UNSW scientist Professor Professor Martin Green has won the 2007 SolarWorld Einstein Award for his work in photovoltaics, developing new solar power technologies.

Professor Green, from the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, has worked for decades with great success within the solar energy field.

As one of the directors of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence, Professor Green has directed a team that holds the world record of 24.7 percent in the degree of efficiency of crystalline solar silicon cells. A much-published author in both books and technical journals, Professor Green is held in high esteem among the solar technology industry.

In presenting the award, Head of Research of the SolarWorld subsidiary Deutsche Cell GmbH, Dr Holger Neuhaus, said Professor Green is at the forefront of his field.

"Professor Green is an outstanding scientist who time and again shows us new horizons and who has fundamentally advanced the field of photovoltaic science."

The SolarWorld Einstein Award carries prize money of 10,000 EUR ($A16,600) and was presented this week at the 22nd European Solar Energy Conference in Milan, Italy.