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In the 14 years since its foundation, the Global Energy Prize has been awarded to 34 scientists and researchers around the world who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their field. The laureates come from nine different countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.

Philipp Rutberg (RUS)

Awarded the 2011 Global Energy Prize for fundamental research and development of energy plasma technologies, Dr. Phillipp Rutberg was a famous electrophysist and energy scientist who created a new direction in physics and technology for dense low-temperature plasma, and also developed innovative high power plasma systems: powerful stationary three-phase AC plasma torches and pulse plasma generators which have a gigawatt range at the maximum settings in international practice.

Dr. Rutberg created and developed two-stage plasma-chemical technologies for utilisation and disposal of waste (including highly toxic one) as well as for production of syngas and hydrogen from carbon and other organic substances in order to produce clean renewable energy and liquid fuels. He ensured the leadership of Russian scientists in plasma technologies, which lead to a significant decrease in the amount of hazardous emissions released into the atmosphere.

Dr. Rutberg was known for his work dedicated to creating energy from city garbage. The scientist believed that along with plasma chemistry and plasma metallurgy, the plasma torch, a gas discharge device for obtaining low-temperature plasma, could increasingly be in demand to solve global energy problems, and to settle the problem of waste in large cities.

Dr. Philipp Rutberg was a Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Institute for Electrophysics and Electric Power in St Petersburg.

Born: 1931. Died: 2015

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