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

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). and agencies

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