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.
Solar World Congress 2019
Welcome to the SWC 2019!
We are very pleased to invite you to attend the next International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress (SWC) 2019, which will take place in Santiago, Chile from November 4 to 7, 2019. The Congress will be 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. IEA SHC is a key strategic partner and is a co-Chair of SWC 2019.
The event is being held at the Parque Araucano Conference Center in Chile´s capital, a very dynamic city of seven million inhabitants, and in a country that’s deeply committed to the fast deployment of renewable energy so as to totally change the energy matrix of Chile towards 100% renewable energy.
Our local host will be SERC-Chile (Solar Energy Research Center) a consortium of seven Chilean Universities, as well as the Fraunhofer-Chile Foundation. All these institutions are deeply involved in solar energy research and development for Chile and the Latin American region. We count also with the support from Chile’s Energy Ministry, and CORFO Solar Committee, and a broad spectrum of industrial, research and technology partners.
This event continues and reinforces a 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 will take place in South America, and we expect a large contingent of attendees from the Latin American Region, as well as from North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
The Congress, together with the SHC Conference, will focus on the different technological advances and applications that can rapidly and cost effectively lead us to renewable energy meeting 100% of our needs for power, heating and transportation.
Read the full welcome message and find the call for participation on the Solar World Congress 2019 Homepage!
Past ISES Solar World Congresses
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.