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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 laureate of the Global Energy Prize in 2017 became the Swiss, Michael Graetzel

April 6, 2017


The 72-year-old Swiss chemist Michael Graetzel became the laureate of the Global Energy Prize in 2017. This was announced on Thursday by the organizing committee of the award at a press conference in TASS. Graetzel received the award "for outstanding services in the development of economical and efficient photocells, known as" Graetzel cells," designed to create inexpensive, productive solar power plants."

The laureate who got in touch with the participants of the press conference by phone, thanked him for "fantastic news" and for such a prestigious award. He also thanked his colleagues from the laboratory and around the world who, together with him, were engaged in research, their own university and their family. "I thought my chances were not very high, so I'm very pleased," Graetzel said.

Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency Adnan Amin said that globally "there are unprecedented in terms of speed and depth of transformation of energy systems." He expressed his satisfaction with the fact that this year most of the scientists nominated for the award made their discoveries in the field of renewable energy.

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