Global Energy Prize Honors Scientists for Rechargeable Batteries, Physics Work With $1 mln Prize

Global Energy Prize Honors Scientists for Rechargeable Batteries, Physics Work
                              With $1 mln Prize

  PR Newswire

  MOSCOW, April 18, 2013

MOSCOW, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The Global Energy Prize, one of the world's most prestigious awards
recognizing outstanding achievements across the world in energy research and
technology, on Thursday announced this year's two honorees for their important
contributions and research in rechargeable batteries and physics.

The prize comes with a total USD 1.2 million (RUB 38 million) endowment to
help laureate honorees fund future research projects. It is the largest energy
research grant of its kind in the world.

The 2013 Global 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.
  *Mr. 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.

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, hailed this year's
honorees and said they represented the best of the Global Energy Prize's rich
and growing tradition. "Since its inception, the Global Energy Prize has been
one of the most prestigious international awards, rallying around shared goals
the creative community of talented scientists, researchers and experts in the
field of energy from Russia and many other countries," President Putin said.

This year's Global Energy Prize honorees were announced before a globally
represented audience of scientists, diplomats and journalists at the
RIA-Novosti Press Center in Moscow. "It is a tremendous honor to be here among
this distinguished crowd and to be recognized in this way. I'm very humbled by
this," said Mr. Yoshino at today's ceremony.

This year's laureates were selected from a field of 82 world 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.

Contact: For more information about the 2013 Laureates and about the GEP,
please contact Frederic Grillet at or
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