The Global Energy Association and the Educational Foundation ‘Talent and Success’ will hold the Sochi Energy Readings from February 12 to 14, 2020. Within of the event, schoolchildren, students, novice specialists will present their projects in the field of energy to leading international energy experts. The theme of the first readings is “Sustainable Development, Challenges for Energy Transformation and Climate Change”.
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, will take part in the Gaidar forum, where he will consider the best practices for achieving the UN sustainable development goals. The 11th Gaidar Forum, Russia and the World: Challenges of the New Decade, to be held from January 15 to 16, 2020 at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).
The online version of the book 'A Tribute to Those Who Changed the World: The Global Energy Prize’, which is devoted to describing the lives and scientific studies of the Global Energy Prize laureates, is now available for purchase on Amazon.
Developments by researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory, where Khalil Amine, the 2019 Global Energy Prize laureate, runs Advanced Lithium Battery Technology Group, received nine of R&D 100 awards for 2019. The award program, called the ‘Oscars of Innovation’, annually recognises revolutionary ideas in science and technology. Khalil Amine was awarded for ‘developing one of the highest energy density lithium battery with long cycle life and excellent abuse tolerance for both automotive and smart grid scale applications’.
As of today, the need of the energy system decarbonization is keenly felt, especially after entering into force the Paris climate agreement (preventing global temperatures from rising above 2°C). 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, gave a lecture on the topic: ‘Economics of Energy Transformation’ at the Educational Сenter ‘Sirius’ (Sochi, Russia), where he presented measures to achieve decarbonization of energy systems without loss of economic health of countries.
Frede Blaabjerg, the 2019 Global Energy Prize laureate, Head of the Center of reliable power electronics in Aalborg University will receive the IEEE Edison Medal, a prestigious award for outstanding achievements in the field of electronics and electrical engineering, The award is presented annually by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. As the Global Energy Prize, which the scientist was awarded this year, the Edison Medal is also included in the international ranking of the most significant international awards of IREG.
The winners of the first cycle of the Global Energy Youth Program have been awarded in Moscow. They have shared the prize fund in amount of USD 64,000 (4 million rubles). Three researchers will get grants of USD 16,000 (1 million rubles) each. The fourth winner has already implemented his project on the production. He will receive the personal award of the same amount. This year, projects submitted for the competition were related to the fields of energy efficiency, use of the organic renewable materials instead of fossil resources, and analysis of the widespread influence of electromagnetic radiation on humans.
On December 10, in Stockholm, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry ‘for developing lithium-ion batteries’ to Akira Yoshino, a Japanese scientist, the Global Energy Prize laureate. It was for ‘the invention of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, an essential element for mobile electronic devices and various types of electric vehicles, including hybrids’ that the scientist received the Global Energy Prize in 2013.
The problem of recycling and disposal of household waste is a pressing issue in Russia. According to Rosprirodnadzor, the volume of household waste in Russia is 70 million of tons. At the same time, only 5–7% is processed, the rest is either burned or buried in landfills. In the nearest future the burning of waste will be recognized as recycling, the relevant amendments to the current legislation are being prepared already for submission to the State Duma. At the same time, the ecological side of such measures is dangerous, traditional landfill operations lead to unsuitability of land areas and groundwater contamination. The result of burning solid waste is pollution of the atmosphere with toxic components, which poses a direct threat to the environment and human health. Philipp Rutberg, RAS academician, the 2011 Global Energy Prize laureate developed technologies for the disposal and use of waste without harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
According to the results of recent contest of annual reports organized by the international group of rating agencies RAEX, the Global Energy Association has been highly praised for the quality of the annual report in the category of public, budgetary and educational organizations in 2018. It was the first time the Association took part in contest of annual reports
The Global Energy Association has selected winners of its International Youth Program. Three scientists from Russia and representative from China won the contest. Each winner will receive a monetary award in amount of USD 16,000 (1 million rubles). This year's awards will be presented for developments in the field of energy-efficient technologies, methods of using organic renewable resources and studies of the influence of electromagnetic radiation on biological and industrial objects. The Award ceremony will be held on the 12th of December, 2019 at the All Russia Public Organization’s ‘Business Russia’ venue (7, bld. 1, Delegatskaya street).