Participation of Global Energy Association in the business programme of REW 2019
The Global Energy Association took an active part in the Russian Energy Week International Forum, which was held in Moscow from October 2 to 5. The Association had an intense business programme and held its own session with leading experts in the energy industry. The main event within the framework of the forum was the Global Energy Prize Award Ceremony.
On October 3rd, the second day of the Russian Energy Week International Forum, the Global Energy Prize Award Ceremony 2019 took place. Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak awarded the prestigious and lucrative world science award, the 2019 Global Energy Prize, to professors Khalil Amine of the United States and Frede Blaabjerg of Denmark for their work on energy storage and integration technologies. The laureates were selected from among 39 contenders from 12 nations. They share the award, its $600,000 prize money, golden medals and golden labels.
The key event of the Global Energy Association’s business programme was the session ‘Mission possible: scientific response to universal energy challenges’. The participants were: 2019 Global Energy Prize laureates Khalil Amine and Frede Blaabjerg; Rodney John Allam, the 2018 Global Energy Prize laureate, Member of the IPCC, awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007; Oleg Budargin, Chairman of the Global Energy Association’s Board of Trustees, Vice-Chairman of the World Energy Council; Rae Kwon Chung, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee Chairman , UN Secretary-General’s High-level Expert and Leaders Panel (HELP) on water and disasters, Adviser to the Chair, awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007; Marta Bonifert, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member, Hungarian Business Leaders Forum (HBLF), Board Member, Sustainability Work Stream Leader; Steven Griffiths, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member,Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The participants of the panel session have defined the key science solutions aimed to achieve the sustainable energy future,including the best innovative technologies. The experts have discussed the energy efficiency, use of renewable energy resources and “clean technologies”. Also, the experts focused on the measures needed for a complete transformation of the energy sphere.
In addition to the events organized by the Global Energy Association, experts took part in other events of the REW. Session ‘Digital Transformation Cannot Be Stopped: How Can We Ensure Critical Infrastructure Security?’ opened the forum’s business programme. Frede Blaabjerg, the 2019 Global Energy Prize laureate, Head of Aalborg University Center of reliable power electronics CORPE took part in the event. In his speech he noted that power electronics can guarantee the infrastructural safety in the era of digital transformation. In his point of view, nowadays security of energy supply is a top priority and it is being observed from different angels. The issues of digital “hygiene” and managing cyber threats in the energy sector are inextricably linked with ensuring the reliability, accessibility and stable supply of energy resources. The technologies of power electronics can provide stable and reliable production of electricity, its transmission, distribution to end users, and make possible to create structures that flexibly adapt to changes in the load of the power grid, which, in turn, means the digitalization of energy systems.
At that day Tomas Blees, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member; President of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI) moderated the session ‘Nuclear Energy as an Integral Element of the Sustainable Future Agenda’. The session’s agenda was based on the concept of sustainable development, which combines three key components: the social sphere, business and the environment (ecology). The implementation of the global climate agenda is impossible without nuclear energy, as nuclear generation is low-carbon and minimizes the emission of CO₂ into the atmosphere. During the session, participants discussed the impact of nuclear technology on the quality of life of people and the main obstacles to the development of nuclear energy.
Special attention in the business agenda of the forum was paid to the topic of the application of new digital technologies in the energy sector. Steven Griffiths the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member; Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Khalifa University of Science and Technology took part in the session ‘Intelligent Predictive Technologies – New Opportunities for the Development of the Electric Power Industry’. Issues of increasing the level of safety, trouble-free operation of power equipment and reducing the cost of operating activities using intelligent systems formed the basis of the discussion. According to Steven Griffiths, digitalization in energy sector is developing in two directions.Firstly, modern intelligent technologies make it possible to calculate the required volumes of energy received from renewable energy sources, taking into account the inconsistency of electricity supply to the network. Secondly, digital systems can predict consumer energy demand, which is extremely difficult to calculate accurately, given the development of the private energy sector.
Khalil Amine, the Global Energy Prize laureate, an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and the Manager of the Advanced Lithium Battery Technology Group at Argonne National Laboratory presented his ideas about the use of batteries in the railway industry at the session ‘Using Energy Storage and Distributed Generation at Russian Railways: Problems and Prospects’.The expert noted that the current trend in the electrification of transport in the world contributes to the widespread introduction of batteries. They are being used in electric vehicles, trains, small airplanes and space satellites. Also, the speaker outlined a number of factors that prevent their full use in production. According to the scientist, the high cost is the main barrier for the large-scale introduction of batteries in mass production. To reduce it, it is necessary to increase the energy capacity of the battery, not forgetting about safety. Extensive research is already underway and, possibly, in the nearest future a new generation of batteries will appear in the world.
The Russian Energy Week International Forum is the largest annual industry event in Russia. This year, 417 speakers took part in the business programme of the forum, more than 70 events were held. Over four days, REW was visited by over 10,000 participants from Russia and 115 foreign countries and by more than 400 companies in the fuel and energy complex of Russia.