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 23 patents in photovoltaic technologies, and has published and/or presented more than 90 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.
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.