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Fraunhofer solar researchers are awarded the coveted Zayed Future Energy Prize 2014

22.01.2014
Long before Germany set out on its journey toward a new energy economy, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg were already developing ways to tap sources of renewable energy – in particular the sun.
This dedication to renewables over many years has now been recognized in the form of the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2014. Awarded to Fraunhofer ISE on January 20, 2014, the prize is endowed with 1.5 million US dollars.

Prof. Eicke Weber receives the award from His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
© Ryan Carter/Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi

Prizewinners are selected on the basis of the degree to which they bring about a tangible change in industry, society and the environment, their impact as a leader and role model, and the viability and innovative potential of their organization.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Zayed Future Energy Prize committee has decided to honor Fraunhofer ISE’s more than 30 years of work on sustainable energy supply in this way,” says Prof. Eicke R. Weber, director of Fraunhofer ISE.

“This generous prize will enable us to offer our re- search in support of countries that haven’t yet set out to develop a new energy economy. For one thing, we will be able to further refine the energy system analyses and ener- gy supply models that we have developed in-house. These make it possible to achieve a seamless and cost-effective transition to a sustainable supply of energy in other regions, too, and also lay the foundations for technological col- laboration.” The prize money will support training pro- grams as well.

Prof. Weber received the award at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi from His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Fraunhofer ISE, now Europe’s biggest solar research institute, was one of three finalists in the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) category. It won out against the UK-based orga- nization Practical Action and the US-based World Resources Institute (WRI).

Renewable energy is a hugely important topic for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s biggest energy producers. As a mark of how seriously it takes its sense of res- ponsibility in this field, each year the Emirate awards the Zayed Future Energy Prize in memory of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi. There are prizes for companies, NGOs and educational establishments, as well as for an individual’s lifetime achievement.

Karin Schneider | Fraunhofer-Institute
Further information:
http://www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com/en/
http://www.fraunhofer.de/en/press/research-news/2014/january/zayed-future-energy-prize-2014.html

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