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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Becquerel Prize 2022 – Call for nomination of candidates

On behalf of the Becquerel Committee

Yours sincerely

Prof. Christophe Ballif

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, February 2022

All members of the photovoltaics community are invited to nominate candidates for the 2022 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 2022. The Prize will be awarded in September 2022 during the 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-8). The EU PVSEC will host the WCPEC-8 bringing together the global PV community in the beautiful city of Milan, Italy from the 26 – 30 September.

The deadline for submission is Monday 25th of April 2022 (23:59, CET). More information on the Nomination Form, as well as the list of requested documents are available at

We thank you in advance for your contribution that will guarantee a high level of qualified candidates.

Congratulations to the Becquerel Prize Winner 2021: Ulrike Jahn!

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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