European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics

The European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics is being awarded on the occasion of the EU PVSEC Conference. This prize was established by the European Commission in 1989 to mark the 150th anniversary of Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel’s discovery of the photovoltaic effect in 1839, which laid the foundation of both, photovoltaics and photography.

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Congratulations to the Becquerel Prize Winner 2021: Ulrike Jahn!

Message from Christophe Ballif, the Chair Becquerel Committee

Ulrike Jahn has worked all her career long for the development of PV technology, with a focus on reliability and performance that new electricity generation technologies must demonstrate to be accepted in the market. Her activities have evolved from working for the 1000-Roof PV systems program in the 90s, to module reliability characterization and PV system performance assessment, up to the definition and establishment of methodologies for good practice to reduce technical risks during the implementation and working life of PV systems. She became not only one of the world leading experts, collaborating with 80 experts all around the world, but also one of the face in the field and thereby a role model for young scientists and engineers.

Ulrike Jahn is currently a senior researcher at VDE renewables in Alzenau. From 2008 to 2020, she was with TUV Rheinland in Cologne. Prior to that, she worked with ZAE Bayern and with ISFH. Since 2010, she has being coordinating the international operation Task 13 of the IEA PVPS program dealing with the performance assessment, operation and Reliability of PV Modules and Systems.

Christophe Ballif
Chair Becquerel Committee

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