Oxford PV co-founder wins Europe’s most prestigious photovoltaics award

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Professor Henry Snaith, Oxford PV’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, has received the Becquerel Prize in honour of his significant contributions to the use of perovskite in solar cells.

Professor Snaith is recognized for his work on both single-junction and multi-junction solar cells using perovskite, which has propelled the exceptional interest in this technology within the worldwide photovoltaics community.

Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd, a spin-out from the University of Oxford, was co-founded by Professor Snaith to commercialise the solar technology from his research laboratory. In addition to his role as Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford PV today, Henry also leads the Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics Device Group in the Physics Department at the University of Oxford.

Oxford PV is now preparing for the commercial launch of its first product mid-2021, a perovskite tandem solar cell that 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.

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.

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.”