ENES-2015: The Global Energy Prize laureates advised Russia to stick to its own interests
At the plenary session of the IV International Forum on energy efficiency and energy development ENES-2015 the Global Energy Prize laureates expressed their views on the prospects of the energy sector development in the world and in Russia in particularly.
The Global Energy Prize was founded in October 2002 and is awarded annually for the outstanding scientific innovations and solutions in global energy research. Since 2003, the so-called “Energy Nobel”( frequently referred to this way by the mass media) has been awarded to 31 scientists from 10 countries.
Not surprisingly that the Global Energy Prize laureates are very important participants of the international forum ENES-2015, where the most important issues of the international cooperation in the field of energy efficiency are being discussed. On November 19th the Global Energy Prize laureates Rodney John Allam, Klaus Riedle, and Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson gave a speech at a number of plenary sessions organized within the framework of the ENES -2015.
Rodney John Allam, the Nobel Prize laureate, the 2012 Global Energy Prize laureate and Chairman of the GEP International Award Committee took an active part in the plenary session “International cooperation: together to the energy efficient economy and energy development".
In his speech the British scientist stated that thanks to its natural resources, huge development potential and high-powered technology in the field of nuclear energy systems, Russia is the world's largest energy producer by far. Therefore, when choosing the program of cooperation in the energy sector, our country should be lead by its own interests and focus on the areas where its benefits are maximized.
Rodney John Allam also stressed that he is just an engineer, not a politician, but he believes that the cooperation between Russia and the European Union is the only right decision, whereas sanctions and escalating political situation will not lead to any positive results.
“The Global Energy Prize is an award, which shows the importance of international cooperation in the field of energy. And the way it might be reached. The best proof of this are the 2015laureates: Shuji Nakamura, who is honored by the whole world for the energy-efficient white lighting, and Jayant Baliga, the inventor of insulated-gate bipolar transistor: a technology that is absolutely phenomenal in terms of its socio-economic impact for the whole mankind and for sustainable development opportunities it provides! "- said Rodney Allam.
On top of that, the 2005 Global Energy Prize laureate Klaus Riedle (Germany), an expert in the field of gas turbine energy, gave a speech at the panel discussion “The development of mechanical engineering for energy needs: the role of energy companies, Russian and international equipment manufacturers".
“There are a few things that should be taken into account if you wish to achieve a successful localization of international experience in Russia. It takes up to 5-6 years to bring any engineering equipment to the final user from the moment of actually making the decision to do that. During this period of time the market should remain stable. This can be only achieved with the support of the state. It is very important to create your own pool of highly skilled engineers and do not break the cooperation in research activities with the western research centers"- states Klaus Riedle.
A significant participant of the panel discussion on the "Energy of the Future" was the general director of Innovation Center of Iceland, the 2007 Global Energy Prize laureate Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson. The session was devoted to the prospects of moving from centralized hierarchical systems for the production, storage and transmission of electricity to the distributed interactive.
Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson shared the experience of his own country:
"Even though Iceland has the highest share (82%) of renewable energy in the world, we still struggle to eliminate the use of fossil fuels. We are trying to produce "green" methanol from CO2, obtained from geothermal gases and build large-scale use of heat pumps - luckily, the Gulf Stream is quite close and the temperature allows us to use its heat to generate electricity. In addition, thanks to joint cooperation with the progressive partners from Russia, we are now developing a new method of powering cell phone antenna systems with low temperature geothermal sources. "
Without any exceptions, all participants of the event recognized that the energy future of the world depends largely on current political compromises that are being reached today.