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The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

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Anton Maximov

Anton Maximov

Director, Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis. A.V. Topchieva of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Quotes
13.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
Emerging Challenges for the Chemical Industry: The Climate Agenda
The climate transition will ultimately lead to a reduction in overall demand for traditional products made by refineries, such as diesel fuel and petrol. Given this, refineries may – and probably will – move to the petrochemical segment. <...> We may have to think about ways of collaborating on developing technology which will enable the petrochemical sector to exist in a painless and climate‑transition compliant manner. This could involve refining and the traditional petrochemical sector in efforts to achieve decarbonization
15.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
Dialogue as Equals. Invited guests: Anton Maximov and Yi Cui
Electricity has become a new raw material, replacing regular fuels and energy sources that allow us to obtain valuable chemicals. Naturally, this brings up another point that will probably be very important in the next 10 to 15 years, that is the use of renewable hydrogen, called green hydrogen… in chemical production
15.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
Dialogue as Equals. Invited guests: Anton Maximov and Yi Cui
Increasing the efficiency of raw materials processing relates to the processing of crude oil into petrochemicals. Petroleum refineries, it seems, will eventually turn into facilities that create raw materials or even new materials. This won't happen soon, but there are examples of this. <...> Another change in raw materials is, of course, a transition to biofeedstock. All plants are made of carbon. This carbon can be used. Generally speaking, this is a fundamentally different type of chemistry, fundamentally different processes, the very logic of the industry changes… All of the polymers that we have produced over the past 20 years have more or less been buried in landfills or, alternatively, incinerated. Now we have a third option: the carbon in these polymers can be returned to monomers in chemical products. Here we have a wide range of technologies for recycling polymer waste and a change in raw materials for petrochemistry and partially for petroleum refining
15.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
Dialogue as Equals. Invited guests: Anton Maximov and Yi Cui
The post-COVID period led to rapidly rising prices… Supply will continue to increase, but so will demand. The issue is that developed countries are consuming a lot of petrochemicals, polymers… Demand for some petrochemical products has fallen, but we are all wearing masks. They contain petrochemical products. By sitting at home, you and I have increased the production and consumption of cosmetics, the consumption of packaging… In order to transition to a circular economy, you need money. And I think that money will come from consumers, including through price increases
15.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
Dialogue as Equals. Invited guests: Anton Maximov and Yi Cui
If we are talking about petrochemistry, petroleum refining, or industrial sectors, these are sectors that are always slow to change. That is, change takes 20 to 30 years to happen. That which we currently call ‘green’ chemistry, a term that appeared in the early 1990s, is an entire complex of measures and technologies that replaced old technology, starting in 1990 and continuing through the past 30 years. It was more familiar to people than the ‘green’ agenda that exists today
15.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
Dialogue as Equals. Invited guests: Anton Maximov and Yi Cui
If, in the past, we talked about materials that are genuinely toxic and dangerous to individual people, now we're talking about a global problem related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. We’re talking about a low-carbon economy... This agenda will have a significant impact on petroleum refining and petrochemistry over the next 30 years… We need people that know how to translate knowledge from the language of those involved in basic research into the language of those who produce the final product, into business language. What's more, they will have to learn to create new engineering solutions. This is a special area of engineering, precisely what we must train a new generation of researchers and engineers for in the coming 5 to 10 years. Then, maybe, Russia might see a technological breakthrough
13.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
A Hydrogen-Driven Future for Russia and the World: Dialogue with Business
Right now, we understand that the hydrogen market is one of great uncertainty. We do not know how big it will be, and even our export forecasts to 2030 fluctuate in the extreme, ranging from 2 to 12 million tonnes. If we want to produce hydrogen in Russia by 2030 for the purposes of selling abroad or utilizing, we need to overcome a range of technological barriers that in effect emerged in 1999–2000. We need to appreciate that the technology we are using has fallen behind, not so much because of the quality of technological solutions, but rather because of issues related to large systems engineering,
13.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
A Hydrogen-Driven Future for Russia and the World: Dialogue with Business
Our situation regarding green hydrogen is probably much worse than it is for blue hydrogen. While we have resources and reasonable technical experience in relation to blue hydrogen, when it comes to green hydrogen, the technologies we are using are akin to something from the mid-1970s