After over 30 years of research and discoveries in photovoltaic (PV) technology, Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi, founder and chief technology officer of Suniva, was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) for a lifetime's contribution to making solar technology a realistic, low-cost energy solution.
The EPA honored Rohatgi as an Individual Climate Protection Award Winner in a ceremony held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In addition, ASES selected Rohatgi as this year's Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award Winner, for contributions in solar energy technology, and will honor him at the SOLAR 2009 conference, in Buffalo, N.Y., May 11-16.
Rohatgi is a regents professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he founded the school's PV research program and later established the first University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2007, he founded Suniva, a Norcross, Ga.-based company.