Frederick Krebs has received the Carlsberg Energy Research Prize 09 in recognition of his research in polymer solar cells. Dr. Krebs received the prize at the Bright Green exhibition at Forum in Copenhagen Sunday 13 December, held in connection with the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Carlsberg Energy Research Prize is a newly established prize that the Carlsberg Bequest to the Memory of Brewer J.C. Jacobsen awards to “a researcher that in a remarkable way has contributed to research into sustainable energy." The prize of 100,000 DKK is awarded to one person and can not be applied for. Frederik Christian Krebs is 39 years old and works at Risø DTU within the Solar Energy Programme. At the awarding ceremony Povl Krogsgaard-Larsen, CEO of Carlsberg A/S and The Carlsberg Bequest to the Memory of Brewer J.C. Jacobsen, said: ” Dr. Frederik Christian Krebs initiated research in the field of plastic solar cells in 2001 as a young talented scientist, and since then he has managed to inspire a large number of young scientists, and he is now head of an impressive research group comprising senior scientists, PhD- students, and guests. Dr. Frederik Christian Krebs has developed his research interest from basic material science and applied energy research into a highly recognized research programme representing one of the most promising technologies regarding sustainable energy.” Background information on solar cells Photovoltaics is establishing itself as one of tomorrow's significant renewable energy technologies, and Europe is one of the front runners in this area. Even more widely use is expected in the coming decades, when new generations of solar cells - which can be produced in large quantities and at very low prices - achieve sufficiently high performance and durability. Here Frederik Krebs and his research group's efforts might be groundbreaking and provide opportunities for Danish participation in the solar adventure. Risø's research into polymer solar cells is targeting long-life solar cells printed with ordinary printing techniques. The research is done in collaboration with national and international research partners. It goes hand in hand with development efforts in collaboration with industrial partners, focusing on demonstration of polymer solar cells on a large scale. As an example Frederik Krebs, on receipt of the price, demonstrated a lamp integrated in a polymer solar cell. The lamp may, for example, be used as a reading lamp in rural areas without electricity in third world countries and has already been tested by schoolchildren in Zambia.
Peter Sommer-LarsenHead of ProgrammeSolar Energy Programme (SOL)
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