IChemE Fellow Rodney Allam has been awarded the 2012 Global Energy Prize for his work on cryogenics and carbon-free energy systems.
27 June 2012
Allam, who is chief technology officer at GTL petrol and a visiting professor at the UK’s Imperial College London, received his award at a ceremony in St Petersburg, Russia. Now in its tenth year, the Global Energy Prize is designed to celebrate “outstanding energy achievements and innovations” from scientists and engineers around the world.
“Energy production is the basic necessity on which our current civilisation and our future development depend,” says Allam. “We need high efficiency fossil fuel power systems with near 100% CO2 capture and lower generation costs than the best current polluting systems.
“Let us be optimistic,” he adds. “These problems can be solved. Russia’s position as a leading producer of fossil fuel will benefit from this work.”
Allam will share the RUB33m (US$1m) prize money with two Russian researchers who also have backgrounds in cryogenics – Valery Kostyuk and Boris Katorgin. Though the prize has strong Russian roots – with the country attracting more than half of last year’s nominees – it says it is looking to increase its share of international entries.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated both Allam and his Russian counterparts, saying that their work “has been vital for the development of energy efficient applications, not least in the automobile and space rockets industries.”
Cameron adds that: “Work on improved energy efficiency is vital to the sustainability of the global economy and to our future, and I look forward to continued co-operation between the UK and Russia on global issues such as energy and climate security.”
David Brown IChemE CEO says “ Chemical engineers have a critical role to play in solving our energy issues. We are delighted that a fellow of IChemE has been recognised for his outstanding achievements in this field.”
The prize is presented during the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and is overseen by the Russian president Vladamir Putin. It is funded by three of Russia’s largest companies: gas giants Gazprom and Surgutneftgas, and national grid company FCG UES.
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