Dr. Zhengrong Shi receives 2019 Al-Attiyah International Energy Award

Media Release: Dr. Zhengrong Shi receives 2019 Al-Attiyah International Energy Award

Media Release: ​​Dr. Zhengrong Shi receives 2019 Al-Attiyah International Energy Award

02 May 2019 -- Doha, Qatar

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy and Sustainability Development presented Dr. Zhengrong Shi the 2019 Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Renewable Energy.

The Al-Attiyah Foundation established the International Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement to recognize distinguished individuals with outstanding records of accomplishment over their careers, acknowledging individuals who have made an exceptional impact with distinct personal achievements for a consistent and prolonged period of engagement. Over the past seven years, the Foundation has presented this honorable award to several distinguished individuals, including  Lee Raymond, the Former Chairman & CEO of ExxonMobil, H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC and Maria van der Hoeven, Former Executive Director of International Energy Agency.

Dr. Zhengrong Shi received this award due to his vision, his innovation, and his contribution to power the world’s future through solar energy. Through the founding of Suntech Power, Dr. Shi led the movement that drastically reduced the costs of photovoltaic (PV) panels worldwide and brought about the affordability of electricity generated by solar power. Dr. Shi’s achievements also extend to his ownership of over 60 patents, authorship of over 100 publications and his current position as a senior tenure professor in the University of New South Wales. This is clear testament to his achievement over the course of his career. The reward ceremony was held on the first of May in Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Dr. Shi commented his winning of the award: “I feel very accomplished as I received this award in the empire of oil. This means PV is changing the dominant role of fossil fuel in energy industry “.

 In the last a few years Dr. Shi continued his innovations in PV technology with a young team from SunMan Co. Ltd. and has developed a glass free lightweight, thin and flexible “PV skin” product based on polymer composite materials. This technology revolutionizes the PV module product and expands PV applications to unlimited scenarios, such as lightly structured rooftops, building integrated PV, mobile power generators and so on. The product has been so far been successfully launched in Australia, Japan, China and Europe.

Dr. Shi received numerous awards through his career, including PVSEC excellent contribution award in 2005, Zayed Future Energy Award in 2010, the Murphy & Spitz Global Leader Award 2011 at the World Economic Forum. In 2009, he was on Business Week’s “China’s Most Powerful People” list.  In 2007, Dr. Shi was named “50 people who could save the planet” by The Guardian, and was named by TIME as a Hero of the Environment, an annual list that celebrates the most innovative and influential protectors of the planet.  In 2006, he was awarded the “Annual Economic Figure” by CCTV and was honored as the "Green Figure of the Year" by CCTV in 2007 in China.

​​Dr. Zhengrong Shi receives 2019 Al-Attiyah International Energy Award
​​Dr. Zhengrong Shi receives 2019 Al-Attiyah International Energy Award

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