The SolarPACES Awards

SolarPACES 2016 Technology Innovation Award, Participation Criteria and Call

SolarPACES 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, Participation Criteria and Call

The SolarPACES Awards honor the personal engagement of individuals and institutions that significantly contribute to the deployment of CSP technology. Two types of Awards can be given:

1) Technological Innovation Award for innovations relevant to a more rapid deployment of CSP technology through:

  • Performance/cost ratio increase
  • Improved manufacturing technology
  • Better component lifetime
  • Improved environmental profile

The innovation should be realized at least in technical prototype and its characteristics should have been published according to scientific standards.

2) Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors personal contributions to the successful development and implementation of CSP systems of an individual throughout a major phase of his/her life. Criteria are:

  • Acknowledged leadership in research or management in the field of CSP technology
  • Long term commitment in this field
  • Promotion of international cooperation

Winners of the 2009 SolarPACES Award

2009 Award Winners E. Lüpfert, S. Ulmer, B. Schiricke, M. Röger and M. Becker with R. Pitz-Paal (Conference Chair) and A. Häberle (Organizing Team)


The 2009 Lifetime Award winners in recognition of their decade long contributions to the development of CSP technology were Dr. Manfred Becker, formerly Head of the Energy Technology division at DLR, and Dr. Paul Kesselring, formerly Head of Laboratory for Energy and Process Technology at PSI.

The 2009 Technology Innovation Award was given to the team Dr. Eckhard Lüpfert, Dr. Klaus Pottler, Dr. Steffen Ulmer, Dr. Marc Röger and Dr. Björn Schiricke, from the Solar Research department at the DLR Institute of Technical Thermodynamics for their work in the field of measurement and qualification methods for concentrating solar collectors.

The 2010 SolarPACES Award Winners


2010 Lifetime Award winners Valeriano Ruiz Hernandez and Arnold Goldman

2010 Award Laudatio given by Eckhard Lüpfert, 2009 Technology Innovation Award winner

Technology Innovation Award Winner Wolfgang Schiel of SBP during his Award keynote speech

Technology Innovation Award Winner Wolfgang Schiel of SBP during his Award keynote speech

Winning SBP Team members Markus Balz, Wolfgang Schiel, Finn von Reeken and Gerhard Weinrebe. Axel Schweitzer, Brian Hunt and further members of the team were not present at the conference and Award ceremony.

The 2011 SolarPACES Award Winners


2011 Lifetime Award winner Rainer Aringhoff is being awarded by Robert Pitz-Paal

Winning Novatec team members Martin Selig and Gerhard Hautmann

Lifetime Award Winner Rainer Aringhoff during his Award keynote speech

Winners of the 2012 SolarPACES Awards: SkyFuel

Eric Frazier from SkyFuel


SkyFuel was awarded at the SolarPACES 2012 conference held in Marrakech with the Technology Innovation Award for the development of ReflecTech®PLUS, a high performance reflective film for solar applications incorporating abrasion resistance.

Winners of the 2013 SolarPACES Awards:

Technology Innovation Award: sbp and Flabeg for the Ultimate Trough

Markus Balz and Holger Klimaschewski from sbp and Flabeg during the 2013 Technology Innovation Award Ceremony

Schlaich bergermann und partner and Flabeg were awarded at the SolarPACES 2013 conference held in Las Vegas with the Technology Innovation Award for the development of the UltimateTrough®, the world's largest parabolic trough collector.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Fred Morse

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Lifetime Award Winner Dr. Fred Morse during his Award keynote speech

Winners of the 2014 SolarPACES Awards:

Technology Innovation Award: CSP Services and DLR for the Advanced Solar Resource Assessment with Rotating Shadowband Irradiometers

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The SolarPACES Technology Innovation Award 2014 was given to Dr. Norbert Geuder (left picture) from CSP Services and Dr. Stefan Wilbert (right picture) from DLR for their work on Advanced Solar Resource Assessment with Rotating Shadowband Irradiometers (RSI). They were represented by Dr. Marc Röger from DLR and Dr. Eckhard Lüpfert from CSP Services who received the award from Dr. Eduardo Zarza (CIEMAT) during the ceremony held at the 20th SolarPACES conference in Beijing (see picture below). 

Technology Innovation Award 2014: CSP Services and DLR

Winners of the 2015 SolarPACES Awards:

Technology Innovation Award: Stellio Consortium for the development of the Stellio heliostat

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Representantives from sbp, Ingemetal Solar and Masermic Mechatronics during the 2015 Technology Innovation Award Ceremony.

On the closing day of the SolarPACES 2015 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, the Stellio Consortium, comprising schlaich bergermann partner sbp sonne, Ingemetal Solar and Masermic Mechatronics, received the SolarPACES 2015 Technology Innovation Award for the development of the Stellio Heliostat.

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