October 17, 2019: Professors Khalil Amine of the United States and Frede Blaabjerg of Denmark have won the 2019 Global Energy Prize for their work on energy storage and integration technologies. Alexander Novak, the Russian energy minister, presented the award to the scientists in a ceremony on October 3 during the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow.
The prize, which was set up by the Global Energy Association, annually honours outstanding research that affects lives across the planet and provides technology addressing energy challenges. The laureates were selected from among 39 contenders from 12 nations. They share the award, its $600,000 prize money and medals.
Khalil Amine of Argonne National Laboratory was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the development of efficient electrical energy storage technology. Frede Blaabjerg of Aalborg University CORPE (Center Of Reliable Power Electronics) was recognized for his outstanding technical contribution to the design of power management systems enabling the integration of renewable power.
Amine, the most cited battery scientist in the world, is the author of advanced materials and battery systems for electric vehicles, electric power, satellites, military and medical industries. The scientist’s technologies are used by the largest corporations in the world, including producers of consumer electronics and all manufacturers of vehicles with hybrid and electric motors. One of his latest innovations is a new superoxide battery system capable of yielding up to five times more energy than lithium-ion batteries.
Blaabjerg is widely known for the commercial implementation of new conceptual methods to ensure the reliability of power electronics for the electric power industry. He is responsible for a number of inventions in variable speed drive technology, which today are widely used in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, for example. Enhancing the energy efficiency of such systems has resulted in energy savings of hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Also, Blaabjerg`s converters reduce the costs of energy generated by solar and wind power stations while enhancing the reliability of generators connected to power distribution networks. These designs allow for steady and reliable performance of large-scale power-supply systems.