The Intersolar AWARD – Powering the Future with Innovation


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 Intersolar AWARD is presented to companies making a substantial contribution to the success of the industry. Each year, the award honors technological innovations and groundbreaking solutions around the topic of the AWARD category Photovoltaics.

Over a period of more than 10 years, 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.

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Intersolar AWARD winners 2018

Intersolar AWARD winners 2018

The most significant developments and pioneering solutions in the solar industry have been awarded for the eleventh time in a row. This year, the coveted Intersolar AWARD in the category “Photovoltaics” was presented to:

Logos of the 2018 Intersolar AWARD ABB, Hanwha Q CELLS and Krinner Solar


The lucky winners ABB, Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH and Krinner Solar GmbH were honored at the AWARD Ceremony as part of the The smarter E Europe in Munich. For years, the AWARD Ceremony has been a highlight of the exhibitions and a source of excellent publicity for the winners, and the finalists. It is attended by high-caliber dignitaries and brings together Intersolar exhibitors, trade press representatives, and decision-makers from the international solar industry.


AWARD Winners

Trophy and finalist signet of the Intersolar AWARD finalists 2018

Intersolar AWARD finalists 2018

The finalists of the Intersolar AWARD 2018 have been selected. This year, the nominated companies have put forward cost-saving, digital and efficient solutions, making them worthy candidates for the prestigious Intersolar AWARD. The Intersolar AWARD finalists 2018 in the category “Photovoltaics” are as follows:

  • ABB
  • Ecoprogetti Srl
  • Gujarat Borosil Ltd.
  • Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH
  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • Interfloat Corporation
  • Krinner Solar GmbH
  • LG Electronics Inc.
  • RenewSys India Pvt. Ltd.


AWARD Finalists

Intersolar Champion of Change AWARD

Introduced at Intersolar North America 2014, the Intersolar Champion of Change AWARD honors individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting the development of renewable energy at a national or international level.

In 2018, Intersolar and the California Solar and Storage Association honor Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of California, with the first-ever Champion of Change Lifetime Achievement Award.

Born in San Francisco, Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown Jr. has been in public service for over 50 years. During his first eight years as governor in the mid-1970s and early-1980s, he strengthened environmental protections, stopped the expansion of nuclear power, and promoted renewable energy. After a break from public life, Brown was elected Mayor of Oakland in 1998, and is credited with rejuvenating the city’s urban core.

The list of Governor’s Brown’s projects and policies to protect the environment from the effects of climate change is impressive. On the international stage, and at home in California, Governor Brown’s passion and accomplishments that span five decades have earned him universal respect as a true Champion of Change as governments and societies work to protect and prepare for the future of our planet.

“This global challenge requires bold action on the part of governments everywhere,” said Governor Brown. “It’s time to be decisive. It’s time to act.”

Testimonials Intersolar AWARD

Christiane Schumacher as testimonial of Intersolar AWARD winner 2018

Christiane Schumacher
Head of Global Channel Management and Marketing Communications, ABB Solar GmbH
Winner of Intersolar AWARD 2018 – Photovoltaics

"We are honored to have received the established and prestigious Intersolar Award 2018 in the “Photovoltaics” category for our PVS-175-TL, ABB’s new ultra-high power, 1500V string inverter. It is the reward for the hard work, passion and engineering excellence that our team has put into this product innovation. This award is globally recognized and gives us an additional boost in terms of visibility and market demand creation for this product."

Hans Jürgen Sauter as testimonial of Intersolar AWARD winner 2018

Hans Jürgen Sauter
CSO, KRINNER Solar GmbH
Winner of Intersolar AWARD 2018 – Photovoltaics

"We are very happy and proud that we won the Intersolar Award 2018 for our integrated software and hardware package that reduces the time for planning and installing large-scale PV plants by 10 - 30%. We integrated Award pictures and statements in our company presentation as well as in social networks with a great feedback. Thus, the Intersolar Award clearly helped to raise the awareness for this topic and at the same time serves as a kind of confirmation for the innovative nature of our company."

Helen Steiniger as testimonial of Intersolar AWARD winner 2017

Helen Steiniger
Advisor to the CEOs, Next Kraftwerke
Winner Intersolar AWARD 2017 – Outstanding Solar Projects

"We were honored to receive the Intersolar Award 2017 for forecasting and trading PV power through our Virtual Power Plant. The recognition of our work involving the integration of PV into existing power systems and markets has helped us to further grow our business. And it’s just a good push to be awarded with such a prestigious prize – boosting our determination to establish the flow for 100% renewable energy."

Peter Schrum as testimonial of Intersolar AWARD winner 2017

Peter Schrum
Founder and Main Shareholder, SUNfarming Group
Winner of Intersolar AWARD 2017 – Outstanding Solar Projects

„We are honored to receive the Intersolar Award for our contribution to provide jobs and education, food and energy and infrastructure where they are urgently needed. Food & Energy Project could uniquely contribute to the sustainable improvement of the living conditions of people in developing countries and crisis regions. The Award is internationally recognized and supports us in our efforts to realize the Food & Energy Project worldwide."

Evaluation Criteria Intersolar AWARD

A. Degree of Technological Innovation (30%)

  • Technological advancement
  • Technological creativity and quality
  • Singularity in comparison with other solutions
     

B. Safety (15%)

  • Compliance with international safety standards
     

C. Technical and Environmental Benefits (20%)

  • Technological benefitsEnvironmental benefits and socially relevant features

D. Economic Benefits (20%)

  • Economic benefits for the user
  • Demand, markets and marketing strategy


E. Proof of Innovation (10%)

  • Proof of functionality and ingenuity, test results, certifications, patents, references
     

F. Presentation (5%)

  • Format and quality of description and presentationExtent of application documentation

Intersolar AWARD Jury

Dr. Pierre-Jean Alet as member of the Intersolar AWARD Jury

Dr. Pierre-Jean Alet
Senior Expert Modules & Systems Photovoltaics
CSEM SA

Dr. Volker Buddensiek as member of the Intersolar AWARD Jury

Dr. Volker Buddensiek
Freelance journalist specialized in renewable energies

Dr. Michael Fuhs as member of the Intersolar AWARD Jury

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

Philippe Malbranche as member of the Intersolar AWARD Jury

Philippe Malbranche
Director
Institut National de l’Energie Solaire CEA-INES

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Powalla as member of the Intersolar AWARD Jury

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

Dr.-Ing. Oliver Stalter as member of the Intersolar AWARD Jury

Dr.-Ing. Olivier Stalter
Director Division Power Electronics, Grids and Smart Systems
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE