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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.

Top 10 of the world’s energy: the short list of nominees for the Global Energy Prize

The Global Energy Association announces the short list of the Global Energy Prize 2017.  It includes the representatives from Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and USA. Moreover, the names of new laureates will be made public on April 6.

186 scientists from 31 countries have contended for the Prize in its XV Anniversary cycle. The top 10 of the most promising researchers was compiled according to the evaluations of the international experts and the working group of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee.  

Therefore, these scholars have formed the short list: Mateo Valero Cortes (Spain), Dharendra Yogi Goswami (USA), Michael Graetzel (Switzerland), Igor Grekhov (Russia) Martin Andrew Green (Australia), Elon Musk (USA), Yury Oganessian (Russia), Victor Orlov (Russia), Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Germany), Henry James Snaith (UK). 

It is noteworthy that five scientists of the top 10 specialize in the field of renewable sources of energy. The second “popular” field belongs to electric power industry, and the third place goes to nuclear power.

All candidates` research studies and innovations nominated for the Global Energy Prize are extremely important for solving the problems facing humanity, including reduction of energy costs, development of new energy saving technologies, as well as search for new energy sources.

Here are brief descriptions of the achievements of the top 10 scientists:

Mateo Valero Cortes advocates for decreasing the energy consumption of the IT industry. In particular, he produced significant results in energy-efficient Central Processing Units (CPUs). CPUs are the most power-consuming component of an IT system, so any CPU energy savings are highly valuable.

Dr. Dharendra Yogi Goswami  has done his works in the area of solar thermal power. His solar photo-electrochemical disinfection technology has resulted in new indoor air disinfection device, the world’s first molecular air purifier, which alleviated the allergic and asthmatic sufferings.

Michael Graetzel is an inventor and developer of dye-sensitized solar cells, called “Graetzel  cells”. The experts are convinced that this invention may lay the foundation for the future energy technologies. The “Graetzel cells” are aimed at playing a significant role in creating cheap, large scaled technical solutions to obtain renewable energy.

Igor Grekhov has developed and implemented semiconductor devices for ultrafast switching of high power.

Martin Andrew Green has made researches and developments in the field of photovoltaics that have dramatically reduced costs of the solar energy transformation to the electric power, significantly increasing its deployment on a global scale.

Elon Musk was nominated for his exceptional management and scientific efforts to bring the new ecologically clean electric car concept for the modern civilization.

Yury Oganessian has discovered a series of new super heavy elements in the Mendeleev`s periodic table. Thanks to these elements, it is possible to create a fundamentally new nuclear power engineering in the future, which will be less dangerous in comparison to the traditional one, and will not have such a large amount of hazardous waste. Perhaps, the planet`s energy problems may be solved in this way.

Victor Orlov has made a fundamental research concerning development of the innovative energy technology based on the fast reactors with a heavy metal coolant and the closed fuel cycle, generating new opportunities for nuclear energy development.

Henry James Snaith has created a technology on the use of perovskites (relatively rare for the Earth's surface minerals) as the basis for very efficient low cost solar cells.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber has significantly advanced both the scientific understanding of the rate and extent of climate change, and has defined many of the key policy opportunities for nations to act to develop environmentally, socially, and politically sustainable energy and economic systems.

The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee meeting will be held in Moscow on April 4. Twenty prominent and authoritative experts from all over the world will decide during the election who of the short-listed nominees will be recognized by the prestigious award.  

More information on these top 10 scientists and their inventions will be unveiled during the press conference. The names of the Global Energy Prize 2017 laureates and the monetary amount of the Prize will be announced as well. 

The press conference will be held on April 6 at 11 a.m
Venue: TASS press center, 2 Tverskoy blvd.

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