Group presents the 2010 SolarWorld Einstein Award and increases foundation fund of TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
SolarWorld AG will present the SolarWorld Einstein Award once again this year. The group bestows the award on figures who have earned merit in the field of photovoltaic technology, making a significant contribution to developing solar power. In addition, junior scientists who have advanced photovoltaic technology in a thesis can enter the competition for the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award until June 30. This award comes with a prize of 5,000 euros. An award ceremony will take place in September on the occasion of the 25th European Photovoltaic Conference in Valencia, Spain.
“With the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award, we want to promote the enthusiasm of young people all over the world for the solar idea and the solar industry and generate innovative ideas all around the topic of photovoltaic technology,” explains Frank H. Asbeck, chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG.
At the group’s main production site, in Freiberg, Germany, the group also promotes the work of young scientists. SolarWorld increased the 3-year-old foundation fund of the Technical University Mining Academy Freiberg by 25,000 euros, bringing the foundation’s capital stock to a total of 275,000 euros. Earnings from this fund finance basic research projects of the chemistry and physics faculties and improve study conditions at the Mining Academy. The intensive relationship with this research establishment promotes early recruitment of experts in various fields.
About the SolarWorld Einstein Award: Figures from research and development, but also from industry and politics, have been honored since 2005 with the SolarWorld Einstein Award. Award winners who acquired special merit in using solar energy – and therefore nurturing planet Earth – are Dr. Rupert Neudeck, for the use of photovoltaic technology in development aid, 2009; Prof. Antonio Luque-Lopez, Spanish photovoltaic pioneer, 2008; Dr. Martin Green, developer of the most efficient mono-crystalline solar cell, 2007; Dr. Adolf Goetzberger, founder of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, 2006; Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former German minister of the environment and later head of the United Nations Environmental Program, 2005. Since 2006, SolarWorld also has offered the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award for junior scientists. For more information, go to www.einstein-award.de.
About SolarWorld AG
The SolarWorld AG Group (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a worldwide leader in offering brand-name high quality, crystalline solar power technology. Its strength is its fully integrated solar production. From silicon as the raw material via wafers, cells and modules all the way to turn-key solar systems including recycling the group combines all the stages of the solar value chain. The central business activity is selling quality modules to the specialist trade and crystalline wafers to the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are located in Bonn/Germany. Production sites are to be found in Germany, the USA and South Korea. The largest production facilities are operated by the group in Freiberg/Germany and in Hillsboro/USA. Sustainability is the basis of the group strategy. Under the name of Solar2World the group supports care projects using off-grid solar power solutions in emerging economies and developing countries, exemplary of sustainable economic development. Worldwide, SolarWorld employs more than 2,700 people. Since 1999 SolarWorld AG has been quoted on the stock exchange, among others in the technology index TecDAX, ÖkoDAX, Dow Jones STOXX 600, the international MSCI Index as well as in the sustainability indices DAXglobal Alternative Energy and NAI.
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