Solar transfer

A Dutch graduate student working on solar energy technology has been awarded the Leverhulme Technology Transfer Award 2008 for his work with the Plasma & Materials Processing research group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). They receive the prize (€7000 for Hoex and €63,000 for the research group) for their successful transfer of research from academia into industry. Earlier this year, Hoex's Ph.D. research was rewarded with the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award. Two areas of technology transfer underpinned the award: the discovery of the benefits of anti-reflection and passivation coatings at the back of silicon solar cells and the development of these coatings.