Announcement: Renewable Transformation Challenge 2019

11. February 2019

Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) are proud to announce the 2019 Renewable Transformation Challenge to be launched in February 2019. 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.

"The Renewable Transformation Challenge is a great example of how Elsevier continues to collaborate with our partners like the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) to support the UN Sustainability Development Goals, in ways that go beyond journal publishing - building on our strong foundation of research to create real world impact" says Adam Fraser, Senior Publisher for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Journals at Elsevier. "On behalf of everyone here at Elsevier, I am delighted to take part in this second edition of the Renewable Transformation Challenge. When we received some 200 submissions in the first year of this award, we were amazed by the engagement from the community internationally. Shortlisted contestants hailed from Finland, India, USA, Australia, South Africa and Japan. And seeing the winners, ME SOLshare from Bangladesh, install their very first E-Rickshaw charging station with our support, was a great realisation of what we wanted from the award. I can't wait to see more great work that's helping move us to a world powered by 100% renewable energy."

David Renné, ISES presidents adds: “ISES is very pleased to be working with Elsevier on the Renewable Transformation Challenge.  In 2017 we received many, many submissions highlighting the excellent work being done by entrepreneurs and NGO’s around the world that show how the world’s energy supply can ultimately be transformed to 100% renewable energy, and we enjoyed meeting with the 2017 winner, ME SOLshare from Bangladesh, at our Solar World Congress in Abu Dhabi in November 2017. There is a lot of very good work being done around the world towards achieving this transformation, and we look forward to this year’s submissions, and to meeting with the 2019 awardee at our Congress in Santiago, Chile this November.”

About the Challenge:

The Renewable Transformation Challenge is awarded every two years to recognize accomplishments by organizations such as private enterprises, NGO’s, and research institutions for undertaking projects and programs that help move the world toward an energy system supplied entirely by renewable energy sources, or for conducting the critical analyses that provide meaningful roadmaps for the transformation.

Applications for this Challenge are invited from organizations who 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.

The Renewable Transformation Challenge can include either supply side (energy generation for end-use energy consumption) or demand side (including energy efficiency) programs, or both, and applicants may address any or all of the end-use energy sectors mentioned above.

Applications must demonstrate applicability, impact, sustainability and scalability in how they support the renewable energy transformation to achieve 100% renewables at local, regional or global scales. In the context of this Challenge, the energy transformation applies to all end-use energy consumption: power, heat, and transport.

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.

A jury of international scientific experts will review the applications, and the top ten will be put forward to a judging-committee who will make the final decision.

In addition to the monetary prize of €20,000, the winner, or one representative of the winning team, will receive a free registration to the Solar World Congress 2019 in Santiago, Chile where the Award will be presented, and one Gold membership to ISES. The winning proposal will also be feature on the  RTC homepage and on the ISES website.


The challenge will open for submissions on 18 February, 2019 and the deadline for submitting proposals will be 30 April, 2019.  Applications must be submitted online here


The RTC 2017 winning team, ME Solshare


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


About Elsevier

Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support and professional education, including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals including The Lancet and Cell, more than 38,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELXGroup, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries.


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