26 innovative projects presented in Astana
Astana hosted the XI Congress of Innovation with the participation of experts, government representatives and scientists. The participants held discussions on 26 innovation and technology projects under implementation, solutions in the energy sector, information technology, communications technology and deep processing in the agricultural sector. Kazakh Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev spoke of the state program "Digital Kazakhstan". The program is aimed at qualitative transition of Kazakhstan's economy to innovation-based economy.
Dauren ABAYEV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS:
Implementation of the program should provide additional growth of 1 percent to the share of the ICT sector in the gross domestic product of the country. According to Mackenzie estimations, each increase of 10 percent of investments in the ICT sector provides an annual GDP growth of the country by 0.6-0.7%. The second important goal is the elimination of the digital inequality between regions, towns and villages.
In turn, international experts highly evaluated Kazakhstan's commitment to the development of green technologies, which has been in particular focus amid preparations to the upcoming exhibition EXPO 2017. As part of the large-scale event, Kazakhstan intends to showcase the best domestic developments in alternative and clean energy.
Raekwon CHUNG, LAUREATE OF NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, SOUTH KOREA:
My congratulations to Kazakhstan government for preparing very important event next year Expo Energy, Future Energy which is a critical subject for the humanity. I would like to focus on different dimension of innovation.
One of the projects supported as part of the EXPO 2017 is the project of domestic experts – the production of rechargeable batteries of new generation. The manufacturers are using sulfur to make the batteries. In comparison with existing analogues, Kazakhstani product is low-cost and smaller in size, the developers say. And most importantly, the battery life is 10 times longer. It can be used in electric vehicles, for storage of renewable energy sources, as well as handheld devices, laptops and mobile phones.
Nurzhan UMIROV, RESEARCH FELLOW, INSTITUTE OF BATTERIES:
Our batteries have high capacity. Also, another advantage is that we are not using metallic lithium. Due to this, they are completely environmentally friendly and fire-safe.
In the near future, the developers are planning to begin large-scale production of the super battery. Commercialization of the project has been made possible with the help of Kazakh government and the World Bank. According to the National Agency for Technological Development, 328 projects worth over 12 billion tenge were supported across the country with the help of innovative grants.