The winners of the 2013 Zayed Future Energy Prize were announced this week at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. The $4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize, managed by Masdar in Abu Dhabi, recognizes and rewards innovation, impact, leadership, and long-term vision in renewable energy and sustainability. The aim of the Prize is to honor and reward people and organisations who are addressing the energy crisis, as well as to educate and inspire future leaders and innovators.
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – January 15, 2013: (L-R) The First Lady of Iceland, HE Olafur Ragnar Grimsson President of Iceland, HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HE Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz President of Mauritania, HH Sheikh Suroor bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, and HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah Queen of Jordan, attend the Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony, at Emirates Palace. ( Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court – Abu Dhabi ).
His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan emphasized that the Zayed Future Energy Prize underscores the UAE’s commitment to addressing the global energy challenge, stating that “We believe that investing in people is the future of our collective prosperity. Through the Prize, we are not only recognizing tremendous achievement, but also providing support to help accelerate promising technologies and fund organisations, schools and individuals committed to impacting communities around the world.”
His Highness congratulated Masdar on successfully managing the prize and commended each of the winners, saying “Through their innovative technologies and solutions, they are helping create a better future for all.”
Marking the fifth year of the Prize, the eight winners included Siemens, d.light design, Ceres, Dr. Jose Goldemberg, and four high schools representing various regions of the world.
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – January 15, 2013: HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber CEO of Masdar and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) (back row L), HE Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz President of Mauritania (back row, 5th L), HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (back row, 6th L), HE Olafur Ragnar Grimsson President of Iceland (back row, 7th L), and HE Atifete Jahjaga President of Kosovo (back row, 8th L), stand for a photograph with winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, at Emirates Palace. Copyright: Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court – Abu Dhabi.
Siemens, the German multinational electronics and engineering company, was recognized in the Large Corporation category for its holistic and long-term approach to alternative energy and sustainability.
In the Small Medium Enterprise category, US-based d.light design was awarded $ 1.5 million for its pioneering solar-powered lighting solutions, which the company manufactures and distributes to the developing world.
Ceres, a US-based non-profit enterprise, was awarded $ 1.5 million as winner of the Non-Governmental Organization prize category. The organization was honored for its work on clean-energy advocacy and encouraging companies to reduce their carbon emissions.
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – January 15, 2013: HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (R), and HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah Queen of Jordan (2nd L), present a Zayed Future Energy Award to Kirya Secondary School, in Tanzania a Global High School Prize winner for the Africa category. COPYRIGHT:Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court – Abu Dhabi.
This year also saw the introduction of the Global High School Prize category, launched to recognize and encourage young people to incorporate renewable energy and sustainability into their schools. Schools from four regions were honored with US$100,000 each as funding for their proposed sustainability projects. Kirya Secondary School in Tanzania was chosen for its project involving wind, solar and biogas plants and sustainable learning centres.
Jocktan Yoeli Ngailo, Geography teacher at Kirya Secondary School, said: “The potential for using high schools as nodes of innovation in the Tanzanian context is great. The Prize is a major stepping stone that will allow us to engage in ‘proof of concept’ at the district, regional and national scale.”