Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. says that Dr. Stuart Wenham, Suntech's chief technology officer, has won the top prize at the 2009 Inventor of the Year awards, hosted by NewSouth Innovations (NSi), the technology commercialization company of the University of NSW, Australia (UNSW).
Wenham, who holds a dual position as the director of the UNSW's ARC Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence, is a world-leading solar cell inventor with more than 25 years' experience in solar research and development, the company says. He has invented or co-invented eight suites of solar cell technologies and was instrumental in helping develop Suntech's breakthrough Pluto technology.
Suntech is currently using the Pluto technology to produce PV cells on commercial-grade solar wafers with conversion efficiencies of approximately 19% on monocrystalline PV cells and 17% on multicrystalline PV cells – around 12% above standard screen printed crystalline silicon solar cells.
SOURCE: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd.