Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Dr. Lawrence Kazmerski, a leading research director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), received the World PV Award at the Fourth World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion on May 9 for his outstanding contributions to the worldwide advancements of photovoltaic (PV) science and technology. The award, sponsored by professional organizations from the European, Asian-Pacific Rim and American photovoltaic communities, recognizes superior and sustained leadership in solar photovoltaics. Kazmerski is director of NREL’s National Center for Photovoltaics and was the first staff member hired to do photovoltaics research for NREL’s predecessor, the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI). In his 30-year career in solar photovoltaics, Kazmerski has published more than 290 journal papers on solar cells, thin films, semiconductor materials and devices, surface and interface analysis, scanning probe microscopy, nanoscale technology, high-temperature superconductivity and semiconductor defects. An author and editor of four books, he is editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.