QESST Director Receives Prestigious Award

Achievement date: 
2015
Outcome/accomplishment: 

Dr. Christiana Honsberg, Director of the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST), which is headquartered at Arizona State University (ASU), received the William R. Cherry Award at the Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (PVSC) on June 15, 2015. The conference was hosted by the IEEE.

Impact/benefits: 

Dr. Honsberg, also Director of ASU's Solar Power Laboratory and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE), was honored in recognition of her multiple contributions to the advancement of photovoltaics (PV). Her most notable contributions include the pioneering of advanced PV concepts, which range from development of a generalized thermodynamic theory for determining solar-cell efficiency limits to making seminal advances in understanding intermediate band, interband, and quantum well approaches.

Explanation/Background: 

Dr. Honsberg is a co-inventor of the so-called Very High Efficiency Solar Cell (VHESC), which combines optical and solar-cell architectures that produce a sum-of-the-efficiencies result of 42.8%. She has contributed to the advancement of III-Nitride solar cells, is responsible for inventing and licensing of methods to produce high-performance Si solar cells, and co-developed the popular PV CDROM educational online course that now is widely used in solar-cell education at universities around the world.

As QESST Director, Dr. Honsberg 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 solar power in economically more viable and sustainable ways. QESST, the first U.S. multi-institutional ERC on photovoltaics, is jointly supported by the NSF and Department of Energy.