Renewable Transformation Challenge

Due Date: 04/30/2017

Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) launched the Renewable Transformation Challenge to encourage the progress to a world powered by renewable energy and accessible energy for all. 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.


The Challenge is open to (a) individuals who (a) have attained, at the time of entry, adulthood as recognized or declared in the law of the country from which the award application has been submitted or (b) groups of individuals from an organization operating in the not-for-profit and for profit sectors in any country worldwide (excluding Italy, Brazil, Quebec Canada, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan), including but not limited to NGOs, research or academic institutions.


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.

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