EU PVSEC: Award for Pioneering Work on Wafer Based Silicon PV Cells

Wim Sinke Recieves European Becquerel Price

September 6, 2011

Prof. Wim Sinke, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands ECN, has received the European Becquerel Prize for his pioneering work on wafer based silicon photovoltaic cells and modules. The ceremony took place at the opening of EU PVSEC in Hamburg.


Prof. Wim Sinke, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands ECN (Photo: University of Utrecht)

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.