“The results of the research conducted by the Global Energy laureates have been put to use even today in the electricity grid network. For example, in St. Petersburg, we are building the longest high-temperature superconducting line in the world, which will boost the reliability of power supplies to 400,000 city residents. Equally topical are advances in energy storage which are to be used to supply critical and social infrastructure as well as in energy systems using a large share of renewable energy sources,” Ryumin said.
Global Energy is one of the most authoritative international awards, recognition of an extraordinary contribution of world significance in the development of the sector. The prize’s founder was the association of the same name, created in 2002 at the initiative of Nobel laureate Zhores Alferov to stimulate innovation and enhance international energy cooperation. At this time, its members are the companies Rosseti FGC UES, Gazprom and Surgutneftegaz.
During the gala ceremony, the 2020-2021 laureates received their prizes:
Russians Suleyman Allakhverdiev and Zinfer Ismagilov, Americans Peidong Yang and Yi Cui, Carlo Rubbia from Italy and Nikolaos Hatziargyriou from Greece.
The awards celebrated research and development aimed at sustainable development in the sector and the campaign against climate change, the creation of new technologies, the building of “smart” networks and storage facilities, exploring the use of solar, hydrogen and bio energy.
The laureates were determined by an international committee made up of 19 scientists from 13 countries. Ninety-four nominations for the prize were received in 2021 against 78 in 2020 and 39 in 2019. The 2021 nomination cycle also set records for the number of participating countries – 36, compared to 20 in2020 and 12 in 2019.