Global Energy Prize

The Global Energy Prize is an international award in the field of energy industry which is given for "outstanding scientific research and scientific-technical developments in the field of energy which promote greater efficiency and environmental security for energy sources on Earth in the interests of all mankind".

The Global Energy Prize
Global Energy Prize logo
Awarded foroutstanding scientific research and scientific-technical developments in the field of energy which promote greater efficiency and environmental security for energy sources on Earth in the interests of all mankind
CountryRussian Federation
Presented byThe Association for the development of international research and projects in the energy sector "Global Energy"
Reward(s)statuette, diploma, monetary prize of 39 million russian rubles ($530,000)
First awarded2003; 19 years ago (2003)
Number of laureates45 (as of 2021)
Websiteglobalenergyprize.org/en/ (in English)
globalenergyprize.org/ru/ (in Russian)
Announcement of 2020 award winners in the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics in Kaluga, Russia

It was founded in 2002 at the initiative of a Nobel Prize in Physics laureate Zhores Alferov. The headquarters are in Moscow, Russia. The prize is awarded by the President of Russia or "a person authorized by the president". The media and the professional community consider it "a biggest Russian award" and "one of the biggest in the world". Some depictions in the press described it as "a Russian analogue to the Nobel prize".[1] This is confirmed by the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence which includes the Prize in its "top-99" list of the most recognized global awards.[2] It is the only award from Russia included in this list.

The award is managed by The Global Energy Association, which is dedicated to the development of international research and projects in energy industry. Besides award, the Association oversees conferences and informational programmes in this field, programmes for younger scientists and produces an annual report "Ten breakthrough ideas in energy for the next 10 years".

HistoryEdit

The author of the concept was Zhores Alferov, Russian Nobel-winning physicist (2000), academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The prize was created in 2002 and Alferov was appointed the head of the International Committee for its awarding.[3] The founders of the prize were PJSC Gazprom, PJCS Federal Grid Company of the Unified Energy Systems (FGC UES, Former JSC Unified Energy Systems of Russia) and Yukos. The creation of the prize was announced by Vladimir Putin at the 2002 Russia—European Union Summit.

The first Global Energy Prize award ceremony took place in June 2003 at the Konstantinovsky Palace, Strelna (St Petersburg) and was attended by President Putin. The award was presented to three scientists: Nick Holonyak (USA), a professor at the University of Illinois, "for his invention of the first semiconductor LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in the visible region of the light spectrum, and his role as founder of the new field of silicon electronics and micro-electronics for power applications"; Ian Douglas Smith (USA), chief manager and senior researcher in Titan Pulse Sciences Division company, "for fundamental research into the physics of high-power pulse-energy engineering, and the development of pulsed power in electron accelerator applications", and a Russian scientist Gennady Mesyats for the same.

For the prize's management, the Global Energy Prize Foundation was established. It was functional until 2010 and, besides the prize, launched a number of energy-related programs. In 2010 it was converted into a voluntary association, and in October 2016 it was renamed into The Association for the development of international research and projects in the energy sector "Global Energy". As of 2021, the Association's members are Gazprom, "Rosseti FGC UES" and Surgutneftegaz.

ActivitiesEdit

In 2020, the association broadened its geographical presence, so a new record was set in the 2021 nomination cycle. For the first time, 36 countries were represented on the long list — three times the number in 2019 (12 countries) and nearly twice the number in 2020 (20 countries).[4]

The 2021 list features scientists not only from North America, Western Europe and Asia, but also from Eastern Europe — Hungary and Latvia — from the Middle East and from Africa — Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Gambia, Egypt, Jordan, Madagascar, Nigeria, Togo and Zimbabwe — and from Latin America — Mexico and Uruguay. And for the first time, women were among the candidates — from India, Kazakhstan, the United States and Zimbabwe. In 2020, new members joined the Board of Trustees — the former president of Uruguay, Julio Maria Sanguinetti Coirolo, the founder and director of the company British Influence, Peter Wilding and the General Director, Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), Abel Didier Tella. The new President of the Global Energy Association became Sergey Brilev, a prominent Russian TV journalist and manager. The former presidents were Igor Lobovsky (2003–2018) and Alexander Ignatov (2018–2020).

As of 2021, the monetary part of the award amounted to 39 million of russian rubles (530,000 USD). The association, besides award, oversees energy-related conferences and informational projects, programmes for younger scientists with participation of honoured experts. It also produces an annual report "Ten breakthrough ideas in energy for the next 10 years". Since 2020, the ceremony has been held in different cities of Russia: the first location to be selected was the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics in Kaluga.

Up to now, the last awarding ceremony took place in autumn 2021.[5]

In 2020, along with the existing Global Energy Prize, a new type of award was established: Honorary Diploma of the Association, for Russian scientists contributing to the energy industry of the Russian Federation. The first laureate was mathematician Viktor Maslov — for "fundamental input into the safety of nuclear energy". In 2021 the Association presented its diploma to physicist Igor Grekhov.[6]

International Award CommitteeEdit

 
Rae Kwon Chung, Chairman of the International Award Committee in 2019

The International Award Committee is responsible for choosing the laureates of the Global Energy Prize. It includes:

Board of TrusteesEdit

 
The statuettes given to laureates (2019)

The Board of Trustees of the Association is responsible for supervision of its general management. It includes:

  • Oleg Budargin: Chairman of The Board Of Trustees, Vice-Chairman of The World Energy Council Vice-Chairman of The Global Energy Interconnection Development And Cooperation Organisation (GEIDCO)
  • Vladimir Bogdanov: CEO, Surgutneftegas
  • Mikhail Gorbachev: President, International Fund for Socio-economic and political research (Gorbachev Foundation)
  • Mikhail Gutseriev: Chairman of the Board, Russneft
  • Arkady Dvorkovich: Co-chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation
  • Alexei Likhachev: Director General, Rosatom
  • Alexei Miller: Chairman of the management committee, Gazprom
  • Andrei Murov: First Deputy General Director — Executive Director, Rosseti
  • Alexander Novak: Russian Deputy Prime Minister
  • Igor Sechin: CEO, Chairman of the Management Board, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rosneft
  • Vyacheslav Solomin: Chief Operating Officer, En+ Group
  • Peter Wilding (Great Britain): Founder and director of the company British Influence, Director of the Influence Group consultancy
  • Abdel Didier Tella (Ivory Coast): General Director, Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)
  • Julio Maria Sanguinetti Coirolo (Uruguay): Honorary Doctor, University of Brazil, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), National University of Asuncion (Paraguay), Universiti Malaya (Malaysia), University of Genoa (Italy), University of Bucharest (Romania), Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), Universidad de Alicante (Spain)

LaureatesEdit

Since 2003, 45 scientists from 15 countries were awarded. Among them people from Australia, the UK, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Canada, Russia, the US, Ukraine, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Japan. The laureates are presented an honorary medal, a statuette, a diploma and a golden honorary pin (besides monetary amount).

Nominations are accepted from scientists and/or organizations through representatives. They have to be preliminarily authorized by the Association. Among them are Nobel prize laureates, laureates of prizes such as Kyoto Prize, Max Planck Prize, Wolf Prize, Balzan Prize, past Global Energy Prize laureates.

Country
Laureate
Notes
2003
  Nick Holonyak Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  Ian Douglas Smith Chief Manager, Senior Researcher in Titan Pulse Sciences Division
  Gennady Mesyats Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Member of the Board of RAS Physical Sciences Division (Moscow), Scientific Consultant, Head of Laboratory of Physical Electronics, Institute of Electrophysics of the Ural Division of the RAS
2004
  Leonard J. Koch Professor, originator of ideas and solutions in the field of nuclear reactor safety
  Alexander Sheindlin Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences
  Fyodor Mitenkov Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences
2005
  Zhores Alfyorov Nobel Prize laureate, Academic, Russian Academy of Sciences
  Klaus Riedle Honorary Professor, University of Erlangen–Nuremberg
2006
  Yevgeny Velikhov Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences, Research Advisor, Head of the Plasma Energetics Subdepartment, Department of Physics and Energetics of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Honorary President, National Research Centre "Kurchatov Institute"
  Robert Aymar Engaged in research in the field of controlled thermonuclear fusion
  Masaji Yoshikawa Researched confinement of high-temperature plasma on tokamaks
2007
  Thorstein Ingi Sigfusson President of Icelandic New Energy Ltd., Chairman of the thermoelectric company of Genery-Varmaraf Ltd.
  Geoffrey Hewitt Member of the Royal Society, European Academy of Sciences and Arts and other international organisations
  Vladimir Nakoryakov Engaged in research of hydrodynamics and heat-and-mass transfer processes in the field of energy technologies
2008
  Eduard Volkov Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Academy's Energy, Engineering, Mechanics, and Control Procedures Division
  Clement Bowman Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, Ontario Tech University
  Oleg Favorsky Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences, Unit Leader, Energy, Engineering, Mechanics, and Control Procedures Division
2009
  Aleksey Kontorovich Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences, Chief researcher, Laboratory of Theoretical Bases of Oil and Gas Content Forecasts, Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  Nikolay Laverov Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences
  Brian Spalding Researched concepts of heat-and-mass transfer processes, the basis of practical calculations in fluid mechanics
2010
  Alexander Leontiev Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences
  Boris Paton Former President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
2011
  Philipp Rutberg Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences
  Arthur H. Rosenfeld Professor, member of the U.S. National Engineering Academy
2012
  Boris Katorgin Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of Moscow Aviation Institute's Department of Energy and Physics Systems
  Valery Kostiuk Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences
  Rodney John Allam Former partner 8 Rivers capital, Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change awarded the 2007 Nobel peace prize
2013
  Vladimir Fortov Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences
  Akira Yoshino Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corp., President, Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry 2019
2014
  Ashot Sarkisov Adviser to the Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Directorate of Nuclear Safety Institute
  Lars Gunnar Larsson Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
2015
  Shuji Nakamura Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics 2014
  B. Jayant Baliga Professor, Director of the Power Semiconductor Research Center, North Carolina State University
2016
  Valentin Parmon Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Academy's Siberian branch
2017
  Michael Grätzel Head, Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces, EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
2018
  Sergei Alekseenko Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of Heat and Mass Transfer Laboratory of Institute of Thermophysics of the academy's Siberian branch
  Martin Green Professor, University of New South Wales, Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics
2019
  Frede Blaabjerg Professor in Power Electronics, Villum Investigator, Aalborg University, Head of Aalborg University Centre of Reliable Power Electronics
  Khalil Amine Distinguished Fellow, Leader of the Advanced Lithium Battery Technology team, Argonne National Laboratory
2020
  Nikolaos Hatziargyriou Professor, National Technical University of Athens
  Peidong Yang Director of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute (ENSI), Professor of University of California, Berkeley
  Carlo Rubbia Professor, Gran Sasso Science Institute, life Senator in Italy, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics 1984
2021
  Suleyman Allakhverdiev Head of the Controlled Photobiosynthesis Laboratory at the K.A. Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology
  Zinfer Ismagilov Academician of the Russian academy of sciences
  Yi Cui Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in Russian) У нас появился аналог Нобелевской премииNovaya Gazeta, 28.04.2003
  2. ^ IREG recognized “Global Energy Prize” awarded to Dane and AmericanIREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, 2019
  3. ^ President Vladimir Putin took part in the presentation ceremony for the International Global Energy Prize for 2003Kremlin.ru, 15.06.2003
  4. ^ (in Russian) Число стран-участниц номинационного процесса премии "Глобальная энергия" выросло в 3 разаTASS, 22.03.2021
  5. ^ "Лауреатами "Глобальной энергии" стали два россиянина и нанотехнолог из США" [Two individuals from Russia and a nanotechnology scientist from USA are the laureats of the Global Energy Prize]. Rossiyskaya Gazeta. 2021-09-06. Retrieved 2021-11-24.
  6. ^ The Global Energy Association (GEA) presents honorary diploma to physicist Igor Grekhov on the official website of GEA, 20 Dec. 2021

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