I am pleased and honored to announce that the winners of the 2016 NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award are Dr. Imre Gyuk of the U.S. Department of Energy and Prof. Detchko Pavlov of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems.
Each year, the Board of Directors of NAATBatt International recognizes individuals whose lifetime work and accomplishments have done the most to advance the technology and business of electrochemical energy storage. These accomplishments are no small matter. Within the past 30 years, there has been a revolution (in fact, several revolutions) in the sleepy, 2,000 year old technology of electrochemical energy storage. These revolutions have already touched the lives of most people on the planet and will profoundly impact human society in the century ahead. NAATBatt International is delighted to honor Dr. Gyuk and Prof. Pavlov and recognize their important contributions to these ongoing revolutions.
Dr. Imre Gyuk
Dr. Imre Gyuk is well-known to everyone working in the field of stationary energy storage in the United States today and to many of their colleagues around the world. Thirteen years ago, when Dr. Gyuk took charge of the Electrical Energy Storage research program in the Office of Electricity, stationary energy storage was a curiosity at best, a side show within a side show of clean, alternative energy technologies that the U.S. Department of Energy was only beginning to explore. Industry events consisted of meetings of about a dozen scientists, researchers and dreamers, a far cry from the 5,000+ attendee trade shows of today. Much of the transformation of the storage industry that has taken place over the past decade can be attributed to the efforts of Dr. Gyuk.
Dr. Gyuk has been a central figure in the story of energy storage over the past 13 years. Under Dr. Gyuk’s leadership the Electrical Energy Storage research program within the DOE’s Office of Electricity identified and funded dozens of new stationary energy storage technologies, several of which are used today in unsubsidized, commercial projects. Those projects produce real benefits for the electricity grid and for electricity consumers. Without Dr. Gyuk’s leadership and the seed funding of new technologies that he oversaw and directed, it is difficult to imagine that the energy storage market we know today would look anything like it does or, perhaps, would exist at all. Dr. Gyuk and his programs epitomize the essential role of government in supporting the transition of important, new technologies from the laboratory to commercial viability in the marketplace. Dr. Imre Gyuk is the winner of the NAATBatt 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award-Public Service.
Prof. Detchko Pavlov
In 1859 Gaston Planté invented the lead-acid battery. Revolutionary in its time, lead-acid chemistry enabled the first batteries of significant commercial value. But for 130 years thereafter, the technology remained largely unchanged. Over the past two decades, however, a new revolution has taken place in lead-acid technology. Although overshadowed at times by developments in lithium-ion technology, improvements in the weight, energy density and cycle life of modern lead acid batteries may be just as commercially significant for the battery business as the development of newer battery chemistries. The man standing at the center of the modern lead-acid battery revolution is Prof. Detchko Pavlov.
Dr. Pavlov is a well-known expert in the field of lead-acid chemistry. It has been said that whenever the lead-acid manufacturing industry has faced a problem that requires scientific interpretation, it calls on the ‘Bulgarian School of Pavlov’ to conduct the necessary investigation. Prof. Pavlov is a Full Member (Academician) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is one of the two founders of the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems (former CLEPS), where he has headed its Lead Acid Batteries Department for over 40 years. His major scientific contributions are related to elucidating the mechanism of the processes involved in the technology of lead-acid battery manufacture and operation, as well as of the oxygen cycle reactions in valve-regulated lead-acid batteries. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 scientific publications and the author of the seminal book “Lead-Acid Battery: Science and Technology”, the second edition of which will publish later this year. Prof. Detchko Pavlov is the winner of the NAATBatt 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award-Technology.
The NAATBatt International Board of Directors will present the Lifetime Achievement Awards to Dr. Gyuk and Prof. Pavlov at the Gala Dinner on March 2, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells resort following the second day of the NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference. Everyone in the industry is invited to attend and to join NAATBatt International in recognizing the accomplishments of these two remarkable men.
All of us working in electrochemical energy storage stand on the broad shoulders of noted scientists, business leaders, and policy makers who have come before. We could not do what we do, and our industry could not be what it is, without those shoulders. On March 2, we get four more.