Israeli chemist, Finnish engineer awarded $1 million alternative fuel prize

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Israeli chemist, Finnish engineer awarded $1 million alternative fuel prize

Doron Aurbach, a professor of chemistry at Bar Ilan University, and Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors, a senior VP of technology at Finland’s Neste Oyj, honored in Tel Aviv.

An Israeli chemistry researcher and a Finnish chemical engineer are the winners of this year’s Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels. The $1 million award, presented in Tel Aviv on Monday, is the world’s largest in the field.

The winners are Doron Aurbach, a professor of chemistry at Bar Ilan University in Israel, and Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors, a senior VP of Technology at Neste Oyj, an oil refining and engineering services company in Espoo, Finland.

This is the first time an Israeli researcher has won the award, which has been handed out for six consecutive years, Israel’s Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement. The award is given out each year by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Keren Hayesod, the United Israel Appeal.

The winners were chosen “from a long list of worthy candidates” who were recommended for the prize by university presidents and industry heads in Israel and from around the world, a statement by the Smart Mobility 2018 Summit, which hosts the competition said.

An Israeli chemistry researcher and a Finnish chemical engineer are the winners of this year’s Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels. The $1 million award, presented in Tel Aviv on Monday, is the world’s largest in the field.

The winners are Doron Aurbach, a professor of chemistry at Bar Ilan University in Israel, and Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors, a senior VP of Technology at Neste Oyj, an oil refining and engineering services company in Espoo, Finland.

This is the first time an Israeli researcher has won the award, which has been handed out for six consecutive years, Israel’s Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement. The award is given out each year by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Keren Hayesod, the United Israel Appeal.

The winners were chosen “from a long list of worthy candidates” who were recommended for the prize by university presidents and industry heads in Israel and from around the world, a statement by the Smart Mobility 2018 Summit, which hosts the competition said.

The winners were selected by a committee of international experts, who submit their recommendations to a board of trustees headed by former Technion – Israel Institute of Technology president Prof. Yitzhak Apeloig.

Aurbach received a prize for his “pioneering contribution to the development of new batteries, including an innovative magnesium-based battery,” the statement said.

His research has “a great potential for developing innovative batteries to propel electric cars” and thus become a substitute for fossil fuel.

Aurbach has also made “important contributions to the basic research of batteries,” the statement said.

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