Wim Sinke honoured with prestigious award for outstanding merits in PV

maandag 5 september 2011 17:43

On 5 September, Prof. Dr. Wim Sinke, senior Staff member Programme & Strategy Solar Energy at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), received the prestigious “Becquerel Prize” at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. The European PV community honoured Wim Sinke for his life’s work in the field of photovoltaics.

Wim Sinke is the 19th Becquerel Prize winner. He received the award for his pioneering work on wafer based silicon photovoltaic cells and modules. Wafer based silicon constitutes today’s dominant technology family for photovoltaic solar electricity generation. For many years, Wim Sinke worked successfully towards the understanding and the improvement of silicon wafer solar cells, in particular in the areas of surface passivation, doping and contact formation, and on integrating cell and module designs. He took a leading role in transferring research results into production.

Wim Sinke has great merits as the coordinator of the extensive European Integrated Project on wafer based silicon photovoltaics: CrystalClear. This project contributed substantially to the development of the PV sector in Europe. As Chairman of the Working Group on Science, Technology & Applications, Wim Sinke contributed considerably to the development of the Strategic Research Agenda of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform.

Paul Korting, chairman of ECN’s Management Board, is excited about the award: “With its research on solar energy, ECN is committed to developing knowledge and technology with and for the industry, securing our future energy supply. Wim’s work has been essential in this development. For over 20 years, he has been dedicated to ECN’s research and sharing his broad expertise all over the world. We are proud of the worldwide recognition of his work and congratulate Wim on receiving this award.”

Wim Sinke studied experimental physics at Utrecht University, where he graduated in 1981 and received a doctor’s degree in 1985. He became project leader solar cells at the FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam. In 1990 he joined the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) to set up and lead a new group on photovoltaics, which has grown to over 80 researchers today. Currently he is senior Staff member Programme and Strategy in the unit Solar Energy.

With this prize, the European photovoltaic community, gathered in Hamburg, Germany, expressed their recognition to Wim Sinke for his extraordinary achievements in the field of PV Solar Electricity.

About the Becquerel Prize
To mark the 150th anniversary of Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel’s discovery of the photovoltaic effect in 1839, the European Commission founded the European Becquerel Prize for outstanding contributions to the development of Photovoltaic Solar Energy in 1989. This year, the prize was awarded for the 19th time on the occasion of the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Hamburg. The prize winner was selected by the Becquerel Prize Committee.

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