Professor Stephen Goodnick from Arizona State University; Edward Duffy from Nines-PV; and Professor Dermot Brabazon from Dublin City University have been awarded the Best Presentation Award, co-sponsored by Beale & Co and Griffiths & Armour for their presentation, entitled an Overview of recent developments in photovoltaic solar cell technology: from manufacturing to energy harvesting.

The Best Presentation Award recognises members of Engineers Ireland who have contributed to the engineering profession by delivering outstanding technical presentations to member-engineers during the 2022-2023 lecture season.

In response to receiving the award, Prof. Brabazon said: "I congratulate my partners in this presentation, Prof. Stephen Goodnick, of the leading solar cell research group in the US at Arizona State University, and Edward Duffy of Nines-Photovoltaics in Dublin who manufacture photovoltaic solar cell production equipment. Working together we provided an overview of where the state of the art is in this technology and the promising future that it holds for providing improved efficiencies and sustainability in the coming years, for green energy generation.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of the Mechanical & Manufacturing Division Committee in organising these events. Finally, I give a personal note of thanks to Máirín Ní Aonghusa and Sinead Quinn-Phillips at Engineers Ireland who have supported in such an excellent manner Engineers Ireland Sector events and their management."

Congratulating the winning presentation team, Damien Owens, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Engineers Ireland’s sectors – our Regional branches, Engineering divisions and societies – play a pivotal role in our engineering community by facilitating knowledge sharing among our 25,000+ members in ways that are relevant, flexible and local.

"Thanks to the generous support of Beale & Co and Griffiths & Armour we are pleased to recognise and showcase the valuable continuing professional development opportunities our member engineers provide to our engineering community through the Best Presentation Award.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to Professor Stephen Goodnick, Edward Duffy and Professor Dermot Brabazon and I would also like to extend my thanks to each member who contributed to the rich and diverse catalogue of presentations delivered during our 2022/2023 lecture season.”

Sarah Conroy, Partner at Beale & Co said: “At Beale & Co we are passionate about Continuing Professional Development and so it is our honour to continue our long running sponsorship of the Best Presentation Award. This award recognises and celebrates the dedication of Engineers Ireland’s engineering community to delivering valuable continuing professional development opportunities.  

"I would like to congratulate each finalist shortlisted for this year’s award and congratulate this year’s winning team comprising Prof Stephen Goodnick from Arizona State University; Edward Duffy from Nines-PV; and Prof Dermot Brabazon from Dublin City University."

Claire Ault, Client Services Director – Professional Risks, Griffiths & Armour added: “As a long-term strategic partner of Engineers Ireland, we are always proud to provide our support for the Best Presentation Award.  It not only recognises excellence, but also the valuable contribution of Engineers Ireland’s members who deliver a wide range of technical presentations and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. By encouraging the pursuit of excellence and commitment to ongoing development, we hope to support the future growth and sustainability of the engineering profession. 

On behalf of Griffiths & Armour, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to each of this year’s finalists, and the winning presentation team.”