Renewable Transformation Challenge

Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), are proud to announce the launch of the Renewable Transformation Challenge. The award has been launched to encourage the progress to a world powered by renewable energy and accessible energy for all.

About the Challenge

The vision of ISES is a world powered by 100% renewable energy, used efficiently and wisely, and accessible for all. To achieve this vision, a global transformation of our energy systems to efficient and affordable renewable energy must take place.

Applications for this Challenge can be for ongoing projects, product ideas, innovative technology, policy initiatives, programs, research, analyses, or complete solutions that demonstrate how this goal is being met. The Renewable Energy Transformation Challenge can include either supply side (energy generation for end-use energy consumption) or demand side (energy efficiency) programs, or both.

In the context of this Challenge, 100% Renewable Energy applies to all end-use energy consumption:  power, heat, and transport. 100% Renewable Energy can apply to either a micro or a macro context; i.e. local, regional, national, or global.  Applicants may address any or all of these sectors.

Applications must demonstrate applicability, impact, sustainability and scalability in how they support the renewable energy transformation to achieve 100% renewables. Innovative ideas will be given preference over incremental improvement projects.

Listen to the Renewable Transformation Challenge podcast to learn more about the Challenge background, prize and judging panel.


There is a €20,000 prize for the first place entry. 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 presentation of the Award will take place, and one Gold membership to the Society. The winning project will be featured on the Solar Energy journal homepage and on the ISES website.

Judging Criteria

A panel of international scientific experts will review the applications, the top 5 will be put forward to Elsevier-ISES awards’ committee for the selection of the winning proposal. The judges will evaluate the applications based on the following evaluation criteria:

  1. Clearly demonstrate that the application supports a transformation to 100% renewable energy
  2. Be replicable, scalable and sustainable
  3. Set a benchmark for innovation
  4. Have practical applicability and a clear demonstration of impact
  5. Be suitable for use in developing countries; consider the project’s social impact on local communities

Read the official application rules for the Elsevier-ISES Renewable Transformation Challenge 2017

Submit Proposal

The Renewable Transformation Challenge will open for submissions on 6th February 2017.

Submit your proposal

Judging Panel

David RenneDr. David Renné
President, International Solar Energy Society

Dr. David Renné is President of the International Solar Energy Society and Associate Editor of Solar Energy Journal, working in the field of solar resource assessment. Dr. Renné is also the Operating Agent of International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task 46 titled, "Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting."

Eicke WeberProf. Eicke Weber
Vice President, ISES; Berkeley Educations Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS); Former Director, Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems (ISE)

Paulette MiddletonDr. Paulette Middleton
Secretary, ISES; Co-Chair, American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Co-Chair

Paulette is a strong advocate for the rapid transformation of the global energy system to renewable energy for all, used wisely and efficiently. Her Professional experience includes leadership positions at University of Texas and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Paulette MiddletonProf. Yogi Goswami
Editor-in-Chief, Solar Energy

Torben EsbensenTorben V. Esbensen
Treasurer, ISES; Esbensen Consulting Engineers A/S

Monica OliphantMonica Oliphant
Past President, International Solar Energy Society

Monica Oliphant, is Past President of ISES and an Adjunct Associate Professor at 3 Australian Universities. She was employed for 18 years in the electricity supply industry but now runs her own consultancy. She has received several awards in recognition for her work in renewable energy and has served on a number of Australian Federal and State Australian Government Energy Related Committees.

Alexandros CharalambidesDr. Alexandros Charalambides
Assistant Professor, Cyprus University of Technology

Dr Charalambides is a full-time Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Technology . He is the founder of a young start-up, ENERMAP, and of Chrysalis LEAP, the first accelerator in Cyprus.

Geoff StapletonGeoff Stapleton
Managing Director, Global Sustainable Energy Solutions Pty Ltd

Geoff Stapleton specialized in solar (PV) energy in the final year of his electrical engineering degree in 1981. He has worked in the solar industry since 1987.

Kamal Gani BayraktarDr. Kemal Gani Bayraktar
Technical Marketing Manager, Izocam

Dr. Kemal Gani Bayraktar is Technical Marketing Manager of Izocam, with a mechanical engineering background in the field of energy. His interests are mainly focused on energy, renewables, insulation and construction technologies, policy, environment and climate change, low carbon economy, innovation, sustainability, clustering and vocational training.

Elimar FrankDr. Elimar Frank
CEO, Frank Energy; Dept. Head Research, Forma Futura Invest; Lecturer, Techn. University Rapperswil

Andreas HaberleDr. Andreas Häberle
Director, SPF Institute for Solar Technologies; Professor, HSR University of Applied Sciences

Fredrick MorseDr. Frederick Morse
President, Morse Associates, Inc

Dr. Morse is the President of Morse Associates, Inc, a renewable energy consulting company formed in 1989. He is the former Senior Advisor of US Operations for Abengoa Solar, Inc. Dr. Morse was responsible for preparing the proposals for the 280 MW Solana and 280 MW Mojave Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants.

Roberto RomanProf. Roberto Román L.
Associate Professor, University of Chile

Rabindra Kumar SatapathyRabindra Kumar Satapathy
CEO RE, Emami Power Limited

Rabindra Satpathy specialised in Solar PV Power through his final year project in Electrical Engineering. He has been working in the Solar PV Industry since 1984.

Aldo SteinfeldDr. Aldo Steinfeld
Professor, ETH Zurich

Aldo Steinfeld is a Professor at the Dept. of Mechanical and Process Engineering of ETH Zurich, where he holds the Chair of Renewable Energy Carriers.

Elias Stefanakos Prof. Elias Stefanakos
Director, CERC, University of South Florida

Anna Leidreiter Anna Leidreiter
Senior Programme Manager - Climate Energy, World Future Council

As Senior Programme Manager for Climate Energy, Anna carries out policy research and develops advocacy campaigns with the climate energy team. In her main capacity Anna works on enabling policy frameworks for a global energy transition towards 100% renewable energies and is the campaign coordinator for Global 100% RE.

Bernhard Weyres-BorchertBernhard Weyres-Borchert
DGS - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sonnenenergie e.V. (ISES German Section)

Steven MeyersSteven Meyers
Researcher, University of Kassel

Steven Meyers is a researcher and PhD student within the Department of Solar and Systems Engineering at the University of Kassel in Germany.
Before this position, he served as a solar engineer at Saudi Aramco and earned his M.S. in mechanical engineering at the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi.

Alex ZahndDr. Alex Zahnd
International Advisor, RIDS – Nepal

Alex Zahnd's PhD in Renewable Energy has contributed to the successful implementation of context-related, holistic community development (HCD) solutions in remote high-altitude Nepal Himalayan communities.  These applied development solution brought significant improvements in regard to improved overall living conditions through newly developed, contextualized (renewable) technologies and infrastructures.

Bulent Yesilata
Director, GAP YENEV

Gunnur Kocar
Professor, Ege University Solar Energy Institute

Halime Paksoy
Professor, Cukurova University

Murat Cakan
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, ITU

Gulten Manioglu
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, ITU