In May this year, based on the Institute of Atomic Energy, a Hydrogen and Thermonuclear Energy Laboratory was presented. The event was commemorated to celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan. These days, Zhandos Nurmaganbetov, Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan., Tadanori Tobita, President of Marubeni Utility Services, John Stevens, Conversion Program Manager of the Argonne National Laboratory, representatives of KNPP JSC, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Al-Farabi KazNU, K.I. Satpayev KazNITU and regional universities visited the Laboratory site.
The site was created based on the laboratory of material testing under conditions of a thermonuclear reactor, which was established in 2018 as part of the Material Testing Department (230) of the IAE Branch RSE NNC RK.
The research area of the Laboratory is focused on application of plasma technologies for testing materials and plasma diagnostics. An imitation stand with a plasma-beam installation (PBI) available as part of the laboratory equipment allows experimental simulation of operating modes of thermonuclear installations.
Moreover, the Laboratory conducts research in the field of hydrogen energy and since 2021, the Project entitled “Development of technologies for the production and storage of hydrogen for the development of alternative energy in the Republic of Kazakhstan” is being implemented, aimed at the design and development of innovative devices, materials and technologies to ensure its effective implementation and use. Within the framework of this Project, the development of methods for producing hydrogen, synthesis of materials-getters and materials-converters of hydrogen energy into electrical energy is being developed. To evaluate the effectiveness of the developed methods, regularities of changes in the structural-phase state, physical and mechanical properties of the resulting getter materials are studied. New installations are being created to implement the hydrogen production method
The existing experimental base allows conducting large-scale R&D in application of plasma technologies, creation of new materials and coatings, development of new test-benches and installations for applied research in support of the advanced energy technology development.