Global Internet of Energy awarded with the national Energy Globe Award

Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) have received the national Energy Globe Award for their work in renewable energy. The award was announced on June the 5th, the World Environment Day. The award was given to the research project Neo-Carbon Energy.

Neo-Carbon Energy won the best project in Finland and will be honored with the National Energy Globe Award for Finland. The prize was awarded for the global Internet of Energy (IoE) simulation. It visualises for the very first time a 100% renewable electricity system which is simulated in hourly resolution based on real weather data for all regions in the world.

The national Energy Globe Awards distinguish best project submissions from a country. It is given annually to projects focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energies and the conservation of resources. National winners receive an Energy Globe Certificate highlighting applicant and project and can be nominated as a candidate for the World Award.

The global Internet of Energy had been launched by LUT as part of the project Neo-Carbon Energy, which is funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Tekes, and is carried out collaboratively by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and University of Turku, Finland Futures Research Centre. It is the largest project in Finland ever on the future energy system based on sustainable renewable energy resources.

The global IoE is open to use globally by anyone interested in how an electricity system works for a zero emission world, as required for the COP21 Paris Agreement. The tool has structured the world in 145 regions, which are grouped to 9 major world regions. All data are open access and can be freely downloaded and links to respective scientific publications are provided.

Energy Globe Foundation gives national awards for organisations on June 5th, which is the World Environment Day. The purpose of the award is to tell the world that there are many creative people out there with great projects providing answers to many of our environmental problems.

The award is under patronage of UNESCO and done in cooperation with UNEP. It is one of many activities, Energy Globe has been implementing for 30 years to educate people about the sensible and economical use of resources and the use of renewables.

Further information:

Christian Breyer, Professor, LUT, christian.breyer@lut.fi, +358 50 443 1929

Pasi Vainikka, Principal Scientist, VTT, pasi.vainikka@vtt.fi, +358 40 5825 987

The Global Internet of Energy simulation: http://www.neocarbonenergy.fi/internetofenergy/.

Neo-Carbon Energy project: http://www.neocarbonenergy.fi/

Information on the Award: www.energyglobe.info