[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Alan Heeger, co-founder and chief scientist at Konarka Technologies, is a recipient of the 2005 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for his work developing and commercializing polymer photovoltaics. He and his colleagues at the University of California, Santa Barbara, are pioneering researchers of polymers that conduct electricity. At Konarka, Dr. Heeger provides strategic vision for the development of the Company’s light-activated Power Plastic technology — flexible, lightweight, lower in cost and more versatile in application than traditional silicon-based solar cells. It enables devices, systems and structures to have their own integrated sources of renewable power, combining energy generation and power consumption within the same device. Dr. Heeger is also the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for chemistry. A feature about the Breakthrough Awards will be published in the November 2005 issue of Popular Mechanics.