The Global Energy Prize Summit attended by the world’s leading experts held in Turin
April 18, 2018
TASS / Сorrespondent Vera Scherbakova
The world’s leading scientists in energy research gathered Wednesday for the annual Global Energy Prize Summit organized by the namesake Russian Association on development of international research and projects in the field of energy. The summit was held for the seventh time, coming back to Italy four years later. This time, the Polytechnic University of Turin was selected as the platform for presenting innovative ideas and solutions.
Aleksander Ignatov, Acting President of the Global Energy Association, explained to the TASS correspondent that it was not by accident that a university was selected as the location for the summit. “First, it promotes collaboration and exchange between universities. Our summits today are largely aimed at the expert community, but in the future, we intend to target young academic audiences. One idea of Global Energy is to bring together everyone who is interested in those issues, and for them, our summits may be a platform for presenting new ideas and projects of the younger generation of scientists,” Ignatov said.
This year’s summit is dedicated to the future of energy in the digital world. Adoption of digital technology, expansion of the resource base through the use of new technology platforms in the nuclear energy industry, improvement of the performance factor of solar panels and windmills, and development of energy storage units were the topics discussed by top industry specialists from the UK, U.S., South Korea, France, Italy, Germany.
Most of them are laureates of the Global Energy Prize, an international award for outstanding achievements in research and development in energy, which promote efficient use of energy resources and environmental safety on earth in the interests of all humankind. The prize was established in Russia by the Global Energy Association with support from Russia’s major energy companies (Gazprom, Surgutneftegaz and Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System) and has been awarded since 2003. The award has been nicknamed the “Russian Nobel Prize,” and it has been bestowed so far on 35 scientists from 11 countries: the UK, Germany, Iceland, Canada, Russia, the U.S., Ukraine, France, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan.