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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.

REW - 2018: The Global Energy Prize experts will consider three factors of sustainable development of energy of the future

The Global Energy Association will hold a panel session “Energy of the future: three factors of the sustainable development” on October 4, 2018. Heads of international organizations and leading world scientists will discuss the impact of digitalization on the energy sector of the economy, the ways of transition to carbon-free fuel systems and new ways of energy usage. The session will be held within the framework of the International Forum "Russian Energy Week" at the conference hall D. The event starts at 10.00.

The process of digital transition in power industry, which will not only improve the efficiency of traditional energy systems, but also reduce their maintenance costs and ensure more security of energy supply, has been recognized by the advanced countries of the world as an important goal for achieving a new global energy system. "The evolutionary development of high technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning will open new opportunities for providing comprehensive solutions that were impossible before", - mentioned Steven Griffith (UAE), the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member, Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST). What prospects will provide big data analytics, Internet of things, autonomous unmanned vehicles and additive manufacturing he will tell during the session. In his turn, Dominique Fache (France), the Global Energy Prize expert, Member of the Board of Directors of Technopark Sofia-Antipolis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTF, will present some critical features that characterize digitalization and the new threats that it creates. In addition, the speakers will assess how the level of implementation of digital technologies has changed in the period from 2010 to 2020, and at what stage of development digitalization is situated in systems of energy distribution and transmission.

Another trend, which possesses a crucial role on the future of energy’s formation, experts specify the transition to carbon-free systems. How soon a future with a low share of CO2 emissions will come? What percent will reach the share of carbon-free fuels (electric and hydrogen engines) in the automobile industry in the coming years and how this shift will affect the economic efficiency? These questions will be answered by Martin Green (Australia), the 2018 Global Energy Prize laureate, Professor of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Head of Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, Rodney John Allam (UK), the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee Chairman, Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007,  Sun Xiansheng (China), Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) and Rae Kwon Chung (South Korea), UN Secretary-General’s High-level Expert and Leaders Panel (HELP) on water and disasters, Adviser to the Chair, Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

The third factor of the global energy system’s development will be the question of new ways of energy usage. Due to the decrease in the share of traditional energy sources, the growing load on the planet’s ecosystem and the need to solve the problem of energy shortage, the search for alternative energy sources and their effective usage have possessed the fundamental importance for the sustainable development of humanity. What new ways of energy generation and converting are being developed now, and how they can be implemented in such areas as medicine, construction and etc. These are just some of the questions that will be answered by Sergey Alekseenko (Russia), the 2018 Global Energy Prize laureate, Head of Institute of Thermophysics of the RAS Siberian Branch, Klaus Riedle (Germany), the 2005 Global Energy Prize laureate, honorary professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg institute of engineering thermodynamics, Liu Hongpeng (China), Director of the Energy Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The moderator of the discussion will be Sofiko Shevardnadze, journalist and TV host of the channel Russia Today.

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