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Final calls for Zayed Future Energy Prize entries

Eight weeks until nominations for award close

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Attendees at the first Zayed Future Energy Prize, which was held in January this year.
Attendees at the first Zayed Future Energy Prize, which was held in January this year.

With entries for the Zayed Future Energy Prize set to close in just eight weeks’ time, the organisers behind the award are keen to encourage more submissions from future energy innovators.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize, which was inaugurated this year in honour of the late His Highness, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, recognises innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and technologies

Nominations for the prize, which will be awarded in January 2010, have already exceeded the number received last year. The winner will walk off with a cheque for US $1.5 million, while $350,000 will be awarded to either one or two finalists.

The 2009 prize was awarded to Dipal Chandra Barua, managing director of Grameen Shakti, an organisation that is introducing renewable energy solutions to rural communities in Bangladesh and has benefited two million people to date.

“Finding clean energy solutions to meet our growing energy needs is fundamental to preventing the effects of climate change and ensuring sustainable growth,” said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, director general of the Zayed Future Energy Prize.

“However, such solutions will require an unconventional approach that bring into play not only technological innovation, but social growth and economic viability as well,” Al Jaber added.

A full interview with Dr Sultan Al Jaber is published in the September issue of Utilities Middle East.

To find out more about the prize, please visit www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com.

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