Elsevier-ISES Renewable Transformation Challenge 2023

Elsevier-ISES Renewable Transformation Challenge 2023

Deadline: July 3, 2023

Elsevier-ISES Renewable Transformation Challenge 2023

The objective of the Elsevier-ISES Renewable Transformation Challenge is to recognize and honor outstanding work towards a world powered by renewable energy and with accessible energy for all.

This objective is consistent with the vision of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), which is for a world powered by 100% renewable energy used efficiently and wisely and accessible for all. To achieve this vision, a global transformation of the energy systems to efficient and affordable renewable energy must take place.

The Challenge is administered every two (2) years to recognize accomplishments by organizations such as private enterprises, NGOs, and research institutions for undertaking projects and programs that help move the world toward an energy system supplied entirely by renewable energy sources, or for conducting the critical analyses that provide meaningful roadmaps for the transformation. The award winner represents one step towards furthering ISES’ vision. This vision can only be achieved through private and civil society initiatives towards innovative and successful programs that adopt the use of renewable energy technologies, and the intelligent application of energy efficiency measures. In the context of this Challenge, the energy transformation applies to all end-use energy consumption: power, heat, and transport.


  • There is a €20,000 prize for the first-place entry. The winner, or one representative of the winning team, will be invited to attend the ISES Solar World Congress 2023 in New Delhi, India from 30 October – 04 November 2023 and the Congress Awards Banquet, where the winner/representative will present the project.
  • The winner, or one representative of the winning team, will receive one Gold membership to the Society.
  • The winning project will be featured on the Elsevier website, the journal homepage of Solar Energy and on the ISES website.


  • Open to individuals who attained the age of majority in his/her state/provinces of residence as of the date of entry into the Contest from which the award application has been submitted or groups of individuals from an organization operating in the not-for-profit and for profit sectors in any country worldwide (excluding Italy, Brazil, Quebec Canada, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan), including but not limited to NGOs, research or academic institutions.
  • Employees of Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies and agents, and their immediate families of those living in the same household, are not eligible to enter. Government officials are not eligible to enter (examples of government officials, include, but are not limited to the following: local tax authorities, customs officials, ministry of education employees, employees of government owned and operated enterprises, such as schools, libraries and medical facilities, political party officials and candidates for political office; and generally can include an employee or official of (1) a commercial entity in which a government body has an ownership interest or exerts control over such an entity; or (2) public international organizations such as the United Nations of the World Bank, etc.). Entrants may be subject to rules imposed by their institution or employer relative to their participation in trade promotions and should check with their institution or employer for any relevant policies. Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Judging Criteria

A panel of international solar and renewable energy specialists will review the applications, and the top ten will be put forward to Elsevier-ISES awards’ judging committee for the selection of the winning proposal. The judges will evaluate the applications based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Clearly demonstrates that the application supports a transformation to 100% renewable energy;
  • Be replicable, scalable and sustainable;
  • Set a benchmark for innovation – new ideas or concepts will be given preference over incremental improvement projects;
  • Have practical applicability and a clear demonstration of impact; e.g. does it consider a feasible implementation plan?
  • Be suitable for application in developing countries; consider the project’s social impact on local communities.

How to Apply

To submit your application, register here. Upon successful registration, participants will receive a link to the application form to complete.

Send any queries you may have about the Challenge or your Application to: challenge@ises.org.

For more information, see terms & conditions and visit Elsevier-ISES.

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