The nomination cycle will take place in three stages. In the first stage, from 1st December to 20th March, nomination submissions will be accepted. According to the Association’s rules, self-nomination is not permitted. Submissions can be made by scientists, researchers and representatives of academic organisations prepared to present expanded grounds for the nomination, as well as a list of key achievements and scientific work of the potential nominee.
Submissions will then be turned over to independent experts for an examination – they will proceed with an assessment of the candidates’ achievements according to an established set of criteria, including their scientific “newness” and their practical value.
At the conclusion of the experts’ work, a short list made up of the 15 best submissions (five in each category) will be established on the basis of which the International Award Committee will select the laureates at a closed session. The results of the session will be announced in July. And the presentation of the prizes will take place during the 25th World Energy Congress, to take place in St Petersburg from 24th to 27th October 2022.
The Global Energy Prize, founded in 2002, is designed to honour research and scientific developments in the fuel and energy sector which make energy more accessible to consumers and safer for the environment. The Prize fund is worth of USD 520,000.
In recent years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of countries represented by candidates. In 2019, there were candidates representing 12 countries, in 2021 that number had risen to 36. There has also been a rise in the number of submissions in each category – in Conventional Energy from 16 to 34, in Non-Conventional Energy from 13 to 45 and in New Ways of Energy Application from 10 to 27.
“Let’s say, we have traditionally come to expect large numbers of submissions from Europe and North America and in future we are hoping to expand our international representation. All the more so as developing countries are playing an increasingly significant role in world energy: Africa is a major exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), India and China are the drivers behind demand for fossil fuels and renewable energy and Latin America is one of the leaders in installed capacity of hydropower. And that is without mentioning the countries of the Middle East, which determine, to a great extent, the situation on oil markets,” said Global Energy President Sergey Brilev.
“Over the last two years, Global Energy has doubled the number of prize nominees. And the prizes are covering the whole scope of research and innovation. So, all this contributes highly to the level of research and development in energy worldwide. I would like to congratulate the Global Energy Prize for this very exciting 2021 edition and I wish all a very the good success,” said Abdel Didier Tella, General Director of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) and a member of the Global Energy Board of Trustees.
“Today, as we are looking for transformative changes to address climate change and sustainable development, the rigorous process the Prize follows to identify winners can greatly enhance global solutions,” said Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General – Science at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and a member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee.