The European Becquerel Prize was awarded for the nineteenth time in 2011 on the occasion of the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Hamburg. Wafer based silicon constitutes today’s dominant technology family for photovoltaic solar electricity generation. Wim Sinke has great merits as the coordinator of the European Integrated Project on wafer based silicon photovoltaics: CristalClear. This project contributed substantially to the development of the PV sector in Europe. In his role as Chairman of the Working Group on Science, Technology & Applications, and now as Chairman of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform he contributed and still contributes to the development of European Photovoltaics.
To mark the 150th anniversary of Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel’s discovery of the photovoltaic effect in 1839, the European Commission founded in 1989 the European Becquerel Prize for outstanding contributions to the development of Photovoltaic Solar Energy.