The results of the open competition of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation aimed at selecting organisations entitled to receive subsidies for hi tech integrated projects implementation have been published. The competition was held under the Governmental Decree of the Russian Federation № 218.
The only application from the Central Black Earth Region that received support from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation was joint project of Voronezh State University and the company KOSMOS-NEFT-GAZ "Creating high tech production of efficient multifunctional membrane units for high purity hydrogen evolution from hydrogen-containing gas mixtures".
It is planned to be implemented in 2016–2018. Total financing is 200 million roubles, including 100 million roubles of federal subsidies. The head researcher of the project is Professor Valentin Iyevlev.
Implementation of the project provides technological advance in the technology and industry of selective membrane materials and selective membrane elements for hydrogen ultra-purification. It also opens opportunities for import substitution in the area of high purity hydrogen formation and evolution and for establishing in the Voronezh region serial production of high-efficiency filters and filtering units that would outperform their foreign counterparts. Application of such membrane units will lead to decreasing the cost of production and improving the quality of products in such industries as steel industry, oil and gas industry and chemical industry.
'The project continues systematic activity of the VSU Innovations and Entrepreneurship Administration aimed at introducing projects of the university's researchers into production. The university's researchers have experience of successful implementation of their projects – in 2013–2015 two projects were realised under the Governmental Decree of the Russian Federation № 218 in cooperation with EFKO and Voronezhselmash. Our victory in the competition shows that VSU researchers' projects are in demand by the industry,' said the Vice-Rector for Innovations and Technology Commercialization Tatiana Davydenko.