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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 Global Energy Prize laureates took part in the academic colloquium

On October 4th, an academic colloquium was held at the National Research University MPEI with the participation of 2019 Global Energy Prize laureates Khalil Amine and Frede Blaabjerg, leading specialists and professors of the University, young Russian and foreign scientists - power engineers. The colloquium was the final event of the Global Energy Prize Laureates’ Week, which took place at various discussion platforms from October 2nd to 5th.

The program of the academic colloquium covered the most diverse and relevant topics in modern energy science. American professor Khalil Amine, the 2019 Global Energy Prize laureate, Argonne Distinguished Fellow and the Manager of the Advanced Lithium Battery Technology Group at Argonne National Laboratory presented his work ‘Advanced Energy Storage Systems for Enabling Electrification of Vehicles & smart Grid ’. In his speech, the expert noted, “There are 2.2 million of electric vehicles in the world right now. However, the electrification process is going very slow. This is happening due to the need of reducing costs, which remains to be the barrier for the mass commercialization of electric vehicles”. According to the scientist, it is possible to achieve cost reduction by increasing the energy capacity of the battery.  New technologies are being developed, such as a high-energy lithium ion system, SeS system, and lithium superoxide close system, due to which it is possible to increase the energy density by 4 to 5 times compared to lithium ion system. All of these technologies are under development and perhaps in the nearest future a new generation of batteries will appear.

As part of the report ‘Power Electronics – The Key Technology for Grid Integration of Renewables’ Danish professor Frede Blaabjerg, the Global Energy Prize laureate, Head of the Aalborg University Center of reliable power electronics, spoke about trends in development of power electronics in the world. “The energy system is becoming increasingly electrified. The revolution of renewable energy sources is coming. A new era of power electronics begins with it.  Power electronics is a key technology in the field of electric power conversion”. According to the scientist, the main competitors of fossil fuels are wind and solar energy. But the biggest problem lie in the area of energy storage. The principles of power electronics allow to control both the energy source itself and its connection to the energy system. “With the use of power electronics, we can transport gigawatts of electricity from one place to another - in the future we will see a significant development of this process”, concluded the scientist.

Along with eminent experts in the energy sector, young Russian and foreign specialists took part in the event. Alexander Murray, winner of the Global Energy Youth Talks, a competition for the best research project, which took place at the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit in Germany (Karlsruhe), presented his developments at the colloquium. The young scientist has developed a system for optimizing algorithms in solving engineering problems in energy systems. In his work ‘Structure Exploitation in Mixed-Integer Optimization of Energy Systems’ Alexander Murray described the application of an algorithm that shows promising results in obtaining fast solutions with objectively better performance than competing methods. According to young scientist, specialized methods in the form of optimization of algorithms will help to solve many engineering problems in energy systems.

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