The smarter E AWARD – Category: Outstanding Projects

Focusing on intelligently connected concepts and solutions for the efficient generation, storage and use of energy, The smarter E is the world's leading exhibition and conference series for the new energy world. The innovation hub unites the four exhibitions Intersolar, ees, Power2Drive and EM-Power to take an in-depth look at cross-sector solutions and technologies for an intelligent, sustainable and cost-effective energy supply.

This cross-sector approach can only be driven by innovations. This is why The smarter E AWARD 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. Outstanding Projects recognizes realized projects undertaken in the areas of solar, storage, energy management and clean transportation.

How to participate

Championing the Energy Game-Changers

Innovation is driven by role models and pioneers. That is why we are looking for outstanding projects or products that have been incorporated into a global project in the field of renewable energies. The projects need to be exemplary for global future applications, unique in their expression and realization, and must have been fully completed between February 2022 and February 2024.

Technologies and Topics

The smarter E AWARD in the category Outstanding Projetcs honors realized projects in:

  • 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
  • Green hydrogen
  • Sector coupling (electricity, heat and mobility)
  • Others
Evaluation Criteria
  • Pioneering character (30%)
    • Exemplary effect of the project and the impact on the use of renewable energy
  • Uniqueness (15%)
    • Uniqueness of the project compared to existing solutions and applications
  • Economic benefits (10%)
    • Economic benefits for the owner or operator of the project
    • Demand, markets and marketing strategy
  • Benefits for the environment and society (10%)
    • Environmental benefits and socially relevant features
  • Degree of technological innovation (20%)
    • Technological advancement
    • Technological creativity and quality
  • Proof of innovation (10%)
    • Completeness and conclusiveness of the proof
  • Presentation (5%)
    • Format and quality of description and presentation
    • Extent of application documentation


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

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

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

Camila Ramos
Managing Director
CELA - Clean Energy Latin America

Prof. Narendra Shiradkar
Associate Professor & In-charge, PV Reliability Group, National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE), Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

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

Other Categories

The smarter E AWARD is awarded in five categories. Learn more about the four other AWARD categories:

AWARD Ceremony

Every year, the official AWARD Ceremony reveals the AWARD winners on a grand stage. The ceremony is attended by high-caliber dignitaries and brings together visitors, exhibitors, representatives and decision-makers from the international renewable energy industry, as well as national and international press representatives.

More information about the AWARD Ceremony


Mr Jörg Brücher

Phone +49 7664 5051385

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