Each winner of PVSEC Award, PVSEC Special Award and Hamakawa Award has been decided. The awards will be given on the occasion of PVSEC-27.


The PVSEC Award will be presented for outstanding contributions to the development of photovoltaic science and technology. The recipient is selected by the PVSEC Award Committee (PVSEC National Advisory Committee) according to nominations.
The PVSEC Award 2017 will be presented to:

Dr. Yoshihiro Hishikawa

His outstanding contributions to photovoltaic science and technology development to show on click

Dr. Yoshihiro Hishikawa is currently a team leader of Calibration, Standards, and Measurement Team at the Research Center for Photovoltaics of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan.

He entered the PV research field when he joined Sanyo Electric. Co., Ltd. in 1982, and was engaged in the development and characterization of amorphous silicon solar cells. He received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1988 on a study of hydrogenated amorphous silicon by Raman spectroscopy.

He has focused on the R&D, implementation and dissemination of precise performance characterization of PV devices since he joined The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in 2003, and has been engaged in developing the characterization technologies for various kinds of PV devices such as crystalline silicon, CIGS, CPV, DSC and perovskite, in cooperation with PV industry sectors and academias. His team has carried out precise performance measurements of over 1,000 newly developed PV devices, thereby contributing to the research and development of those devices. He has also lead the development and practical realization of new PV characterization technologies at AIST such as module spectral response, performance translation for irradiance and temperature, and highly precise outdoor measurement.

He has been also active in international development of PV performance characterization technology as a worldwide expert, and has contributed to its improvement through many international PV measurement intercomparisons, development projects, and proactive participation to many standards such as IEC and JIS.


The Organizing Committee of the PVSEC has also decided to institute the PVSEC Special Award that will be presented to outstanding contributions for technology development and the promotion of photovoltaic solar energy conversion. The recipient is also selected by the PVSEC Award Committee (PVSEC National Advisory Committee) according to nominations.

The PVSEC Special Award 2017 will be presented to


Her outstanding contribution to photovoltaic technology development and global corroboration on PV standards to show on click

Ms. Izumi Kaizuka currently serves as Principal Analyst and Director of Research Division in RTS Corporation, a PV specialized consultancy in Tokyo established in 1983. She majored Chemistry in Faculty of Science at Tokyo Metropolitan University. After graduation, she joined Lion Corporation as a researcher and involved in research and development of specialty chemicals for surface modification of polymers and electro conductive materials. In 2003, she joined RTS Corporation after she worked for Research Division of Japan Association for International Chemical Information (JAICI).

In the company, she has been conducting research projects of PV policy, market and industrial trends for METI, NEDO and other organizations in home and abroad. Among her projects, she was notable for her contribution to IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) under International Energy Agency. Since 2003, she has been a Japanese representative to IEA PVPS Task 1, an international working group for “Strategic PV Analysis & Outreach”. She is one of the authors of Task 1’s key annual report “Trends in Photovoltaic Applications” and provides analysis of global PV industry as well as Japanese PV market trends. Trends Report is most downloaded one among the reports published by IEA PVPS and widely used by policy decision makers, trade associations and academia.

She also contributes to global corroboration on PV standards as the duty chair of the national committee of IEC TC82.
Besides these international activities, she is committed to promoting female PV researchers and business persons as the chair of WinPVJ, Division of Women in Photovoltaics, JSPS 175th Committee on Innovative Photovoltaic Power Generating Systems and PVTTMT, a business women’s network.
As a leading analyst in Japan, she has been invited as a speaker or panelist for international and domestic conferences. She is author or co-author of more than 50 scientific papers and regularly writes articles for PV-related magazines.


The PVSEC Special Award 2017 will be also awarded to

Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA)

Their outstanding contribution to photovoltaic technology development and dissemination of photovoltaic power generation to show on click

Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) has been contributing to the dissemination of photovoltaic (PV) power generation and the development of the industry since 1987. It currently consists of 140 members (as of September 1, 2017), which include wide range of companies and organizations related to the PV power generation, such as PV cell / module manufacturers, manufacturers of the BOS (balance of system), construction and house builders, distribution industry, power companies, public utility corporation, and so on.

JPEA’s various activities have been supported by the voluntary contribution of the members. They include surveys, research and statistical surveys on production, distribution, use and trade related to solar power generation, and making promotive proposals to the government or the public sectors or related organizations.

After the transformation of entity status from a voluntary organization to a corporate entity in 2008, we not only strengthened the above activities but also performed, upon the request by the government, subsidy payment and other agency business through our newly established branches such as “Japan Photovoltaic Expansion Center” (J-PEC), “JPEA Reconstruction Center”(JPReC), “JPEA Application Center”(JP-AC), thereby we have made contribution for the nationwide spread of solar power generation.

In addition, JPEA has also made efforts to publicize and enlighten the solar power generation through events such as “PV power generation symposium” and “PVJapan” exhibition.

Furthermore, JPEA is communicating and cooperating with overseas organizations to promote the PV power generation. As part of these activities, JPEA took the lead for the establishment of “the Asia Pacific Photovoltaic Industry Council” (APPIC).


This award is named in honor of Professor Yoshihiro Hamakawa, a founder of the photovoltaic community in Japan and the Asia/Pacific PV Conference (PVSEC). The Hamakawa Award is instituted in 2014 on the occasion of the 6th World PV Conference (WCPEC-6) because he is also a founder of the WCPEC and the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the PVSEC because he has served as the General Chair of the PVSEC-1 held in Kobe, Japan in 1984.

The purpose of the award is to recognize scientists and engineers who have made outstanding research and technological accomplishment, and creativity of PV energy conversion, especially outstanding contributions to developments of new concepts, new materials, new devices, ultra-high efficient solar cells. The recipient is also selected by the PVSEC Award Committee (PVSEC National Advisory Committee) according to nominations.

The Hamakawa Award 2017 will be presented to:

Prof. Tsutomu Miyasaka

His outstanding contributions to pioneering studies on perovskite solar cells to show on click

Tsutomu (Tom) Miyasaka received his Doctor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1981. He joined Fuji Photo Film, Co., conducting R&Ds on high sensitivity photographic materials, lithium ion secondary batteries, and design of an artificial photoreceptor, all of which relate to electrochemistry and photochemistry. In 2001, he moved to Toin University of Yokohama (TUY), Japan, as professor in Graduate School of Engineering to continue photo-electrochemistry. In 2006 to 2009 he was the dean of the Graduate School. In 2004 he has established a TUY-based company, Peccell Technologies, serving as CEO. In 2005 to 2010 he served as a guest professor at The University of Tokyo.

His research has been focused to light to electric energy conversion involving photochemical processes by enhancing rectified charge transfer at photo-functional interfaces of semiconductor electrodes. He has contributed to the design of low-temperature solution-printing process for fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells and solid-state hybrid photovoltaic (PV) cells. Since the discovery of the organic inorganic hybrid perovskite as PV material in 2006 and fabrication of high efficiency PV device in 2012, his research has moved to R&Ds of the lead halide perovskite PV device. He has promoted the research field of perovskite photovoltaics by organizing international conferences and by publishing many papers on enhancement of PV efficiency and durability, overall citation number of which is reaching more than 5,000 times.

In 2009 he was awarded a Ministry of Science & Education prize on his achievements of green sustainable solar cell technology. In 2017 he received Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) Award. He is presently directing national research projects funded by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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