Who are the Winners

Congratulations to the nine winners of the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize, the latest awardees to join the prize’s growing international community of winners and recognised for their pioneering and innovative achievements or project proposals that further the proliferation of renewable energy and sustainability.

Lifetime Achievement

Winner

Shuji Nakamura

Shuji Nakamura, Professor of Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received the Prize’s Lifetime Achievement award for pioneering the development of white LED lights, an innovation that will have reduced electricity consumption in the US by an estimated 348TWh by 2027, saving more than US$30 billion.

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Large Corporation

Winner

Google

In 2016, Google marked 10 years of operating as a carbon neutral company and announced that it’ll reach 100% renewable energy for its global operations in 2017.

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SME

Winner

Sunna Design

Sunna Design conceives, manufactures and retails smart solar street lighting particularly adapted to emerging-market environments. Its lamps use a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery chemistry that is resilient to low and high temperatures and has a 10-year lifetime, making it well-suited to remote places with extreme climates. The company has installed about 10,000 lamps in 40 countries working with local partners. Its products are widespread across Africa, parts of the Middle East and India.

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Non-Profit Organization (NPO/NGO)

Winner

SELCO Foundation

The philosophy of SELCO Foundation is that decentralized renewable energy solutions need to be implemented holistically by combining technology, finance and social aspects to demonstrate the link between environmental sustainability and poverty alleviation. Interventions of the organization leads to improved quality of life and increased incomes for the poor: with the underlying aim to create processes that can be replicated around the world for 3 billion poor people.

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Global High Schools

The Americas

Winner

Centro Educativo Mbaracayu

Mbaracayú Educational Centre is a technical boarding school for rural and indigenous girls ages 15-18. It is located in the Mbaracayú Reserve’s forest. This centre opened its doors in 2009 and represents an initiative of the Fundación Paraguaya, in alliance with Moises Bertoni, owner of the centre. It offers the last three years of high school and students graduate with a technical degree in environmental sciences. The girls pay a symbolic amount to cover the cost of their education and help at the tourism lodge and with the sale of products from the farming center run by the school.

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Europe

Winner

Vladimir Nazor school

Vladimir Nazor school is located in a village 15km from the Adriatic coast. The project seeks to take advantage of the sunny location by installing a solar system to provide both electricity and water heating. This is the school’s first application to the Zayed Future Energy Prize.

The evaluation of this candidate should take into account the local context and the school’s circumstances. Škabrnja was the site of a civilian massacre in November 2001 by Serbian paramilitary and Yugoslav army troops. A mass grave containing the remains of 84 people was found adjacent to the school, which was destroyed and not rebuilt until 1997. The current principal, Marin Pavičić, who was a child at the time, escaped by hiding in his family’s basement. The school’s namesake Vladimir Nazor was a Croatian poet and politician who died in 1949. He was the first speaker of the Croatian parliament.

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Africa

Winner

Aouda Saadia High School

The Aouda Saadia School is a girls school, with students from ‘modest families of artisans and farmers’. It plans to add solar water heaters, photovoltaic panels and LED light bulbs to reduce the energy use of the school and provide hot showers. Floor lamps will be installed to light the school at night, so that students are safe and night classes can be held for local women seeking to become literate. The school also plans to develop teaching modules, educational tools and training workshops for students, and to provide air conditioning for classrooms to help students concentrate.

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Asia

Winner

Bahrain Bayan School

The Bahrain Bayan School is a K-12 non-profit bilingual school established in 1982. With the help of the Zayed Future Energy Prize money, the school intends to develop a learning platform called EcoLab 360. The platform is to educate students and the surrounding community on sustainable practices and technologies by focusing on the five R’s; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Raise awareness, and Renewable energy.

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Oceania

Winner

Motufoua Secondary School

Motufoua Secondary School (MSS) is the only government school in Tuvalu, a small Polynesian island nation in the Pacific Ocean. It is located on the island of Vaitapu (population 1,555), which at 5.6 square km is the nation’s largest atoll. The school has a 46kW solar PV array and a diesel generator but, as this is subject to fuel availability, a constant power supply is not guaranteed.

The candidate proposes installing a bio-digester and piggery. This will provide organic fertilizer for the vegetable garden and produce enough biogas to meet the school’s needs, thus saving money otherwise spent on synthetic fertilizer and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) imports from Fiji. It will also install four 10,000-liter rainwater tanks and a 3kW solar PV system to light the piggery and run a water pump.

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