Michael Graetzel, the 2017 Global Energy Prize laureate, professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
David Faiman (Israel), the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member, Professor of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The whole world is in alarm state due to the coronavirus pandemic. Social networks and most of the media are full of negative headlines and keep frightening us with disappointing forecasts. Nevertheless, there is a lot of positive news. Science does not stand still and continues to develop future technologies for the benefit of humanity. Russian scientists from the Moscow Radiotechnical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences have patented a system for transferring energy from a space – based solar power station to Earth. It is expected that a solar power system will be able to transmit energy using microwaves to the remote areas of the planet, where it is impossible to lay ground power lines. The Global Energy Prize experts have shared their opinion on possibility of construction that kind of solar power plant.
On March 20, the Global Energy Association has completed the first stage of the application period for the Global Energy Prize 2020. All nomination submissions are handed over for a professional examination. The final decision on the laureates’ selection will be taken by the International Award Committee, which consists of 20 experts from 14 countries. The names of new laureates will be announced at a separate solemn ceremony.
The event was scheduled for May 4-6, 2020 in the capital of Grenada, St. George’s. Due to the spread of coronavirus infection, Grenada, along with other states, has urged a 14-day self-isolation regime for visitors and citizens arriving from countries where the virus has been detected. Dates of the event will be announced additionally.
The Global Energy Prize Association, Dr Sergey Brilev and his TV crew have obtained unprecedented access to the coal mining facilities in the depths of South Siberia, namely the Talda Western mine of the powerful SUEK coal and energy corporation in Russia’s Kuzbass region.
Oleg Favorsky, full member, Russian Academy of Sciences, the Global Energy Prize laureate – 2008.
Frede Blaabjerg, the 2019 Global Energy Prize laureate, Head of Center of reliable power electronics, Aalborg University (Denmark).
Dietrich Moeller (Germany), the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member, Professor, Doctor of technical sciences, lecturer at MIIT, former President of Siemens Russia.
Steven Griffiths, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member, Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST).
Liye Xiao (China) The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member; Director of Applied Superconductivity Laboratory, CAS; Director of Interdisciplinary Research Center Institute of Electrical Engineering, CAS.
Khalil Amine, the 2019 Global Energy Prize laureate, an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and the Manager of the Advanced Lithium Battery Technology Group at Argonne National Laboratory, shared his opinion about the current oil crisis.
Tomas Blees (USA), the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member, President of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI), commented current oil crisis.
The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee Member, Managing Director at Asia Renewables, Head of Greenpower Fuels, and Principal at Conchubar Infrastructure Fund, Independent Director at the International Green Technologies and Investment Projects Center, William Byun shared his opinion about the current oil crisis.
Angela Wilkinson is Secretary General and Chairman of the World Energy Council. It is the largest international energy non-profit organisation. Represents the interests of more than 3 000 energy organisations from about 100 countries.
Debate about the future of global energy cannot be held only in closed cabinets, it is necessary to involve society more and more in such discussions. And not only in rich countries, but also in BRICS countries. After a visit to Minsk, the delegation of the Global Energy Association opened a series of meetings in Africa by attending the Africa Energy Indaba conference in CapeTown.
On February 26, the Global Energy Association had a meeting with representatives of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus and the International Association of the Academies of Sciences, the latter including the academies of sciences of the CIS countries as well as Vietnam, Mongolia, China, and Montenegro.
The largest solar power station with industrial energy storage has been opened in the Burzyansky district of Bashkiria. Its capacity is 10 MW. It will provide electricity to the entire area. 8 MW storage drive will be able to maintain power during emergency outages. According to experts of the Global Energy Association, this project will not only increase the reliability of power supply in remote areas, but will also become an interesting example of the modern energy balance.
A famous Russian economist, Academic Supervisor of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the Higher School of Economics, Chief Adviser to the Head of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation Leonid Grigoryev visited the Global Energy Association.
On February 20, as part of a lecture for employees, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak met the team of the Global Energy Association. The Minister shared his vision of energy sector trends.
In the midst of the Global Energy Prize nomination cycle, the Head of the Association Sergey Brilev and the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeyev held a meeting to discuss joint actions to support basic and applied research, and development of energy science as a whole.
On February 17, the first series of meetings took place between the Global Energy Association and representatives of the UN agencies in Russia. In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the end of the World War II and, accordingly, the creation of the UN, the parties have discussed the potential for further cooperation in terms of the development of sustainable energy.
A group of scientists from the Institute of Thermophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS), headed by Igor Anufriev, winner of the Energy of Youth Сontest, organized by the Global Energy Association in 2014, has developed an environmentally friendly method for burning oil waste.
The Annual International Sochi Energy Readings, scheduled to be held from February 12 to 14 as part of the Russian Investment Forum, are postponed indefinitely. New dates for the event will be announced later.
Sergey Brilev, TV presenter and public figure, headed the Global Energy Association. The decision to appoint him as a President was made unanimously by the co-founders of the Global Energy Association PJSC Gazprom, “Surgutneftegas” PJSC and PJSC FGC UES.
The Russian theoretical physicist, doctor of physical and mathematical sciences, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Evgenii Velikhov was awarded the Hero of Labor title under a decree of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. According to the text of the decree, the scientist was awarded the title ‘for special labor services to the state and people’.
As a result of the current epidemiological situation in China and the outbreak of coronavirus, the management of the Global Energy Association informs that IX Summit has been rescheduled. The decision was made based on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation and the decision of the Russian Federation Government ‘in order to ensure state security, protect public health and non-dissemination of a new coronavirus infection’. The partner of the event China University of Petroleum-Beijing supported the initiative to postpone the event. Parties agreed to remain all previously reached arrangements. Date and place of the event will be announced additionally.
Supporters of the ‘green’ scenario for the development of global energy are convinced that the energy of the sun, water and wind is sufficient to meet the demand for energy from the growing population of the planet. However, how realistic are these forecasts, and is traditional energy capable of presenting ways to achieve a carbon-free future? These questions will be answered by Thomas Blees, member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee. In his opinion, it is nuclear energy that will make it possible to achieve a carbon-free future and will become the ‘clean’ solution for existing energy problems. The expert will tell about the possibilities of nuclear energy and the current status of the global energy system in the context of climate challenges on February 12 at his lecture ‘Climate change and global development’. It will be the first lecture to be held within the International Sochi Energy Readings. The event is organized by the Global Energy Association, the Russian National Committee of the World Energy Council, and the Sirius University of Science and Technology with the support of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Roscongress Foundation.
A ceremony of awarding the prize of academician G.G. Chernyi for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of aeromechanics and gas dynamics was held in the Research Institute of Mechanics, Moscow State University. This year Sergey Alekseenko the 2018 Global Energy Prize laureate, head of the Laboratory of Heat and Mass Transfer Problems, Institute of Thermophysics SB RAS received an honorary award.
On February 12-14, the First International Sochi Energy Readings will be held at the Sirius University of Science and Technology. Within the framework of the event, experts from the Global Energy Association will give lectures on current issues in modern energy sector and will evaluate projects of students and young specialists. The main theme of the readings: 'Sustainability, challenges for energy transformation and the climate change’. The event is organized by the Global Energy Association, the Russian National Committee of the World Energy Council, and the Sirius University of Science and Technology with the support of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Roscongress Foundation.
The main role in regulating processes to achieve SDGs belongs to the government. At the same time, it is important to take into consideration how the business sector influence on the standards of social responsibility. This thesis presented 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, at the session ‘Best practices to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’, which was held today at the Gaidar Forum in Moscow