SolarWorld has presented the Junior Einstein Award to Fraunhofer junior scientist Dr. Christian Reimann and awarded an Honorary Einstein award to the late Walt Ratterman at the 25th EU PVSEC event in Valencia, Spain. These awards are thus added to the overall Einstein award dedicated to Nobel Peace Prize laureate and micro-finance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, which was announced by PV-Tech back in August.
The Einstein award is being presented in recognition of Yunus’ micro-loans for the poor, created through Grameen Bank, of which he is founder, which have made possible the installation of more than 400,000 small solar power systems, securing energy supplies for people in rural regions of Bangladesh who live far from the national utility grid.
Reimann, of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Building Element Technology (IISB) in Erlangen, won the Junior award is recognition of his thesis on the formation of silicon crystals and the prevention of impurities in silicon melt. This process can increase the degree of efficiency of solar cells and thus reduce the costs for solar power. The process developed by Reimann has been patented in the meantime.
For his solar commitment, SolarWorld posthumously bestowed the Honorary SolarWorld Einstein Award upon Ratterman, recognizing the extensive work of the solar pioneer whose life was tragically made short in the disastrous Haiti earthquake in January. As a co-founder of SunEnergy Power, Ratterman dedicated himself to research and groundwork in the less fortunate regions of the world. Ratterman was also a cooperation partner in the Solar2World program run by SolarWorld and was responsible for the solar electrification of hospitals in Haiti. The award was personally received by his family.
SolarWorld are exhibiting on Level 2, Hall 1, Booth C10.