Zayed Future Energy Prize Nearly Doubles

The world’s largest clean energy prize just got bigger. According to a statement from Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the stakes have been raised and the prize for the 2012 competition is now worth $4 million dollars.

Now in its fourth year, the Zayed Future Energy Prize is intended to “celebrate achievements that reflect innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability.” The prize, which is named after Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has historically seen strong participation by U.S. innovators.

Zayed Future Energy Prize

image via Zayed Future Energy Prize

This year, four of the six competitors were from the U.S., though Danish wind turbine maker Vestas walked away with the $1.5 million prize for its long-term vision developments in wind energy. Interestingly, Vestas turned right around and said that it would be giving its winnings away, half of which went to three other Zayed prize finalists.

In addition to upping the prize for the 2012 competition,  three new awards were added to the SME/NGO category, special recognition for large corporations is now included,  a new international education competition for high schools went into affect and a $500,000 prize will be issued for a lifetime achievement winner. Nominations for the prize will be accepted through August 22nd and submissions will be accepted up until September 19th. The winners for 2012 will be announced on January 17th in Abu Dhabi.

1 Comment

  • Reply October 27, 2011

    muhammad shabbir

    Planet of Earth Energy & Water Crisis. + One more optional idea for our future thinking.nnDear Sir,The Subject matter is all over the World facing Energy & Waterproblems, So I am trying to Explain an idea for Old & New Dams /Reservoirs Hydro electric projects Civil Design Geometry Can bemodifying in Architectural Transition to increase our energypotential. Because we are Losing heavy quantum of already storagewater in our Big Dams and its relevant projects to generate HydroElectric old technology, Now it must be need to convert into newtheory of Scientific Technology as per utilizing in the way ofexperiment with foreign u00a0expertise at any Hydro electric base Model ofconcern Department or forum to finalize the following unique andentire world Global developing idea for its further implementations inthe current ongoing and next coming future Hydroelectric & Waterprojects as soon as possible.Thanks.with best regards.Please Debates in future Energy Events / Forums / Exhibitions /Seminars / Conferences about subject idea for solving our entire WorldEnergy Crisis as soon as possible.One more Optional idea for our future is simple to start a intake water Chanel and drop to a low bed areato generate Hydroelectric Energy + other after-all we can utilize Seaor Ocean to canalize for entire world energy and agriculturalrequirements / necessaries because think tanks can be made easilyHandel the subject matter.I hope think so.

Leave a Reply