Power Machines and TPU experts discuss cooperating on hydrogen technologies

A delegation of JSC “Power machines” paid a visit to the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU). Corporate representatives company discussed with the University cooperation relating to technologies for the development, application, and transportation of hydrogen; the status of the project to create a student design bureau at TPU, and also visited the on-campus laboratories.

Deputy General Designer Sergey Oskin, Deputy Director for Strategy Andrey Klimakov, and Deputy Chief Designer for Research and Development at PJSC Krasny Kotelshchik Yury Pochepko joined the Power Machines delegation.

The discussion focused on the question of hydrogen technologies. The company specialists were told about the initiatives at the Tomsk Polytechnic University that fell under the framework of the Russian Consortium of Hydrogen Technologies. The visit program also included presentations of specific developments that university scientists had achieved in ther hydrogen research.

“This year, the Center for Hydrogen Technologies was established at Power Machines. Our specialists also conduct research and development in this area. We look forward to becoming the supplier for a full cycle of technical solutions for hydrogen production and consumption. Moreover, we are already working on devloping a 65 MW gas turbine that operates on a methane-hydrogen mix,” noted Sergey Oskin, Deputy General Designer at JSC “Power machines”.

The meeting participants also discussed the current conditions of the TPU student design bureau establishment. It is worth remembering that in March 2021 Tomsk Polytechnic University entered into an agreement with Power Machines to provide personnel training for the energy and power engineering industries, as well as the establishment of a center of professional competencies. This is the fifth training center established by the company in the country's universities. Students in their 3rd or 4th years of their undergraduate degrees or 1st or 2nd years of their postgraduate studies may get a job at the design bureau.

The agreement also provides for developing laboratory facilities; the methodological, scientific and technical potentials of the university; and implementing joint R&D projects, innovative projects and programs.

The Power Machines delegation also visited the Research Laboratory for Power Grid Simulation and the Research Center – Ecoenergy 4.0. The delegation became acquianted with the technologies of the digital twin of the energy system and installations for gasifying solid fuels via the plasma-chemical method that converts natural gas (methane) into hydrogen in the Laboratory for Radioactive Substances and Technologies, as well as with the essential research being conducted at the School of Non-Destructive Testing.