"I'm thrilled that RMI's integrative design efforts tied for second in the world's biggest energy prize competition," said Lovins. "This is a tribute to our hard work and attests to the importance of making it even better, bigger and faster."
The 2011 Zayed Future Energy Prize winner was announced at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The US $1.5 million top prize was awarded to Vestas, a Danish manufacturer of wind turbine technology. Lovins and E+Co, a clean-energy investment company, were named runners-up.
Lovins, a consulting physicist, is among the world's leading innovators in energy and its interaction with resources, security, development and environment. In 1982, he co-founded Rocky Mountain Institute, an independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank. Through research and consulting, RMI brings integrative design to four key sectors: transportation, buildings, industry and electricity.
"We at RMI are very proud that our Chairman, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder Amory Lovins has once again been recognized for his breakthrough solutions and his efforts to change our energy landscape," said RMI Chief Executive Officer Michael Potts.
The winner and the two runner-ups were selected from a total of 391 submissions from 69 countries by a jury of business and political leaders through a rigorous and transparent, four-tier evaluation process, led by Dr. R.K. Pachauri, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
About Rocky Mountain Institute
Founded in 1982, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources. RMI's work supports a vision of a world thriving, verdant, and secure, for all, for ever. Its strategic focus is to map and drive the business-led transition from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. For more information, visit www.rmi.org.
About The Zayed Future Energy Prize
The Zayed Future Energy Prize was created in honor of the legacy of the late Founding Father and President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The prize aims to inspire the next generation of global energy innovators to create solutions for the future. The Prize is awarded annually to individuals, companies or organizations that have made significant contributions in the global response to the future of energy, climate change and sustainable global energy resources.