The basic activity of BG H2 Society in 2011 could be summarized as follows:
1. National Programme
Priority of BG H2 Society is the development of the National Programme for scientific research “Hydrogen Technologies – Hydrogen Economy“.
At the end of 2010, the Programme was reported to the Prime Minister of R. Bulgaria, Mr. Boyko Borisov.
So far the Programme is supported by the following Ministry: of interior; of defence; of agriculture and food and of transport, information technologies and telecommunication. A discussion with the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Mr. Traicho Traykov, which personally committed to the Programme, clarified that the Programme should start with Decision of the Council of Ministers, but as far as most of it is fundamental research, the leading Ministry should be the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science.
The Hydrogen Technology Centre (HTC) was found in 2009 within this Programme and for the new MSc course in Hydrogen Technologies at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy. In the 2010/2011 university year, the HTC had 7 students.
2. Seventh Framework Programme
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
HYDROHOUSE project was developed specially for FP7 in 2010, consequently revised in 2011 and currently its future application in FCH-JU 2012 is under discussion.
BG H2 Society participate in the principle European projects in the field of nuclear safety funded by EURATOM with beneficent Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant “Kozloduy”. In 2010 it is a partner in the project “Prediction of the Effects of Radiation For reactor pressure vessel and in-core Materials using multi-scale modelling – 60 years foreseen plant lifetime (PERFORM60)”.
In August 2011, a framework contract was signed between BG H2 Society and NPP “Kozloduy” for the application of the results from these projects in nuclear safety.
Other international projects
BG H2 Society is a partner in the European project for investigation of the corrosion resistance of the copper containers for nuclear wastes: „Long-Term Interaction of Copper with Deoxygenated Aqueous Solution”(2008-2012 г.).
BG H2 Society fulfils a project in the field of hydrogen generation “Pulse electrolysis as a high efficient method for generation of hydrogen gas mixtures“. The other project partners are the Hydrogen Technology Centre and the University of Mining and Geology and it has been funded by the National Scientific Fund (2011-2013).
The project started 01.2011 and there is one PhD student working.
List with the most recent scientific activity of the members of BG H2 Society can be found here.
1. Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
BG H2 Society participated in the Annual Meeting of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation in Istanbul, Turkey between 08-10.11.2010. The seminar was aimed at the hydrogen technologies in the Black Sea region. The achievements in Bulgaria in the field of Hydrogen technologies were reported.
2. Hydrogen Week in Bulgaria
In 05-10.02 2011, in the International year of Chemistry, BG H2 Society organised the “Hydrogen Week in Bulgaria” under the auspicious of the Prime Minister of Republic of Bulgaria and the European Hydrogen Association. President of the Organizing Committee was the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Mr. Traycho Traykov. The event was visited also by the President of the New European Research Grouping on fuel cells and Hydrogen (N.ERGHY).
3. Seminar of the European Parliament
Delegation of BG H2 Society headed by the President prof. Alexander Popov, took part in the seminar of the European Parliament on 15.03.2011 in Bruxells entitled “Hydrogen: the fuel of the future European Energy and Mobility”.
The activity of BG H2 Society as well as the scientific activity of R. Bulgaria in the field of hydrogen technologies were presented before the members of the members of the Parliament. There also were presentation of Euro-commissioners, director of FCH-JTI and other hydrogen committed organisations like NOW, HyRaMP, EHA etc.
In the last General Assembly of the New European Research Grouping on fuel cells and Hydrogen (N.ERGHY), held on 18.05.2011 in Berlin, BG H2 Society was accepted as a member.
Introduction in the Advanced Hydrogen Technologies
Special course for teachers in Chemistry and Environment Protection in Sofia was prepared. The course programme was approved by the Mayer of Sofia and the course is to be held in Sofia.
The BG H2 Publishing House printed the Monograph “Chemical Bond and Molecule Structure” (I. Dukov, Tz. Tzvetkoff, in Bulgarian).
At present two monographs are in print: “Nanotechnologies in Nuclear Power Industry“ (Tz. Tzvetkoff, B. Tzvetkov, in Bulgarian) and “Electrochemical Processes in Molten Electrolytes“ (I. Dukov, Tz. Tzvetkoff, in Bulgarian).
For scientific publication, please consult the List of Publications.
PRESIDENT of BG H2 Society,
prof. Alexander Popov
(full member of Academy)