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The Global Energy Prize annually honors outstanding achievements in energy research and technology from around the world that are helping address the world’s various and pressing energy challenges.

Three million rubles for innovations in energy: “The Energy of Youth” winners have been awarded in Moscow

On November 24 the members of the “Global Energy” Association Board of Trustees – Russian minister of energy Alexander Novak and chairman of board of directors at FGC UES, one of the Association members, Andrey Murov, along with the member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee and the expert committee, which contributed to the reports of the IPCC awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, Rae Kwon Chung awarded the winners of the XIII All-Russian contest of youth scientific projects in the field of energy “The Energy of Youth”. The scientific teams from Tomsk, Saint Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk received RUB 3 mln for their further research. Each grant amounted to RUB 1 mln they will use for innovations development that will improve energy systems’ effectiveness, enhance hydroelectric power stations’ capacity and help to save energy.

Important to mention that the awarding ceremony took place in the framework of the 5th International forum on energy efficiency and energy development ENES 2016. The country’s best scientists, whose research projects competed in the contest, were chosen by the energy stars – the experts who evaluate the Global Energy Prize nominees’ achievements. The winners’ projects were chosen due to the fact that they solve the burning energy issues and have perspectives of practical implementation.

For example, the research team from Tomsk led by Mikhail Andreev was awarded for their innovation - the multiprocessor modelling complex, the platform which allows the scientists to virtually replicate almost any real energy system and test it for the ability to function in stressful conditions. “Accidents are not only Russia’s problem, - said Mikhail Andreev. – It is extremely hard to predict what, where and how will happen. But if we have the energy system model that is maximally close to a real one, we have the opportunity to carry out all kinds of experiments. So far there have been no complexes of this kind”. While providing the high accuracy, the platform helps to cut the likelihood of technogenic accidents and train personal working at energy systems. The project is much more affordable in comparison to physical and digital models (the platform is twice as cheaper as digital models and five to seven times as cheaper as the physical ones). For Russia the scientists’ innovation is especially perspective, as so far in our country there are only two quite old-fashioned physical models and digital complexes, 95% of which were developed abroad, whereas the winners’ project is expected to be Russian in every respect.

The research team from Krasnoyarsk led by Andrey Minakov allows to prolong the working lifespan of hydropower equipment. By diminishing the range of pulsation almost twice, the project not only prolongs the working lifespan of equipment, but also boosts its safety, cuts accident risks and increases efficiency. Moreover, the scientists’ research can be used for the further increase of energy solutions effectiveness. “Today in Russia there are 14 hydroelectric power stations with capacity of 100 MW and many more stations with lower capacity, - said Andrey. - Thus, the issue of pulsation’s suppression in turbines is burning for the contemporary industry”. The project is valuable not only for Russian hydraulic power industry. China, Brazil, Canada, India and many other countries actively develop this area and encounter with problems, which can be solved with the help of the winners’ innovation. In particular, the research is believed to help develop water turbines with characteristics surpassing analogues by effectiveness, capacity and safety.

Ivan Starkov and his colleagues from Saint Petersburg developed a unique solid-state refrigerant, which, for example, allows to create a refrigerator working of photo cells. The development of effective and cheap refrigerator is pointed out in the UN program as one of the aspects aimed at tackling poverty in counties of Africa and South Asia. “Our project allows to solve several issues at the same time, including global warming and ozone layer destruction. Moreover, our research meets in many ways the world energy saving challenge”, - noted Ivan Starkov. Thus, the project is likely to become a real breakthrough for the world energy saving. The newly developed cooling system gives an opportunity to cover the enormous market (according to even critical evaluations – USD 1 trillion). Such corporations as Bosch, LG, Embraco have already shown interest to the research.

As a reminder, over the last 12 years 204 young scientists from 43 research centers have become the contest winners. Currently, the program reaches 56% of the areas and 74% (51 regions) in Russia. The total amount of the grants amounts to RUB 38.5 million.

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