Technologies of the future for daily use
The Russian Nanotechnology Corporation has turned three. Rusnano (the Corporation’s acronym) has summed up the results and has held a conference, attended by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. He also visited an exhibition on the corporation’s premises, an exhibition that speaks volumes of what has been achieved over the period.
The Corporation is currently drawing up almost a hundred projects, including the production of super thin solar batteries, a carbonic fabric, a special-purpose TV-set player that will help foot bills straight from homes and will even make it possible to talk with officials.
There is a stand that’s been specially assigned to display organism-rejuvenating preparations. The Prime Minister was also shown a microchip that will soon replace barcodes in supermarkets and will eliminate the jobs of cashiers. This is sufficient evidence that Rusnano has proven its worth. The Prime Minister pointed out that every effort should be made to make the Russian nano-industry competitive and much in demand.
According to our plans, Vladimir Putin says, the overall nanotechnology product output should make up 900 billion roubles by the year 2015. This is certainly no easy objective to attain, yet we’ve got every opportunity to translate our plans into life. Nano-industry products have already been widely used in such areas as transport, construction, the metallurgical industry, medicine and the pharmaceuticals industry. But it is likewise important to boost the potential customers’ interest in nanotechnology products.
Foreign experts will certainly grow interested in some projects, for example the explosives detector that’s unparalleled anywhere in the world. The portable system can identify up to 30 substances in the hand-luggage, baggage or a car in a matter of five minutes. There is also an instrument that can distil blood plasma in the field. Experts claim that such instruments are indispensable in emergency situations. But funds are needed to keep things going, so the Prime Minister pledged to allocate the required amount.
We discussed the problem of funding with the Rusnano top management, Vladimir Putin says. The problem arose during the crisis, just as it did with many other companies. We pledged to return to Rusnano the funds that we borrowed from the corporation some time ago, through offering government guarantees, among other things.
Putin reminded those present that the Russian Nanotechnology Corporation would be transformed into an open joint-stock company shortly. This will enable Rusnano to buy shares of companies with foreign capital. This means that Russia will get some extra tools to develop nanotechnologies.