24th EU PVSEC: 2009 Becquerel Prize Awarded

[Hamburg, Germany]

From 24th EU PVSEC

Dr. Andreas Bett awarded the 17th Becquerel Prize for the successful development of photovoltaic concentrator technology.
The Prize is named after French physicist Alexandre Edmond Becquerel (1820-1891) who discovered the photovoltaic effect in 1839 at age 19.

During the opening session of the 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Dr. Andreas Bett, accepted the award after a Laudatio titled “Striving for Highest Efficiencies” by Professor Wolfram Wetting on the occasion of the Becquerel Prize ceremony. Dr. Bett is the Head of the Materials – Solar Cells and Technology department and a Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) located in Freiburg, Germany.

From left to right in the above award presentation photo are Professor Adolf Goetzberger, Chairman of the Becquerel Prize Committee, Dr. Andreas Bett, Becquerel Prize Winner, Professor Wim Sinke, Conference General Chairman, and Wolfgang Palz, Chairman Europe WRCE.

Reading the citation before the Laudatio, Professor Adolf Goetzberger said:

Dr. Andreas Bett is the 17th Becquerel Prize winner. He receives the Becquerel Award for his pioneering work on monolithic multijunction solar cells leading to a world record efficiency of 41.1%. He introduced the lattice mismatch growth technique that is the key to record efficiencies. He further developed characterization techniques and simulation tools for concentrator multijunction solar cells. In his laboratory he researched and achieved significant advances in concentrator modules and systems including long term stability. The FLATCON concept was developed and successfully introduced into production. Dr. Bett is not only a pioneer in research and development of III-V multijunction solar cells, but he also earned great merits for the industrialization of concentrating photovoltaic technology. He is a co-founder of Concentrix Solar which is today one of the leading companies in this market sector. With this prize, the European Photovoltaic community at its gathering in Hamburg expresses its recognition to Dr. Andreas Bett for his extraordinary achievements in the PV solar electricity.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Bett highlighted continuous financial support, good infrastructure, an excellent team, and fun at work as keys to successful research.

From 24th EU PVSEC

Dr. Bett’s first presentation at the 9th EU PVSEC in Freiburg 1989.

From 24th EU PVSEC

Dr. Bett also serves on the Supervisory Board (Board of Directors) of Concentrix Solar GmbH.

Fraunhofer ISE beat my post yesterday with the press release, “Becquerel Prize for Dr. Andreas Bett Award from European Commission for the successful development of photovoltaic concentrator technology” (Deutsch).

Herr Doktor Bett is also a patient person willing to entertain the occasional, random question from a certain Photovoltaic Blogger.

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