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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.

The hydrogen energy ideologist professor Sigfusson passed away

The 2007 Global Energy Prize laureate Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson passed away. The sad news came today from the professor’s wife, Bergthora Karen Ketilsdottir. According to her, the scientist died in his sleep early in the morning of July 15.

Icelandic professor, engineer and researcher Thorsteinn Sigfusson was known throughout the world for his work on using low-temperature geothermal resources for the production of electric and thermal energy, for the development of an efficient technology of hydrogen fuel production, and for the creation of a program of conversion his country to a hydrogen energy. This transition program was absolutely supported by the Icelandic people (public opinion polls showed up to 90% of support for the “hydrogen economy” by the residents), the authorities (the scientist received funding and technical support) and started with implementation in the transport sector. Moreover, the professor was awarded the Global Energy Prize in 2007 exactly for the project on research and development of hydrogen energy generation in Iceland.


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