23rd May 2016

Christophe Ballif wins 2016 Becquerel Prize

The ACTIVE INTERFACES research team wishes to congratulate Professor Christophe Ballif, winner of the 2016 Becquerel Prize. This award was created by the European Commission to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual to the development of solar power. Winning one of the world’s two most prestigious awards in this field is a crowning achievement for Ballif, who has devoted 20 years to harnessing the sun’s energy.

The award recognizes Ballif’s achievements in solar technology research and industrialization, including his research on high-efficiency crystalline heterojunction solar cells and multi-junction cells. Ballif’s work ranges from aspects of materials science and interfaces in different types of solar cells to manufacturing and production processes, without forgetting the development of reliable solar modules and solar modules with architectural appeal. More than 400 frequently cited scientific and technical papers and numerous patents attest to the depth of Ballif’s work and his vast contribution to the field.

Ballif heads both EPFL’s Photovoltaics-Laboratory in Neuchâtel, which focuses on fundamental research, and CSEM’s PV-center, which is devoted to transferring solar technology to industry. Ballif draws on this dual role to highlight the benefits of solar power for both the economy and society. His efforts were recognized earlier this year when CSEM won the Swiss Environmental Prize for the white solar panels developed by Ballif’s team.

Prof. Ballif is the leader of sub-project 01 of the ACTIVE INTERFACES research project, entitled «Holistic strategy for PV adapted solutions embracing the key technological issues».

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Source: Prix et distinctions, EPFL news