Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will present the two scientists with the award, which rewards innovation and solutions in global energy research and its concurrent environmental challenges.

The Global Energy Prize is one of the world’s most respected awards in energy science, awarding $US1 million every year. The Prize has become increasingly important as governments, energy companies and consumers all seek to address existing and projected energy shortfalls.

Dr. Rosenfeld, 84, is a University of California Berkeley physicist who served on the California Energy Commission for ten years. His groundbreaking work in energy efficiency is estimated to have saved the United States economy billions of dollars. In 2010, a new unit of energy conservation was been named after him. The 'Rosenfeld' equals 3 billion kilowatt hours – the amount of energy savings needed to replace the output of one 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in a year.

Dr. Philipp Rutberg was awarded the Prize in recognition of his work developing energy plasma technologies which can convert waste materials into synthetic fuels. Using renewable energy sources, the technologies he has developed in this field produce a minimal amount of harmful emissions. Dr. Rutberg is also a member of Russian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Institute for Electrophysics and Electric Power, St Petersburg, Russia.

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