Expo 2017 Astana, Kazakhstan - Future Energy


The purpose of the world exhibition in Astana is to gather the leading world experts and to discuss the concept of the Future Energy - which is also the main theme of the Expo -, i.e. the technologies obtaining energy from renewable sources. The experts meeting in Astana will not only discuss the different ways to make green energy, but also the problematic issues of the developing countries to try to find a solution that is suitable for everyone.



Orbán Vikor

Message from Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary

Dear Reader,

It is a great pleasure for me that the Expo 2017 takes place in Astana of all places, as we, Hungarians, are connected to Kazakhstan through thousands of ties. Although there is a huge geographical distance between the two countries, the Hungarian and Kazakh people are very close in a historic sense. No wonder that as the Kazakh saying goes, kazahu pen mazsar tuïs, or Kazakhs and Magyars are kinsfolk. That is why the success of the Kazakh people fills us with pride, too.

Scientific research shows that there is a tribe, called madjar, in the Torgay region, members of which are genetically related to the Jasz and Kun people in Hungary. And Kuns living in the city of Karcag, who are the descendants of the Kipchak people, are proud of their ancestry to this very day.

Kazakhstan has made strenuous efforts to be the first country in Central Asia to host one of the most prestigious economic and cultural events in the world. The proverb quoted once by President Nursultan Nazarbayev tells it all: “Where there is no competition, people sleep better but have a poorer life.”

Kazakhstan is indisputably the country of the future, and Astana is the city of the future. The slogan for this year’s Expo, “energy of the future”, aptly expresses this. Every nation wants to continue to exist, the only question is how. Those who think responsible do not want to conquer and exploit the Earth. We must think of this planet as a gift, which we must preserve and pass on to our offspring.

In this spirit, let me congratulate the organizers of the Expo and the Kazakh people for the great work they have done in realizing the Expo.

I wish every visitor a pleasant and valuable stay on the land of endless steppes!

Viktor Orbán

Varga Mihály

Message from Mihály Varga, Minister for National Economy

Dear Visitor,

Let me greet the visitors and participants of the first Kazakhstan EXPO, on behalf of Hungary, and the people and enterprises of our country.

The Astana World Expo is great opportunity for Hungary – as well as all participating countries – to present solutions related to the energy of the future and to show our versatile innovations, especially in the field of agriculture, the agro-industry, energy industry, the construction and engineering sectors, machinery and automotive industries as well as tourism.

Hungary, thanks mainly to our performance following the year 2010, has come to be a special destination within Europe, a country into which it is worth investing and with which it is worth fostering closer economic relations, as our achievements may contribute to the development of other countries as well.

Our economic output has been growing rapidly for years, labour market trends show remarkable improvement and through the transformation of our vocational education system we have been getting ready to face future challenges. We have not only prepared comprehensive industrial development plans, but we are already realizing them. Through the support of high added value-producing sectors and the substantial increase of research-and-development funding we are working to switch growth engines into an even higher gear.

In addition, we benefit from our EU membership and a highly favourable geographical position, but also from highly skilled labour force and adequate infrastructure. The Hungarian Government has pursued a pro-business economic policy, which fact is also reflected by our tax regime and economic incentives.

We, Hungarians, hold Kazakhstan and the Kazakh people in high esteem, as they have achieved historic results in the past twenty-five years, after having gained independence. We acknowledge the economic development of the republic, the steps aiming to preserve political consensus as well as social progress. Over this period, Hungary has sought to establish closer relations with Central Asia, and I, as a politician and an economist, have also promoted the fast-track development of Hungarian-Kazakh economic ties. Our participation at the Astana Expo is also in line with our economic policy objective to focus more on Kazakhstan as a priority field.

We can state with certainty that relations between Kazakhstan and Hungary also symbolize the get-together of two emerging regions – Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia – which opens up huge opportunities for both economies.

As Kazakhstan and the countries of Central Asia are regarded as strategic partners, the fact that direct flights have been launched between Budapest and Astana is of special importance for us.

We foster closer personal relations also through our embassy in Astana, a consulate general and visa point in Almaty, where Hungary issues Schengen visas on behalf of eleven Schengen countries.

The central theme of the Hungarian pavilion is the Tree of Life, a symbol, among others, of versatile relations. The EXPO is a great opportunity for us to present the multi-faceted Hungarian culture and traditional Hungarian products representing historic ties between our peoples and special values.

As Hungary’s Minister for National Economy I believe the Astana Expo is an excellent occasion for deepening relations between our regions and countries.

Mihály Varga

Kárteszi Nándor

Message from Nándor Kárteszi, Commissioner for Expo 2017

Dear Visitor,

on behalf of Hungary, thank you for visiting us. Our country is delighted to share our national treasures, characteristics, as well as our latest visions with you in our rapidly changing world.

The expos are among the most spectacular events in the world, attracting millions of people from all around the world. The Astana EXPO 2017 is a game changing event, seeking to ensure that future energy moves to the top of the global agenda.

The topic of the Astana EXPO is a significant link between visitors, participants and nations. One can say that Future Energy connects us, at least this summer, for the duration of the EXPO.

The Hungarian presentations and exhibitions will focus on how to utilize our limited natural resources. This will be achieved by introducing a range of Hungarian enterprises that are committed to utilizing new energy saving technologies, and turn towards alternative energy sources.

Our message is based on the utilization of traditional green energy sources that are available in the country – “Get to know our traditions in order to save the future”.

I would like to invite you to our traditional Hungarian cultural events during our EXPO presentation. These will be in line with the introduction of typical Hungarian products, the so called “The Hungaricum Collections”.

Among many, I shall outline the Kipchak week when the Hungarian Pavilion presents amusing programs illustrating the old traditional alliance among Kipchak people living in Kazakhstan and Hungary.

Get ready to be challenged, excited and inspired!

It is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the organizing team and hope to see many of you at the Hungarian Pavilion in Astana EXPO 2017!

Nándor Kárteszi


Tourism of Hungary

Romantic Getaways in the Middle of Europe

Hungary is an increasingly popular destination for travelers worldwide. After hearing about its historical venues, seeing photos of its natural landscapes, or trying its gastronomic treats, people can't help but be amazed by the country’s rich culture and look forward to visiting again and again.

If you take a walk to see Budapest by night, don’t miss passing one of the legendary bridges and admire the glowing World Heritage Sites on both sides of the Danube. Explore the historic coffee houses and the world-famous ruin pubs as well, then continue your discovery in an extraordinary spa. The Hungarian capital has 118 thermal and medical water springs: play chess on a floating chessboard in Széchenyi Bath’s open-air warm water pool, bathe in a 500 year-old Turkish bath or enjoy the Danube bank skyline from a rooftop hot tub. From Michelin-star restaurants to street food, the creativity of Hungarian chefs, and the unforgettable flavours will certainly captivate you. It is a must to take the lift or the escalator up to Buda Castle from Castle Garden Bazaar, to take a stroll around the picturesque Margaret Island, wander in the world’s second largest synagogue on Dohány Street and take a night selfie next to the Gothic Revival style building of the Parliament.

Lake Balaton
Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. The region’s natural and cultural characteristics, historical monuments bearing the imprint of past centuries, the variety of beautiful scenery make Balaton the second most popular region for international tourists after Budapest. Gently sloping hillsides, luscious wines ripened by the hot summer sun, cultural and gastronomic festivals, 125 miles long bike path surrounding the lake, the variety of sailing and watersports offered by the lakeside as well as thermal waters preserving the heat of former volcanoes: everything is about experiences and relaxation here all year round. Settlements along its north coast hide the Hungarian Tuscany with unique gastronomic pleasures to discover, while the shallow water of the southern shore attracts families with small children for a safe bathing.

Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in north-eastern Hungary. Homely wineries, concerts, wine dinners, cycling trips, and horse-drawn carriage rides await the adventure tourism lovers here. Hop conveniently on a Wine Bus to explore the local cellars, taste the world-famous Tokaji Aszú, the world's oldest botrytized wine, with a raisin aroma; the native Furmint, a grape variety dominant in Tokaj, producing one of the most distinctive dry white wines in the world, also the main ingredient of Tokaji Aszú; and Szamorodni, another traditional late harvest white wine. Alternatively ask for a full picnic basket at one of the local inns and get going in romantic tête-à-tête.

Sopron and Lake Fertő
Sopron’s historic downtown, beautiful alpine environment, the nearby aristocratic palaces and proud castles make the city one of Hungary’s most popular tourist spots. The region is a wine-growing territory, tasting local wine – especially Kékfrankos – is a must. Fertő-táj, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides a variety of Baroque and modern houses with thatched cottages. Vine-covered, Mediterranean-style hills and snow-capped high mountains give the cycling trips around Lake Fertő (aka Lake Neusiedl, German: Neusiedler See) a stunning background. You can also enjoy the breath-taking scenery during a canoe tour or by swimming in the lake, which has a healing effect thanks to its high mineral content. So… do you already feel that love is in the air?

Tree of Life

The Concept of the Hungarian Pavilion: Tree of Life

The Hungarian Pavilion is centered around solar energy as the eternal energy source, around the Tree of Life, which symbolizes the plant that uses this energy effectively, and its perfect operating mechanism.

The plant uses the energy coming from the Sun. It is the only organism on Earth that can perfectly process and store this inexhaustible energy. Plant energy in itself is the purest energy, the source of life; it can create life from a lifeless environment and clean our environment made unfit for life by pollution.

The idea of the Tree of Life draws attention to this perfect and imitable process, the organic build-up of artificial photosynthesis. The Carpathian Basin is a highly suitable region for researching this, as, being a basin, it allows for genetic diversity. The Tree of Life and its surroundings in the pavilion symbolize and present this wonderful process of nature, through 8 subjects.

The Tree of Life of the Hungarian Pavilion involves 8 main subjects:

  1. Artificial Photosynthesis
  2. Energy
  3. Power Plant
  4. Environmental
  5. Cleaning
  6. Energy Plant
  7. Human Energy
  8. Symbol of Spiritual Energy

The Energy of Life, does not pollute the environment and can encompass wide-ranging research areas, which can be exploited in Hungary, relying on our own resources, achieving unparalleled results.

The Tree of Life is also one of the most ancient sacred symbols for the people of Hungary, which connects us to the most fundamental systemic forms of the ancient religion of the Central-Asian horse-riding peoples, i.e. trinities. The Tree of Life is a nice example of this structure: the canopy of the tree symbolizes the celestial form – the future, the root of the tree embodies the underworld and the past, while the trunk serves as a bridge between the two, symbolizing the terrestrial, visible world. The Tree of Life is present in both the Hungarian and Kazakh mythology as well as in folk culture, which means that from a spiritual point of view it is suitable for linking the Kazakh and the Hungarian people.

The Hungarian Pavilion’s objective is to present a vision to the visitors in which we can use our own energy reserves, and to introduce developments, innovative and creative achievements that can help us advance in the field of green energy research and utilization.

Pavilion programs

Pavilion Programs

Cultural and economic ties between Kazakhstan and Hungary have been traditionally strong and are still improving, and can be traced back to the shared points of the history of the two countries, to ethnographic relations and kinship. The common ancestors of the Hungarian and Kazakh people are connected through nomadic peoples and tribes, the descendants of which still live in Hungary: for example the “Kun”, the “Pecheneg” and the “Kipchak” ethnicities.

Hungarian-Kazakh connections are easy to detect in the words (e.g. alma, anya, kapu, balta, szakáll - apple, mother, gate, axe, beard) and the sayings (e.g. I’m telling my daughter, my daughter-in-law should understand as well) that the two languages share.

Good relations have further improved over the years, as our peoples have great respect for each other because of our common historical roots. The Hungarian Pavilion wishes to honour these traditions during the Expo, so Kazakh-Hungarian motifs and connections will be recurring elements in the cultural, scientific and tourism-related programs.

Symbols are important in both cultures, and symbolism based on trinities plays a prominent role. This motif is also present in the Tree of Life, which is the idea the Hungarian Pavilion is centered around. The root of the Tree of Life symbolizes the past, the canopy of the tree symbolizes the future, while the trunk is the present, a bridge between the two. Dr. László Orlóci, head of the Pannon Breeding program, developed this concept.

It is important for Hungary to introduce Hungarian enterprises and corporations that can have valuable business relations with Kazakh and international partners in the temporary and permanent exhibitions in the pavilion.

The Hungarian Pavilion will offer programs to the Kazakh hosts that connect Hungarian and Kazakh traditions: visitors will enjoy unique events, including the Kipchak Days with Jászkun programs and the spectacular entry of the “Kun captains” (representatives of the Hungarian Kun Association). István Bencze, the mounted pilgrim is expected to arrive in Astana from Baku on horseback, straight to the stage of the National Day, paying homage to the nomadic lifestyle that played such an important role in both nations’ past.

The Hungarian Pavilion pays tribute to the elements of folk music that are the same or similar in Kazakh and Hungarian folk music tradition with a unique program: a performance by folk musician Sándor Csoóri and performer Miklós Both. “Shared Tunes”, a contemporary musical production based on authentic Kazakh, Kipchak, Kun and Hungarian music, which is both a traditional and an innovative musical experience created specifically for this event, will be performed on the closing day.

With a view to the Kazakh people’s love of folklore, special events have been added to the program like the grand folk dance show entitled The Hungarian Spirit, Tilla Török and her band, who are regulars at Kazakh cultural events, and a show by the Folktrend! team, presenting handicraft masterpieces by Hungarian fashion designers.

In addition to Kazakh-Hungarian relations, real Hungarian specialties, “Hungaricums” will also be part of the program: visitors will see excerpts from the classic operetta, The Csárdás Princess, a performance by the Tárogató és Cimbalom Hungarikum orchestra, as well as the Bihari János Táncegyüttes (a long-standing folklore-based dance ensemble) will perform authentic Hungarian folk music, Rákóczi songs and recruiting songs.

The Pavilion will also offer guests some permanent events. Besides The Tree of Life, which is the central element of the installation, there will be a smaller tree called the Wishing Tree. Beside this tree, ribbons of different colours will be placed to symbolize the various forms of alternative energy. Every Pavilion guest will be given a ribbon on which they can write a short message to Hungary or the Pavilion, or they can share their views on the subject of the exhibition.

In addition to the “Wishing tree” there will be a futuristic technical piece of work, the Holo-pyramid, which presents The Tree of Life in a holographic 3D animation. Children can enjoy the kids’ corner, where playful youths can participate in programs connected to the concept of the event, such as interactive leaf-picking, or logical/escape games.

Hungarian Innovations

Platio image

Platio - Energy from the pavements of the city

Platio is the first pavement in the world that exploits the momentum of bustling urban life that never stops. Platio re-invents the urban environment: it can gather, analyse, transmit and even store data in many ways, at the same time laying the foundations of the infrastructure of the progressive cities of the future. It aims to integrate advanced and environmentally friendly technologies in pavements, contributing to the energy independence and sustainability of the cities of the future.

Platio pavements will create new spaces for advertising, communication channels and services. Platio allows for simple yet variable image display, which can be customized according to the customer’s specific needs.

It will bring about a transport reform in the navigation of busy hubs, providing a platform to information hotspots to transmit simple messages to smart devices or to provide smart services. In this technology, future definitely lies in holographic technological innovations, which will open a new dimension in the interpretation of our immediate environment, expanding the volume and form of available information without limits.





Litracon - Transparent concrete

The basic furnishing of the pavilion is defined by the motifs and patterns centered around the idea of the Tree of Life. In addition, in the background of the planned stage, a constantly moving and changing special surface appears: a transparent concrete wall.

The transparent concrete wall is a futuristic Hungarian invention that was developed in the experiments of Áron Losonczi. It is a light-transmitting material that has the strength of concrete, and provides thermal and sound insulation. As building material or raw material, it can also be linked to the message of sustainable development, and it will also be an important part of the pavilion from an aesthetic and cultural aspect.

The transparent concrete is a combination of cement, sand, water and optical fibres. Since patent was granted in 2002 to the inventor, the material has been a key part of many great architectural works.

The light transmitting property of the material especially fits into the concept of sustainability, as the concept of the expo is closely related to energy efficiency, the reduction of energy consumption, and the effective use of natural energy and natural light. The transparent concrete stage background is a very pleasant sight immediately, and of course it serves information purposes as well. Illuminated with a strong, knife-edged light or a projector, any text or logo can be created and displayed on this surface.





Thermowatt Kft. - Innovative utilisation of waste heat

Established in 2007, Thermowatt Kft. has developed a technical solution to recover energy from waste water and use it for heating and cooling large buildings with a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution.

The patented Thermowatt Technology, awarded with an international innovation award, is based on a heat pump. The waste water from the sewage system is mechanically cleaned, then led to heat exchangers, then it is returned to the sewage network, together with the removed solid particles. Heat pumps make the thermal energy extracted by the heat exchangers suitable to be used as energy for heating or cooling. A special advantage of this technology is that the same system can be used for heating and cooling. The elements of the system are designed and aligned with special care to ensure the best efficiency and to save energy.

In Hungary, currently there are 5 systems from 1 MW to 3.8 MW that have been designed and installed by Thermowatt Kft, in different types of buildings (a cultural centre, an office building, a hall, a university and a hospital), and the company is also responsible for their long-term operation.

At the EXPO, the award-winning innovation will be presented on AR (Augmented Reality) models, which will be available to everyone individually through the company flyers.




EU-FIRE Kft. - Geothermal plant experimental project

The “Dél-Alföld EGS Geothermal Plant” is the first EGS (Enhanced Geothermal System) project in Hungary. It is a pioneering initiative, which creates artificial geothermal resources in hot and dry geological rock in South-East Hungary to produce electrical energy. There are only few similar research and illustrative projects going on in Europe, the USA and Australia, which shows that EGS technology has a promising future globally.

The main risk of traditional geothermal systems is always the same: whether a water table with adequate parameters (mostly water flow and temperature) can be found. In the EGS system, however, these problems are eliminated, as instead of a water table, suitable hot rock is needed, which is available in considerably larger dimensions than natural hydrothermal reservoirs. Th EU is committed to EGS technology, as it is considered the future of geothermal energy. Now several EU funds are available that specifically support the research, development and advancement of the EGS technology.

EGS systems have great potential, as they can contribute to the Hungarian energy portfolio considerably as clean and renewable energy, so they can also help us achieve the target set by the EU, i.e. to obtain 20% of energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. In addition, the project can also strengthen the local community and it can further social development, as it creates jobs in a disadvantaged region, and it is an opportunity for the development of local enterprises, industrial plants and agricultural facilities.

At the Expo, EU-fire Kft. will present the potential in the EGS branch of geothermal energy with a model city where underground processes are also visible.




Elektromotive Kft. - Electric mobility

Elektromotive Hungária Kft. has been actively involved in electric mobility in Hungary from early on. 90% of rapid charging stations for electric cars throughout the country have been installed by Elektromotive Hungária Kft: in Budapest, in several cities and in other locations. The company has been the key operator in creating the charging station infrastructure in Hungary, playing an active role at all levels, from sales to installation, commissioning, operation and the development of the central control and invoicing system.

With the 50 kW rapid charger equipment electric cars can be charged to 80% in 15-25 minutes. The rapid charging stations are suitable for AC and DC charging as well, and are equipped with every cable connection currently in use: CHAdeMO, CCS (DC) and Type2 (AC).  With this equipment, all types of electric cars currently in production can be charged.

In Hungary, it is Elektromotive Hungária Kft. that has the most experience in establishing electric charging infrastructure. Considering the exponential growth in the demand for charging stations, the company will introduce Hungarian chargers of its own production at the Expo.



Törökszentmiklósi Mezőgazdasági Zrt. - Pannon Breeding Program

Variety experiment research program and collection of woody decorative plants which are climate tolerant and disease resistant and have been bred in or introduced to Hungary, and partly of herbaceous species and varieties produced for their active ingredients.

The program is to be implemented and financed by Törökszentmiklósi Mezőgazdasági Zrt. (TM Zrt.), and professional supervision is to be provided by the Botanical Gardens of ELTE, led by Dr. László Orlóci. The program is to be implemented in Törökszentmiklós.

The goal of the program is to preserve and develop indigenous genetic bases, and, in addition, to establish and operate a variety experimental station, making use of the rare, continental climate of the basin. This could later evolve into a sample centre for climate and environmental research, with a training centre and an ecological measuring station.




Intertanker Zrt. - Sustainable mobility

The company was primarily established to provide consultancy in the fields of security in telecommunications and information technology, distance learning and business, to modernise transport, and to develop electric drivetrains. The constantly developing and dynamically growing company can adapt to quickly-changing market needs, and in many fields, it is a trendsetter in developing solutions to the challenges of the modern age.

It is a priority for INTER TAN-KER Zrt. to provide comprehensive solutions in transport to the government, local governments, multinational companies and small- and medium-sized enterprises.




Sponsors and exhibitors

MVM (Magyar Villamos Művek Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság, literally: Hungarian Electrical Works Private Limited Company) is the largest power company in the country, responsible for the production, distribution and sale of electricity. The company will be present at the Hungarian Pavilion for the whole duration of the Expo, and will build its exhibits around the following topics. 

  • The Paks Education Center – The world famous center in the city of Paks is one of a kind, attracting visitors from all over the world; it demonstrates the workings of a power plant.
  • „Paksi Ürge” – A photo exhibition focusing on Paks city’s environmental protection project.
  • The first electric charger
  • Renewable energy – Through VR glasses visitors can watch a movie that was shot from the top of a wind turbine

Hungary is an increasingly popular destination for travelers worldwide. After hearing about its historical venues, seeing photos of its natural landscapes, or trying its gastronomic treats, people can't help but be amazed by the country’s rich culture and look forward to visiting again and again.

The Hungarian Tourism Agency has prepared an exhibition for the Expo to showcase Hungary’s cultural heritage and natural wonders, making the country an appealing choice for visitors.

Hungarian enterprises offer high quality products and services in several industries, offering excellent value for money that are also competitive globally. The aim of the Hungarian National Trading House (MNKH) Cls. is to support enterprises that are capable of exporting in finding adequate business partners in the international markets. Furthermore, they provide state guarantee to their partners in order to facilitate smooth trade activities that are mutually beneficial for both parties. The company will be present with an information desk, where visitors can learn about various enterprises MNKH supports.

MOL Group is an integrated, international oil and gas company, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. It is active in over 30 countries with a dynamic international workforce of 25,000 people. MOL Group is committed to be the Energy of Positive Changed and in line with its long-term strategy called Enter 2030 it presents at the Astana Expo how an energy company can respond swiftly to the expectations of a rapidly changing world by decreasing the share of motor fuel revenues within its portfolio and contributing towards the expectations of a sharing society.

The sponsorship of the MOL Bubi bike share system, that will also be present at the Expo, is another positive example of fostering a more sustainable urban life.

Useful information

Date of the Expo

June 10, 2017 - September 10, 2017


Astana 020000, Kazakhstan, EXPO 2017

Hungarian Embassy Astana

Kosmonavtov Street 62, Astana, Kazakhstan 010000

+7 717 255 0323





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