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Published on January 20th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


The 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize Winners Are… (Exclusive Ceremony Videos)

January 20th, 2015 by  

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. I call it the Oscars of Cleantech. I’m sure better videos of the awards ceremony will be released at some point somewhere. However, I was eager to record the whole thing for our readers so you can experience it a bit.

The awards ceremony is broken up into a few videos below. I hope you will forgive me for my flaws as I enter into the video production realm a bit. I learned several things this year that will surely make next year’s videos — and videos at other events — much better.

This first video is of the awards ceremony opening:

This year’s Zayed Future Energy Prize received a record 1,111 entries from 84 countries. It received 597 submissions as well as 514 nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Those were narrowed down to 31 finalists before the 9 winners were selected. The videos about these finalists are definitely worth a watch, imho.

Here were the “Large Corporation” finalists:

Here were the SME & Nonprofit finalists:

And here were the high school finalists:

Lastly, the winners are here:

Be sure to also check out Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Al Gore’s answer to CleanTechnica’s question in the follow-up press conference.

Exclusive interviews and videos of all of the other winners and some finalists will be coming along as I can edit and upload the videos.

For more exclusive content from this week, see out Zayed Future Energy Prize, World Future Energy Summit, and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week tags. Also, if you missed the first part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Opening Ceremony, here that is:


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