Energy storage sector pockets 2019 Global Energy Prize


The Global Energy Association has awarded two scientists working in the energy storage technology sector with the 2019 Global Energy Prize.

The world science award was handed over by Russia’s minister of energy, Alexander Novak, to professors Frede Blaabjerg of Denmark and Khalil Amine of the US.

The handover took place during the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow on 3 October.

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The award recognises outstanding research that impacts live across the planet and provides technology addressing energy challenges.

The prize is recognised by the International Congress of Distinguished Awards as one the world’s 99 major science awards.

Khali Amine has been honoured for his works with Argonne National Laboratory in developing an efficient electrical energy storage technology.

Khalil Amine, commented: “The work I am recognised for with today’s prize is a small contribution to advance energy storage technology. I hope that my efforts will help accelerate mass electrification of vehicles by increasing their range and making them more affordable. Throughout my career, I have received many awards. However, the Global Energy Prize is by far the biggest in both prestige and recognition. Therefore, I will cherish it all my life.”

Frede Blaabjerg of Aalborg University CORPE (Center of Reliable Power Electronics) has been recognised for outstanding technical contribution to the design of power management systems enabling the integration of renewable power.

“I started doing research in power electronics around 30 years ago. And it immediately became obvious to me that the developments in this area have potential applications like renewable generation, large-scale high-power transmission, adjustable speed drives for robotics, electrical cars, electric ships and so on using modern power electronic components.” 

The two scientists were shortlisted from a field of 39 contenders from 12 countries and will share the $600,000 prize money, golden medals and golden labels.

 “The technologies of 2019 laureates solve the most pressing infrastructure problems of the industry – issues of energy storage and integration. Moreover, not only do they serve the goals of sustainable energy development, but – most importantly – they allow for bringing light and heat to our homes and contribute to the electrification of remote regions of the world,” said the Russian energy minister.