Apply: Elsevier-ISES Renewable Transformation Challenge 2021 (20,000 EUR)

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Apply: Elsevier-ISES Renewable Transformation Challenge 2021 (20,000 EUR)

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) desires to see a world powered by 100% renewable energy that is accessible to everyone. In line with this vision, Elsevier and the ISES have announced the third biennial Renewable Transformation Challenge.

The jointly launched Elsevier-ISES Renewable Transformation Challenge aims to recognize and honor outstanding work while encouraging progress towards a world powered by renewable energy to ensure energy equity for all around the world.

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About the competition

Every two years, the Elsevier-ISES Renewable Transformation Challenge is opened to recognize accomplishments by organizations such as private enterprises, NGOs, and research institutions for undertaking projects and programs that promote renewable energy access for all or conducts critical analyses that provide meaningful roadmaps for the transformation.

Therefore, proposals for the Challenge are invited from organizations that can demonstrate that they have established successful projects, innovative technologies, financing schemes, policy initiatives, or renewable energy programs, or from institutions that have undertaken research and analyses and identified solutions that demonstrate how this goal is being met.

Benefits of participation

The winner, or one representative of the winning team, will be announced in October at the ISES World Congress 2021 at the online awards ceremony. S/he will receive:

  • A €20,000 prize for the first place entry.
  • One Gold membership to the Society
  • An opportunity for his/her winning project to be featured on the ISES website.
Eligibility requirements

While the Renewable Transformation Challenge is a global contest, interested applicants must be eligible to qualify. It is open to:

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or above and are legally recognized as an adult his/her state/provinces of residence; OR
  • Organization, NGOs, research, or academic institutions 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).
Evaluation criteria

A panel of international scientific experts, jurors, will evaluate the proposals, after which the top ten will be presented to the Elsevier-ISES awards’ judging committee for the selection of the winning proposal. The judges will evaluate the proposals based on the following evaluation criteria:

Focus: The proposed solutions must clearly demonstrate that the application supports a transformation to 100% renewable energy;

Potential: Solutions must be replicable, scalable, and sustainable;

Innovative: Solutions must set a benchmark for innovation as new ideas or concepts will be given priority over incremental improvement projects;

Feasibility: Solutions must demonstrate practical application in solving actual solutions;

Impact: Solutions must have a social impact on the local communities in which they will be deployed.


Submissions close Sunday, September 12, 2021. Click here to register.

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