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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.

Renewable Energy Systems: Prospects for Development

The 2019 Global Energy Prize laureate Danish professor Frede Blaabjerg will held a series of lectures about power electronics as a key technology for energy intergration. The scientist will also speak about his developments that were awarded with the Global Energy Prize. The lectures will be held on October 1st at 17.00 at the coworking- space “Tochka kipeniya”and on October 4th at 12.00 at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics.

The global trend to the long-term changes in the structure of energy systems is happening because of the process of “energy transition”. This process is characterized by the sustained transformation of global energy, an increase in the share of renewable energy sources in the global energy balance and a decrease in the carbon intensity of production. Professor Blaabjerg will talk in his lectures about the factors that will contribute to finalizing this process,  countries that are committed to achieving new energy paradigm and how technological and economic barriers that are standing on the way for global energy system transformation can be removed. Also, the scientist will assess the feasibility of expanding the energy balance structures of the countries exporting fossil fuels. The scientist will talk about innovative technologies that contribute to the transition to a green economy. In particular, he will share the latest trends in power electronics, which increase the productivity and efficiency of renewable energy plants.

Danish professor Frede Blaaberg, an expert in the field of power electronics, became the laureate in the nomination 'Non-traditional energy'. The Global Energy Prize is awarded to him “for outstanding technical contributions to the design of power management systems enabling the integration of renewable power”. “The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee has rightfully decided on Frede Blaabjerg to become the 2019 Global Energy Prize laureate. The scientist’s developments allow solving urgent infrastructural problems of the energy industry. In the 1990s, he made a number of inventions in the field of variable speed drive technology, and today they are regularly applied in wind turbines, and allow for rational generation of electricity, saving tens of millions of dollars a year. Such drives are used in industrial automation,”- stated Alexandr Ignatov, Head of the Global Energy Association.

Lectures of Frede Blaabjerg will be held as a part of the Global Energy Prize Laureate’s Week, during which the Association holds a number of events with the participation of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee members, young scientists and experts in the energy industry. The event on October 4th will be held at Higher School of Economics - National Research University as a part of the ‘The Future of Energy’ special course of the Master's program ‘Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation’.

The solemn Global Energy Prize Award Ceremony will be held on October 3rd at 11.30 (Plenary conference hall), within the framework of the International forum “Russian Energy Week” (CEH ‘Manege’, Moscow, Manezhnaya Square, 1).

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