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Renewable Energy Expert Receives Solar Society’s Highest Award

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 23, 2015) -- University at Albany Atmospheric Scientist Richard Perez has been selected by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) to receive the Farrington Daniels Award. Perez will be presented with the award on Tuesday, November 10, at the ISES Solar World Congress in Daegu, South Korea.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions in science, technology and engineering of solar energy applications which lead to enhancing our world and the conditions of human kind. It is named in honor of ISES founder and solar energy pioneer Farrington Daniels.

UAlbany Senior Research Scientist Richard Perez
Senior Research Associate Richard Perez, UAlbany Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (Photo Mark Schmidt)

Perez is a senior research associate at UAlbany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. He sits on the Advisory Board of the George Washington University’s Solar Institute, and has served multiple terms on the board of the American Solar Energy Society and as associate editor of Solar Energy Journal. He has produced more than 200 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. Perez holds two U.S. patents on energy storage and methods of load management using photovoltaics.

His noted contributions to the field of solar energy include:

  • The development of models that have been incorporated in solar energy and daylighting calculation practice and embedded in many engineering and architectural software products throughout the world -- in particular the SolarAnywhere data service from ASRC’s sponsor, Clean Power Research;
  • identifying the capability of photovoltaics to meet the peak electrical demand of large cities in the northeastern United States; and
  • his participation to the development of the Value of Solar (VOS) and solar Load Shaping tariffs concepts.

"As the leading organization in the development and advancement of solar and renewable energy and representing researchers, industry professionals and academics, the International Solar Energy Society serves as the most respected voice in the field of solar science," said ASRC Director Everette Joseph. "We are delighted that they have named Dr. Perez as the recipient of the Farrington Daniels Award as it recognizes his outstanding contributions to the field of solar energy."

Perez earned a doctorate in atmospheric science from UAlbany in 1983 and a diploma of advanced studies in external geophysics from the University of Paris in 1978.

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