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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.

Atomic energy on service of mankind. The Energy of Knowledge will take place in MEPhI

On May 29, Thomas Blees, member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, President of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI), will deliver a lecture at the MEPhI National Research Nuclear University. The expert will speak on the state of the world energy system in the context of global climate problems, identify the main challenges in the field of energy that the world community is facing, and also will consider the future state of the world energy balance. The lecture will be held in the framework of the Energy of Knowledge Program of the Global Energy Association. The event will start at 11.00.

According to Thomas Blees, the mankind has come across two global challenges, i.e. the needs to address the problem of climate change in the Planet and to meet the demand for energy of the growing world population, which strength, according to the expert, will reach the level of 10 billion people by the middle 21st century. The demand for electrical energy will continue to grow, especially in developing countries that need “fuel” to develop their economies, and in most cases the choice is made in favour of coal as the main source of energy, while its burning has a negative impact on the environment.

In his lecture, Thomas Blees will answer the questions on if is it possible to provide the world's population with a safe, cheap and “clean” energy, and if the mankind is able to achieve a “carbon-free” future? Millions of people around the world are convinced that the energy of the sun, water and wind is enough to meet global energy demand. But how realistic are these forecasts? The expert believes that the nuclear energy will be the dominant method of producing electricity around the world in the coming decades. In his opinion, it is the most “green” solution for the world's energy problems.

Thomas Blees is widely known as one of the leading experts in the area of energy technologies. He is actively involved in coordinating high-level international cooperation in the field of advanced nuclear energy systems and fuel cycle projects involving the United States, Russia, South Korea, Japan, China, the United Kingdom and other countries. The expert is a member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee. On May 28, he, jointly with his colleagues from the committee from 14 world countries, will determine the laureates of the Prize in 2019 at a relevant meeting. The names of the new laureates will be announced on May 30 during the official press conference in TASS.

You will recall that the Energy of Knowledge Program is a series of interactive lectures by the laureates of the Global Energy Prize and other outstanding experts working in the field of energy. Its objective is to attract attention of the young people from the audience to the issues of global energy and inspire them for scientific research in the industry.

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