This summer, the capital of Kazakhstan has become a center of knowledge-based energy technologies. Astana is hosting the International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 dedicated to “Future Energy”.
115 countries and 22 international organizations are taking part in the exhibition, and their pavilions are demonstrating the latest energy-efficient developments.
The Energy Best Practices Area (eBPa) pavilion is presenting the most innovative projects in various fields of sustainable energy.
From more than one hundred eBPa applications, the International Selection Committee (ISC) selected 24 best green energy projects from 13 countries. They are spread among the six themed areas of the pavilion: renewable and alternative energy, energy storage, energy distribution, traditional sources, energy of natural resources, and energy area.
A special mention should be given to Kazakhstan’s ANGLED BLADES project – an innovative form of wind turbine blades. The technology increases the rotational force of the wind flow, which generates more energy.
According to the developers, when the new wind turbine is tested alongside a turbine with straight blades, with the same wind force, the ANGLED BLADES generator produces up to 3-4 times more electricity.
The eBPa pavilion also showcases groundbreaking bio-tech projects, such as the American startup Bioo. Bioo technology allows generating electricity from fromplants using a biogenerator with a plant-microbial fuel cell (PMFC). PMFC stores energy that is naturally secreted by plants when their roots decompose. This process is called rhizodeposition and it occurs immediately after photosynthesis. Using this technology, 100 square meters of a garden are enough to cover the entire energy demand of an average household in the U.S.
One of the interactive technologies presented in the eBPa pavilion is Pavegen. Pavegen is a multifunctional custom flooring system that generates electricity from human footsteps. When people step on the Pavegen system, the oscillator moves vertically and the radial motion creates energy through electromagnetic induction.
The eBPa pavilion also includes other projects such as: Greenrail sleepers with a longer lifespan and solar batteries that transmit energy to electric trains; a smart energy system, ABB Smart Grid, that addresses the issues of shortages with electricity generated from renewable sources; and the innovative solar collector HELIOtube that converts solar energy into heat and is constructed from plastic films that simplify the production, transportation, assembly and processing of the collector.
All these and many other technologies are being demonstrated at EXPO 2017 in Astana which opened on June 10 and will run until September 10. As part of Astana EXPO 2017, global policy documents will be drafted in order to promote energy-efficient lifestyle and the wide use of renewable energy sources.