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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 Global Energy Prize laureates will be announced in Moscow on April 28

The names of new laureates of prestigious international award - The Global Energy Prize – will be announced in TASS press center on April 28, 2016. This award acknowledges breakthrough achievements in the energy field. The 2016 laureates will receive golden medals from the Russian President within the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum and will share large sum of money – more than RUB 30 mln.

The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee will determine the laureates on April 26. As of now, the Committee consists of 20 outstanding scientists from 13 countries of the world, led by the Nobel Prize winner Rodney John Allam from the UK. It is he who will announce the results of their vote during the press conference on April 28, as well as the short-list of the prize nominees.

Traditionally the happy news will fly to the 2016 laureates during the event via a teleconference. Journalists will get the chance to not only hear the first reactions of the winners, but also ask interesting questions.

Alexander Shokhin, RSPP President, the Board of Trustees Chairman, Board of Trustees members Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and Alexander Novak, Russian Minister of Energy as well as representatives of prize founders, top-management of these companies – Pavel Korsunov, PJSC FGS UES  Deputy Chairman and Nikolay Kisilev, OJSC Deputy General Director are also invited to  the press conference.

The solemn Global Energy Prize award ceremony will be traditionally held within the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 17 where the Russian President will personally congratulate the laureates.

In 2003 Vladimir Putin has declared during the first award ceremony: “The Global Energy Prize was conceived and created as a prize of the new millennium. I think it is profoundly symbolic and natural that this new award has been founded on the initiative of Russia, one of the recognized leaders in the world energy market, and a country that has great experience in international energy cooperation”.

Since its inception 14 years ago, the Global Energy Prize has acknowledged 33 laureates from 10 countries: Great Britain, Germany, Iceland, Canada, Russia, USA, France, Ukraine, Sweden and Japan. Note that laureates` developments is not just scientific breakthrough but tremendous economic effect as well. Thus the isolated gate bipolar transistor of the 2015 laureate Jayant Baliga saved in the last 25 years 73,000 TWh of energy and over 1,48 trillion gas gallons. And Shuji Nakamura`s invention – blue light emitting diode – opened new ways in obtaining pure white color. The efficiency of a white LED is two times of a fluorescent lamp and 10 times the one of an incandescent lamp. According to the US DOE reports, transition to LED-based lighting will allow 300 TWh savings and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 210 million metric tons only in the USA.

The press conference will be held on April 28 at 11 a.m. in TASS press center by the address: 2 Tverskoy blvd.

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