Federal Agency for scientific management familiarize with research organizations of Saint-Petersburg
On the 19th of September 2014 Federal Agency for scientific management (Fano) held the first session of the expert “Development Strategy Network of Scientific Organizations” in Saint-Petersburg with the participation of Deputy Head of Fano A.M. Medvedev who visited then R&D Center. In the context of the obeyance of law of the scientific research management structure reforming as well as effectiveness result increase and updating tasks in the transition to VI technological structure. General director of R&D Center, Orekhov D.L introduced the guest with the thin-film solar modules manufacturing process based on amorphous and microcrystalline silicon on a pilot line of Oerlikon and talked about further work to improve the efficiency of solar radiation conversion .
Much of the Russian territory is situated in climates where winter temperature could reach -40°C. The need for energy supply of these regions in accordance with the program “The Energy Strategy of Russia for the Period of up to 2020” imposes certain requirements, such as environmental friendliness, safety, autonomy, low operating costs. These requirements are met by renewable energy sources, in particular, solar modules. To evaluate the effect of low temperatures on their parameters, long-term test is being conducted at temperature of -50°C in a special environmental chamber in the R&D Center.
Also, since June 2013 in Yakutsk on the roof of the building of natural science faculty of North-Eastern Federal University R&D specialists have installed photovoltaic systems based on a-Si:H/mc-Si:H and crystalline Si for tests in real operating conditions.
In order to confirm the required product output characteristics and operation stability of R&D Center’s pilot line for silicon thin film solar modules production a control lot of modules for certification was delivered to independent expert organization TṺV Rheinland, a leading center of the certification of industrial products in the EU (Germany),. The tests confirmed full compliance of R&D Center’s solar modules with manufacturers specification and demonstrated that the pilot line reached stable production regime. The modules produced at R&D center possess characteristics at the level of major European manufacturers of thin-film solar modules.
On the 26th of July 2014 the international competition “Solar Regatta 2014” with innovative engineering helio-boats powered by solar energy has taken place on the Moscow River in the frames of the festival “Moscow Sports at Luzhniki”.
Solar-powered boats competed at the speed and manoeuvrability. Unique social project “Solar Regatta” was planned and built by the graduate students of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and implemented in Russia for the first time. The regatta participant – the joint team of St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University and Marine Technical University – presented to the audience and the jury their design development on the basis of solar modules produced in the R&D of thin-film technology for energetics under Ioffe Institute. In the category of boats with motors under 2 kW the team won 3rd place and by the decision of the Expert Council of journalists has been recognized as the winner in the nomination “Best Technical Design”.
The project organizers are sure that the competitions are of great importance not only for water sports and environmental protection but also for the system of engineering education of “future specialists” in Russia who will be able to see into modern technologies, to meet the challenges and to achieve breakthrough results in high-tech sectors.