• IRES 2017
    14-16 March 2017
    11th International
    Renewable Energy
    Storage Conference

    6th Energy Storage

  • ESP 2017
    Solar Prize
    Award 2017
    period open
    till 31 May 2017

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The International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES) is organized and directed by a Scientific Steering Committee. Being active researchers, professors and experts of storage technologies for renewable energy storage, the Scientific Steering Committee guarantees the scientific quality of the conference program and its set-up.

SC 200x200 SauerProf. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer
RWTH Aachen University, Germany (Scientific Conference Chair)

Dr. Dirk-Uwe Sauer is Professor of "Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems" in the Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University. Prior to his professorship, he was head of the storage systems group and of off-grip and rural electrification at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ulm on the topic of Optimization of the usage of lead-acid batteries in photovoltaic hybrid systems, with special emphasis on battery ageing. His main research topics are electrochemical energy storage (batteries) and autonomous power supply systems.


SC 200x200 CabezaProf. Dr. Luisa Cabeza
University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain

Luisa F. Cabeza is professor at the University of Lleida, where she leads one of the biggest research group on thermal energy storage in the world, GREA (www.grea.udl.cat), since 1999. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering (1992) and in Industrial Engineering (1993), a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management (1995) and a PhD in Industrial Engineering (1996). She spent two years as a researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Eastern Regional Research Center (USDA-ERRC) in Philadelphia. In 1999 she joined the University of Lleida (UdL) where she set up GREA (Agro-Environmental Engineering Research Group), one of the biggest research group on thermal energy storage in the world. She has published more than a hundred articles in scientific reviews, as well as several chapters for books. She is an active participant in such international forums as IEA (International Energy Agency), IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), RHC (Renewable Heating & Cooling) and the European Technology Platform.

SC 200x200 EtcheverryDr. José Etcheverry
York University, Toronto, Canada

Jose Etcheverry is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies of York University. Dr. Etcheverry’s research is centred on climate change mitigation and renewable energy policies with a focus on practical policy solutions, collaborative approaches and effective communication strategies. Dr. Etcheverry is Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI www.yorku.ca/sei) of York University. The SEI is a research and training organization that involves the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority and international organizations such as Aalborg University, the Universidad de Taracapá, and the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.The SEI was established to develop innovativepedagogical, research, and knowledge mobilizationopportunitiesto advance integrated and comprehensive renewable energy solutions in Canada and around the world. Dr. Etcheverry is a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Agency's Learning Partnership (www.irelp.org) and the RETScreen International Training Institute. He is the current President of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association, a member of the Committee of Chairpersons of the World Council for Renewable Energy (www.wcre.de), a member of the experts roster of the Go 100% Renewable Energy and member of the Innovation Network of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation.

SC 200x200 HauerDr. Andreas Hauer
ZAE Bayern, Garching, Germany

Dr. Andreas Hauer studied Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He made his PhD at the technical University in Berlin. Now is Head of the Department “Technology for Energy Systems and Renewable Energy” at the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, ZAE Bayern. There he is responsible for a number of national and international research projects focussed on thermal energy storage, thermal driven heat pumps / chillers for industrial and building applications. Dr. Hauer is an international known expert on thermal energy storage. For 7 years he was the secretary of the Executive Committee of the Energy Storage Programme within the International Energy Agency IEA. At the moment he is leading a working group on material development for thermal energy storage within the technology network of the IEA. On the national level he is member of the board of directors of the 2012 established Bundesverband Energiespeicher (BVES), German Energy Storage Association.


SC 200x200 HeldenWim van Helden
AEE INTEC, Gleisdorf, Austria

Wim van Helden is responsible for the Compact Thermal Energy Storage research and development activities of AEE INTEC, an independent organisation in Gleisdorf, Austria. He is leading several international and national projects in the field of thermochemical storage (sorption and salt hydrates) for the application areas seasonal solar thermal storage, storage for mobility and storage for industry. He is furthermore active in the European Renewable Heating and Cooling Technology Platform (RHC-ETP), the European Solar Thermal Technology Panel and the International Energy Agency’s Task/Annex 42/29 on Compact Thermal Energy Storage Materials Development for System Application. Previously, he was acting as independent consultant in Thermal Energy Storage and Solar Thermal Energy Technologies and before that as program manager for the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, ECN, in the field of Thermal Systems in the Built Environment.


SC 200x200 MathiesenProf. Dr. Brian Vad Mathiesen
Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Brian Vad Mathiesen, Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University, is one of Europe's leading researchers in renewable energy systems and is listed in the Thomson Reuters 2015 highly cited researchers worldwide. His research focuses on the technological, economic and societal shift to renewable energy. Specifically, he has focused his research on Smart Energy Systems with large-scale integration of fluctuating renewable resources (e.g. wind power) (www.smartenergysystem.eu). Brian Vad Mathiesen is Deputy Head of the 4DH Research Centre (www.4dh.dk), Programme Director for the MSc in Sustainable Cities, and has been project manager, work package leader and participant in a series of research projects, including the recent Heat Roadmap Europe project (www.heatroadmap.eu).


SC 200x200 MerloDr. Marco Merlo
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Dr. Marco Merlo works as assistant professor in the Department of Energy, Electric Power Systems, in Politecnico di Milano – Italy. His research is testified by more than 100 papers and publications (including volume chapters for international editors, publications on national and international journals, on national and international conferences), dealing with security, regulation and control issues of power systems. The research activity of Marco Merlo has evolved along three main conceptual axes: (1) Planning and operation of electric transmission systems: voltage security, network congestions, quality and reliability of supply. (2) Dispersed Generators (DG), energy efficiency, Smart Grid: impact of DG on the existing distribution infrastructures (hosting capacity). The research effort on the electric distribution networks led to the participation in a dedicated laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano: SmartDGlab. (3)Final users management: identify viable solutions to effectively integrate the (low voltage) final user into the electric market, i.e. to implement Demand Side Management procedure for the domestic users.

SC 200x200 RiegelDr. Bernhard Riegel
Hoppecke Batterien GmbH, Brilon, Germany

After Dr. Bernhard Riegel was awarded his doctor degree in 1994 by the University of Stuttgart he worked as a scientific assistant at Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. Thereafter, he started a two year postgraduate time at the University of Texas. In 1998 he started to work with electrochemical energy storage at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Ulm, with main focus on lead-acid and nickel metal hydride technology. Since 2001 he has worked in the research and development department of Hoppecke Batterien GmbH. In 2003, he took over the management of R&D. With the establishment of the Hoppecke Advanced Battery Technology GmbH, Dr. Riegel took over the R&D activities for the Hoppecke group, this involves the electrochemical storage technologies, lead-acid, alkaline batteries, lithium ions as well as the electronic and energy storage system development in Brilon, Zwickau and Shanghai.

SC 200x200 SchossigDr. Peter Schossig
Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany

Dr. Peter Schossig is head of department “Thermally Active Materials and Solar Cooling”  at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE, Freiburg, Germany since 2011. The focus of his scientific work lays on phase change materials (PCM) and their use for hot and cold storage, energy efficiency and solar cooling.
After his Physics studies (diploma in 1998) at the University of Freiburg, Germany he started his PhD thesis at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), Karlsruhe, Germany with the title “Micro-encapsulated phase change materials in wall composite systems” (doctoral examination in 2005). Between 2007 and 2011 Peter Schossig was operating agent of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat pump program HPP Annex 34 “Thermally driven heat pumps for heating and cooling”. In 2009, Dr.-Ing. Peter Schossig was nominated and certificated for the “German Future Prize” 2009 with the project “Small spheres against climate change-energy efficiency and comfort thanks to intelligent building materials” which was a teamwork of the Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE, Freiburg, Germany and BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

SC 200x200 SmolinkaDr. Tom Smolinka
Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany

Dr. Tom Smolinka has studied energy and process engineering at the Technical University of Berlin / Germany with focus on energy conversion and heat transfer. He has worked at Fraunhofer ISE for more than 15 years in the business area hydrogen technology. Starting with electrochemical characterisation of electrodes in PEM fuel cells poisoned by CO and CO2 and fuel cell stack development he received his PhD degree in 2005. In the last years he built up the department “Chemical Energy Storage” at the Fraunhofer institute. Currently he works in the fields of PEM water electrolysis, solar hydrogen production, power to gas and redox flow batteries and is co-author of several studies on electrical energy storage.


SC 200x200 StadlerProf. Dr. Ingo Stadler
Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany

Professor Ingo Stadler is a researcher and teacher at the Fachhochschule Köln (Cologne University of Applied Sciences). He is managing director of the Institute of Electrical Power Engineering, Faculty of Information, Media and Electrical Engineering, as well as of CIRE, the Cologne Institute for Renewable Energy, where he is responsible for renewable energy and energy economics. Ingo Stadler studied electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. He earned a Ph.D. and was promoted to be a professor at the University of Kassel and ran a business in building systems. He accepted a professorship at the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau (University of Applied Sciences Zwickau). Since 2006 he has been teaching in Cologne. The focus of his research is the integration of renewable energy and energy systems with a high proportion of renewable energy into the electric grid. His main focus is non electrical storage beyond electrical energy supply systems and demand side management. Prof. Stadler is a member of the Scientific Steering committee of the International Renewable Storage Conference (IRES) and of the International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES). For over a decade he has worked on the program for photovoltaic power systems of the International Energy Agency (IEA). With his co-author Michael Sterner he wrote „Energiespeicher – Bedarf, Technologien, Integration“, an education book to be published by Springerverlag.

SC 200x200 SternerProf. Dr. Michael Sterner
Regensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Sterner works as professor for energy storage and renewable energy systems at the Technical University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, Bavaria in Germany. He is teaching renewable energy, energy economics, solar energy, renewable energy integration and energy storage at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Technical University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Before he was head of energy systems and energy economy at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, were he invented a new storage technology together with colleagues: Power-to-Gas - and implemented it in energy modeling since 2009. Meanwhile, various industry companies like E-ON and Audi have adopted the concept and built demo plants in MW scale. He works for the German Electrotechnical Society (VDE), is a co-autor for the Special Report on Renewable Energy (SRREN) in IPCC and consulting the German government on the “Energiewende” – the transformation of energy systems.


SC 200x200 BreyerProf. Dr. Christian Breyer
Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT)

Christian Breyer has started the Solar Economy professorship at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland, in March 2014. His major expertise is the integrated research of technological and economic characteristics of renewable energy systems specialising in energy system modeling, 100% renewable energy scenarios and hybrid energy solutions, on a local but also global scale. Mr Breyer has been managing director of the Reiner Lemoine Institute, Berlin, focused on renewable energy research and worked previously several years for Q-Cells (now: Hanwha Q.Cells) a world market leader in the photovoltaic (PV) industry in the R&D and market development department. Mr Breyer received his PhD in the field of the economics of hybrid PV power plants from University of Kassel. He is member of international working groups like European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics (ETIP PV), IEA-PVPS Task 1 and 8, member of the scientific committee of the EU Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (PVSEC), chairman for renewable energy at the Energy Watch Group, expert for the 100% renewables initiative and founding member of DESERTEC Foundation. Mr Breyer is member of the executive team of the Neo-Carbon Energy project in Finland focused on power-to-gas solutions. He authored and co-authored about 120 scientific publications.


SC 200x200 RivolaDavide Rivola
SUPSI - Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana

Davide Rivola received a M.Sc. in Microengineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in 2004. During the following six years he has been involved in R&D activities in industrial automation and embedded electronics fields. In 2010 he joined the SPV group (PV Systems) of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) as a researcher, where he is involved in energy management techniques for photovoltaic systems. He managed the GridSense project, a Smart Grid industrial project financed by ALPIQ, focusing on decentralized load and generation management in the low voltage electrical distribution network. In 2015 the project received the Swiss Watt d’Or award. Currently is heading the Energy System Sector of the Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment.  Main topics of the research sector are quality of PV systems and intelligent algorithms for the management of energy systems.


SC 200x200 FernandezInes Fernandez
University of Barcelona





SC 200x200 Strauss MincuDr. Diana Strauss-Mincu
European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab) e.V. c/o Fraunhofer IWES

Dr. Diana Strauss-Mincu is the General Manager of DERlab e.V. and Group Manager "Grid dynamics and control" at Fraunhofer IWES, Germany. Dr. Strauss-Mincu has studied electrical engineering in University "Politehnica" of Bucharest and has received her Master and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at the Grenoble Institute of Technology, France. Dr. Strauss-Mincu is involved as Operating Agent in the activities of ISGAN Annex 5 SIRFN and as participant in the EERA Joint Programme on Smart Grids. Her current work is focused on smart grids stability and control aspects and grid integration of renewable energy sources and related regulatory aspects.


14-16 March 2017

11th IRES Conference

11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES) and 6th Energy Storage Europe (ESE) in Düsseldorf, Germany

10-11 May 2017

Municipal Utilities Conference

The annual Municipal Utilities Conference with Renewable Energies (Stadtwerke-Konferenz)

18-20 May 2017


The annual International 100% Renewable Energy Conference (IRENEC 2017)

30 September 2017

Austrian Solar Prize

Award Ceremony of Austrian Solar Prize

14 October 2017

German Solar Prize

Award Ceremony of German Solar Prize


World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)


World Council for Renewable Energy

The independent World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) was founded to consider and deal amongst others with the increasing global energy demand, the comprehensive impacts, climate hazards, burdens to the environment, risk of accidents, conflicts around exhausting resources and focus new investments on Renewable Energy and energy efficiency.

European Solar Prize

  • European Solar Prize 2017 - call for nominations extended!

    EUROSOLAR awards the European Solar Prize, recognizing innovative projects and initiatives as well as outstanding commitment in the field of renewable energies. Due to the high demand, the application period will be extended by two weeks. Applications can be submitted until 15 June 2017 via our Online-Form.

    You are also welcome to send us proposals about interesting projects / initiatives in the field of renewable energies. Please send us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 May 2017 (also free of formalities).

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  • Application guidelines

    Frequently asked questions:

    How can I apply?

    Applications and proposals for the various prize categories may be submitted during the application period via the online entry form on this website. Alternatively, you may send in your application by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to EUROSOLAR e.V., Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße 11, 53113 Bonn, Germany. Please make sure to provide the materials sent by post also in digital formats (such as CD-ROM or USB stick). A description of the various prize categories can be found below.

    Why should I apply?

    Due to the fact that EUROSOLAR is a non-profit organisation, we cannot pay any prize money.

    Nevertheless, award winners benefit in a variety of ways:
    • The Solar Prize is considered as an international seal of quality
    • Guaranteed attention for the winning projects / initiatives by publicity in the media and the public
    • Appreciation of award winners within the framework of a solemn award ceremony in an European city
    • New possibilities are given for networking as well for making new contacts

    What information does my application has to include?

    Applications must include:
    • Full contact details, including contact name
    • Name of project
    • Abstract/project summary (max. 1,500 characters, including blanks, in English)
    • Application category of choice

    The abstract is a significant part of the application. The judges' first impression of the goals and innovative aspects of the submission will be based on it. Your application can be supplemented by additional documents (such as photographs, brochures, diagrams, newspaper articles, videos). Additional material may be sent by e-mail or post. Ideally, the submissions also include key figures (e.g. 40 % of the consumption is generated from renewable sources) or mention the technology used. In the case of architectural objects, please specify the usable area, energy needs, portion of demand covered by renewable energy, reduction of CO2 emissions and the place/address.

    What do I have to consider in my application?

    Eligible projects are either fully completed or sufficiently advanced to provide first results. The Solar Prize will not be given in recognition of products, books or inventions.

    Please pay attention to the quality of your documents. Please consider which informations and complementary materials are relevant for the assessment process and which are not. In your application, please make a clear reference to the evaluation criteria and describe the extent to which your project or initiative fulfills these requirements. It is also always an advantage, if you visualize your application with pictures and graphics so that the judges can get a better impression.

    For technical reasons you can only upload one file with a maximum file size of 10 MB. If you wish to submit multiple items we recommend that you pack them in a zip file or combine them into one PDF file. If you wish to send in more extensive materials, kindly mail us a digital storage device.

    How can I submit proposals?

    We would be pleased to draw your attention to interesting and innovative projects or initiatives in the field of renewable energies. Proposals can be submitted formless by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For the better preparation of your nomination, we would be also pleased, if you inform us about your sources, references and further links (for example websites, press releases, etc.).

    How are applications and proposals assessed?

    • Degree of innovation: How does the project differ from existing standard solutions in terms of creativity and originality?
    • Exemplary character: How easily can the idea be transferred and applied by others? Does it encourage imitation?
    • Commitment: To what extent did obstacles and resistance have to be overcome? How much commitment and willpower is behind it?
    • Public effectiveness: Can the project or initiative be well presented in the media? How many people can be reached?
    • Quality of application documents: Are the documents conclusive and plausible? Has reference to the evaluation criteria been taken?
    It should be noted that depending on the category, the weighting of the evaluation criteria varies.

    How are the prize winners selected?

    The individual prize winners are determined by a qualified jury, which is convened and put together by EUROSOLAR every year. The members of the jury are appointed on an objective basis and guarantee a practical and professional assessment of the incoming applications and proposals.

    The European Solar Prize is awarded annually in addition to the national Solar Prizes of the various EUROSOLAR sections. The European Prize Winners will be determined from the applicants for the respective national Solar Prizes and the direct applications to EUROSOLAR.

    After expiry of the application period, the EUROSOLAR head office reviews all applications and prepares the documents for the evaluation process. Afterwards, the prepared application documents are made available to the jury members electronically. In the framework of a joint meeting, the judges make final decisions on the award winners.

    Description of Prize Categories:

    a) Towns/municipalities, council districts, public utilities

    European towns, municipalities, council districts, public utilities with projects for using renewable energies in their council area. The Solar Prize is awarded for versatile and convincing activities with a supply of renewable energy.

    b) Solar architecture and urban planning

    European architects and planning offices, housing associations, towns and other facilities with innovative concepts using renewable energy on single buildings or for whole districts. This category is focused on constructive aspects.

    c) Industrial and commercial companies or farmers

    European companies, cooperatives and agrobusinesses which developed innovative approaches for the market launch of renewable energy or cover their own energy needs with renewable utilization concepts (with special consideration of small businesses).

    d) Local or regional associations/organizations

    European associations and organizations locally or regionally engaged, using renewable energy in various ways.

    e) Owners or operators of renewable energy installations

    Private plus-energy-buildings or zero-emission-buildings and educational institutions in Europe with innovative renewable energy concepts.

    f) Transport and mobility

    Vehicles or transportation systems from Europe powered with renewable energy and working functionally and emission-free.

    g) Media

    Journalists, publicists, agencies and directors who promote and raise public awareness for renewable energy in Europe through television, radio or publications.

    h) Education and vocational training

    European universities, schools, academies and other facilities and initiatives which offer knowledge transfers in the field of renewable energy.

    i) One world cooperation

    Organizations, universities, associations or other initiatives and facilities from Europe which initiated sustainable development cooperation in the field of renewable energy all over the world.

    j) Special achievement prize for individual commitment

    Longterm personal commitment for the use and extension of renewable energy. In this category proposals for individuals are very welcome.

    Legal notice:

    Applications and proposals must be received before the end of the respective application period. A selected panel of qualified judges, appointed by EUROSOLAR, will select the ultimate winning entries. The judges may assign projects to other categories than applied for, if necessary. No liability or responsibility is accepted by EUROSOLAR for materials sent in, including no recognition of any other legal claims associated therewith, such as the return of documents. All decisions are final.

    EUROSOLAR fosters the public perception of the award winners through advertising initiatives in its networks and a festive ceremony. The partizipation in the European Solar Prize Award is free of charge. No prize money will be paid.

    Confidential data from the applications will not be published by EUROSOLAR or passed on to third parties. Honoring texts and public information on the projects/initiatives are communicated and coordinated with the award winners before publication.

    All private and public renewable energy installations, natural and legal persons and as well public bodies in Europe are eligible to participate. The applicant accepts with his/her application the statute of the Solar Prize.

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  • Winners of the European Solar Prize 2016

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  • European Solar Prize 2016 awarded in 'Sant Pau', Barcelona

    On 18th November EUROSOLAR e.V. together with EUROSOLAR Spain and Barcelona City Council awarded nine nominees, in seven categories, from eight different countries with the European Solar Prize 2016. This year’s award ceremony took place in the historical builings of the former hospital 'Sant Pau' in Barcelona – a city committed to sustainable energy.

    In the additional symposium consens was found, that the implementation of a common political framework for a ‘Renewable Energy Union’ has to focus on the different national, regional and local needs and must aim at ambitious renewable energy targets.

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