ISES Solar World Congress
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.
SWC 2023 Announced
During the official handing over, Indian representatives welcomed ISES and the international solar energy community to their country highlighting Indias exceptionell potential for solar energy.
Solar World Congress 2021 - Virtual Congress
SWC 2021 - The first fully virtual ISES Solar World Congress
From October 25 to 29 2021, 240 attendees from all around the world joined the first ever fully virtual ISES Solar World Congress 2021. Initially planned to take place in New Delhi, India the decision to take the congress online due to the COVID-19 pandemic was taken in late 2020.
During the five congress days, attendees enjoyed keynotes by renowned international experts, high-level plenary sessions, workshops, forums and technical sessions. Authors from all around the world presented their work throughout 31 technical sessions and the congress also offered events specifically for young and emerging solar researchers such as a Masters Course in Solar Energy held by ISES President Prof. Klaus Vajen (University of Kassel) and a special "Solar Speed Dating" Event introducing young congress attendees to senior experts.
The congress welcomed the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme as a Key Partner of the congress and was supported by SWC 2021 Gold Sponsors Sunrain and Baywa r.e. as well as SWC 2021 Silver Sponsor Heliac.
The congress proceedings of SWC 2021 are available online on the ISES Conference Proceedings Database.
SWC50 - The Century of Solar
SWC50 - The Century of Solar
In 1970 solar research pioneers met at the first International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Conference in Melbourne Australia. ISES is commemorating this Conference with a special 50th Anniversary Virtual Conference, called the Solar World Congress at 50 (SWC50).
The SWC50 highlights the transformation in the global energy sector that has taken place since the first ISES Solar World Congress in 1970 and looks forward to the next 50 years when renewable energy will be the major cornerstone of the global energy system. The Conference is about the people: researchers, industry players, policy makers, and leaders from NGOs and non-profits who have all contributed to make renewable energy the fastest growing contributor to our global energy supply.
SWC50 comprised of:
- A virtual conference in December 2020 whichincluded a total of six 90-minute sessions spread over the 2 days. In the sessions, the presenters looked back over the past 50 years of solar energy development – technical and policy;show the link between the scientists/research and industry; and based on this progress and experience, looked forward to what is required within the next 50 years to move towards a global 100% Renewable Energy (RE) target.
The ISES Solar Energy Virtual Museum focusing on the stories of solar from the past 50+ years and visions for the next 50 years through the eyes of:
- Institutions (research laboratories and universities);
- NGOs and Non-profit organizations:
- Industry; and
- Monthly Newsletters during 2020 and 2021 - see below
- Development of a Commemorative Booklet called The Century of Solar- Stories and Visions of Renewable Energy
In 2021, the celebration of SWC50 will continued with two SWC50 follow up webinars on Transforming the Air, Sea, and Land Freight Transport Sector and on Perspectives for the Future Power Grid.
- October 2021
- September 2021
- August 2021
- July 2021
- June 2021
- May 2021
- April 2021
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- February 2021
- January 2021
- SWC50 Online Conference Press Release - Dec 2020
- October 2020 Newsletter
- September 2020 Newsletter
- August 2020 Newsletter
- July 2020 Newsletter
- June 2020 Newsletter
- May 2020 Newsletter
- April 2020 Newsletter
- March 2020 Newsletter
- February 2020 Newsletter
- January 2020 Newsletter
Solar World Congress 2019 in Santiago, Chile
Over 430 participants from 48 countries were welcomed to the ISES Solar World Congress 2019 in Santiago,Chile, held together with the IEA (International Energy Agency) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry.
From 03 - 07 November, the SWC 2019 reinforced the long tradition of connecting the research and academic community with decision makers from different government sectors, industry, financiers and practitioners. This is the first time that the ISES Solar World Congress as well as the SHC Conference took place in South America and we were very pleased to host this event in Chile, a country that’s has shown it's commitment to the fast deployment of renewable energy to transition the Chilean energy matrix to 100% renewable energy.
We thank our host, SERC-Chile (Solar Energy Research Center Chile), a consortium of seven Chilean Universities, as well as the Fraunhofer-Chile Foundation, for their warm hospitality and during the Congress,. Thank you to all our speakers, partners, sponsors and participants for making this event a success.
View the conference proclamation here.
Solar World Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Solar World Congress 2015 in Daegu, Korea
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.
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
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.
The proceedings of the SWC 2011 are available for all participants to download at http://proceedings.ises.org/?conference=swc2011. You can also 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.