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Nano to support Sochi-2014 Winter Olympics

13 Nov '12
The Sochi-2014 Winter Olympics is expected to benefit from widespread use of nanotechnology in a joint project led by Russia’s largest nanotech company, Rusnano, and Olimpstroi, the group of companies responsible for building Olympics infrastructure in Sochi, the largest resort city in Russia’s South, portal Nanoprom reports.

For example, Optogan, a Russo-Finnish company co-invested by Rusnano, will supply its LED-based lighting systems for the Sanki tobogganing center which will host the tobogganing and bobsleigh Olympic tournaments. The use of LED technology is expected to halve the cost of lighting the complex.

Another Rusnano project, Aerolife, will supply its air purification and decontamination systems for the Bolshoi Ice Palace to host the ice hockey tournament in 2014. The stadium will be reportedly turned into a multifunctional sports, concert and recreational complex upon completion of the Winter Olympics. The Aerolife air cleaning technology is based on the photocatalysis principle, the report says.

STiS, a group of Russian companies partnering with Rusnano, will supply low-emission energy-saving glass to be used in construction of the Fisht Olympics stadium. The stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Games, and upon completion of the event is expected to be made a soccer field and a multifunctional recreational complex. The new glass that is based on nanotechnology is said to save up to 30% of thermal energy in buildings that have it.

Another project co-funded by Rusnano, Kraski KVIL, offering the Olympics projects its bactericidal enamels. The enamels will be first and foremost used in the Iceberg Winter Sports Palace where the figure skating and short track Olympics tournaments will be held. The building will be relocated to another Russian region when the Games are over. The bactericidal enamels and dyes that are based on nanotechnology and contain silver particles are expected to lower possible adverse infectious effect on viewers. According to the report, the nanoproduct is comparable in pricing to conventional dyes.

In the Bolshoi Ice Palace, Hevel, a JV between Rusnano and the Renova group of Russian companies, will apply its solar modules capable of generating electricity even in dim daylight.

In the Olympics Park, metal structures will be treated with protective coatings developed by Perm-based Plackart, a Rusnano partner. The eco-friendly coatings’ service life is believed to be up to 50 years without any repair, while the cost of the innovation is below international market prices for similar products.

A group of other companies co-funded by Rusnano are also expected to offer its products to support the 2014 Winter Olympics, Nanoprom reports.
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