Tarfaoui is the second Moroccan scientist to receive an international award for energy innovation just this month.
Rabat – Morocco’s Mostapha Tarfaoui won France’s “National Energy Globe Award”, one of the most prestigious energy and environmental awards in the world, on June 6.
The national prize, which was created in 1999 by Austrian scientific pioneer Wolfgang Neumann, aims to give exposure to projects that provide effective and feasible solutions to protect and save resources. Approximately 2,000 energy projects from 182 countries apply to win the prize every year.
Tarfaoui clinched the prize this year for his work on the development of an innovative deicing system for composite structures based on carbon nanotubes for aerospace and renewable energy applications.
The use of salt is the most commonly used deicing technique. However, most deicing salts contain chloride and have a strong tendency to cause corrosion and pollute groundwater.
Tarfaoui’s new technique will provide solutions to save energy and solve environmental problems related to the use of standard techniques.
The Moroccan scientist completed his primary and secondary studies in Morocco, before moving to France for graduate studies. He is currently a professor at the National School of Advanced Techniques in Brittany.
Tarfaoui isn’t the only Moroccan scientist to be recognized for his innovation in the energy sector recently. Just this month, on June 3, Moroccan-American scientist Khalil Amine was awarded the Global Energy Prize for his outstanding contribution to the development of efficient electrical energy storage technology.
Managed by the Moscow-based Global Energy Association, the Global Energy Prize is presented each year by the President of the Russian Federation.