Becquerel Institute – Welcome
The Becquerel Institute provides research and advisory services to private companies as well as to public and institutional
organisations in the field of renewable energies, and Photovoltaic (PV) electricity in particular. It provides advisory excellence by combining a recognised high quality internal expertise with a global network of PV experts around the globe.
Becquerel Institute provides expert advice on PV and electricity markets, with a particular focus in the fields of PV markets, PV industry analysis, PV competitiveness within the electricity markets, policy analysis, business modelling, financial instruments, and BIPV.
Our Research activities consist in a combination of direct participation to research programs, in Europe and globally as well as internally funded research projects.
Becquerel Institute has been founded to bring an innovative answer to the question of the availability of top quality intelligence in the PV sector.
The Becquerel Institute, located in the heart of the EU district (Brussels), is rooted in Europe, where the PV revolution started but has a global reach: it links with a range of PV stakeholders, including the industry, research centers, PV associations and energy think tanks worldwide; it also provides a collaborative platform open to expert contribution aiming at advancing the case of PV through innovative technical, business, financial and regulatory approaches.
Becquerel Institute was founded in 2014 and is named after Mr. Edmond Alexandre Becquerel.
In 1839, Becquerel created the world’s first photovoltaic cell. In this experiment,silver chloride was placed in an acidic solution and illuminated while connected to platinum electrodes, generating voltage and current. Today the “Becquerel Effect” is better known as the “photovoltaic effect”.
Exactly 175 years later, PV covered 1% of the world electricity demand, a number expected to rise faster in the coming years and decades.