Russian President Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Honour 2013 Global Energy Prize Winners
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Japanese and Russian Scientist Both Awarded for Research into Lithium-Ion Rechargeable
Batteries and Thermodynamics
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday honoured the 2013 laureates of the Global
Energy Prize (GEP) at a presentation ceremony that took place as part of the St.
Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Dr. Akira Yoshino of Japan and Mr. Vladimir Fortov of Russia were awarded a joint
endowment of USD 1.1 million (RUB 33 million) for their respective work, in what has
become one of the world’s most prestigious energy awards in recent years.
“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,” underlined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a message to the ceremony
“A stable energy supply is the foundation of a sound economy, and guaranteeing this
alongside the effective use of energy is an unavoidable challenge for any country. In view
of this challenge, the Government of Japan intends to support corporations and researchers
that continue to take on the challenge of innovation, and make it one of the driving
forces of economic growth in Japan,” he added.
The prize, shared between the laureates, is aimed at helping the honourees fund future
research projects and represents the world’s largest energy research grant of its kind.
Now in its 11th year, the GEP is awarded annually to the brightest minds in the energy
research world for their work and contributions to addressing the world’s most pressing
Dr. Yoshino, a Fellow at the Asahi Kasei Corp and President of the Lithium Ion Battery
Technology and Evaluation Centre in Japan, was rewarded for his work in the development of
the lithium-ion rechargeable battery. His research has made a significant contribution to
the operation of mobile electronic devices, electric vehicles and hybrid electric
Indeed, according to industry estimates, the global market for lithium-ion batteries
of all sizes and uses could top $40 billion to upwards of $50 billion by 2020, a five-fold
increase from 2010. This will be due to more and more consumer electronic devices like
smart-phones and electric vehicle sectors are produced and equipped with such energy
The work of Mr. Fortov in thermodynamics and electronic properties of fluids and
construction materials was simultaneously acknowledged, having played an important role in
a variety of high density plasma applications. A physicist by training, Mr. Fortov was
recently elected head of the celebrated Russian Academy of Sciences.
Speaking prior to the ceremony, Mr. Nikolay Laverov, Chairman of The GEP Board of
Trustees and member of the board of directors at Rosneft Oil Company, praised the GEP
Laureates’ technological developments and innovations, both for the direct energy
challenges they help address, as well as for the wider economic and societal benefits
their work accrues to society. “The effects from their work are positive and wide and
contribute to societies all over the world,” said Mr. Laverov.
Rodney John Allam, Chairman of the International Award Committee and himself a former
Laureate, praised the winners of this year’s award, saying that they had maintained the
high standards set in previous years. “The application GEP Laureate innovations serve and
the economic benefits are at the heart of the GEP tradition,” he said.
Igor Lobovsky, President of the GEP Partnership, echoed Allam’s comments adding that
“Our 2013 Laureates once again raise the bar on energy technological progress”.
The Economist correspondent scoops ‘Energy of Words’ prize
The Global Energy Non-profit partnership also honoured the 2013 winner of the Energy
of Words award, an annual international media award established in 2004. Natasha Loder of
The Economist won for her work on education technology and its potential to innovate in
“I’m enormously grateful to receive this award. This award will allow me to continue
to follow my passions and to pursue the stories that I hope will inspire and delight
others,” said Ms. Loder, the weekly publication’s U.S. Midwest Correspondent since 2011.
Prior to joining The Economist over a decade ago, Ms. Loder worked at the scientific
journal Nature and The Times Higher Education Supplement, and for a brief period as a
scientist. Candidates for the Energy of Words prize come from publications and media
outlets around the world, including The New York Times.
About the Global Energy Prize
The Global Energy Prize has been granted to 29 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 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.
SOURCE Fleishman-Hillard SA