Two Young Russians Begin World Journey to Research Global Energy Trends
BRUSSELS, August 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
The Pair Plan To Visit Almost 20 Countries to Assess How Energy Challenges Are Being
Two young Russians kicked-off their round-the-world quest on Monday to explore how the
most challenging energy problems are being dealt with in different parts of the world.
Maria Khromova, a young Muscovite trained in the power industry, and Egor Goloshov, an
aspiring economist from Zlatoust, began their journey in Berlin, Germany as the first stop
on their tour, which will take them to different regions of the world over roughly three
Ms. Khromova, 24, and Mr. Goloshov, 21, were selected in May out of a competitive pool
of 49,000 applicants from across Russia as part of the Energy of Adventure project
launched by the non-profit partnership Global Energy based in Moscow.
The aim of the project is to highlight the world’s various energy challenges, from
coping with limited energy resource supplies to mitigating climate change, in various
countries and to showcase how these challenges are being confronted.
Ms. Khromova and Mr. Goloshov will meet with an array of energy experts over their
journey, including scientists and academics, and visit a variety of companies and
organizations, like the German Energy Agency. They are also scheduled to visit China,
France, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, and South Korea in the first weeks of their
“It is important that the world’s energy challenges are discussed by the younger
generations. We need to encourage more participation of the young in the discussion about
how the world will meet its growing energy demands while improving its efficient use
thereby also mitigating the effects of climate change,” said Professor Klaus Riedle, Board
Member of the Association of German Engineers and a Global Energy Prize Laureate.
“The energy world should back more of these types of projects that the Global Energy
Prize has sponsored,” said Mr. Riedle.
The International Energy Agency in Paris forecasts global oil demand to increase
substantially from around 89 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2011 to 99 mb/d in 2035,
with much of the growth coming from the transport sector in emerging economies. The agency
expects the number of passenger vehicles to double to almost 1.7 billion by 2035 from
Discussing how such demand will be met will be part of the various talking points that
Ms. Khromova and Mr. Goloshov take up in their personal postings in social media outlets
like Twitter and Facebook. Ms. Khromova and Mr. Goloshov will report about their findings,
discussions, and observations over the course of their tour in hopes of inspiring and
triggering new thinking and ideas for addressing today’s interconnected energy challenges.
Ms. Khromova and Mr. Goloshov also plan to visit Australia, Brazil, Denmark, India,
Japan, Spain, Tanzania, the UAE, and the US over the course of their tour before finishing
the trip back in Moscow.
“This is a great opportunity for the younger entrants into the energy business world
to see firsthand how actors across the energy supply chain and in different parts of the
world are coping with their unique set of energy challenges and problems. I am very
excited to be a part of this unique endeavor,” said Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson, Director of
the Innovation Center in Iceland and a Global Energy Prize Laureate.
Ms. Khromova, who comes from a family of scientists, said she plans to take all her
findings from this tour to help inform a scientific paper she will write.
“We are thrilled to be starting this trip after months of preparation and we look
forward to sharing our discoveries and insights, particularly related to the power
sector,” said Ms. Khromova.
Ms. Khromova has a geophysics degree from The Moscow State University and is currently
pursuing a second university degree at the Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations.
Mr. Goloshov has a special interest in renewable sources of energy such as tidal, wind
and solar energy and is currently enrolled in the Moscow Higher School of Economics. “With
question marks surrounding the longevity of the world’s traditional energy sources, it is
important that we are adamantly exploring renewable sources of energy to see how we can
scale up these technologies and increase their usage,” Mr. Goloshov said.
For further details about the tour being undertaken by Ms. Khromova and Mr. Goloshov
or about the Energy of Adventure project, please contact Alena Georgobiani, Account
Director at Fleishman-Hillard Vanguard, at email@example.com.
You can follow Mr. Goloshov and Ms. Khromova’s journey on Twitter [
http://www.twitter.com/energyadventure] and Facebook [
About the Global Energy Prize
The Global Energy Prize awards over US$1m each year, and thus far has been granted to
27 scientists from around the globe, including past Laureates from the US, Great Britain,
Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Russia, Ukraine and Japan. The President of the Russian
Federation participates in each year’s award ceremony held at the conclusion of a
week-long celebration of the awardees’ work, Laureates’ Week. Other world leaders who have
supported the prize include the former US President George W. Bush, former British Prime
Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, former French President Jacques Chirac and current
Canadian Prime Minister, Steven Harper.
The Prize rewards innovation and solutions in global energy research and its
concurrent environmental challenges. The degree to which a development contributes to the
benefit of humanity is a key driver in deciding the recipient of the Prize.