2022 KARL W. BÖER

SOLAR ENERGY MEDALS

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2022 AWARDS

Honoring advancements in renewable energy

The Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit

Karl W. Böer

Karl W. Böer

The Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medals are awarded every two years for pioneering advancements in renewable energy. These distinguished awards include a bronze medal and monetary prizes. Nominations are due Dec. 31, 2021.

In 2022, two medals will be awarded for the first time—the traditional Karl Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, carrying a $100,000 prize, honoring an individual who has made pioneering advancements in renewable energy as an alternative source of energy, and the newly endowed Karl W. Böer Renewable Energy Mid-Career Award, carrying a $25,000 prize.

The medals are named in honor of Dr. Karl Wolfgang Böer, a trailblazing scientist in the field of renewable energy who founded the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) at the University of Delaware. Since its founding in 1972, IEC has been a leader in photovoltaic research. It is the oldest solar cell institution in the world and a U.S. Department of Energy-designated University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education.

Dr. Böer, who passed away on April 18, 2018, at the age of 92, was a visionary scientist whose work led to significant progress in the field of renewable energy. The medals he so generously endowed through the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award Trust, established at the University of Delaware in 1991, have become the most prestigious awards for the global solar energy community and now honor leadership in all forms of renewable energy. The first Böer Medal was awarded in 1993 to former President Jimmy Carter.

The Böer Medals will continue to honor those who have, through their vision and inventiveness, made enduring progress toward the evolution of a more sustainable future for our planet.

The Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit

Karl W. Böer

Karl W. Böer

The Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal Awards are named in honor of Dr. Karl Wolfgang Böer, a pioneering scientist in the field of renewable energy who founded the UD Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC). Since its founding in 1972, IEC has been a leader in photovoltaic research and is the oldest solar cell institution in the world. It is a U.S. Department of Energy-designated University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education. Dr. Böer, who passed away on April 18, 2018 at the age of 92, was a visionary scientist whose pioneering work led to significant progress in the field of renewable energy.

Funding for the Awards comes from the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award Trust which was set up at the University of Delaware in 1991. The Böer Medal has been awarded every two years with the first Medal awarded in 1993 to former President Jimmy Carter and the last Medal given out in 2018. The Boer Medal has become the most prestigious award for the global solar energy community and is now expanded to honor leadership in all forms of renewable energy.

In 2022, there will be two Medals awarded – the traditional Karl Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit to honor individuals who have made significant, pioneering advancements to renewable energy as an alternative source of energy and the newly endowed Karl W. Böer Renewable Energy Mid-Career Award that will be awarded for the first time in 2022. These Medals will continue to honor those who have, through their vision and inventiveness, made enduring progress toward the evolution of a more sustainable future for our planet.

NOMINATION APPLICATION

The Awards

Nominations Invited

The Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Selection Committee invites nominations for two medals for 2022. Applications are due December 31, 2021.

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Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit

Cash award: $100,000

Purpose: The medal will be awarded to an individual who has made significant pioneering contributions in solar energy, wind energy, or other forms of renewable energy as an alternate source of energy through research, development, or economic enterprise, or to an individual who has made extraordinary valuable and enduring contributions to the fields of solar energy, wind energy, or other forms of renewable energy in other ways.

Karl W. Böer Renewable Energy Mid-Career Award

Cash award: $25,000

Eligibility: Currently active and within 20 years of earning their highest academic degree

Purpose: The Mid-Career Award will be presented to an individual who is making significant contributions with promise for enduring impact in solar energy, wind energy, or other forms of renewable energy through research, development, or economic enterprise, or to an individual making extraordinary valuable and enduring contributions to the fields of solar energy, wind energy, or other forms of renewable energy in other ways.

 

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NOMINATION APPLICATION

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NOTE: Applications should be completed in one session as information is not saved until form is submitted.

 

Guidelines

Award Guidelines

  1. Nominations must be submitted on the form provided in this announcement. Please note that only electronic submissions of the nomination form and supporting documents will be considered.
  2. Everyone is eligible, without any discrimination by profession or discipline. The Award Committee seeks individuals of great distinction who by their research, development, application, economic enterprise, or policies have made or are making extraordinary contributions to the fields of solar energy, wind energy, or other forms of renewable energy that are recognized nationally and internationally.
  3. The nomination must be accompanied by a complete curriculum vitae of the nominee and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of five references. Do not send copies of the publications, nominee’s patents, press releases, or other materials.
  4. The medal and the cash award will be presented in 2022 at a time and place designated by the President of the University of Delaware with an appropriate ceremony to celebrate the occasion.
  5. Nominations, with accompanying curricula vitae and references must be received by December 31, 2021. No nominations for the 2022 medal will be considered after that date.

 

NOTE: Applications should be completed in one session as information is not saved until form is submitted.

 

Panel of Judges

The Award Committee

Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit 2018 Award Ceremony recipient Alex Zunger

TUniversity of Delaware President Dennis Assanis (left) awards the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit to solar scientist Alex Zunger on October 12, 2018.

The Award Committee is composed of the presidents of the International Solar Energy Society, the American Solar Energy Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Physical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, or their designated representatives, a representative of the Böer family, and the executive director of the Trust.

 

Award Ceremony

The Ceremony

Karl W. Böer Solar Medal of Merit 2018 Ceremony

A ceremony to honor the award recipients will be held at the University of Delaware on May 3, 2022.

Registration information and additional details coming soon.

 

Applications are due December 31, 2021

Questions/information about these events, contact Dr. Neeloo Bhatti.

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