ISES Solar World Congresses

The ISES Solar World Congress, held biennially since the 1950's embodies the spirit of international networking and exchange of ideas advanced by the Society. Its objective is to maintain communication between the research community, industrial and political players. Purchase past conference proceedings from the ISES online bookshop or search for proceedings in the ISES conference proceedings database.

The ISES Solar World Congress 2017

Innovation for the 100% Renewable Energy Transformation Mark your calendars for the ISES Solar World Congress, SWC 2017, to be held at the Jumeirah Hotel at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 29 October to 02 November 2017. A unique feature of this next Congress is that it is being held jointly with the 5th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, SHC 2017. The event will be hosted by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. SWC 2017 and SHC 2017 will provide the most up-to-date information on renewable energy technology trends and breakthroughs, global and regional policies, and market opportunities.

Past ISES Solar World Congresses

Solar World Congress 2015



From 8 – 12 November 2015 the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the Korean Solar Energy Association hosted a successful and informative gathering of solar energy researchers, professionals, industry representatives and decision-makers from around the world.

Download the conference proceedings (open-access) on the ISES conference porceedings database.

View the SWC2015 website

Solar World Congress 2013 in Cancún, Mexico

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) brought its biennial Solar World Congress to the Latin American region for the first time, meeting in Cancun, Mexico from 3 to 7 November.

The Mexican Solar Energy Society (ANES) co-hosted the conference.

More than 750 scientists, engineers, decision-makers, industry representatives, students and energy practitioners, from 66 nations around the world, met to share their progress. They explored many new opportunities for achieving a renewable energy future for all the people of the world.

Researchers presented more than 400 technical papers and interactive forums, offering up-to-date information on renewable energy technology trends and breakthroughs, best practices in deploying these technologies, global and regional policies, and market opportunities.

View the Solar World Congress 2013 Proclamation.

The proceedings of the SWC 2013 were published in Energy Procedia by Elsevier available here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18766102/57/supp/C

A selection of best paper from the SWC 2015 was published in the ISES Solar Energy Journal by Elsevier, available on Science Direct here: www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0038092X/121

www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0038092X/121 

Solar World Congress 2011 in Kassel, Germany

The ISES Solar World Congress 2011 was the world's largest scientific congress in the field of solar energy and buildings. It took place from 28 August to 2 September 2011 in Kassel, Germany.

Upon conclusion of the Congress, ISES issued a statement which sent a clear message to decision and policy makers around the world that renewable energy is key to climate recovery and sustainable development. Click here to download the statement of ISES (pdf, 50 KB).

The proceedings of the SWC 2011 are available for all participants to download from the website at www.swc2011.org - under Download are. If you were not able to attend the SWC 2011, you can order a DVD with proceedings from the ISES online bookshop.

Solar World Congress 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The ISES Solar World Congress 2009 hosted by the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, attended by participants from all over the world resolves as follows:

The global target of 100 % renewable energies is both attainable and necessary by the middle of the current century. This is motivated on grounds of ecological, economic and social sustainability.

The unacceptable backlog in energy supply in the third world countries can only be covered cost effectively and in time by the use of renewable energies. Especially the industrialised countries have to increase their efforts in transitioning to renewable energies.

View the Solar World Congress 2009 Resolution.

Purchase the proceedings of the SWC 2009 from ISES.