Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) are delighted to announce the winner of the Renewable Transformation Challenge, an award to honour outstanding work which encourages progress towards a world powered by renewable energy.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the winner of the 2017 Renewable Transformation Challenge as Dr. Sebastian Groh, ME SOLshare Ltd., for the project The Energiewende 3.0 – Smart P2P Solar Grids. In short, a SOLshare grid is created when rural households or SMEs agree on setting up a “swarm network” that consists of existing and new solar home systems (SHSs) and storage devices, and enables the interconnection of larger loads. ME SOLshare provides a peer-to-peer solar energy trading platform empowering individuals and SMEs to become solar entrepreneurs offering pay-as-you-go and cash-in-as-you-go electricity solutions to low-income households. ME SOLshare therefore has potential to play a crucial role in supporting rural development and providing a means of direct income to rural communities. Elsevier, ISES and the Renewable Transformation Challenge team, extend our congratulations to Dr. Groh on this fantastic achievement.
Dr. Groh, on behalf of ME SOLshare, will receive a monetary prize of €20,000, one ISES Gold membership, and one free registration to the Solar World Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi, where he will be presented with his Award during the conference dinner on November 1, 2017. The winning project is featured on the Solar Energy journal homepage and on the ISES website.
Further information about the Challenge is available on the Renewable Transformation Challenge homepage.