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Zayed Future Energy Prize announces 2015 finalists

posted on 29/09/2014: 2162 views

A total of 31 finalists have been shortlisted for the 2015 edition of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world's foremost award for innovation in renewable energy and sustainability.

The Prize's Selection Committee met in Abu Dhabi on 16th and 17th September to discuss and evaluate 59 entries that had earlier been shortlisted by the Review Committee in five categories: Large Corporation, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), Lifetime Achievement and Global High Schools.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director-General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, said, "The Zayed Future Energy Prize is yet another reflection of our wise leadership's limitless drive towards supporting sustainable growth, not just in the U.A.E. but the world over. The Prize embodies the vision of our leadership for a more sustainable future, where renewable energy plays a significant role in the advancement of energy security, economic and social development, and the alleviation of poverty." "Now in its seventh year, the Selection Committee has identified the breakthrough ideas, technologies and academic proposals that will positively influence the world, delivering access to energy and water to millions, championing sustainability and the deployment of renewable energy, and creating jobs and educational opportunities within the clean energy space," added Dr. Al Jaber.

The finalists for the 2015 Large Corporation category demonstrate leadership in energy efficient products, large scale utilities, energy storage and solar generation, reflecting a broader trend of increasing global demand for renewable energy.

The Selection Committee also recognised SMEs and NPOs for their work to commercialise off-grid solar energy in poor households in East Africa and Asia.

Finalists for the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize are Enel Green Power, First Solar, IKEA and Panasonic in the Large Corporation category, Electriciens sans Frontieres, Liter of Light, Practical Action, SolarAid, and World Resources Institute for the Non-Profit Organisations category, and Econation, M-Kopa, and SELCO have been identified as finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise category.

Finalists for the 2015 Global High Schools category across the five geographical regions include Abaarso School of Science and Technology, Alliance Girls High School, and Waterford Kamhlaba (Africa), DGEyC E.S.E.T. No. 4 El Palomar, Colegio Roosevelt, Munro Academy(Americas), Amra bint Abdul Rahman Secondary School for Girls, Royal College, Rishi Valley Education Centre and Addu High School (Asia), and Melbourne Girls School, Lume Rural Training Centre, and Cashmere High School (Oceania), with a single school identified as a potential finalist for the European region.

The Selection Committee also identified 5 individuals as finalists for the Lifetime Achievement category.

Dr.Behjat Al Yousuf, Chair of the Selection Committee, Dean of Students, Masdar Institute and Professor of Practice in Engineering Systems Management, said, "The Prize advances the global adoption of renewable energy and sustainability through organisations, individuals and students who will personally, professionally and even politically become the decision makers of the future. As the Prize continues to carry the namesake of our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to the world, we are honoured be a part of a process that recognises those who exemplify excellence in clean energy, and provided a much need impetus to this critical industry." In the final phase of evaluation, the contenders are set to be presented to the Prize Jury on 20th October. Winners of the seventh edition will be announced at the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony scheduled for 19th January, 2015, as part of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The Selection Committee comprises international energy experts in academia, research and policy advocacy, technology, energy access and security in renewables and sustainability, and is chaired by Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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