ISES Special Service Award
This award was introduced in 1995 to honour those who have made a distinguished contribution to ISES and have served ISES in a special capacity. It is given to members of the ISES Board of Directors, Vice President, Presidents and Past Presidents of the Society. See the full list of recipients here. In 2013, this award will be presented to two persons of outstanding merit:
Prof. Klaus Vajen is receiving the Special Service Award for his many years of service to ISES on Board of Directors especially in the area of the Solar Congresses and for advancing education in solar energy at the university level, both at masters and PhD by offering various courses in solar heating. He served on the Board of Directors from 2002-2011, was the Vice President for Membership Affairs from 2006-2007 and was instrumental in launching Young ISES, an initiative to get more young professionals and students involved in ISES. He was the Chair of the ISES Solar World Congress 2011 in Kassel, Germany, one of the most successful ISES congresses.
Isao Yukawa is receiving the award for his commendable service to ISES as the first Vice President for Industries from 2006-2008. He helped increase the involvement of the solar energy industry in ISES. He was the President of the Kyocera Solar Corporation, one of the largest solar energy companies in the world, until his retirement in 2010. Since then he has been working as personal solar management consultant as well as solar business development support consultant for developing countries. He also holds an honorary position on the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association.