Engineering and Innovation Center "Advanced Northern Bioresources Processing Technologies"
The Center operates the following laboratories:
- a pulp-making laboratory,
- a laboratory for analyzing macro- and microstructure of pulp-and-paper materials, a laboratory for analyzing properties of commercial cardboard,
- a laboratory for pulp-making process modeling,
- a laboratory for processing of bio-resources, etc.
The laboratories are used for the development of new environmentally friendly and economically efficient technologies for processing of renewable natural resources. The technologies are characterized by considerable innovative potential for upgrade of economic sectors traditional in the northern areas of the Russian Federation.
Center for Remote Sensing of the Arctic
The Center for Remote Sensing of the Arctic was established in the University in November 2010 and is still under development. The Center uses Russian UniScan-36” technology for receiving and processing images of the Earth surface from the space (developed by ScanEx Research and Development Center).
The Center has three main functions:
- educational – to train professionals specialized in processing of spatial information;
- R&D – to develop new methods of data processing from remote sensing and acquiring thematic information about a certain territory;
- commercial and production-related – to provide received information to the regional business units as a support for managerial decision making.
Satellite data is directly received from different foreign apparatuses: Terra/Aqua (the USA), EROS B (Israel), RADARSAT 1-2 (Canada), SPOT 5 (France). It is possible to ensure the non-stop satellite monitoring of the Arctic region thanks to working with both optical and radar images of different degree of detail. Live satellite observation makes it possible to monitor ice conditions in the water areas, provide informational support and optimize navigation for vessels, monitor forests, fisheries, subsurface resource management, construction, emergencies, natural phenomena, etc. Surveillance radius for the station operated in NArFU is around 3500 km.
Jointly with the Federal State-Funded Institution “Roslesozashchita” the Center is completing a pilot project for studying the problems of drying forests in the north-eastern areas of Arkhangelsk region. A new partnership is underway with Arkhangelsk sea port administration to monitor the ice conditions in the White and the Barents Seas, as well as to develop new methods for forecasting ice-formation processes.
NArFU Technology Transfer and Cluster Development Center
Established in 2012, the Center is designed to develop a support system for innovative entrepreneurship in the region and increase the level of innovative culture.
- transfer and commercialization of technologies,
- establishment and operation of a technological business incubator,
- establishment of a center for industrial design and rapid prototyping to provide development engineers and designers with access to the integrated environment ‘design-preparation-test production’;
- development and implementation of programs for the region’s territorial clusters growth jointly with businesses and innovative facilities to enhance and foster clusters and their innovative development.
TT and CDC’s priority projects:
- “Building-up an infrastructure for commercialization of NArFU’s scientific research products and technologies: developing the action plan for infrastructural upgrade and organizational-administrative documents regulating defining infrastructure functioning”. The outcomes of the project include:
- project “Working out a cluster development program in Arkhangelsk region to facilitate implementation of innovations and increase competitiveness of the regional economy”;
- projects for establishment and development of a technology incubator:
- teaching innovative entrepreneurship,
- consultancy system and investment infrastructure for innovative entrepreneurs and project teams;
preparing the University staff and students to participate in the innovative projects contests like UMNIK (Wise head) and START;
establishment of a center for industrial design and rapid prototyping in the Institute of Energy and Transport on the basis of the cutting-edge 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies;
under the cooperation agreement with JSC “United Shipbuilding Corporation” an innovative technological center is being established to enhance shipbuilding-related production and logistics management;
development of NArFU techno-park concept.
- Non-profit partnership “Russian Network for Transfer of Technologies” (Obninsk),
- Business incubator of the Research University “High School of Economics” (Moscow),
- International Center for Social and Economic Research - Leontief Center (Saint-Petersburg)
Patenting and Intellectual Property Rights Protection Center
NArFU’s Patenting and Intellectual Property Rights Protection Center NArFU was established in 2011 and TAGRETS
- to provide legal protection of protectable R&D results;
- to support the R&D activities within the University’s priority areas of development;
- to assist in the development of innovative and technological complex of the University.
Its MAIN TASKS include:
- provision of legal, regulatory and methodical information about protection of intellectual property to NArFU’s employees, under graduate and graduate students;
- provision of assistance in training highly qualified professionals within legal protection of intellectual property;
- counseling on patent search and research according to the procedure established by the RF standard;
- assistance to researchers in identification of protectable R&D results and technical projects.
The inventors are the employees, PhD or undergraduate students who obtain protectable results from their R&D activities.
In 2011, 53 % of all the patents were obtained by the employees in joint authorship with PhD or undergraduate students. The number of the patents and certificates issued in 2012 has doubled.