Arthur Ashkin, a 96-year-old inventor and 2018 Nobel laureate for developing optical tweezers, works on a technology to produce clean and cheap energy. According to the scientist, mirror concentrators can replace solar panels and make a revolution in the energy sector. Australian Professor Martin Green, the 2018 Global Energy Prize laureate, convinced that such ideas were in demand in the 70s of the XX century.
The National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) established the scientific and educational center “Ekoenergy 4.0”. Researches develop technology there to “transform” low-grade coal, agro-industrial waste and wood processing into an environmentally friendly source of heat and electricity. The Global Energy Prize laureate, RAS Academician and Professor of the scientific and educational center I. N. Butakova TPU Sergey Alekseenko became the Scientific Director of “Ekoenergy 4.0”.
The representatives of the Global Energy Association and the National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) held negotiations on cooperation, during which they identified promising areas for joint work.
The fourth industrial revolution or as it is also called “Industry 4.0” is an era of innovation characterized by the transition to automated digital production, managed by intelligent systems in real time. The new type of industrial production is based on such technologies as big data, automation, blockchain, Internet of things, artificial intelligence, smart grids. It is obvious that the coming industrial reality will have a significant impact on all spheres of life. Experts of the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit`s round table devoted to the fourth industrial revolution, considered the impact of “Industry 4.0” on the energy sector, assessed the benefits of technological innovations and possible risks.
The Global Energy Association, the World Energy Council and the MIEP MGIMO hosted a meeting in the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy (MIEP MGIMO). Recognizing the importance of international energy cooperation and issues of sustainable energy development, the parties discussed issues of mutually beneficial partnership and the possibility of joint initiatives.
Universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy is one of the 17 global goals of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development. One of the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit`s round tables, held at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, was devoted to the discussion of the requirements for achieving this goal. Representatives of the energy sector from 6 countries identified the economic, environmental, social aspects of the energy goal of the 2030-agenda, as well as the role of international energy cooperation.
The winners of the Global Energy Youth Talks, which was held within the framework of the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit in Germany, became known. According to the experts' assessment, the winner became Alexander Murray with a project of optimization algorithms in solving engineering problems in power systems. He received a special invitation to the 2019 Global Energy Prize Ceremony. The second winner, who received the audience award, became Holger Roehm with the development of special sunglasses.
Humanity is about to usher in a new technological cycle, which implies structural changes in the economic model and a fundamental revision of the strategy for managing the energy system. Experts of the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit taking place today, on April 10 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), are convinced that this transition requires large-scale investments and decisive political action. While discussing the changes of the global energy landscape, the Summit’s participants identified ways to improve energy efficiency and named obstacles preventing the necessary deep transformation.
On April 9, within the Zero day of the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit, the 2012 Global Energy Prize laureate, Member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, Technical Director of Net Power LLC Rodney Allam told the students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, about the world's first TPP, which operates on the basis of a special cycle named in his honor. The technology allows to generate inexpensive and clean energy from hydrocarbon fuels without harmful emissions into the environment.
The application period for the participation in the Global Energy Youth Program, which became international in 2019, starts on April, 10. Now young engineers from all over the world can take part in the contest for the best research project and implemented idea. The winners will receive grants for the continuation of research and personal awards in the amount of one million rubles each. The total prize fund of the program this year is 56 000 Euros.
On April 9, the 2012 Global Energy Prize laureate, Member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, Technical Director of Net Power LLC Rodney Allam will tell the students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) about his unique development, which allows to generate inexpensive and clean energy from hydrocarbon fuels. The scientist's speech will be held within the Zero day of the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit.
Watch the live broadcast of the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit in English, in German, in Russian. The live broadcast will start on April 10th at 09.30 a.m. (German time).