Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino was awarded last week the 2013 Global Energy Prize by Russia for his development of the lithium ion battery technology, which is massively used in cellphones and electric vehicles. Yoshino, 65, was one of the two people who received this year’s prize. The other winner was Russian Vladimir Fortov.
The two winners shared a prize of $1.1 million. Igor Sechin, chief executive officer of the Russian state oil company Rosneft, presented the award – called by some Russia’s Noble Prize – to the scientist at Asahi Kasei Corp. The prize was given on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony at St. Petersburg.
“I am proud that my research has exerted an impact on telecommunications devices and electric vehicles and this awarding will encourage researchers in battery technology”, Yoshino said, according to Kyodo news.
“This award to Dr. Yoshino brings us an opportunity to further strengthen cooperation and exchange between Japan and Russia in the area of energy, as well as in science and technology,” underlined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a message to the ceremony participants.
“A stable energy supply is the foundation of a sound economy, and guaranteeing this alongside the effective use of energy is an unavoidable challenge for any country. In view of this challenge, the Government of Japan intends to support corporations and researchers that continue to take on the challenge of innovation, and make it one of the driving forces of economic growth in Japan,” he added.