MIPT, Ulnanotech to develop new wind turbine
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MIPT, Ulnanotech to develop new wind turbine

Scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the Ulyanovsk Technology Transfer Center (Ulnanotech) are set to develop a new modern wind turbine for Arctic regions and a hi-tech platform for self-contained power-generating facilities. Ulnanotech General Director Andrei Redkin and Yury Vasilyev, Executive Director of MIPT's Center of Arctic Technologies, signed a cooperation memorandum during the Open Innovations 2017 Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development, TASS reports. It may take two to three years to implement the project.

"Main cooperation goals include the creation of a modern Russian-made hi-tech platform for self-contained power-generating facilities and wind turbines for Arctic regions," the memorandum notes.

According to Vasilyev, MIPT aims to ensure the operation of self-contained facilities, primarily the Northern Sea Route's infrastructure, without any fuel deliveries from other regions. "As I see it, we have found a very good partner in Ulnanotech and the Ulyanovsk Region. Together with this partner, we can develop a Russian-made Arctic unit and test it on the Yamal Peninsula and later on the Northern Sea Route," he said after signing the memorandum.

The development of turbines in Russia is a promising field, Redkin said. "The joint project's implementation with the Center of Arctic Technologies aims to develop a Russian-made wind turbine for Arctic regions. Combined with diesel generators, this wind turbine would help reduce power generation costs in the Arctic, above the Arctic Circle and in the Far North," he explained. This is an important challenge for Russia because these areas have many isolated power grids, where long-range diesel fuel deliveries increase power costs.