I would like to express my greetings to the Global Energy Associations and congratulations on the 15th anniversary of the Global Energy Prize. Within that time the Global Energy prize has grown to become a reputable and recognizable global energy award.
The laureates of the Global Energy Prize are world famous scientists in the field of energy, contributing to the effective use of energy resources and environmental safety on Earth in the interests of all mankind. Iceland is extremely proud that in 2007 an outstanding representative of the scientific community Professor Thorsteinn Sigfusson became one of the prominent prize laureates for his research and development in the implementation of hydrogen to power vehicles. In a so-called Megaproject at Tomsk University, Professor Sigfusson created a laboratory for research and production of hydrogen fuel cells. We are extremely proud that at present, he is on the board of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee among 20 other reputable scientist from 13 different countries.
The recognition of the prize is rising primarily due to the objectivity of assessing the scientific achievements of the nominated candidates and unique research developments, findings and solutions in the field of implementation of new technologies, renewable energy and a new vision for the future.
With regards to the renewable energy, it’s worth noting, that Iceland is a country where 85% of total primary energy supply is derived from domestically produced renewable energy sources and a country with the world’s highest share of renewable energy in any national total energy budget. Currently, geothermal power facilities generate 25% of the country’s total electricity production.
Once again, I would like to wish all the best to your Association and to the Global Energy Prize project on this special occasion.
Ambassador of Iceland to the Russian Federation