The smarter E AWARD – Championing the Energy Game-Changers


The smarter E is the innovation hub for empowering new energy solutions and brings together the leading energy exhibitions and conferences Intersolar, ees, Power2Drive and EM-Power. The smarter E takes a comprehensive and cross-sectoral approach to the key topics of the energy transition.

In 2018, The smarter E AWARD emerged from the joining of these topics and shines a spotlight on solutions and concepts that draw on renewable energy, decentralization, and digitalization to intelligently connect all aspects of energy in the electricity, heating and transportation sectors.

The smarter E AWARD pays tribute to these innovations in two categories. The Smart Renewable Energy category honors outstanding, innovative business models and pioneering solutions in the area of sector coupling, while the Outstanding Projects category recognizes realized projects undertaken in the areas of solar, storage, energy management and clean transportation.

How to participate

Outstanding Projects as category of the The smarter E AWARD


Category Outstanding Projects

Innovation is driven by role models and pioneers. That is why we are looking for the "Outstanding Projects" in the field of renewable energies. Eligible for submission are projects or products that have been incorporated into a global project, which meet the following requirements: The project is exemplary for global future applications, unique in their expression and realization, and must have been fully completed between February 2017 and February 2019.

The smarter E AWARD in the category "Outstanding Projetcs" will be awarded to realized projects in the following areas:

  • Energy storage (with/without PV)
  • Grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energies
  • PV applications (residential, industrial and commercial use)
  • Solar thermal applications
  • Energy management/energy services
  • Decentralized energy systems
  • Utility-scale projects
  • Energy autonomous regions
  • Micro-grid solutions
  • Off-grid solutions
  • Charging infrastructure/e-mobility
Smart Renewable Energy as category of the The smarter E AWARD


Category Smart Renewable Energy

The future of renewable energies in the power supply depends strongly on digitalization along the whole value-added chain – as this is the only way to ensure that power from decentralized and disparate volatile energy sources is optimally integrated into the grid. Numerous new digital services, products and solutions are currently under development. These will control the decentralized energy market flexibly and safely, and in doing so, optimally coordinate generation and consumption.

The smarter E AWARD in the category "Smart Renewable Energy" will be awarded to innovative and intelligent products and concepts in the following areas:

  • Sector coupling
    (e.g. power-to-heat, vehicle-to-grid, power-to-x)
  • Grid Infrastructure
    (e.g. solutions and technologies for smart grids, micro grids or network stabilization)
  • Digitization
    (e.g. blockchain, internet of things/energy, energy management)
  • Business models for power trading & marketing
    (e.g. cloud solutions)

The smarter E AWARD winners 2018

The smarter E AWARD winners 2018

Innovative business models and projects as well as forward-looking ideas were presented by the winners of The smarter E AWARD 2018, which was given this year for the first time. The winners were honored at the AWARD Ceremony as part of the The smarter E Europe in Munich.

The award in the category "Outstanding Projects" was presented to:


The award in the category "Smart Renewable Energy" was presented to:

Trophy and finalist signet of the The smarter E AWARD

The smarter E AWARD finalists 2018

Category Outstanding Projects

The finalists of The smarter E AWARD 2018 have been selected. In the Outstanding Projects category, the focus was on the integration or substitution of existing energy markets. The smarter E AWARD finalists 2018 in the category “Outstanding Projects” are as follows:

  • Bach Khoa Investment and Development of Solar Energy Corporation (SolarBK)
  • BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH
  • EM-ONE Energy Solutions Canada Inc.
  • FENECON GmbH
  • First Solar GmbH
  • Fluence
  • IBC SOLAR AG
  • Solaria Corporation
  • Trojan Battery Company
  • Unlimited Energy Australia/TESVOLT GmbH


AWARD Finalists

Trophy and finalist signet of the The smarter E AWARD

The smarter E AWARD finalists 2018

Category Smart Renewable Energy

The finalists of The smarter E AWARD 2018 have been selected. In the Smart Renewable Energy category, there was a strong trend towards sector coupling. Here, the electrification of the heat and mobility sectors is clearly the driving factor. The smarter E AWARD finalists 2018 in the category “Smart Renewable Energy" are as follows:

  • Deutsche Energieversorgung GmbH
  • Ferroamp Elektronik AB
  • indielux UG
  • my-PV GmbH
  • Reuniwatt
  • SMA Solar Technology AG
  • Smappee n.v.
  • SolarEdge Technologies
  • sonnen GmbH
  • Statcon Energiaa Pvt. Ltd.


AWARD Finalists

Testimonials The smarter E AWARD

The smarter E AWARD 2018 winner testimonial George Zsolt Zombori from Unlimited Energy Australia

George Zsolt Zombori
CEO, Unlimited Energy Australia
Winner The smarter E AWARD 2018 – Outstanding Projects (with Tesvolt GmbH)

"We are honoured to receive the Intersolar Smarter E Award 2018 in the “Outstanding Projects” category. Tesvolt and Unlimited Energy Australia believe that climate-neutral agricultural production is possible, even in the Outback. People want sustainable and organically grown food and 100% off grid solutions can provide affordable farming to generations to come. The Award highlighted the importance of energy independence in remote communities and helped us to promote decentralized energy options in Australia and worldwide."

The smarter E AWARD Winner Testimonial ready2plugin Team

Stefan Ulfert, Marcus Vietzke & Stephan Luckow
CMO, CEO & CTO, ready2plugin
Winner of The smarter E AWARD 2018 – Smart Renewable Energy

"It’s incredible to see how much momentum we gained after winning – and it hasn’t let up even now. Both the award itself and the reaction we met with confirmed to us that experts and market players value our technology as a major step towards democratizing the energy transition."

Evaluation Criteria The smarter E AWARD

Outstanding Projects

A. Pioneering Character (30%)

  • Exemplary effect of the project and the impact on the use of renewable energy
     

B. Uniqueness (15%)

  • Uniqueness of the project compared to existing solutions and applications
     

C. Economic Benefits (10%)

  • Economic benefits for the owner or operator of the project
  • Demand, markets and marketing strategy
     

D. Benefits for the Environment and Society (10%)

  • Environmental benefits and socially relevant features
     

E. Degree of Technological Innovation (20%)

  • Technological advancement
  • Technological creativity and quality
     

F. Proof of Innovation (10%)

  • Completeness and conclusiveness of the proof
     

G. Presentation (5%)

  • Format and quality of description and presentation
  • Extent of application documentation

Smart Renewable Energy

A. Degree of Innovation (35%)

  • Advancement / Innovation
  • Smartness
  • Uniqueness
     

B. Technical and Environmental Benefits (25%)

  • Technological benefits
  • Environmental benefits and socially relevant features
     

C. Economic Benefits (25%)

  • Cost benefits
  • Market and marketing
  • Pricing
     

D. Proof of Innovation (10%)

  • Completness and conclusiveness of the proof
     

E. Presentation (5%)

  • Format and quality of description and presentation
  • Extent of application documentation

The smarter E AWARD Jury

AWARD Jury of the category Outstanding Projects

Jonathan Gifford as member of the The smarter E AWARD Jury

Jonathan Gifford
Editor in Chief - pv magazine global edition
pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG

Nina Munzke as member of the The smarter E AWARD Jury

Nina Munzke
Team Leader Stationary Storage Systems
Karlsruhe Institut of Technology (KIT)

Hans-Christopha Neidlein as member of the The smarter E AWARD Jury

Hans-Christoph Neidlein
Senior Editor at pv Europe
Alfons W. Gentner Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Camila Ramos as member of the The smarter E AWARD Jury

Camila Ramos
Managing Director
CELA - Clean Energy Latin America

Prof. Juzer Vasi as member of the The smarter E AWARD Jury

Prof. Juzer Vasi 
Professor at Department of Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Dr. Sean White as member of the The smarter E AWARD Jury

Dr. Sean White
Professor & IREC Certified Master Trainer
Diablo Valley College & White House Solar

AWARD Jury of the category Smart Renewable Energy

Dr. Martin Ammon as member of the The smarter E AWARD Jury

Dr. Martin Ammon 
General Manager, Head of Energy Management
EuPD Research Sustainable Management GmbH

Prof. Dr. Roland Dittmeyer as member of the The smarter E AWARD Jury

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Dittmeyer
Director Institute for Micro Process Engineering
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Prof. Dr. Volker Quaschning as member of the The smarter E AWARD Jury

Prof. Dr. Volker Quaschning
Professor for Renewable Energy Systems
University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin