EUROSOLAR is to award its annual European Solar Prize in Vienna on Saturday November 18th at the Technical University of Vienna (TU the Sky).
The annual award of the European Solar Prize by EUROSOLAR highlights the work of the pioneers and innovators in the renewable energy sector who are vital to the rapid and efficient energy transition in Europe. The award promotes public awareness of these professionals and gives fresh impetus to a decentralised energy turnaround based on 100 percent renewables.
Towards the end of each year, the aware winners are invited to a celebratory event in a European city. Previous events have been held in Rome, Prague and Barcelona and this year's award ceremony will be held in Vienna, on Saturday 18th November, at the Technical University Vienna (TU the Sky).
Before the award of the Solar Prize, a symposium on the topic 'The Energy Transition in Europe' will be held. The speakers at this symposium will be Professor Karin Stieldorf (TU Vienna), Professor Stefan Schleicher (University of Graz), Astrid Schnieder (Austrian Institute of Technology), Professor Peter Droege and Stephan Grüger, MdL (EUROSOLAR). They will present and discuss potentials and conclusions for a sustainable European energy system in the fields of solar architecture, urban planning, energy economy and energy politics.
The award of the European Solar Prize begins at 2pm with a welcome address given by Dr. Hans Otto Schmidt, chairman of EUROSOLAR Austria and Mag. Thomas Reindl, chairman of the municipal council of the City of Vienna.
Following a keynote by representative of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Professor Peter Droege, president of EUROSOLAR, will guide participants through the highlight of the event with the celebration of this year's award winners. This will be followed by a social get-together with an impressive view over the city. Both events are free of charge but registration is requested.
The European Solar Prize 2017 will be awarded to ten laureates:
Category: Towns, municipalities, council districts, public utilities City of Kaposvár, Hungary Outstanding commitment to become the first Hungarian city with a 100% renewable energy supply www.kaposvar.hu
Category: Solar architecture and urban planning Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Greece Strong symbol for ecological sustainability and the potential of renewable energy, integrated in a building of cultural life, setting new standards in architectural requirements www.snfcc.org
Category: Industrial and commercial companies or farmers Green City Energy, Germany Long-time and far-reaching contribution for the expansion of renewable energy in citizen’s hand www.greencity-energy.com
Category: Local or regional associations/organizations Region of Thayaland, Austria Exemplary regional implementation of renewable energy and sustainable mobility, financially driven by public participation Kem.thayaland.at
Category: Owners and operators of renewable energy installations EKS – utility plant of the Canton of Schaffhausen, Switzerland Practical and efficient management of a soccer arena’s roof surface by using solar energy and raising public awareness for renewables www.eks.ch
Category: Transport and Mobility City of Oslo, Norway Trendsetting sustainable mobility concept with special consideration of electric vehicles and role model for European cities www.oslo.kommune.no Category: Media and communication Antonio Cerrillo, Spain Long-time responsible journalism and reporting for a sustainable and eco-friendly development in Spain and Europe www.lavanguardia.com
Category: Education and vocational training LEGO Group, Denmark Outstanding and inspiring concept of introducing children into renewable energy and environmental protection www.lego.com Category: One World Cooperation EcoPeace Middle East, Jordan/Palestine/Israel Innovative strategy for a sustainable development with the help of renewable energy in one of the most water stressed and conflict filled regions of the world http://ecopeaceme.org
Category: Special prize for personal achievement Arnold Schwarzenegger, United States of America/Austria Long-term contribution for renewable energy and sustainability, using his prominence to raise public awareness on climate change www.schwarzenegger.com
Members of the jury: Prof. Peter Droege, President of EUROSOLAR (Liechtenstein) Dr. Axel Berg, Chairman of EUROSOLAR Germany Gallus Cadonau, Solar Agency Switzerland Stephan Grüger, MdL, Vice president of EUROSOLAR (Germany) Wolfgang Hein, Vice president of EUROSOLAR (Austria) Rosa Hemmers, Treasurer of EUROSOLAR (Germany) Andre Langwost, EUROSOLAR France Morten V. Petersen, EUROSOLAR Denmark Prof. Livio Sacchi, University of Pescara (Italy) Prof. Jürgen Sachau, University of Luxembourg
Scientific advisors: Prof. Eliana Cangelli, Vice president of EUROSOLAR (Italy) Dr. Torsten Masseck, UPC-Barcelona (Spain) Judith Ronai, EUROSOLAR Hungary Milan Smrz, Vice president of EUROSOLAR (Czech Republic)