Christiana Honsberg wins William R. Cherry Award

Solar Power Laboratory director Professor Christiana Honsberg wins the 2015 William R. Cherry Award. It will be presented at the 2015 Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in New Orleans on June 15 2015

Dr. Christiana Honsberg, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Solar Power Laboratory at the Arizona State University, will be receiving the Cherry Award in recognition for her multiple contributions to the advancement of photovoltaics. Her notable contributions include the pioneering of advanced PV concepts ranging from the development of a generalized thermodynamic theory for determining efficiency limits of solar cells to making seminal advances in the understanding of intermediate band, interband and quantum well approaches.

Dr. Honbserg is also a co-inventor of the so-called “Very High Efficiency Solar Cell (VHESC)” that combines optical/solar cell architectures that produced a sum-of-the efficiencies result of 42.8%, she has contributed to the advancement of III-Nitride solar cells, and she is responsible for inventing and licensing of methods to produce high performance Si solar cells. Dr. Honsberg is also the co-developer of the popular PV CDROM educational online course that is now widely used in solar cell education at universities across the world. Prof. Honsberg also serves as Director and Lead Investigator to the first US multi-Institutional Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Photovoltaics that is jointly supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, and where she leads and coordinates the ERC’s R&D efforts across some 30 national and International academic and industry partners with a focus on enabling solutions to harness thesolar power in economically more viable and sustainable ways. Prof. Honsberg will deliver her Cherry Award acceptance talk on Monday June 15 at 11:30 during the Conference Opening Keynote Session.


About the Award

This award is named in honor of William R. Cherry, a founder of the photovoltaic community. In the 1950's, he was instrumental in establishing solar cells as the ideal power source for space satellites and for recognizing, advocating, and nurturing the use of photovoltaic systems for terrestrial applications. The William R. Cherry award was instituted in 1980, shortly after his death. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual engineer or scientist who devoted a part of their professional life to the advancement of the science and technology of photovoltaic energy conversion.