2013 LAUREATES ANNOUNCED
Dr. Akira Yoshino (Japan) and Mr. Vladimir Fortov (Russia) joined the esteemed ranks of Global Energy Prize Laureates in 2013.
The winners were announced at a press conference at the ITAR-TASS Press Centre in Moscow on the 18th of April. Dr. Yoshino, a fellow at the Asahi Kasei Corp. and President of the Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (LIBTEC), was awarded for his ground-breaking work in the development of the lithium-ion rechargeable battery – which today has become the beating heart of mobile electronic devices and electric/hybrid vehicles across the globe.
Mr. Fortov, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, received the prize in recognition for his pioneering work in thermodynamic, thermophysical, electrophysical, and electronic properties of fluids and construction materials in previously unexplored areas of the phase diagram.
“It is a tremendous honour to be here among this distinguished crowd and to be recognized in this way. I’m very humbled by this,” said Mr. Yoshino on winning the award.
The Global Energy Prize has been awarded to 29 laureates since its 2002 inception. The Prize is awarded by the International Award Committee, which includes 25 internationally recognized scientists and energy specialists. The Committee is currently chaired by last year’s laureate, Rodney John Allam.
“There was a very impressive list of candidates from which to select both in terms of quantity and, of course, quality,” Mr. Allam said.
Candidates can be nominated only by the highest-rated scientists, which include Laureates of the Kyoto, Max Planck, Wolf and Balzan prizes and Nobel Prize laureates in physics or chemistry. The degree to which a development contributes to the benefit of humanity is a key criteria in awarding the Prize.
The prize comes with a total USD 1.1 million (RUB 33 million) endowment to help laureate honorees fund future research projects. It is the largest energy research grant of its kind in the world.
GLOBAL ENERGY PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY & LAUREATES WEEK
On 21 June 2013, an official ceremony took place honouring the 2013 laureates of the Global Energy Prize: Dr. Akira Yoshino (Japan) and Mr. Vladimir Fortov (Russia). The ceremony was held as part of the International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg and attracted high level representatives of Russian and Japanese governments and companies.
A separate press conference with the laureates also took place in context of the Sint-Petersburg International Economic Forum on the 20th of June. Amongst the participants were Nikolay Laverov, member of the board of directors at Rosneft Oil Company and Rodney John Allam, 2007 Nobel Prize winner and 2012 GEP Laureate.
The award was given to the winners by Mr. Igor Sechin, President of Rosneft and Chairman of the Global Energy Prize, who congratulated both laureates on their scientific achievements.
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GLOBAL ENERGY PRIZE IN QUOTES
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "This award to Dr. Yoshino brings us an opportunity to further strengthen cooperation and exchange between Japan and Russia in the area of energy, as well as in science and technology. Furthermore, I hope that the Global Energy Prize will play an important role in dealing with global energy issues. I hope that the research by the award winners will further develop and contribute to human happiness."
Russian President Vladimir Putin "I will take this opportunity to also congratulate the winners of the Global Energy Prize awarded today. This year, it was awarded to Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino and Russian researcher Vladimir Fortov. I must note that basic research in the field of energy is what lays the foundation for the future of energy security in our nation and the world overall."
GLOBAL ENERGY BYTES
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- New mechanism converts natural gas to energy faster, capturing carbon dioxide
- First algae powered building goes up in Hamburg
- Brazil prepares for the 2014 World Cup with 7 solar stadiums
- Researchers discover way to produce hydrogen fuel from any plant
- Climate milestone: Earth's CO2 level passes 400 ppm
- Spain completes ambitious efficient building that consumes 50% less energy than a standard passivhaus
- China unveils details of pilot carbon-trading programme
- Progress towards clean energy has stalled, IEA says
- Norway to support Tanzanian rural energy fund
INTERVIEW WITH AKIRA YOSHINO, 2013 LAUREATE OF THE GLOBAL ENERGY PRIZE
Dr Akira Yosino, an inventor of lithium-ion batteries and a 2013 laureate of the Global Energy Prize, discusses the role of new technologies in tackling global energy challenges, the need for innovation and development, and how lithium-ion batteries revolutionized the world.
CASE STUDY: SOLAR IMPULSE HB-SIA
On 4 June 2013, the Solar Impulse completed the third leg of its pioneering solar-powered coast-to-coast flight across the USA – clocking up a whopping 58 hours of flight-time and 3,749km travelled while breaking the distance record for a solar-powered flight along the way. Next stop for the Solar Impulse is Washington DC before the final leg to New York, and then on to the team’s ultimate goal – a traverse of the globe in 2015. For this final record-topping trip a new prototype aircraft is currently under construction – the Solar Impulse HB-SIB – that will use the knowledge gained from the original HB-SIA prototype to push solar-powered flight to new boundaries again.
2013 LAUREATES THROUGH A LENS
Dr. Akira Yoshino
Dr. Yoshino has been working in developing, improving and promoting lithium ion batteries for over 25 years. His innovations in battery technology have in no small measure contributed to the portable digital technology revolution that has swept across the world and changed forever how people communicate, do business and interact with one another. Via its application in transport, particularly in the electric and hybrid car, Dr. Yoshino’s work on lithium ion batteries is also helping to transform modern transport – making it greener and more sustainable for the environment and future generations.
Mr. Vladimir Fortov
Mr. Fortov is a leading Russian physicist and former Russian Deputy Prime Minister who currently heads the Russian Academy of Sciences. Fortov has been credited by eminent American scientist Richard Keeler as being unique in having created an entirely new field of physics, the physics of dense plasma. His contributions to understanding and expanding the knowledge of the basic properties of matter under extreme conditions are highly renowned.