This award was officially instituted by action of the Board of Direction in October 1987 through the generosity of Nevenka Hoffman, widow of Phillip R. Hoffman.
Mr. Hoffman, who received the Rickey Medal in 1981, was associated with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for many years. He had special interest in the design and development of hydroelectric generation-pumped storage, the primary grid energy storage technology in use at the time. Over the years grid energy storage technology and development has expanded to include not only hydroelectric pumped-storage, but also battery, fly-wheel, and compressed air energy storage among other technologies. It is hoped that this memorial award will encourage others to concern themselves with the development and advancement of grid energy storage technologies.