Professor Frede Hvelplund of Aalborg University has been awarded a European Solar Prize 2008 at a ceremony held on Wednesday in the Berlin office of the KfW Bankengruppe, the university writes in a press release. Since 1994, Eurosolar, the European Association for Renewable Energy, has been awarding the European Solar Prizes to municipalities, companies and individuals using renewable energies, and to organisations which rendered outstanding service to the utilisation of renewable energy.
Professor Hvelplund was given the Special Prize for Extraordinary Individual Commitment for his personal involvement in renewable energy as a research scientist, energy planner and participant in the energy debate since the 1970s. The Eurosolar committee highlighted Frede Hvelplund's role in making Aalborg University a pioneer in the renewable energy sector in Denmark.
"I am very happy to receive the Solar prize, because it is given to activities that lie in the borderland between research and participation in the energy debate. The fact that you want to do something and to work for it scientifically," commented Professor Hvelplund, who also said that the prize represents a recognition of Aalborg University's Department of Development and Planning and of the Department's research group in energy planning.
Aalborg University is located in northern Jutland and was inaugurated in 1974. The university has 14,000 students enrolled, of whom 12.5% come from abroad. Approx. 3,500 students are enrolled at the Faculty of Humanities, 4,600 students at the Faculty of Social Sciences and 5,500 at the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Medicine.