Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society Launch the Renewable Transformation Challenge

Challenge opens for submissions on February 6, 2017


Amsterdam, January 31, 2017

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), are proud to announce the launch of the Renewable Transformation Challenge. The challenge will honor outstanding work that contributes to a world powered by renewable energy and with accessible energy for all. The first place winner will be awarded €20,000.

“Climate change is one of the most significant problems faced by humankind. To meet our shared aim of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2°C, we need to act fast and uncover innovative solutions.” said Fernanda Ogochi, Senior Publisher of the applied energy and power journal portfolio at Elsevier. “This challenge presents an exciting opportunity for the research community and for Elsevier to continue our collaborative effort to positively impact the environment and society as a whole.”

"ISES is very pleased to be working with Elsevier on this important challenge, which will provide a significant impetus to renewable energy businesses and advocates around the world in achieving solutions that will lead to a 100% renewable energy future," added Dr. David Renné, President of ISES.

The Renewable Transformation Challenge is open to individuals and organizations in both not-for-profit and commercial sectors worldwide.

Applications may present ongoing projects, product ideas, innovative technologies, policy initiatives, programs, research, analyses, or complete solutions targeting either the supply side (energy generation for end-use energy consumption) or demand side (energy efficiency), or both. Innovative ideas will be given preference over incremental improvement projects.

The winning proposal will be the one that best demonstrates the transformation to a world powered by renewable energy and that has potential to widen access to energy, particularly in developing countries. Submissions will be assessed in terms of applicability, impact, sustainability and scalability.

A panel of international scientific experts will review the applications, and the top five will be put forward to an Elsevier-ISES Awards Committee who will make the final decision.

On top of a monetary prize of €20,000, the winner, or one representative of the winning team, will receive a free registration to the Solar World Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi where the Award will be presented, and one Gold membership to the ISES. The winning proposal will also feature on the Solar Energy journal homepage and on the ISES website.

The challenge will be open for submissions from February 6, 2017 until April 30, 2017.

Read more about the Renewable Transformation Challenge.

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About the International Solar Energy Society
The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) was founded in 1954 and is now incorporated as a UN-accredited, non-profit membership organization with members in over 100 countries. ISES serves as a center for information on research and development in solar energy utilization. Through its publications and conferences, the Society provides a global forum for the science and advancement of solar energy.

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Media contact
Fernanda Ogochi
Elsevier
+31 20 485 20 70
f.ogochi@elsevier.com