Professor Henry Snaith receives the Becquerel Prize for his ground-breaking work on perovskite solar cells – technology coming to market next year
Professor Henry Snaith, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Oxfordshire-based renewable energy company, Oxford PV, has received the Becquerel Prize in honour of his significant contributions to the use of perovskite in solar cells.
Oxford PV, is a spin-out from the University of Oxford, and was co-founded by Professor Snaith to commercialise the solar technology from his research laboratory. Oxford PV is now preparing for the commercial launch of its first product mid-2021. A perovskite tandem solar cell is integrated with standard silicon solar cells to improve their performance dramatically. Assembled into industry-standard solar PV panels, the tandem cells significantly increase power output and provide more affordable clean energy.
Professor Snaith commented: “I am honoured to receive this prestigious award. I am excited about the future of perovskite PV and its role in the clean energy transition. Perovskite PV has demonstrated its immense opportunity to transform solar energy generation. I am especially looking forward to the next 12 months and seeing our first commercial perovskite-silicon solar product on the market.”
The Becquerel Prize is the most prestigious European Prize awarded to those who made major contributions to the science, technology or application of photovoltaic solar electricity. The Alexandre Edmond Becquerel Prize was established in 1989 by the European Commission at the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Becquerel’s classical experiment in which he discovered the photovoltaic effect.