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NREL's Emery Receives Hubbard Award

April 6, 2010

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) bestowed the H.M. Hubbard award on Principal Research Supervisor Keith Emery at its Staff Awards celebration on March 16. The award is given annually to a member of the research staff who has made sustained, clearly defined, high-level research contributions, and who has shown leadership and initiative in furthering NREL's position as the nation's foremost renewable energy laboratory. 

Emery was recognized for seminal contributions to the measurement science of photovoltaic (PV) devices and modules. He was also honored for establishing a world-class, internationally recognized measurement facility within the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL.

Currently, Emery is the leader of the Cell and Module Performance team, within NREL's Measurements and Characterization group. During the past 30 years, he led development of much of the science required to measure the performance of all PV technologies, from the conventional to the complex, such as multi-junction concentrators and next-generation devices like organic, dye-sensitized, and quantum-dot-based PV. Emery has also translated this understanding into the development of world-recognized standards. He is widely recognized as a leader and visionary in developing measurement standards that are used to ensure global uniformity in cell and module measurements.

Emery's development of standardized tests for a wide range of technologies required work on many fronts, including advancing the foundational science, developing the standards, performing international round-robin testing, and communicating the results through publishing, presentations, and consulting.

He has collaborated with lead scientists from internationally recognized measurement labs around the world. Recently, the Chinese government turned to Emery to develop top-notch measurement capabilities in China. He has been front and center in these discussions and played a major role in the memorandum of understanding that NREL signed with the Chinese Academy of Science.