Michael Graetzel, a leader in the field of renewable energy, has been awarded the 15th Global Energy Prize.
Much of Graetzel’s work has focussed on solar power, including the development of low-cost, efficient solar cells, which aim to offer large-scale solutions for power generation. He has also become known around the world for his development of dye-sensitised cells which mirror the principles of photosynthesis.
The Global Energy Prize is awarded every year for outstanding scientific research and technological development in energy. The 2017 laureate received a prize of 39 million rubles (more than 615,000 euros), presented at the St. Petersburg International Forum.
The independent award, launched in 2003, is overseen by an international committee of scientists from 13 countries and is chaired by British Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Rodney Allam.