The 18th European Becquerel Prize was bestowed on Professor Hans-Werner Schock (pictured) from the Helmholtz-Center Berlin for Materials and Energy in Germany on September 8. The professor was chosen for his work on CIGS thin-film solar cells. Additionally, the 2010 Robert Hill Award was presented to Alain Liébard from the Fondation Energies pour le Monde in France. Liébard is credited with developing PV country applications and being a leader in the renewable energy movement in France.
Furthermore, the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) will be held in Hamburg, Germany, September 5-9, 2011, at the Congress Center and International Fair. The exhibition space has a planned expansion for the conference in 2011 with additional halls to be added in order for more exhibitions to be included. The 26th EU PVSEC will also include sessions on specialized topics for the PV industry and new applications, ideas and solutions for cell and module production.