Becquerel Prize 2023 – Call for Nomination of
All members of the photovoltaics community are invited to nominate candidates for the 2023 Becquerel Prize!
The Alexandre Edmund Becquerel Prize was established in 1989 by the
European Commission on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of
Becquerel’s classical experiment in which he discovered the photovoltaic
effect. Its purpose is to honour scientific, technical or managerial
merit in the development of photovoltaic solar energy, attained over a
long period of continuous achievements, or very exceptionally, for some
extraordinary invention or discovery. It is primarily a European Award
but not restricted exclusively to European citizens.
The members of the Becquerel Prize Committee are pleased to invite you
to take part in the nomination process for the year 2023. The Prize will
be awarded during the 40th Europe Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference
and Exhibition (EU PVSEC
which will bring together the global PV community in the historical and
lively city of Lisbon, Portugal, from 18th to 22th of September.
The deadline for submission is Tuesday 2nd of Mai 2023 (23:59, CET)
. More information on the Nomination Form, as well as the list of requested documents are available at www.becquerel-prize.org
We thank you in advance for your contribution that will guarantee a high level of qualified candidates.
On behalf of the committee
Prof. Christophe Ballif
Neuchâtel, Switzerland, March 2023
In memory of Prof. Adolf Goetzberger: A few words by the Becquerel Prize’s Chairman, Christophe Ballif
While the official nomination process for the 2023 Becquerel Prize is
now open, it is also time to reflect about the global world energy
situation. The world uses currently 166’000 TWh of primary energy
(counted according to the BP substitution method*), 80% of it being
fossil fuels. Counting for a moderate 2% annual growth, this number will
likely be around 250’000 TWh by 2050*. Assuming a transition to the
most efficient technologies (electric cars, heat pumps) and keeping a
minimum for creation of clean fuels (e.g. H2 or NH3), would translate
into an annual world electricity production requirement over 100’000 TWh
by 2050, against 28’000 TWh today still. Hence, eliminating CO2
emissions linked to electricity production means practically the
a) either capturing CO2 massively at the exhaust of
(many more) fossil power plants (at uncompetitive prices and with no
real large-scale project taking off for such CO2 capture),
b) or installing 12’000 (!) new 1 GW nuclear power
plants which is strictly impossible for multiple reasons and not
envisioned even by the nuclear industry which foresees in their high
scenario at most a few hundred more reactors by 2050.
c) Or, and this is the only credible scenario,
installing massively wind and solar, e.g. at least 15 TW wind and 40 TW
solar (at strict minimum… some scenarios demand for more).
Prof. Christophe Ballif
Chairman Becquerel Prize
in this method the kWh produced by Hydro, Wind, Nuclear are multiplied
by 2.5 to take into account the lower efficiency of fossil fuel power
plants. It has the advantage to represent more adequately the role of
renewables and direct electricity production.
Last Chance: Exhibition Early Bird Discount until 31
European Commission further intensifies its efforts to reestablish the
PV industry in Europe and has recently taken various measures to support
With an extraordinary strong solar R&D landscape and the most
progressive equipment suppliers, Europe is in the best position to
maintain its role as one of the leading stakeholders in the global PV
We are pleased to welcome a growing number of exhibitors participating
in the EU PVSEC 2023, showcasing their businesses and services in order
to bring the next cutting-edge technologies to the market. The close
connection between the latest research results and the industry that
implements them is a key reason why the EU PVSEC Exhibition is one of
the most influential B2B solar PV exhibitions in the world.
If you want to present your company to international PV experts too, become an exhibitor!
We offer a 5 % discount on the stand fee if you book until 31 March 2023.
Join the ranks of leading brands in the fields of
research and development, manufacturing,
simulation, pv hardware and software
and many more.
Take a look at our confirmed exhibitors.
PV Academy Programme Outline Available
the successful launch of the first PV Academy in 2022, the format
continues to grow, while focusing on teaching the basics of various PV
technologies and facilitating newcomers into the field.
This year, the event will take place on Sunday, 17 September 2023, in Lisbon, right before the EU PVSEC!
You can look forward to three interesting sessions touching the latest advances in PV science and industry:
9:00 - 11:30 Perovskite Solar Cells from R&D to Industrial Manufacturing
Dr. Olga Malinkiewicz / SAULE, N.N.
13:00 – 15:30 Advanced Characterization of PV Cells
Dr. Ron Sinton / Sinton Instruments, Prof. Thorsten Trupke / UNSW
16:00 - 18:30 Sustainability and Circular Economy for PV
Prof. Annick Anctil / Michigan State Univ., Dr. Sebastian Nold / Fraunhofer ISE
Stay tuned! More information on the venue, the ticket options and more coming soon.
In the meantime, take a look at the lectures from last year and get inspired!
Find more information at the EU PVSEC website or at www.pv-academy.com
Contribute to the EU PVSEC
If you want to contribute to the EU PVSEC, there are many ways to do so:
There is still a chance to secure an oral presentation slot with your late-breaking abstract!
Support the event while promoting your brand as official sponsor!
Organise a Parallel Event
Share your expertise and organise your own side event!
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