Bienvenido a San Petersburgo: opening new prospects for cooperation between ETU "LETI" and the University of Cadiz

Bienvenido a San Petersburgo: opening new prospects for cooperation between ETU

Representatives of ETU "LETI" and the University of Cadiz discussed joint research and educational projects in the meeting organized by the Department of Engineering Environmental Protection.

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The participants from the Spanish side were Rafael Jimenez Castañeda, Head of the Laboratory of Renewable Energy, and María Rocío Rodríguez Barroso, Professor of the Department of Environment Protection Technologies.

Taras Kustov, Head of the Department of Environmental Engineering, Alexander Boronakhin, Dean of the Faculty of Information Measurement and Biotechnical Systems, Oksana Almyasheva, Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry, Alexey Ivanov, Head of the Department of Radio Electronics, Konstantin Abbakumov, Department of Electrical Acoustics and Ultrasonic Engineering, greeted the guests from Spain.

Alexander Boronakhin, Dean of the Faculty of Information Measurement and Biotechnical Systems, told how ETU "LETI" interacts with TU Ilmenau (Germany). He presented a Smart Train joint project, which might be interesting to the guests from Spain too: “We and our colleagues from Ilmenau have a new area of ​​cooperation - the test stand. Now we are working together in the direction of metrological support and the creation of sensors on various physical principles. Within this direction, we carried out joint work with South Korea; we created a prototype system for a high-speed train that moves at a speed of 455 kilometers per hour.”

Developers used methods of photonics in the Smart Train system prototype; this scientific discipline is actively developing at ETU "LETI." As Alexander explained, the peculiarity of the project lies in its focus on ensuring the safety of human life. According to researchers, the project "Smart Train" will be an innovative step in the development of railway transport.

Oksana Almyasheva, Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry, told about the history of the department and the current research work. The development of ETU "LETI" researchers, aimed at ensuring the safety of nuclear power plants, attracted great interest among Spanish colleagues.

“Specialists of the Department of Physical Chemistry developed and implemented a new class of functional materials, the sacrificial materials of passive safety systems, during the construction of a new generation nuclear power plants (with an increased level of safety) for the first time in the world in close cooperation with the Alexandrov Research Institute of Technology and a number of other organizations. If this material had been developed before the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, then such dire consequences could have been avoided. Currently, this type of sacrificial material is installed at all newly-built nuclear power plants not only in Russia but also abroad,” said Oksana Almyasheva.

Alexey Ivanov, Head of the Department of Radio Electronics, presented a report on the work of ETU "LETI" researchers in the area of waste management. Since 2017, a Waste Management educational center, created jointly with the Russian incinerator-building company Turmalin, has been operating at the Faculty of Information Measurement and Biotechnical Systems. The center provides training in the field of waste management in the interests and cooperation with the authorities and the largest specialized enterprises of the country. Beneficial Technologies is the main direction of the center that is devoted to environmentally friendly and cost-effective technologies for the disposal and disposal of waste.

The reports of ETU "LETI" researchers aroused great interest among the representatives of the Spanish delegation. Rafael Jimenez Castañeda, Head of the Laboratory of Renewable Energy, talked about the features of the research organization in his university. The University of Cadiz was established in 1979 and has a rich material base for scientific research. Currently, the university has 100 educational and 318 research laboratories.

“In our university, we also conduct basic research. But expensive equipment requires high material costs for its maintenance and repair. Therefore, we involve third-party companies interested in those or other studies that can bring them profit for the majority of developments. They pay for this research. The money goes to the development and maintenance of the university laboratories,” Professor Rafael Jimenez Castañeda said.

As noted by foreign colleagues, in Spain there are several types of financial support for research projects: governmental, European, and “university-business” tandem. However, if the development has no practical application at present, the chances of getting funding for it are zero. Therefore, the priority is the commercialization of research projects in various companies. Rafael also noted that research related to the marine sciences is a priority at the University of Cadiz.

“At our university, we collaborate with nine universities that work on a maritime subject. St. Petersburg is a city of maritime glory. I invite LETI to join our promising research projects!”

Rafael Jimenez Castañeda, Head of the Laboratory of Renewable Energy

The participants of the meeting agreed that universities have great prospects in terms of mutually beneficial cooperation. An important step on the way to it will be the signing of an agreement this fall. To date, we signed an agreement on the opening of double postgraduate/doctoral programs at the Department of Environmental Engineering (ETU "LETI"), the Department of Environmental Protection Technologies (University of Cadiz) and the Laboratory of Renewable Energy (University of Cadiz). The first doctoral student from ETU "LETI" was Irina Vezhenkova, Deputy Head for Academic Affairs of the Department of Environmental Engineering.

A visit by Spanish colleagues to ETU "LETI" was a response to the friendly visit of the St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” delegation to the University of Cadiz, which took place in early June 2019.