Solar Energy Journal Best Paper Award

The award was initiated in 1981, at that time it was called the Löf/Duffie Best Paper Award, and since 2007 has been called the "Solar Energy Journal Best Paper Award". The award is presented to authors of papers considered to be outstanding contributions published in the ISES scientific journal, "Solar Energy". The award is presented to papers that demonstrate significant pioneering contributions to the solar energy literature, for innovative concepts or approaches, and whose quality and presentation have a lasting impact. The papers chosen for this award are selected by the Editor-in-Chief, Subject Area Editors and Associate Editors of the Solar Energy Journal.  The award consists of a certificate and a small cash prize funded by Elsevier.

Best Papers 2021

The influence of atmospheric boundary layer turbulence on the design wind loads and cost of heliostats
Matthew J. Emes; Azadeh Jafari; Joe Coventry; Maziar Arjomandi

Recent advances in partially and completely derived 2D Ti3C2 MXene based TiO2 nanocomposites towards photocatalytic applications: A review
Adem Sreedhar; Jin-Seo Noh

Efficient fully roll-to-roll coated encapsulated organic solar module for indoor applications
Bárbara H.S. Miranda; Luiza de Q.Corrêa; Gabriela A.Soares; Juliana L.Martins; Paulo L.Lopes; Maria L.Vilela; Jair F.Rodrigues; Thainá G.Cunha; Rodrigo de Q.Vilaça; Sergio Castro-Hermosa; Luana Wouk; Diego Bagnis

PV Systems, Grid Integration
Stabilization of light-induced effects in Si modules for IEC 61215 design qualification
L. Repins; F. Kersten; B. Hallam; K. Van Sant; M.B. Koentopp;

Solar Heating and Cooling, Buildings
Integration of passive double-heating and double-cooling system into residential buildings (China) for energy saving
Fang'ai Chi; Ruonan Wang; Yonghe Wang;

Solar Resource
An efficient method to identify uncertainties of WRF-Solar variables in forecasting solar irradiance using a tangent linear sensitivity analysis
Jaemo Yang; Ju-Hye Kim; Pedro  A. Jiménez; Manajit Sengupta; Jimy Dudhia; Yu Xie; Anastasios Golnas; Ralf Giering

Best Papers 2018-2019

Best Paper Award Ceremony at SWC 2019

Best Paper on the topic of Solar Heating and Cooling, Buildings and Other

“Solar assisted heat pump system for multifamily buildings: Towards a seasonal performance factor of 5? Numerical sensitivity analysis based
on a monitored case study”

Carolina Fraga, Pierre Hollmuller, Floriane Mermoud, and Bernard Lachal
Best Paper on the topic of Photovoltaics

“Relevance of PV with single-axis tracking for energy scenarios"

Svetlana Afanasyeva, Dmitrii Bogdanov, and Christian Breyer

Best Paper on the topic of Resources and Meteorology (Co-winners--tie)

1) “Surface albedo and reflectance: Review of definitions, angular and spectral effects, and intercomparison of major data sources in support of advanced solar irradiance modeling over the Americas”
Christian A. Gueymard, Vicente Lara-Fanego, Manajit Sengupta, and Yu Xie

2) “Surface solar radiation forecasts by advecting cloud physical properties derived from Meteosat Second Generation observations”
Ping Wang, Rudolf van Westrhenen, Jan Fokke Meirink, Sibbo van der Veen, and Wouter Knap
Best Paper on the topic of Solar Environmental, Photocatalytic, and New Areas

“Cobalt-doped nickel oxide nanoparticles as efficient hole transport materials for low-temperature processed perovskite solar cells,”
Ryuji Kaneko, Towhid H. Chowdhury, Guohua Wu, Md. Emrul Kayesh, Said Kazaoui, Kosuke Sugawa, Jae-Joon Lee, Takeshi Noda, Ashraful Islam, and Joe Otsuki.

Best Paper on the topic of  Concentrating Solar Power and High Temperature Processes

No nomination this year.

Best Papers 2016 - 2017

Concentrated Solar Power

“The morphological stability and fuel production of commercial fibrous ceria particles for solar thermochemical redox cycling”
Adam C. Gladen, Jane H. Davidson
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN United States



“Progress in research on the stability of organometal perovskite solar cells”
Mahboobeh Shahbazi, Hongxia Wang
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia


Solar Resources / Meteorology

“QCPV: A quality control algorithm for distributed photovoltaic array
power output”
Sven Killinger, Nicholas Engerer, Björn Müller
Fraunhofer, et al., Germany


Solar Thermal / Heating / Cooling

“Energy conservation and renewable technologies for buildings to face
the impact of the climate change and minimize the use of cooling”
Fabrizio Ascione
University of Napoli Federico II, DII – Department of Industrial Engineering, Piazzale Tecchio, 80, 80125 Napoli, Italy

Best Papers 2014-2015

Thermal collectors   

“High temperature and long-term stability of carbon nanotube nanofluids for direct absorption solar thermal collectors”
Hordy; Solar Energy, Volume 105, July 2014, Pages 82-90


“High performing extraction procedure for the one-diode model of a photovoltaic panel from experimental I-V curves by using reduced forms”
Laudani, Fulginei, Salvini; Vol. 103, May 2014, pp. 316-326

Solar Resource   

“Characterizing Local High-Frequency Solar Variability and its Impact to Distribution Studies”
Lave, Reno, Broderick; Vol. 118, August 2015, pp. 327-337


“Fast computation of solar concentrating ratio in presence of opto-mechanical errors”
François Hénault, Volume 112, February 2015, pp 183-193

Solar Cooling   

“Solar energy potential on roofs and facades in an urban landscape”
Redweik, Catita, Brito; Vol. 97, November 2013, pp. 332-341

The winners were recognized and presented with a Best Paper certificate at the ISES Solar World Congress 2015 (November, Daegu, Korea).

The Solar Energy Best Paper Awards are presented by ISES and the publisher Elsevier, which also sponsors a cash prize presented to the lead authors of each winning paper. 

Best Papers 2013


Solar Radiation and Solar Resource Assessment

"Deriving cloud velocity from an array of solar radiation measurements" by J.L. Bosch, Y. Zheng, J. Kleissl, Volume 87, January 2013, Pages 196-203.


"Dual waveguide patterned luminescent solar concentrators", by Peter T.M. Albers, Cees W.M. Bastiaansen, Michael G., Volume 95, September 2013, Pages 216-223.

Solar Radiation and Solar Resource Assessment

"Intra-Hour DNI Forecasting Based on Cloud Tracing Image Analysis", by Ricardo Marquez, Carlos FM Coimbra, Volume 91, May 2013, Pages 327-336.

Collector Technology

"Novel black selective coating for tubular solar absorbers based on a sol-gel method". by Martin Joly, Yannik Antonetti, Martin Python, Marina Gonzalez, Thomas Gascou, Jean-Louis Scartezzini, Andreas Schüler, Volume 94, August 2013, Pages 233-239.

High Concentration/Solar Thermal Power

"Performance of compound parapolic concentrators with polygonal Aperture", by Thomas Cooper, Fabian Dähler, Gianluca Ambrosetti, Andrea Pedretti, Aldo Steinfeld, Volume 95, September 2013, Pages 308-318.

Solar Radiation and Resource Assessment

"Relationship between Sunshine Duration and Solar Radiation", by Harry Suehrcke, Ross S. Bowden, K.G.T. Hollands, Volume 92, June 2013, Pages 160-171.


The Solar Energy journal also presented a special award to the paper with the most downloads from 2011-2013. The paper is:

Most downloaded

"Solar Photovoltaic Electricity: Current Status And Future Prospects" by T.M. Razykov, C.S. Ferekides, D. Morel, E. Stefanakos, H.S. Ullal, H.M. Upadhyaya, Volume 85, Issue 8, August 2011, Pages 1580-1608.