology can be used to turn this mass into familiar three-dimensional pieces of meat, steaks.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Slaughterless meat products at prices comparable to traditional meat products are expected on shop shelves by the end of this decade,&rdquo; <strong>Maria Abyzova</strong> is confident.</p> <p>Although there is no commercial production of cultured meat in the world yet, the industry is becoming increasingly attractive to investors and is developing an entire industrial infrastructure&mdash;from suppliers of raw materials, cell lines, nutrient solutions, and culture media to manufacturers of equipment, especially bioreactors. Some 80 companies from 26 countries are involved in the development. For 2016-2019, the sector received about $170 mln in investment, and for 2020 alone, it received $366 mln.</p> <p>In Russia, the development of the cultured meat technology is being handled by <a href="" target="_blank">Artmeat</a>, which has decided to focus on the segment of Tatarstan&rsquo;s traditional products: work is underway on reproducing horsemeat and sterlet meat. The company is also building a production ecosystem around itself. The Medium Well startup develops nutrient media for growing cells&mdash;the basic consumable material for the cultured meat technology. BioInk is working on a 3D bioprinting ink, which is a gel in which cells can survive and multiply. The material can be used to print not only muscle tissue but also skin for testing cosmetics and tumor spheroids used in research into new treatments for cancer.</p> <p>Cultured meat will be fully in line with the most organic farm meat in terms of nutritional value, trace element composition, taste, smell, and health benefits. There is no need for genetic modification or the use of antibiotics in its production. This technology requires much less water, emits less CO2 and other greenhouse gases, does not require large tracts of farmland, and does not pollute soil and water sources with fertilizers. Moreover, living beings do not suffer at all.</p> Fri, 14 May 2021 12:00:00 +0300