2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize Winners Talk Renewable Energy, Societal Change… (Exclusive Videos)

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:



Yoshihiko Yamada of Panasonic Talks Smart Towns & Battery Gigafactory (Exclusive Video)

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.



ZFEP Winner Al Gore & Selection Committee Member Richenda van Leeuwen Talk Paris Climate Talks

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.)



President of Iceland Talks Electric Vehicles, Geothermal Energy, & Zayed Future Energy Prize

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.



Jan 2015

Zayed Future Energy Prize Ceremony Videos & Winners

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.

  • Advanced Materials
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Innovation
  • Policy
  • Solar
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Waste & Recycling
  • Water

Do we really care?

Our Planet is not doing very well. Desertification, devastating storms, droughts, flooding, loss in biodiversity and many more increasingly worrying environmental / climate change related threats. Why are we not changing this? Do we have the power, the strength to change? Do we care?




Does the global Sustainable Energy Transition pace need to accelerate? If yes, how should we acceler

While current energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond retain a dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, simple mathematics indicate that at the current pace of renewable energy investment (~0.3% of global GDP) the energy available to humans at the end of the century will be a small fraction of the current..




Carbon Capture and Storage as Part of our Future Energy System

Energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond indicate growing global energy demand and a continued dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, even as utilization of renewable energy sources expands rapidly…




How to Sustain Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is entering a period of uncertainty that mirrors the increasing uncertainty about oil prices.  Will increased demand from China and revitalized Western economies maintain oil prices at current levels in the face of increased supply from fracking and possibly from Iran?  If so, government support for renewable energy should remain strong.  If oil prices fall, however, then as in the 1980s many governments may cut their investments in new energy technologies so that alternative energy sources are unavailable when oil prices rise again.  What can we do now to ensure continuing support for renewable energy initiatives in the face of possible short term economic and political pressures?