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European Solar Prize 2015 awarded in Prague

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On 23 November the European Solar Prize 2015 was presented in the course of festivities at the Waldstein Palace in Prague. This year, EUROSOLAR honored twelve nominees from seven different countries. The ceremony took place at the house of the Senate of the Czech Republic along with the Czech Solar Prize presentation.

In addition to the award presentation, an international panel performed talks and a debate on the ‘European Energy Future’. Consensus was found on the fact that the transition to renewable energy sources has to be the primary focus of a European energy policy to reduce the dependency on energy imports, eradicate social and economical imbalances and to prevent climate change. The specific experiences from different countries showed, that a successful transition to renewable energies has to take place in a decentralized way.

The featured candidates illustrate, that the European energy transition is already successfully being put into practice ‘from below‘. With the European Solar Prize EUROSOLAR wants to raise public awareness of these accomplishments for the necessity and opportunities that accompany the energy transition.

Winners of the European Solar Prize 2015:

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knezice biogasEnergy self-sufficient community Kněžice, Czech Republic

Outstanding commitment and role model function for renewable development in the Czech Republic


SUNSTORE 3SUNSTORE 3, Dronninglund Fjernvarme, Denmark

First demonstration of a full scale renewable heating concept with solar and seasonal storage in Denmark


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Aktiv StadthausAktiv-Stadthaus, ABG Frankfurt Holding, Germany

Centrally located building with 74 units which is currently the first and largest inner-city residential building to meet the energy-efficiency-plus housing standard


cavigelli238% Plus-Energy-Building, Cavigelli Engineers, Switzerland

Innovative technological energy concept with a self-sufficiency of 283%



Ghella OfficeGhella Office, RicciSpaini Architetti Associati, Alberto Raimondi, Italy

Energetic transformation of a heritage-protected building with keeping the original design


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SOLARierSOLARier - Gesellschaft für erneuerbare Energie, Austria

Longstanding commitment for the use of ecofriendly energy systems on private buildings in Austria


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ProGubenPro Guben - Verein für Energie und Umwelt, Germany

Outstanding effort for the use of renewable energy across borders and their fight against the Lausitz cole mine


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hardegger131% Plus-Energy-Buildung Refurbishment, Hardegger Immobilien, Switzerland

Plus-energy-building refurbishment which inserts structurally  into the historic townscape and its exemplary energy production, fulfilling the requirements for an energy revolution

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Electric bus routeElectriCity, City of Gothenburg, Sweden

Exemplary supply of public transport with renewable energy as part of a cooperation between city, industry and science


affentranger1Solarbagger, Affentranger Bau, Switzerland

World’s first 16-tons-solar excavator with electric motor and an energy supply from a PV-system on the operational building


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Geothermal System of Egyptian Museum of TurinGeothermal system of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, PROECO e Onleco, Italy

Conservation of the historic artwork through conditioning with the use of clean and renewable energy


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Kent SkaanningKent Skaanning, Denmark

Outstanding commitment for renewable energy as a pioneer of biogas and spokesman in Denmark

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