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In the 11 years since its foundation, the Global Energy Prize has been awarded to 29 scientists and researchers around the world who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their field. The laureates come from nine different countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.

Your Excellency
Dear Professor Graetzel
Ladies and Gentlemen

I take this opportunity to offer my sincere congratulations to the recipientofthe prestigious Global Energy Prize: Professor Michael Graetzel.

I have the highest regard for Professor Graetzel, who has dedicated his life to science and has developed a new type of solar cell which mimics natural photosynthesis. The new materials used in the solar cells developed by Professor Graetzel have achieved solar-to-electric power conversion efficiency performances of over 22% and can be applied in various structural elements and colours.

In Switzerland we are very proud of the quality and international outreach of our universities and research. This scientific excellence has also Iead to fruitful cooperation between Swiss and Russian high-tech research institutes and companies in the field of solar energy.

lt is therefore with great pleasure that I congratulate my feflow Swiss citizen Michael Graetzel, Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), for his success and for the Global Energy Prize.

Outstanding researchers like todays prize laureate draw further encouragement from organisations that recognise and honour their valuable contributions to society. I would therefore like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Russian host and the Global Energy Association for their dedication to science and their recognition of Professor Graetzel‘s work through this prestigious award.

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