Renewable Energy Pioneers

SWC50 – The Call for Renewable Energy Pioneers

On occasion of SWC50 the organizers were pleased to launch this call for individuals to either appoint themselves or to appoint others as Renewable Energy Pioneers.

By the start of the SWC50 virtual conference in December 2020, a total of 283 research profiles of research and industry pioneers have been submitted. 

The call for pioneers will remain open until October 2021 - please see all information on the call and specifically on how to submit, below.


About the call:

Without the efforts of individual researchers, system designers, system installers, business leaders, policy makers and those within the donor community, the renewable energy industry would not have grown from Watts to Gigawatts in the last 50 years. Thus, ISES has issued this call for developing a compilation of Renewable Energy Pioneers to be listed in the celebratory booklet. This will be ISES’ way of acknowledging the many people who have made this industry what it is today. 

ISES is calling for submissions of the names of individuals covering the following two categories:

  1. Research Pioneers: Individuals who started their research in 1995 or earlier.
  2. Industry Pioneers: Individuals who actively started working in or with the industry in 1995 or earlier.

Why 1995 as a cut-off date?

We have arbitrarily chosen 1995 since this was 25 years after the first Congress and 25 years before SWC50. Much of the renewable energy industry growth has occurred since 1995. The number of people working in the industry has grown significantly over the last 25 years and those working in the industry or undertaking research prior to 1995 were the pioneers of this industry.

ISES appreciates that there have been other significant individuals who have contributed greatly to the growth of this industry since 1995, their contribution will be acknowledged in the booklet.

How to submit a Renewable Energy Pioneer?

Names and information can only be submitted online in the relevant form (click the button below). Individuals are welcomed and encourages to submit for themselves or on behalf of someone else, particularly those who might have passed away.

How will they be recognised?

All of the pioneers and researchers submitted will have their name, relevant information, photo and description featured in the booklet “The Century of Solar - Stories and Visions of Renewable Energy”. Future monthly newsletters will highlight short articles on the very early pioneers— those before 1980.

Farrington Daniel in "The Fifty- Year History of the International Solar Energy Society and its National Sections" (2005) by Karl W. Böer, Volume 1, p. 7, ASES