Dr. Zhengrong Shi
Founder, Suntech Power Co. Ltd.
Adjunct Professor, UNSW
Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering
Distinguished Expert, The National Thousand Talent Program
Dr. Zhengrong Shi is the founder of Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., for many years the largest global solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturer.
Guided by a vision to power the world’s future by solar energy, nature’s cleanest and most abundant source of energy, Dr. Shi started Suntech in 2001. For over a decade, he led PV industry development and growth through innovation, manufacturing skills and supply chain development, reducing the cost of PV panels drastically and accelerating the realization of an affordable price of electricity generated by solar energy.
As a leading solar scientist, Dr. Shi is the inventor of over 30 patents in photovoltaic technologies, and has published and/or presented more than 100 articles and papers in PV-related scientific magazines and at conferences. With a career spanning more than close to three decades as a solar scientist and entrepreneur he had been Deputy Research Director at Pacific Solar Pty., and a Senior Research Scientist and the leader of the Thin Film Solar Cells Research Group in the Centre of Excellence for Photovoltaic Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Dr. Shi received the Murphy & Spitz Global Leader Award 2011 at the World Economic Forum for Suntech’s exemplary environmental and sustainability standards. 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. In 2007, he was honored as the “Green Figure of the Year” by CCTV.
With a vision of “building a green, sustainable and enjoyable future”, Dr. Shi continues his innovation on high efficiency silicon solar cell manufacturing technology, development of ultralight, flexible, thin and aesthetic solar product for architectural and building integration, energy storage and smart energy management. He helped young peoples to start up companies including SunMan, SunDrive, Heatmate, AlphaEEE.
Dr. Shi received a bachelor’s degree in optical science from Changchun University of Science and Technology in China in 1983, a master’s degree in laser physics from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986, and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia in 1992. In 2009, Dr. Shi is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (AATSE) and in 2012 became an Adjunct Professor at the University of NSW.
施博士于 1983 获得长春理工大学光学科学学士学位；1986 在中国科学院上海光学精密机械研究所获得激光物理学硕士学位；1992 在澳大利亚新南威尔士大学获得电子工程学博士学位。施博士于2009年成为澳大利亚工程院院士。
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