NU physical scientist awarded by the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy

For the best research and achievements in the field of science and technology on the topic “Multilevel modeling of the electric power system” Nurkhat Zhakiyev, a physicist at Nazarbayev University, the winner of the “100 New Persons of Kazakhstan” competition, was awarded the prize of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy.

As part of his research project with the support of the MES RK, a team of scientists improved methods of mixed-integer linear programming to develop a computer model of the power system of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This new model has sped up the process of calculating the optimal load distribution across power plants, and this, in turn, increases the energy efficiency of the system.

“Within the grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering of UK, we developed a computer model of the Karaganda combined heat and power plant (CHPP), which was then implemented by the production and technical department. The developed CHPP model allows to increase the annual energy efficiency of CHPP due to optimization of load distribution between units and optimal maintenance planning” -says Nurkhat Zhakiyev, Ph.D. in physics, researcher of the Nazarbayev University Provost Office.

At the beginning of this project, a team of scientists and student interns from School of Engineering of NU visited various workrooms of the Karaganda CHP plant: turbine, boiler house, water treatment, chemical, fuel-transportation, and ash handling, and others. According to students of the School of Engineering, they had a unique opportunity to undergo practical training at many levels – starting with production and going all the way through the implementation of the model.

The results of this research projects were demonstrated at the international EXPO-2017 in Astana as an interactive touch-screen system and published in peer-reviewed journals: “Energy Procedures”, “The Energy” (Impact Factor: 4.52) and “Energy Conversion and Management” (Impact Factor: 5.59). In addition, the team of authors obtained 3 intellectual property copyrights for the developed programs.