Wal Read Prize!

Wal R Read circa 1990The Smart Energy Council has great pleasure in supporting the APVI and the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference by presenting the Wal Read Memorial Award for Best Paper and Best Poster to winners chosen from students to the conference. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are eligible.

Note that the Best Paper award requires the submission of a full paper for peer review.

The Wal Read Memorial Award comprises a Certificate of Recognition from the Australian Solar Council, and cash prizes from the Council of $1500 for Best Paper and $500 for Best Poster.

The 2018 Winners were …

Best paper: Mike Roberts (UNSW Sydney)
“An Analysis of Australian Rooftop Solar Potential Categorised by Building Use”

Best poster: Moonyong Kim (UNSW Sydney)
“Thermally Induced and Passivated Meta-stable Defects in Mono-Crystalline Silicon By Rapid Firing Processes”

Wal Read joined the CSIRO in Melbourne in the early 1960s, under Roger Morse. He worked on the early solar projects at Muresk and Coober Pedy, The Coober Pedy project was the world’s largest solar project at that time. Wal also managed two early industrial process heat solar demonstration projects: one in Queanbeyan, the other at a South Australian brewery.

Wal became President of ANZSES in 1976 and was an integral part of the history of solar energy development in Australia, leading the solar research team at CSIRO after Roger Morse’s retirement. He also played a key role at the international level, as President of ISES from 1983-85, and Secretary-Treasurer of ISES from 1985-1995.