Trina Solar’s Vice President and Chief Scientist, Dr. Pierre Verlinden, who is also the Vice-Chair for the State Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Science and Technology (SKL PVST), will receive the 2016 William R. Cherry Award (the Award) at the 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in Portland, USA on June 6th.
The Award, named in honor of William R. Cherry, is one of the most distinguished awards in the solar PV energy industry that recognizes the individual engineers or scientists who have made significant contributions to the science and/or technology of PV energy conversion. Dr. Verlinden was honored with the Award for his contribution and dedication over the past three decades at the forefront of PV technology and commercialization, leading technological advances including the IBC (interdigitated back contact) cell, silicon and multijunction CPV cells, and his overall leadership of key R&D organizations.
"It is with great humility that I receive this prestigious award,” said Dr. Verlinden. “We will continue to strive towards developing additional cutting-edge technologies while at the same time accelerating commercialization. The goal remains widespread global adoption of solar energy for the betterment of our environment."
At the SKL PVST, Dr. Verlinden has led a team of PV researchers and scientists to enhance Trina Solar's key PV technologies through innovation that has resulted in several world records in cell and module efficiencies in recent years. He has also been pivotal in establishing high efficiency solar cell programs and fostering collaboration with international PV scholars and institutions, promoting the SKL PVST to be one of the most advanced research centers in photovoltaics.