This award honours important contributions to the harnessing of solar energy for practical use or a new concept, development or product for the same purpose. Receipts can be individuals, groups or corporate bodies. It has been presented since 1983 and the award includes a certificate and a cash prize derived from funds donated by Mrs. Marta Weeks, a long-time supporter of ISES and Platinum Member.
This year’s award is presented to Ricardo Rüther (Brazil)
Ricardo Rüther is a metallurgical Engineer from the Federal University of RioGrande do Sul with a Master in Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Western Australia ,postdoctoral fellow for photovoltaic solar systems at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany and postdoctoral fellow for photovoltaic solar systems integrated to buildings at the University of Western Australia. He currently is a Professor at UFSC and coordinator of the EC82-1ABNT-Brazilian Association of Technical Standards(Commission of Study Conversion Systems of Photovoltaic Solar Energy). He was founder and first president of ABENS (the Brazilian Section of the International Solar Energy Society) and is part of the National Institute of Science and Technology in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Amazon(INCT-EREEA).
Learn more about the Achievement through Action Award and all past recipients here.
Quote from the winner:
"I am very pleased and honoured to be the recipient of the ISES Achievement through Action Award in memory of Christopher Weeks, and look forward to being able to further contribute to a more widespread adoption of solar energy technologies worldwide.
I should also mention that the Actions leading to the Achievements resulting in my nomination to this award are the result of a team effort, and would like to acknowledge all my research students who are the core and strength of our solar energy laboratory."