Global Energy Prize
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|The Global Energy Prize|
|Awarded for||Outstanding scientific innovations and solutions in global energy research|
|Presented by||President of the Russian Federation|
The Global Energy Prize is an international award, which recognizes outstanding scientific innovations and solutions in global energy research and its concurrent environmental challenges. Since its inception in 2002, the Global Energy Prize has grown to become a recognized global energy award. According to IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, the Global Energy Prize is one of the TOP-99 international academic awards with the highest prestige and significance. It is the only award from Russia included in the IREG list. Moreover, the Global Energy Prize is included in the official list of the International Congress of Distinguished Awards (ICDA). In the ICDA prestige rating the Global Energy Prize is in the category of “Mega Awards” for its laudable goals, exemplary practices and the overall prize fund. Three leading Russian energy companies support and provide funding for the prize: PJSC “Gazprom”, “FGS UES”, PJSC, PJSC “Surgutneftegas”.
The Global Energy Prize is awarded annually in Russia by the President of the Russian Federation or a person on his behalf. Each laureate receives, inter alia, a commemorative medal and a monetary prize. In 2018 the Prize fund amounted to 39 million RUB (about 530 000 euros). The award process is overseen by the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, which consists of 20 scientists from 14 countries. It is chaired by Rae Kwon Chung, renowned expert, whose work as a lead author and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was recognized when it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Since 2019, the Global Energy Prize is awarded in three nominations. The allocation of certain nominations allows defining advanced developments and directions of scientific search in all major areas of energy.
The Global Energy Prize is managed by the Global Energy Association.
The Global Energy Association
The Global Energy Association on development of international research and projects in the field of energy is a non-profit organization established to stimulate and support research and innovation in the field of energy, and to promote the development of energy cooperation. The strategy of the Association provides for the further development of the Prize, strengthening its role and significance in the world community, as well as the promotion of other activities, taking into account the needs of the state, society and the Association's members. The mission of the Association is to shape the energy of the future by supporting technological developments and promoting international energy cooperation for the benefit of all mankind.
Main activities of the Global Energy Association:
· Management of The Global Energy Prize
· Organization of the Global Energy Youth Program
· Promotion of energy dialogue through the Global Energy Discussion Platform: series of events aimed at addressing energy challenges through their analysis, foresight and discussion, including organization of the Global Energy Prize Summit, hosting of panel sessions/round tables at major international and Russian industry events, own foresight sessions, as well as the Global Energy Prize laureates’ and the Association's experts’ lectures.
Members of the Global Energy Association
The Global Energy Association has operated since 2002 with the support of PJSC “Gazprom”, “FGS UES”, PJSC, PJSC “Surgutneftegas”.
· PJSC “Gazprom” is a global energy company focused on geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and marketing of gas (including as a vehicle fuel), gas condensate and oil, as well as electricity and heat production and distribution.
· “FGC UES”, PJSC is a natural monopoly in the matters of provision of services involving transmission of electric energy via the UNEG and is responsible for reliable power supply to consumers in the Russian Federation.
· PJSC «Surgutneftegas» is one of the largest vertically integrated oil companies in Russia bringing together the research-design, exploration, drilling, production units, oil and gas processing and marketing enterprises.
The Board of Trustees of the Global Energy Association
The Board of Trustees of the Association is responsible for the general management of the nomination process and awarding of the Prize in accordance with the Statute of the Prize. Members of the Board of Trustees of the Association may not participate in the Prize nomination process. The Board of Trustees of the Association shall be entitled to verify and analyze the work presented and the recommendations for the lists of nominees.
The Global Energy Prize
The Global Energy Prize recognizes annually outstanding scientific developments in the field of energy that help solving the most acute and difficult energy problems. The prize was established in 2002, and for 17 years in a row it has been awarded to the world's leading scientists, whose discoveries and technological innovations meet global energy challenges. The monetary part of the prize amounts to 39 million rubles (about 530.000 euros).
Nominations of the Prize
1) Nomination "Traditional Energy"
• electric power engineering;
• exploration, extraction, transportation and processing of fuel and power resources;
• heat power engineering;
• nuclear power engineering.
2) Nomination "Non-traditional Energy"
• renewable energy sources;
• fuel cells and hydrogen energy.
3) Nomination “New ways of energy application”
• new materials used in power engineering;
• energy efficiency;
• efficient power storage;
• energy transportation.
*Nomination submissions for the “Management in the energy sector” category are accepted in any of three mentioned nominations.
The history of the Global Energy Prize began in October 2002 when the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin announced the establishment of this Prize at the Russia – European Union Summit. The Global Energy Foundation was established to arrange the Global Energy Prize by three major Russian Energy companies: PJSC Gazprom, PJCS Federal Grid Company of the Unified Energy Systems (FGC UES, Former JSC Unified Energy Systems of Russia) and Yukos. In 2005, oil and gas company PJSC Surgutneftegaz joined the group of funding companies. Afterwards, the Foundation was renamed as the Global Energy Non-profit Partnership and furthermore the name of the organization was changed to Global Energy Association on development of international research and projects in the field of energy.
The first Global Energy Prize award ceremony took place in June 2003 at the Konstantinovsky Palace, Strelna (St Petersburg district, Russia) and was attended by President Vladimir Putin. The award was presented to three scientists: Mr Nick Holonyak (USA), Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Illinois, for his contribution to the development of power silicon electronics and the invention of the first semi-conducting light-emitting diodes, Mr Ian Douglas Smith (USA), Chief Manager and Senior Researcher in ‘Titan Pulse Sciences Division’, for his fundamental research and development in the field of powerful pulse energy, and a Russian scientist Mr Gennady Mesyats, then-Chairman of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Russian Federation, for his fundamental research and development in the field of powerful pulse energy.
The Global Energy Prize laureates
Sergey Alexeenko (RUS) - For research and development in the field of thermal power engineering and heat transfer systems, enhancing resource potential of mankind.
Martin Green (Australia) - For research, development and educational activities in the field of photovoltaics that have revolutionized the efficiency and costs of solar photovoltaics, making this now the lowest cost option for bulk electricity supply.
Michael Grätzel (Switzerland) - For transcendent merits in the development of low cost and efficient solar cells, known as “Graetzel cells”, aimed at the creation of cost-efficient, large-scale engineering solutions for power generation.
Valentin Parmon (RUS) - For a breakthrough development of new catalysts in the area of petroleum refining and renewable sources of energy as a principal contribution into the energy of the future.
Shuji Nakamura (USA) - For the invention, commercialization and development of energy-efficient white LED lighting technology.
B. Jayant Baliga (USA) - For invention, development and commercialization of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor, which is one of the most important innovations for the control and distribution of energy.
Lars Gunnar Larsson (SWE) - Awarded for an outstanding contribution to nuclear safety enhancement and nuclear facility decommissioning.
Ashot Sarkisov (RUS) - Awarded for an outstanding contribution to nuclear safety enhancement and nuclear facility decommissioning.
Akira Yoshino (JAP) - Awarded for the invention of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, an essential element for mobile electronic devices and various types of electric vehicles, including hybrids. Akira is also credited with the concept, development, and commercialization of storage battery systems based on his invention.
Vladimir Fortov (RUS) - Awarded for research into thermodynamic, thermophysical, electrophysical, strength, optical, structural and electronic properties of fluids and construction materials in the previously unexplored field of the phase diagram. This includes extreme states of matter, which serves as the basis for perspective development of the energy sector.
Valery Kostuk (RUS) – Awarded for research and development in the field of high-efficiency liquid propellant rocket engines with cryogenic fuel for the purpose of the generation of energy in space.
Boris Katorgin (RUS) – Awarded for research and development in the field of high-efficiency liquid propellant rocket engines with cryogenic fuel for the purpose of the generation of energy in space.
Rodney John Allam (UK) – Awarded for the development of new processes and equipment for production of gases and cryogenic liquids, as well as for the development and implementation of technology for production of electricity in power systems.
Philipp Rutberg (RUS) – Awarded for fundamental research and development of energy plasma technologies.
Arthur Rosenfeld (USA) – Awarded in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of energy efficiency.
Boris Paton (UKR) – Awarded for his contribution to solving scientific and technical problems associated with the transportation of energy resources by pipeline.
Alexander Leontiev (RUS) – Awarded for fundamental research in the field of the intensification of heat transfer in power plants.
Brian Spalding (UK) – Awarded for numerous original concepts of heat-and-mass transfer processes, which formed the basis of practical calculations in fluid mechanics and computational fluid mechanics.
Alexey Kontorovich (RUS) – Awarded for research on the implementation of new methods of surveying, prospecting and exploiting of hydrocarbon-bearing deposits.
Nikolai Laverov (RUS) – Awarded for fundamental research and large-scale implementation of new methods for the exploration and production of oil, gas and uranium deposits.
Eduard Volkov (RUS) – Awarded for the creation and implementation of synthetic oil production technologies.
Clement Bowman (CA) and Oleg Favorsky (RUS) – Awarded for the theoretical justification, creation and implementation of efficient technologies for synthetic fuel production from bituminous schist and oil sands.
Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson (IS) – Awarded for research and development in the implementation of hydrogen to power vehicles.
Geoffrey Hewitt (UK) – Awarded for developing the idea of fuel generation on the basis of water power.
Vladimir Nakoryakov (RUS) - Awarded for the project "Physicotechnical Bases of Power Technologies — Hydrodinamics and Heat Exchange, Non-Stationary and Wave Processes in Multiphase Mediums".
Evgeny Velikhov (RUS), Masaji Yoshikawa (JP) and Robert Aymar (FR) – Awarded for the development of a scientific and technical basis for the creation of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER Project).
Zhores Alferov (RUS) – Awarded for his contribution to the creation of semi-conductor energy converters for use in solar and electrical energy.
Klaus Riedle (DE) – Awarded for the development and creation of high-temperature gas turbines for steam and gas power plants.
Fyodor Mitenkov (RUS) – Awarded for development of fast-neutron reactors.
Leonard J. Koch (USA) and Alexander Sheindlin (RUS) – Awarded for fundamental research into the thermo physical properties of substances at extremely high temperatures.
Nick Holonyak (USA) – Awarded for his contribution to the development of power silicon electronics and the invention of the first semi-conducting light-emitting diodes in a visible part of the spectrum.
Gennady Mesyats (RUS) and Ian Douglas Smith (USA) – Awarded for fundamental research and development in the field of pulse power engineering.
The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee
The International Award Committee is responsible for choosing the laureates of the Global Energy Prize. This Committee, selected by the General Assembly of the Global Energy Association for a term of 4 years, includes representatives of the most reputable scientific and academic organizations (such as MIT Energy Initiative, Russian Academy of Science, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, International Energy Forum, International Renewable Energy Agency, CERN), as well as governmental and public figures from Russia and abroad. The Committee is managed by a Chairperson. As of today Prof. Emeritus Rae Kwon Chung, UN Secretary-General's High-level Expert and Leaders Panel (HELP) on water and disasters, Adviser to the Chair, member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, is elected Chairman of the Committee. The Committee consists of 20 members from 14 countries, including the Chairperson.
|Adnan Z. Amin||UAE||Director-General Emeritus of the International renewable energy agency (IRENA)|
|Rodney John Allam||Great Britain||The 2012 Global Energy Prize laureate. Partner of 8 Rivers Capital, LLC. Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007|
|Marta Szigeti Bonifert||Hungary||Hungarian Business Leaders Forum (HBLF), Board Member, Environment and Sustainability WS Leader, Advisor to AGGROINOVA/University of Turin Scientific Committee|
|Frederick Bordry||Switzerland||European Council For Nuclear Research (CERN), Director for Accelerators and Technology|
|William II Young Byun||Singapore||Managing Director at Asia Renewables, Head of Greenpower Fuels, and Principal at Conchubar Infrastructure Fund|
|Rae Kwon Chung||South Korea||The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee Chairman.
UN Secretary-General's High-level Expert and Leaders Panel (HELP) on water and disasters, Adviser to the Chair. Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007
|Dominique Fache||France||Member of the Board of Directors of Technopark Sofia-Antipolis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTF, Member of the Board of Directors of KEGOC (Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company), An independent director|
|David Faiman||Israel||Director of the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center, Professor Emeritus of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev|
|Steven Griffith||UAE||Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST)|
|Aleksey||Russia||The 2009 Global Energy Prize laureate, Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPGG SB RAS), Principal Research Scientist, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences|
|Nikolay Kudryavtsev||Russia||Rector at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology|
|Xiao Liye||China||Director of Applied Superconductivity Laboratory, CAS
Director of Interdisciplinary Research Center
Institute of Electrical Engineering, CAS
|Dietrich Moeller||Germany||Vice - President of Siemens Russia|
|Yury Petrenya||Russia||Director General of PJSC Power Machines. Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences|
|Francesco Profumo||Italy||President of Compagnia di San Paolo|
|Nikolay Rogalev||Russia||Rector at Moscow Power Engineering Institute|
|Xiansheng Sun||China||Secretary General of the International Energy Forum|
|Nobuo Tanaka||Japan||Chairman of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation|
|Thomas Albert Blees||USA||President of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI)|
|Nikolay Voropay||Russia||Scientific adviser of Melentiev Energy Systems Institute, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences|
The nomination process of the Global Energy Prize from nominating candidates to awarding laureates is exceptionally open and transparent. Therefore, the Global Energy Prize is considered one of the most respected and honorable awards in the world in the field of energy. Thus, the International Congress of Distinguished Awards (ICDA) recognized the Global Energy Prize as a mega-award for transparent nomination process, independent expertise and impartial jury. Self-nomination for the prize is not acceptable. The right to nominate candidates for the prize is given to well-known and respected scientists of the world.
The list of persons entitled to nominate for the Global Energy Prize includes the following scientists:
• members of the Russian Academy of Sciences and of foreign academies of sciences;
• members of the national (regional) prize support committees, who are not part of the International Award Committee;
• scientists and/or organizations through their representatives, specially invited by the Association to be part of the nomination pool.
The Global Energy Prize Award Ceremony
The Global Energy Prize is presented to laureates at an official award ceremony that takes place in Russia. In 2018, the ceremony was held at the Russian Energy Week International Forum. The laureate is recognized for his or her contribution to global energy research at a ceremony attended by Russian government officials, leading scientists, directors of national and international scientific and public organizations, members of the Association's Board of Trustees, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee and Association members.
The statuette received by a Global Energy Prize laureate is made of gold. The statuette conceptualizes scientific contributions to the field of energy: the image on the front side of the medal is that of a rising star, symbolizing discovery, whereas the back shows a star already risen, portraying the laureate's recognized contribution to global energy research. Each Global Energy Prize laureate is awarded a diploma recognizing their contribution to the field of energy. An honorary pin is provided to the Global Energy Prize laureates to reflect their scientific achievement. The Global Energy Prize laureate are awarded a monetary prize. The total prize fund (which is 39 million RUB (about 530.000 euros as of 2019) is split equally among the laureates.
The Global Energy Prize Summit
The Global Energy Prize Summit has been held on an annual basis since 2012 for discussion of the most urgent energy issues, working out precise mechanisms and ways of their solution and their communication to the public and the world leading energy organizations. For these aims, it unites the Global Energy Prize laureates of various years, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee members as well as renowned energy experts, business and politics leaders. Main participants of the Summit are experts from 12 countries: France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, the UK, the UAE, the USA.
History of the Summit
The first Global Energy Prize Summit was held in Moscow in the year of the tenth anniversary of the Global Energy Prize, the discussion topic was The 21st Century Global Energy Trends.
In 2013, the Summit was held in Belgium, in Brussels, at the European Parliament. The discussion topic was The Perspectives of the EU-Russian Cooperation on Energy Security and Climate Change.
In 2014, the Global Energy Prize Summit was held in one of the most innovative states of the Asian-Pacific Region – Singapore. Participants discussed Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development. Moreover, they discussed the prospects for renewable energy, Russian experience in reducing the energy intensity of production and even cold nuclear fusion.
In 2015, the summit took place in Italy, in one of the most reputable technology universities of the world – Polytechnic University of Milan. The theme of the event was: The Most Visionary Innovations of the 21st Century in the Energy Field. The report on the future energy sources was prepared on the basis of the Summit's results.
In 2016, the Summit returned to its country of birth, to Moscow, and became the key event of the Fifth International Forum on Energy Efficiency and Energy Development ENES 2016. The Global Energy Prize laureates and the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee members were discussing the essential topic: Stress Scenario of the World Energy Development. Forecasting the industry future.
In 2017, for the first time in its six-year history, the Summit was held in a new format: at once in two countries. The theme of the summit was: Three E: Economics, Ecology and Energy Synthesis Formation as a health factor of the Earth. The Three E's concept is a modern reflection of the sustainability theory, it establishes a connection between economy growth, ecology and energy safety. The first day of the Global Energy Summit with the subheading New Energy Sources took place on September 18, 2017, in Lyon, France, at the Euronews headquarters. It was broadcast live at the Euronews website, so that people in 166 countries of the world could see it. It is meaningful that for the first time in its history Euronews opened its doors for such an event and broadcast it. The second day of the Summit with the subheading The Hydrocarbon Époque – Opportunities for New Technology Development was held on October 4, 2017, in Moscow under the auspices of the International Forum on Energy Efficiency and Energy Development, Russian Energy Week. The live broadcast of the Summit was conducted on the website of the TV channel Russia Today.
In 2018 the VII Global Energy Prize Summit was held in Turin  (Italy) at Energy Centre-Politecnico di Torino. World-leading scientists, politicians and industry experts from 8 countries discussed the most pressing energy and climate challenges. The theme of the summit 2018 was: “Modelisation and simulation of energy mix in the future digital world”.
The Global Energy Youth Program
The Global Energy Association contributes to shaping the energy of the future by encouraging scientists to develop advanced scientific and technological innovations. For more than 15 years, it has been holding contests for young researchers and innovators in Russia.
Building on its experience, starting from 2019 the Association takes on supporting a younger generation of power engineers from around the world and establishes the Global Energy Youth Program. The Global Energy Association has been holding competitions for young researchers since 2004 with a total of 1,120 contestants and 73 winners. The winners have received a total of about 1,1 million euros in grants and personal awards. Applications are accepted in two categories: “Ideas” and “Startups”.
International projects and studies in the energy sector are assessed in three areas: “Traditional energy”, “Non-traditional energy” and “New ways of energy application”. Winners are determined in each of these three areas: one per area. Each winner receives a grant in the amount of 1 million rubles (about € 13,500) for the continuation of their research in the framework of the announced project for a period of one calendar year.
International projects successfully implemented in the production process during the last 5 years are assessed. For this category, one winner receives a personal prize of 1 million rubles (about € 13,500).
- The Global Energy Prize laureates
- Global Energy Prize 2011 Annual Report[permanent dead link]
- The Global Energy Prize Founders
- The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee
- The Global Energy Prize Greetings from the Heads of State & Government
Publications about the Global Energy Association
- EcoGeneration Australia, US and Russian scientists awarded Global Energy Prize June, 2011
- EnergyAsia, President Medvedev awards Global Energy Prize 2011, June 2011
- PRNewswire, Global Energy Prize Summit Aims at Revolutionising Energy Thinking, October 2012
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