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Photovoltaics researcher awarded Michael Kidger scholarship at SPIE Optical Systems Design

08 January 2013

Andrew Wood, Fabian Duerr, Tina Kidger at SPIE Optical Systems Design
Andrew Wood (Qioptiq), left, and Tina Kidger (Kidger Optics Associates) present Fabian Duerr (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) with the 2012 Michael Kidger Award in Barcelona.

 

SPIE Member Fabian Duerr was awarded the 2012 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design during the 2012 SPIE Optical Systems Design conference last November at the International Convention Centre in Barcelona, Spain.

Duerr, a PhD student at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, is member of the Brussels Photonics Team B-PHOT in the university's Department of Applied Physics. His research is on concentrating photovoltaics, with a focus on direct design methods for free-form optics. His interests include direct design of optical systems with multiple surfaces and asymmetric off-axis lens design in both imaging and non-imaging optics.

Duerr is researching on his thesis topic, "Tracking integration in concentrating photovoltaics using laterally moving objects," under the guidance of department head and SPIE Fellow Hugo Thienpont. The study integrates free-form optics design as well as the simultaneous multiple surfaces (SMS) design method.

Duerr and Thienpont, along with Youri Meuret of VUB and SPIE Fellows Pablo Benítez and Juan Carlos Miñano of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Smart Buildings at the Technical University of Madrid, recently authored an article on "Compact, high-efficiency sunlight harvesting" published in the SPIE Newsroom.

The Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship, established in 1998, includes a $5,000 cash grant awarded in honor of the late Michael John Kidger, a well-respected educator, design software developer, and member of the optical science and engineering community. It is an independent scholarship administered by a committee of leading optical designers as well as the Kidger family.

SPIE Optical Systems Design 2012 was presented with the cooperation of SECPhO, the Southern European Cluster of Photonics and Optics, who held their annual exhibition in conjunction with the conference.