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Solar prize awarded: SMA founder Günter Cramer and Water Missions International from the U.S. receive SolarWorld Einstein Awards

Scientist from Hameln honored with SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award


Individuals who have rendered outstanding services to the world of solar energy were honoured by SolarWorld AG this evening (September 25) during the EU PVSEC international congress in Frankfurt am Main. The company awarded the SolarWorld Einstein Awards to co-founder of SMA Günter Cramer and Molly and George Greene, founders of the U.S. American aid organization Water Missions International. The award for up-and-coming scientists went to physicist Dr. Bianca Lim of the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin, Germany. The awards have now been presented for the eighth time.

On this occasion, the award is going to one of the pioneers in the field of renewable energies ‒ Günter Cramer: Along with his partners, the electrical engineer nurtured a tiny start-up located in a bakery in Kassel, Germany, into a global company within 30 years. Today, SMA has over 5,500 employees and is the technology and market leader in solar inverters ‒ a core piece of every solar power system.

A further prize was awarded for the first time to two U.S. Americans: Molly and George Greene use solar energy to power water treatment systems in developing countries and regions affected by catastrophe. Their aid organization Water Missions International has already implemented over 600 projects in 49 countries. Thanks to their dedication, child mortality, human exposure to parasites and the number of chronic illnesses have declined in numerous villages. It is estimated that 1.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water.

The SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award went to physicist Dr. Bianca Lim of the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hameln. For her dissertation, the 30-year-old studied the behaviour of boron-oxygen compounds, which lead to lower efficiency in solar cells. She was able to describe the phenomenon and develop a practical process with which to reduce the effect of these compounds.

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About the SolarWorld Einstein Award: Since 2005, SolarWorld AG has awarded this prize to members of the scientific, economic, political, and social communities who have rendered outstanding service to the development of photovoltaics. Previous award winners include Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Dr. Hermann Scheer, Prof. Dr. Adolf Götzberger, Dr. Rupert Neudeck and Dr. Bertrand Piccard, among others. The Junior Einstein Award has been awarded to young scientists since 2006. Read more at

About SolarWorld AG: SolarWorld AG produces solar power systems and in doing so contributes to cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company located in Bonn employs approximately 3,000 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld combines all stages of production ‒ including their own research and development. Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe and has committed itself to resource and energy efficient production. It has been on the stock market since 1999 and is quoted in the technology index TecDax. SolarWorld achieved sales of about one billion Euros for the fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at

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