TOMSK, Nov 13 – RIA Tomsk. Six universities of the Russian Federation and Tomsk signed an agreement on the creation of a consortium for the development of hydrogen technologies, its participants will conduct joint developments from technologies for producing hydrogen to its use, the press service of Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), which initiated its creation, said.
"Can't cope with it alone"
Six leading educational and scientific organizations of Russia signed an agreement on the creation of a consortium for the development of hydrogen technologies. It was named "Technological Hydrogen Valley". Participants will conduct joint research and develop technologies for hydrogen production, transportation, safe storage and use in energy.
"In order for Russia to become a leading player in the energy market of the future, the scientific community must combine its knowledge and efforts to multiply the reserve in the field of hydrogen technologies. Such tasks cannot be solved alone. For this, the country's first "hydrogen consortium" was created", - Acting Rector of TPU Andrey Yakovlev is quoted in the message.
According to him, all the participants of the consortium - the universities and institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences - are "organizations with a serious baggage of competencies in the field of hydrogen".
“The global energy market is changing, humanity needs new, more efficient, more environmentally friendly energy sources as not a replacement, but an alternative to traditional hydrocarbons. And hydrogen will definitely occupy its niche in the energy industry of the future. According to the International Hydrogen Council, by 2050, hydrogen will account for 18% of the total world energy demand", - Yakovlev said.
From technology to use
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TPU initiated the creation of a consortium for the development of hydrogen technologies. It includes Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics RAS, Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis RAS, Samara State Technical University and Sakhalin State University.
The consortium members will jointly develop technologies along the entire "hydrogen chain": from production to use of hydrogen. The consortium plans close cooperation with major Russian companies interested in the development of hydrogen energy.
The consortium is an open structure, in the future other universities and academic institutions will join it. Industrial partners will join the consortium's supervisory board to ensure technology transfer.
In the near future, the participants will develop a "road map" for further work. The first joint scientific event will be the conference, which is planned to be held in December 2020.
Tomsk Polytechnic University is the leading technical university of the country. It's founded in 1896 as Tomsk Technological Institute of Practical Engineers of Emperor Nicholas II. It became the first engineering university in the Asian part of the country. Today TPU is the largest technical university beyond the Urals. Since 2013 participates in the "5-100" program to increase competitiveness in the world; it enters the top 10 universities of Russia and the top 400 universities of the world.