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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.

The Solemn Global Energy Prize Award Ceremony will be held in the framework of the Russian Energy Week Forum

On October 3rd, on the second day of the Russian Energy Week forum, the solemn Global Energy Prize Award Ceremony for the 2019 laureates will be held. This year, the high award is going to professor Frede Blaabjerg (Denmark) “for outstanding technical contributions to the design of power management systems enabling the integration of renewable power” and Dr. Khalil Amine (USA) “for outstanding contribution into the development of the efficient electrical energy storage technology”. Laureates will receive gold medals, gold badges, diplomas and will share a premium fund of 39 million rubles. The event starts at 11.30, Plenary conference hall.

The 2019 Global Energy Prize laureates were chosen at a meeting of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee in May this year. Both scientists have won in the "non-traditional" categories of the Prize. Since the year 2019, the competitive selection for Global Energy Prize has been conducted in three main categories: “new ways of energy application”, “non-traditional energy” and “traditional energy”.

Danish professor Frede Blaabjerg is an expert in the area of power electronics. He has won in the nomination “non-traditional energy”.
The scientist 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. Frede Blaabjerg also provided important solutions for turning photovoltaic plants and wind turbines to reality. These technologies are required for reliable and sustainable functioning of the energy systems in general. Today the installed capacity of these plants exceeds 1000 GW.  Among other things professor works on the introduction of new conceptual methods of ensuring the reliability of power electronics for renewable power sources in order to reduce the cost of energy converters while increasing their reliability.

American professor Khalil Amine is the most cited scientist in the world on the topic of accumulator batteries. He has won in the nomination “new ways of energy application”. His studies are related to new cathodes and anodes for lithium-ion batteries, participated in the development of new liquid-polymer electrolyte systems, lithium-oxygen, lithium-sulfur, sodium-ion batteries and in other studies. He stood at the origins of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 5-volt spinel cathode, which is being now actively and internationally introduced into power systems. NMC cathode is considered to be the scientist’s major accomplishment. At present, it is widely used in household electric appliances and in electric vehicles such as Chevy Volt, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Fiat Chrysler, BMW I3 and I8, Ford, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. Not so long ago, Dr. Amine developed a new superoxide battery system capable to yield up to five times more energy than lithium-ion batteries. This discovery was described in Nature Journal and gave impetus to a new round of research aimed at increasing the energy density of batteries and reducing costs, which should lead to a sharp increase in the number of electric vehicles in the future.

According to Rae Kwon Chung, 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, the choice of 2019 laureates among 39 applicants from 12 countries was not accidental. Innovative works of Frede Blaabjerg and Khalil Amine correspond to the urgent problems of the world energy sector and solve the most important infrastructural problems associated with the instability of energy supply in the electric grid. Support for such decisions is very important especially during the time of worsening climate crisis and a global trend of energy shortages. “The world needs the technologies that focused not only at the production of fossil and "green" energy, but also at solving issues of storage, transfer and increasing energy efficiency. By recognizing these scientists, the Global Energy Prize helps analyze global trends and offers solutions to the most challenging industry issues”, said the expert.

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).

The event will be held during the Global Energy Prize Laureates’ Week. Within this week the Association will hold a number of events with the participation of members of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, young scientists and experts in the energy industry.

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