The Global Energy Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious awards recognizing outstanding achievements across the world in energy research and technology, has been awarded to two honorees for their important contributions and research in rechargeable batteries and physics. The prize comes with a total $1.2 million endowment to help laureate honorees fund future research projects. It is the largest energy research grant of its kind in the world.
The 2013Global Energy Prize Laureates are:
* Dr Akira Yoshino of Japan for his ground-breaking work in the development of the lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the beating heart of mobile electronic devices, electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles. Dr. Akira is a Fellow at the Asahi Kasei Corp. and is President of the Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (LIBTEC) in Japan.
* Vladimir Evgenyevich Fortov, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Department for Power Industry, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics and Control Processes in Russia, for his pioneering work in thermodynamic, thermophysical, electrophysical, and electronic properties of fluids and construction materials.
This year’s laureates were selected from a field of 82world class researchers by their peers.GEP candidates can be nominated only by the highest-rated scientists, which include Laureates of the Kyoto, Max Planck, Wolf and Balzan prizes and Nobel Prize laureates in physics or chemistry.