I hope those of you who haven’t already watched the Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony videos will go ahead and do so, as they are really inspiring and interesting to watch. Once you’ve done that, you can learn a bit more about the winners via the following videos, which I filmed at the Zayed Future Energy Prize press conference:
This year’s Zayed Future Energy Prize winner in the “Large Corporation” category, as you already know, was Panasonic. I was excited, since Panasonic is involved in a few disruptive cleantech markets — battery storage, solar power, smart technology — and is especially well known for its electric vehicle battery leadership alongside Tesla Motors.
Our friend Giles Parkinson, one of the best clean energy journalists and bloggers in the world, got the second question in to Al Gore at the Zayed Future Energy Prize press conference last week. (It was actually the only question other than mine that was directed at Al Gore, surprisingly.)
One of the greatest privileges of the week was speaking with the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. He has been on the Jury of the Zayed Future Energy Prize for years (since the beginning, actually), and I was able to interview him one-on-one following the Zayed Future Energy Prize press conference. Below are a few videos from that interview.
I was honored this year to be brought to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on behalf of Masdar’s Zayed Future Energy Prize team. As I noted the other day, the $4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize, established in 2008, is the largest renewable energy and sustainability prize in the world.
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