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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.

Power electronics and the new era in energy sector

New energy paradigm is pushing the European energy industry to develop renewable energy sources. Denmark expects to be 100 percent fossil-free by 2050.  According to Frede Blaabjerg, the 2019 Global Energy Prize laureate in order to achieve this goal the new technology of energy conversion is needed, in particular, power electronics. The scientist presented his achievements at his lecture ‘Renewable energy systems: prospects for development’, which was held as a part of the ‘Energy of Knowledge’ program of the Global Energy Association.

Nowadays the most dynamically developing sectors of the energy market are the sectors of renewable energy sources and electric transport. The development of these areas in a number of European countries is proceeding very fast. For example, Denmark plans to eliminate the use of fossil energy sources by 2050.

«In the implementation of the plan to change the energy paradigm, energy conversion systems play a crucial role. Using highly efficient power electronics in power generation, power transmission/distribution and end-user application, together with advanced control solutions, can pave the way for widespread introduction of renewable energies», -considers  Frede Blaabjerg, the Global Energy Prize laureate, Head of the  Aalborg University Center of reliable power electronics (CORPE).

As a part of his speech, Professor Blaabjerg explained in details how the achievements of power engineering have become an important part of the electricity production. They help to reduce energy costs for the end-user, and also increase the stability of energy supply to the network from unstable sources such as solar and wind energy. According to the scientist, the applicability of these innovations in daily life has fundamental importance.

Frede Blaabjerg has participated in more than 50 research projects for industrial companies. The results of his studies are used by ABB, Grundfos, Danfoss, Vestas, Game-sa, KK-Electronic, Fuji, Mitsubishi, Rockwell Automation, Sanken, and many others. He is the most quoted author among all the engineering scientists in the world. In 2019 he became a Global Energy Prize 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”.

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