Ambitiously titled workshop “Recognition of Deep Tech Potential and Exploitation of Research Results” ✈ was opened on behalf of the Rector by academic Hristo Beloev and vice-rector prof. Desislava Atanasova. Special guests of the event who welcomed the participants were also Milen Dobrev, Executive director at the Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gergana Ilieva and Radina Kostadinova, PR and communication Experts at the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry which gave the guests an opportunity to hear about the entrepreneurship opportunities in this region.
Speakers from the Deep Green Inno consortium spoke about a variety of materials and technologies but also on how entrepreneurship skills must be merged with modern materials sciences research. Although delicate innovations, classified as the deep technology, are harder to realize, and often demand large investments, it is necessary to rise the confidence of the young researchers and teach them how to search for funding to make their discoveries reach the markets. 🌠
Event was followed by a visit to the ‚Linamar Light Metals Ruse company on the second day, where guests from the consortium along with students from engineering programs visited Linamar company. This is an advanced manufacturing company where the intersection of leading-edge technology and deep-tech manufacturing expertise is creating solutions that power vehicles, and leads in production of precision metal components and modules by high-tech robotic equipment for the global markets of electrified ⚡ and conventionally powered vehicles for large producers. Company’s quality manager Anna Goncharova introduced the product varieties and achievements of the company, followed by the site visit to the plant itself, located in the Industrial park of Ruse. Production for making organic and inorganic sand cores, which are then placed in the casting mold, onto which the aluminum alloy is poured and the motor head is formed, is under “greenification” ☘ . Namely, company is working on the implementation of innovative production lines based on using only ecological inorganic sand cores that can be easily recycled without pollution. Moreover, to “green” up the processes and clear the air, the company uses huge innovative biofilters for the decomposition of the pollutants. Visit gave a deeper insight into an approach of combining deep tech manufacturing processes of casting and possibilities for “green” innovation principles in production lines and air purification. Students took home the words of encouragement-to broaden their knowledge in order to contribute to the overall development of their country, and saw the example how great innovations are possible anywhere in the world if there is hard team work ✌ and dedication. Thanks a lot to prof dr Maria Nikolova, a leader of Ruse team for perfect organization!