The smarter E AWARD – Category: Photovoltaics

Intersolar strives to promote the industry’s power to innovate. As the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners, Intersolar focuses on the technologies and services which make solar power globally successful, now and in the future.

In this context, The smarter E AWARD in the category Photovoltaics is presented to companies making a substantial contribution to the success of the industry. Each year, the solar award honors technological innovations and groundbreaking solutions. Since 2008, the flagship award for the solar industry has given solar companies a unique platform to gain broad international recognition and distinguish themselves from the competition.

How to participate

Powering the Future with Innovation

Innovations in the area of photovoltaics are driving the modernization of the energy infrastructure worldwide. The coveted AWARD has set itself the goal of honoring these innovations with the award category Photovoltaics.

Technologies and Topics

The AWARD category Photovoltaics honors innovative PV technologies such as:

  • Solar cells and modules
  • Balance of systems
  • PV components (cables, connectors, junction boxes, etc.)
  • Mounting systems, installation aids
  • Tracking systems
  • Production technologies
  • Solar power plants
  • Other
Evaluation Criteria
  • Degree of technological innovation (30%)
    • Technological advancement
    • Technological creativity and quality
    • Singularity in comparison with other solutions
  • Safety (15%)
    • Compliance with international safety standards
  • Technical and environmental benefits (20%)
    • Technological benefits
    • Environmental benefits and socially relevant features
  • Economic benefits (20%)
    • Economic benefits for the user
    • Demand, markets and marketing strategy
  • Proof of innovation (10%)
    • Proof of functionality and ingenuity, test results, certifications, patents, references
  • Presentation (5%)
    • Format and quality of description and presentation
    • Extent of application documentation


Dr. Pierre-Jean Alet
Sector Head I Digital energy solutions
Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique

Dr. Michael Fuhs
Editor-in-chief „pv magazine Deutschland“
Solarpraxis AG

Dr. Winfried Hoffmann
Applied Solar Expertise (ASE)

Philippe Malbranche
Solar Expert and Energy Analyst
Solar Action

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Powalla
Head of the Photovoltaics Division
Member of the Board of Directors
Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung (ZSW) Baden-Wuerttemberg

Michael Schmela
Executive Advisor
Solar Power Europe

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Wittwer
Director, Division Power Electronics, Grids and Smart Systems
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

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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