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The Global Energy Prize annually honors outstanding achievements in energy research and technology from around the world that are helping address the world’s various and pressing energy challenges.

The Global Energy Prize laureate to give lecture at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Global Energy Prize laureate-2017 and inventor of dye sensitized solar cells Michael Graetzel is to give lecture at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) on Mesoscopic Photosystems for the Generation of Electricity and Fuels from Sunlight. It will be held on March 27, 2018 from 14:00 pm to 15:10 pm and streamed life at KIT`s website.

Being one of the ultimate leaders in the field of materials for solar power industry, professor Graetzel was recognized by the Global Energy Prize in 2017 for his transcendent merits in development of low cost and efficient solar cells, known as “Graetzel cells”. Within the Energy of Knowledge program, he will tell how these cells based on dye-sensitized nanocrystalline oxide films successfully mimic the light reaction occurring in green leafs and algae during natural photosynthesis. He also will describe his achievements in increasing the efficiency of these solar photoelectric systems and areas of their application.

Michael Graetzel heads the laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He is one of the three globally most cited chemistry academicians, author of more than 1300 publications, and holds more than 50 patents.
The Global Energy Prize is an independent award for outstanding scientific research and technological development in energy, which contribute to efficiency and environmentally friendly energy sources for the benefit of humanity. It was established in Russia through the Global Energy Association and with the support of leading Russian energy companies Gazprom, FGC UES and Surgutneftegas. Since 2003, the Global Energy Prize has been awarded to 35 Laureates from 11 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and the US.

The Energy of Knowledge program is a series of interactive lectures given by the laureates of the Global Energy Prize and other prominent energy scholars. The program works to raise interest in energy issues among young people and to unleash the potential of young researchers within the sector. Ultimately, the project aims to increase the number of young energy scientists, as well as to strengthen the knowledge networks under the auspices of the Global Energy Prize.

As “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology fully exploits its synergy potential resulting from combining tasks of national big research with those of a state university. To fulfill its three core tasks of research, higher education, and innovation, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT has been successful in important rankings.

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