Renewable Transformation Challenge – Submission deadline extended until May 14, 2017

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*The deadline for Renewable Transformation Challenge submissions has been extended until May 14, 2017.

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 latest podcasts on the ISES SoundCloud channel:
About the Challenge background, prize and judging panel with Joanna Costello and Fernanda Ogochi.
Learn about the judging criteria with Yogi Goswami and Joanna Costello.


The winner receives a €20,000 prize. 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, jurors, will review the applications, and the top 5 will be put forward to Elsevier-ISES awards’ judging committee for the selection of the winning proposal. The judges will evaluate the applications based on the following evaluation criteria:

– Clearly demonstrate that the application supports a transformation to 100% renewable energy
– Be replicable, scalable and sustainable
– Set a benchmark for innovation
– Have practical applicability and a clear demonstration of impact
– 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 deadline for Renewable Transformation Challenge submissions has been extended until May 14, 2017.

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