APT Laboratory wins International Award
at the Aichi EXPO 2005 in Japan
Thermi, Greece (June 16, 2005)
- The Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory (APTL) of CERTH/CPERI
is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Global 100 Eco-Tech
Award at the EXPO 2005 in Aichi, Japan for the technology "Production
of Hydrogen Through the Splitting of Water with Solar Energy".
The technology was one of the entries nominated by the Greek Secretariat
of Research and Technology for the Greek participation to the Global
100 Eco-Tech Awards competition.
The Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition
and Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. have organized the Global 100 Eco-Tech
Awards program which commends 100 global environmental technologies
that contribute significantly to the resolution of global environmental
problems and to the creation of a sustainable future.
APTL has lead the development of the nominated
innovative hydrogen production technology which is based on exclusively
renewable resources: solar energy and water, within the European
project HYDROSOL (http://www.hydrosol-project.org).
Dr. Athanasios G. Konstandopoulos, APTL's
Director and Coordinator of project HYDROSOL will receive the Award,
which is accompanied by a 1,000,000 Yen prize on September 1, 2005
in a special ceremony to be held in Nagoya city, Japan. On receiving
news of the Award, Konstandopoulos said: "We are very happy
to receive this Award at a moment when we are preparing to celebrate
the 10 years from the foundation of our laboratory. The Award represents
an important recognition of our research accomplishments and it
will boost further our efforts to contribute to the long term energy
and economic future of our country, as well as other regions of
the world, which have the privilege to be endowed by an enormous
solar potential. I would like to thank all the people from APTL
that have contributed to this success as well as our colleagues
in project HYDROSOL. I am also grateful to the European Commission
for its sustained support of our research in this area".