Materials engineer bringing energy innovation to Greece wins European Sustainable Energy Award

Materials engineer bringing energy innovation to Greece wins European Sustainable Energy Award

Anastasia-Maria Moschovi recognised by European Commision for developing novel technologies for fuel cells with a 30% cost reduction, allowing for mass adoption.

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Today, in Brussels, Anastasia-Maria Moschovi, who holds a PhD in chemical engineering, was awarded the European Sustainable Energy Award 2023 in the Woman in Energy category. The award recognises women who lead outstanding activities that, if replicated, help to advance the clean energy transition in Europe. Particular attention is placed on efforts to drive the gender mainstreaming agenda and support equality and equal opportunities in the energy sector. European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson congratulated the three award winners at the Awards Ceremony on the first day of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and energy efficiency in Europe.

‘I believe that we are equally responsible for the energy that we consume and the energy we have to save,’ says Anastasia-Maria.

As the Head of Research, Development and Innovation at Monolithos in Athens, Anastasia is leading several EU-funded projects developing innovative technologies in hydrogen, green energy generation and storage, electric vehicles (EVs), and for industrial decarbonisation.

‘Our main activities are in recovering critical raw materials from end-of-life devices in order to produce new inputs for electrification and hydrogen-based technology applications,’ explains Anastasia-Maria.

Through her actions, she believes that businesses and ultimately the citizens of Athens will be able to adopt these solutions, leading to a lower CO2 footprint and reduced production costs:

‘My main goal is to find the most significant bottlenecks in bringing research results to real-life applications in order to help with the energy transition.’

Anastasia-Maria is a role model to her team of 15 young researchers:

‘Anastasia-Maria maintains an inclusive and democratic work environment and she is very supportive of women in business, always pushing them to achieve their professional goals,’ adds Eirini Zagaraiou, R&I Scientist, Monolithos.

The work led by Anastasia-Maria, such as hydrogen development for industrial decarbonisation as well as critical raw materials recycling to support the battery value chain, directly responds to the European Green Deal and REPowerEU Plan.

Anastasia-Maria Moschovi was one of three finalists shortlisted for the European Sustainable Energy Awards 2023 in the Woman in Energy category. The other finalists were Agnieszka Spirydowicz, from Poland, and Silke Wesselmann, from Germany.

About the European Sustainable Energy Awards

The European Sustainable Energy Awards recognise outstanding individuals and projects for their innovation and efforts in energy efficiency and renewables. Finalists were selected by a high-level jury and the winners were decided by an online public vote, with more than 11,000 people joining in. Prizes were awarded in three categories - Innovation, Local Energy Action, and Woman in Energy.

EUSEW 2023 

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) brings thousands of sustainability stakeholders together to explore policy topics related to protecting European consumers from price volatility and sharpening their skills to produce and save energy within the current energy context.  There is still time to attend EUSEW 2023. Media and participants can access the event online until 22 June.

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About European Sustainable Energy Week

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe and comprises a series of activities aimed at building a secure and clean energy future for Europe.

It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs, EU project partners, researchers and consumers to promote initiatives to go green and digital for Europe's energy transition.

Launched in 2007 by the European Commission, EUSEW is organised by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), in close cooperation with Directorate-General for Energy.