Zayed Future Energy Prize opens nominations for 2012 Global Competition

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Published May 30th, 2011 - 07:27 GMT
Zayed Future Energy Prize
Zayed Future Energy Prize

Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world’s preeminent award for innovation and development of solutions for renewable and sustainable energy, has announced that nominations are now open for the 2012 global competition. Nomination forms and registration are located at

“By honouring the development of new technologies, and their market adoption, our goal is to play a unique role in advancing energy security and sustainability around the world,” said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. “We invite the global energy community to join us in recognizing outstanding achievement by submitting nominations for the 2012 competition.”

Submissions will be judged on four main criteria: Impact, Long-Term Vision, Leadership, and Innovation in the following categories:

SMEs & NGOs. Nominees will have made a clear impact, either through disseminating a particular solution in the field, furthering knowledge, awareness, policy development or through technology. Three prizes will be awarded: US$1.5m to the overall winner; US$1m to the first runner-up; and US$500,000 to the second runner-up.

Large Corporations. Nominees will have exhibited business success and leadership, as well as a clear vision for the long-term future of energy, and a coherent, sustainable strategy for its own role in this future. The winner will receive a Special Recognition Award.

Individual Lifetime Achievement. Nominations are open to individuals from academic, political, technological, business or other fields in renewable energy sustainability who are identified leaders and committed to raising awareness and supporting energy policy development.  The winner will receive US$500,000.

Also, in a move designed to signal the on-going development of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, a fourth category will be introduced in 2012 – an International High School Education Competition with a prize purse of US$500,000 to be first awarded in 2013.

In the last three years, nominations have increased from 204 in 2009, to 959 in 2011, as recognition of the value of the prize continues to grow globally. Past winners have included: Toyota Motor Corporation, for the Prius electric-hybrid vehicle; Vestas, a Danish manufacturer of wind turbine technology; and a Bangladeshi entrepreneur who brought solar energy technology to two million people in rural communities.

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Masdar is a global leader in renewable energy and sustainable urban development. Over the last decade, we have pioneered commercially viable solutions in clean energy, sustainable real estate and clean technology in the UAE and around the world.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, we develop renewable energy projects, realise low-carbon urban development, while advancing clean-tech innovation. We also deliver world-class knowledge and industry platforms.

At Masdar, we are supporting the UAE’s transition towards a knowledge-based economy. We aim to be a model for the commercial adoption of clean technologies, and a showcase of the UAE’s wider commitment to sustainability. 

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