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Focus on innovation: 3D printed houses, construction waste recycling, and agro-drones

1 Jun '21
Today, it takes a lot of effort to turn scientific development into a finished product. One of the organizations that aim to help scientists, entrepreneurs and authorities find a common language and introduce innovations is the TechStart Association.

The head of the TechStart Association, Alexei SUKHOCHEV, who is also a regional representative of the Skolkovo innovation center in the Voronezh region, believes that innovators often develop projects that, in fact, are not in demand. In TechStart they went from the opposite. With the support of the Presidential Grants Fund, a special acceleration program was created for start-up technology entrepreneurs, within the framework of which they collected requests for innovation from industrial partners - industrial enterprises of the region and invited scientists to solve these problems. As a result, new technologies and products are being created for which there is already a demand. Among the business customers of the accelerator are well-known Voronezh enterprises of oil and gas engineering, construction industry, agro-industrial complex, food and processing industries.
Governor Alexander Gusev pays close attention to the program of the new industrialization of the region, so we always feel support from the regional government of the Voronezh region, we work in close contact with the Center My Business of the Voronezh region, said Alexei Sukhochev. For our part, we are trying to attract to the region as much federal funds as possible, the Fund for the Promotion of Innovations and the Skolkovo Fund.
Three Voronezh projects became residents of the Skolkovo innovation center

3D printed houses

For several years abroad, experiments have been carried out on the construction of houses, the frame parts for which are cast on a 3D printer. Two years ago, Voronezh scientists also had a desire to tackle this topic, and they successfully implemented their developments on the basis of a small innovative enterprise 3D-Stroydesign, operating on the basis of the Voronezh State Technical University.
Our solution differs from similar projects in an integrated approach, says the project manager, Candidate of Technical Sciences Alexander Rezanov. While the strength of the structures printed from them is three times higher than that of ordinary concrete.
So far, no regulatory framework has been developed for the use of 3D-printed building structures in Russia. legal framework. Therefore, at the first stage, the developers decided to use the technology for the production of small architectural forms - benches, flowerpots and other design elements of the urban environment.

According to preliminary calculations, the cost of such products will be 22.5 times lower than that of concrete analogues.

Second life of building materials

The technology for erecting foundations for low-rise buildings from secondary building materials with the support of TechStart was developed at the LLC Recycling Construction, one of the founders of which is VSTU. Several houses have already been erected in this way in the districts of the region. Recently, the developers received a grant from the Innovation Promotion Fund for the development of the project.

According to the head of the enterprise, Ekaterina Artyomova, the technology significantly reduces the cost of construction without losing quality, and also solves environmental problems. This is the disposal of construction waste and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, which inevitably occurs in the production of new building materials.

Drone for field processing

With the assistance of the TechStart Association, another startup is developing - an unmanned hang glider for agricultural work (project manager - Alexander Shipovsky). The developers have already agreed to test the drone in the field in the Verkhnekhavsky district. In addition to pest control, the air machine can also be used to monitor crop health.

The advantages of a drone for agricultural work are obvious both over ground vehicles and over manned aircraft. The winged machine can fly both day and night, cultivating up to 900 hectares per day. Most recently, this project received the status of a resident of the Skolkovo Foundation.
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