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Prize-winning professor shines in Finland

A Swiss professor has captured the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize, awarded in Helsinki on Wednesday.

This content was published on June 9, 2010 - 21:24

Michael Grätzel is the Director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

His third generation, low cost, dye-sensitized solar cells impressed the jury.

"The constraint of solar energy has traditionally been its price. 'Grätzel cells' provide a more affordable way of harnessing solar energy. Grätzel's innovation is likely to have an important role in low-cost, large-scale solutions for renewable energy," said Dr Ainomaija Haarla, the President and CEO of Technology Academy Finland.

Grätzel received a trophy and a grand prize of €800,000 (SFr1,101,185).

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