SWC 2021 - Call for Participation Open!

SWC 2021 - Call for Participation Open!

As announced in January, the ISES Solar World Congress 2021 (SWC 2021) will be held online from 25-29 October 2021. With this message, the organizers of SWC 2021 are pleased to open the Call for Participation and cordially invite you to submit your abstracts and proposals.

Learn more about our call for abstracts, the call for forum proposals below as well as the call for participation for ISREE-14, the 14th International Symposium on Renewable Energy Education, below.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited on the following congress themes and topics.  Please visit the abstract submission system for specific instructions:


1 - Perspectives for a 100% RE World: Results of Global or Regional Scenario Studies that reflect needed capacities, time horizons, and costs; Societal Changes/Perspectives/Issues; Equity, Energy & Social Justice.

2 - c-Si Photovoltaics: c-Si PV Cell Research and Technology; Material Issues; Module Technologies; PV Manufacturing; Reliability; Recycling and Sustainable Material Usage; Heterostructures on Si including Si Tandem.

3 - Other PV Technologies: Other Crystalline Solar Cells such as III-V, CdTe and CIGS; Perovskites and Perovskite Silicon Tandems; Molecular Photovoltaics (dye sensitized and organic PV); Quantum Dots as Light Harvesters; Heterostructures on other s.c.

4 - Innovative PV Deployment: Agri Photovoltaics; Floating Photovoltaics; Building-Integrated Photovoltaics; Car-Integrated Photovoltaics; Infrastructure Photovoltaics; Wearable and Consumer Product-Integrated Photovoltaics.

5 - Solar Thermal Electricity and Fuel Production: CSP and CST Systems; Hybrid Concepts; Solar Concentrators; Solar Receivers and Heat Transfer Media; Power Cycles and Cogeneration; Solar Fuels and Chemicals; Hydrogen Production; Solar-Driven Carbon Capture and Utilization.

6 - Electricity Storage: Batteries; Supercapacitors; Flywheels; Fuel Cells; Power Electronics and Control; Battery Management Systems; Energy Management Systems; Data Analytics for Batteries.

7 - Grid Integration: Integration of Variable Renewable Energy into large grids; Self Consumption; Markets & Policy; Energy System Studies (Operation and Planning); Power Systems; Minigrids: Support and Integration; Smart Grids and Microgrids; Multi-energy Carriers and Systems; Energy Economics, Markets and Policy; System Flexibility and Security; Reliability and Resilience of low-carbon Grids.

8 - Solar Heating and Cooling Technologies: Solar Thermal and Hybrid Collectors; Thermal Energy Storage; Domestic Solar Water Heating and Combisystems, Innovative Components and/or Materials; Technical Characterization: Testing, Standards and Certification; Durability and Life Cycle Analysis; Performance Measurement and Assessment.

9 - Renewable and Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems: Hybrid Heating and Cooling Systems; District Heating; Heat for Industrial and Agricultural Processes; Solar Refrigeration; and Air Conditioning; Solar Cooking and Food Processing; Disinfection, Decontamination, Separation of Industrial Process Water and Wastewater; System Performance Assessment; Digitalization and Optimization of Hybrid Renewable Energy Supply; High Temperature Processes.

10 - Thermal Energy Storage: Medium- and High-temperature Thermal Storage; Sensible /Latent/ Thermochemical Materials and Storage Concepts; Long-term and short-term Storage; Storage Applications; Thermal Storage for Sector Coupling and Energy System Integration.

11 - Power-to-X: Green Hydrogen; Renewable Synthetic Natural Gas; Power-to-Fuels; Sector Coupling; Power-to-X Economics; Business Strategies and Market Developments; Transport and Storage of Power-to-X products; Power-to-X in the MENA and other sun-rich regions.

12 - Solar Resource Assessment and Energy Meteorology: Renewable Resources Assessment; Solar Resource Models and Data; Solar Resource Measurements and Instrumentation; Solar Resource Management and Applications; Solar Resource Forecasting.

13 - Solar Buildings and Urban Design: Passive Solar; Daylighting; Building Integrated/ Added PV and Solar Thermal Systems; Zero-Energy or Plus-Energy Buildings/ Neighborhoods; Zero- or Low-Carbon Emission Buildings/Neighborhoods etc; Methods and Tools (to analyse the design of solar buildings and/or neighborhoods); Solar Planning; Building Renovation – Solar Strategies.


All abstracts must be submitted by 20 March 2021 via the online abstract submission system.

Presenting your work at SWC 2021

At SWC 2021, your work can either be presented via a poster or an oral presentation. During the abstract submission process, you will be given the option to specify your preference for one of these formats. The final decision on acceptance of the abstract and the on the presentation format will be communicated to you after the review of all abstracts is complete. 

If your abstract is selected for an oral presentation, you will be required to submit a pre-recorded video of your presentation no later than three week in advance of the Congress to allow the other registrants to preview it. During the Congress you will be requested to join a live session to provide a brief overview of your work and to hold a live discussion with Q/A. Your video presentation as well as the recording of the Q&A will remain online after the congress. 

If your abstract is selected for a poster presentation, you will be provided a digital poster wall in the poster area of the Congress where you can upload a pdf-version of your poster, your personal info and, at your option, a short video presentation of your poster. The congress attendees will be able to view your poster during dedicated poster sessions or at any time throughout the congress days. The attendees can reach out to you for discussion via the chat and you may organize a live discussion with several attendees, i.e. via a dedicated Zoom room.

Proceedings and Cooperation with Solar Energy Advances

If you abstract is selected to be presented as an oral or poster presentation, a full paper will be required for the proceedings. All papers will be reviewed for publication in the proceedings.

A select number of high quality papers presented at the Congress will be invited for submission to the new ISES scientific journal, Solar Energy Advances. These invited papers will be subject to the Journal’s normal peer review process.

Please find all information on how to submit your abstract, the abstract template, oral and poster presentation information, important dates for authors and more information about the Congress Proceedings and Solar Energy Advances on the congress homepage.

Call for Congress Forum Proposals

The congress organizers are also inviting you to submit proposals for Forums to be held at SWC 2021. A Congress Forum is nominally a 90-minute moderated session that provides diverse points of views and stimulates audience discussion on a specific topic that is either within a Congress Theme, across several Themes, or on renewable energy topics not directly covered by the Congress Themes. 

More information on how to submit a Forum Proposal can be found on the congress homepage here.

All Forum Proposals must include a specific topic to be addressed and identify a moderator and 3-4 speakers who will participate. Proposals must be submitted via email to swc [at] ises.org () by 1 April 2021 using the template provided on the congress homepage.

14th International Symposium on Renewable Energy Education (ISREE-14) – Call for Participation

ISREE-14 will take place in conjunction with SWC 2021 and represents the educational track for the Congress. ISREE-14 explores the latest developments and new initiatives in renewable energy education worldwide and discusses best ways to educate the general public on pathways toward a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly and just world. ISREE-14 encourages schools, universities, research centers, and training groups to collaborate in educating and training both in technical and in related interpersonal, soft skills necessary for creating a strong renewable energy workforce.

  • To submit an abstract for ISREE-14 please refer to the SWC 2021 abstract submission here. All abstracts must be submitted by 20 March 2021 through the SWC2021 online abstract submission system and the ISREE-14 track must be selected within the abstract submission system.
  • To submit a forum proposal for ISREE-14 please submit your proposal via email to swc [at] ises.org by 1 April 2021. Please find all information on how to submit a forum proposal here.