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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.

UNSW's Martin Green wins major energy prize

Major science prize for Martin Green

UNSW's star solar energy researcher Martin Green has won one of the world's most prestigious science prizes in the energy field — the 2018 Global Energy Prize. He will share the award (and the $820,000 prize money) with Russian scientist Sergey Alekseenko, an expert in thermal power engineering. Interestingly one of the ten finalists for the prize was Elon Musk, and he is walking away empty-handed.

Another oddity about the prize, which has been awarded annually since 2003, is that it is sponsored by Russian energy companies and is awarded each year by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The prize is judged by an independent international panel of leading scientists and IREG, the body which rates science prizes, puts it among the 99 leading world science awards and says it is worth 0.48 of a Nobel prize. So there.

The award to Professor Green recognises the indisputable fact that he is a world pioneer of solar cell technology. UNSW says that among his many achievements is the fact that he is the inventor of the PERC solar cell which accounts for over 24 per cent of world silicon cell manufacturing capacity at the end of 2017.

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