SolarWorld invites university student scientists to apply for prestigious solar research prize

Company now accepting applications for the 2014 SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award

HILLSBORO, Ore., Feb. 26, 2014 – SolarWorld, the largest solar manufacturer in the U.S. and Europe, is now accepting applications for the 2014 SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award. Now in its ninth year, the Junior Einstein Award is the oldest and most prestigious prize for young scientists doing research relevant to the photovoltaic industry. The award offers not only an attractive sum of prize money but also opens professional doors for young scientists. As part of the award ceremony, winners meet important figures in the photovoltaic industry.

"Today's solar technology has its roots in our nation's research laboratories and universities," said Mukesh Dulani, president of SolarWorld Americas. "SolarWorld understands the importance of supporting young scientists, whose ideas will shape the way our industry powers the world."

Past recipients have valued the boost that the award has given their careers.

"After being recognized with the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award, I was energized to implement new ideas. Participating in the competition is also a good opportunity to present your own research results to a wider audience," said Johannes Weniger, winner of the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award in 2013.

Graduate students in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, renewable energy, engineering, chemistry, physics, process engineering or a similar discipline with a thesis focused on solar technology or a related area are eligible to apply. The applicant's scientific thesis in German or English must have been written between June 2013 and April 2014. The application deadline is April 15, 2014.

A jury composed of well-known photovoltaic experts will choose the recipient of the prize, which will be presented this year during Intersolar, a premier solar-industry trade show, in Munich, Germany.

More information and the application form are available at:

About SolarWorld

SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs approximately 2,500 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development. Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at

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