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Date:9/10/2010

This release is available in German.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schock, department head and spokesman for Solar Energy Research at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), received the prestigious "Becquerel Prize" at the 25th "European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition" in Valencia. The EU Commission honoured the HZB scientist for his life's work in the field of photovoltaics.

The award ceremony took place as a highlight of the European photovoltaics conference which was held this year together with the 5th "World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion". Prof. Schock received the "Becquerel Prize" following his plenary lecture on "The Status and Advancement of CIS and Related Solar Cells". The chairman was Daniel Lincot, head of solar energy research at the Ecole Nationale Suprieure de Chimie de Paris.

Prof. H.-W. Schock was distinguished by the committee for his outstanding performance in the field of solar energy technology and the development of thin-film solar cells. The first pioneer tests on chalcopyrite-based solar cells took place under his direction as early as 1980, and were to make solar energy more efficient and more competitive.

Such solar cells are made of copper-indium-sulphide (CIS) or copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGSe), for example. At present, Hans-Werner Schock's group is researching new material combinations of abundant, environmentally friendly chemical elements and is continuing to refine solar cells based on these materials. The solar cells developed at HZB under Hans-Werner Schock's leadership hold several efficiency records: CIS cells in the high-voltage range (12.8%), flexible cells made from plastics (15.9%) and conventional CIGSe cells (19.4%). The aim is for "solar cells to be integrated into buildings, for example, no longer as an investment, but as a matter of course," says Schock.
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Contact: Dr. Hans-Werner Schock
hans-werner.schock@helmholtz-berlin.de
49-308-062-42489
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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