WCPEC-7 Awards


Dr. Dennis Flood will receive the WCPEC “World Photovoltaic Energy Award”
“For his outstanding contributions to the development of science and technology of high efficiency and radiation-tolerant space solar cells, arrays and systems. And for extraordinary contributions to international cooperation in PV technology, bringing our world PV community together with his vision in founding this World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC) series.”

Dr. Flood spent 33 years at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, joining NASA immediately after finishing his graduate degree in physics in 1967.  He served as Chief of the Photovoltaics and Space Environments Branch from 1985 until retiring from the Agency in 2000. 
While at NASA Glenn he initiated Agency programs in gallium arsenide space solar cell development and studies of the radiation hardness of indium phosphide solar cells.  Both programs were important predecessors of the development of the GaAs/Ge space tandem cell as well as the GaInP/GaAs/Ge space triple junction solar cell. He also led the development of a rapid thermal cycling system that was used to qualify the space station solar array for low earth orbit.  That array was the first large scale deployment of a wrap-through contact silicon solar cell on a flexible panel that utilized welded contacts to the backplane printed circuit wiring harness.

During his NASA tenure he organized and served as General Chair of the First WCPEC in 1994 and served as Chair of the International Advisory Committee through the first complete cycle of conferences culminating in WCPEC-3, held in Osaka in 2003.  He has since co-founded two successful high-tech startup companies.  He is CTO of Natcore Technology, Inc, a growing solar energy company, and Nanotech-Innovations, LLC, a nanotechnology company specializing in commercial applications of carbon nanotubes.  Dr. Flood has over one hundred refereed publications in materials science, photovoltaic energy conversion and nanotechnology. He holds two special service awards from NASA for outstanding contributions to the field of space power research and technology and is a Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who, 2001 Millennium Edition. 

Dr. Flood will deliver his World Photovoltaic Energy Award acceptance talk on Monday June 11 at 11:30 during the Conference “Opening Keynote” Session (Monarchy Ballroom).


About the Award

The International Advisory Committee for the WCPEC will present the 2018-WCPEC Award for advancement of photovoltaic science and technology on occasion of the 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion with co-sponsorship of the IEEE Electron Device Society, European Commission, and the PVSEC Advisory Committee, Japan.

The WCPEC Award Committee is now inviting nominations for the Award which will be awarded at the WCPEC-7 in Hawaii. Nominations can be made by any member of the photovoltaic technical community with the nomination form* that clearly states the nominee’s qualification, achievements, and contributions (200 words or less) and brief vitae to be forwarded to wcpecaward@wcpec7.org.

Individuals nominated for the WCPEC Award must have promoted global cooperation across international communities, in particular between Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. Additionally, the candidate must have fulfilled one or more of the following criteria:

1. Made a highly significant achievement with contribution to the development of new PV material and/or

     new device;

2. Made a recognized contribution to developing new PV systems and/or enhancing the PV industry;

3. Demonstrated both outstanding PV-technology leadership to-date and the potential to lead the global   

PV research, education, industry, and/or deployment efforts in the coming decade.The Award Chairs will distribute a list of potential candidates to all the active members of the Award Committee which was organized into 18 active members selected from the three societies of IEEE PVSC, EC-PVSEC and PVSEC.  Then, two to three steps of voting selections will be made to reach the final selection.

The Co-Chairs of the World Award Committee will present the recommendation of the WCPEC Award Committee to the WCPEC Executive Committee for approval.  After approval, the Chairs will notify the Award Winner.

* Nomination forms can have multiple nominators or nominators can submit separate forms.


Award Package

The WCPEC Awardee will receive an engraved plaque with a prize and will be invited to deliver a commemorative lecture at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii, USA.


Previous Winners:

Dr. Hermann Scheer (1998)
 Prof. Yoshihiro Hamakawa (2003)
 Dr. L.L. Kazmerski (2006)
 Prof. Masafumi Yamaguchi (2014)


Questions? Contact the Awards Chair wcpecaward@wcpec-7.org


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