Selection criteria for pv magazine Annual Awards:
• Efficacy of the solution: What problem does it solve for the industry? How well does it do this?
• USP: How does the approach differ from other solutions in the same market segment? How effective do you believe it is?
• Economic feasibility and market impact: How significant is the market impact and how does it contribute to reducing costs or improving quality in the solar/storage industries?

A jury of independent experts have selected overall winners for each category:


Julian Jansen

At IHS Markit, Julian leads global analysis on stationary energy storage, value drivers, and emerging business models accelerating storage deployment across Europe and North America. Along with covering new energy technologies, he also advises on projects and the interplay between e-mobility and the energy industry.

Rory McCarthy

With the Global Energy Storage team at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, Rory focuses on the Europe, Middle East and Africa storage markets. He comes with more than eight years of experience in the energy sector, along with a previous career in software systems and deployment.

Chris Wright

Chris leads the energy storage team at Clean Energy Associates with more than 12 years of experience in renewable energy; including project development, operations, engineering, procurement and construction. Wright has performed technical due diligence on numerous emerging energy storage and battery technologies while at NextEra Energy.

Nicolas Chouleur

Nicolas is a partner of Everoze, a technical and commercial energy consultancy specializing in renewables, storage and flexibility. He has been working on designing, engineering and operating all kinds of systems, from residential rooftop arrays to large utility-scale power plants, throughout the world since 2006.

Beth Copanas

Beth has over 15 years in the renewable energy sector and began her solar career in 2005 as a rooftop installer for residential and commercial PV systems in California. Beth earned a M.S. from Stanford University’s Atmosphere / Energy Program in 2009, became a NABCEP PV Installation Professional in 2010 and currently serves as Director of Solar Energy at RES.

Miguel De Jesus

Miguel is a solar market analyst with the clean technology and renewables research team at IHS Markit. He is responsible for research and data collection on the global PV inverter market.

Marco Jung

Marco serves at department head for power electronics and electric drive systems at Fraunhofer IEE. Jung was recently appointed professor for e-mobility and electrical infrastructure with a focus on power electronics at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg.

Hakki Karacaoglan

Hakki is the founder of KRC Consulting and was the co-founder of Icarus Group in Turkey, Germany, and the United States. He trained local utilities, solar associations, and universities since 2005. He is developing utility-scale projects in Europe.

Jenya Meydbray

Jenya cofounded PVEL in 2010 and now serves as CEO. He developed the first extended reliability and performance test protocols for the downstream PV industry. Jenya began his career at NASA Ames Research Center's hyper-gravity facilities.

Alex Barrows

Alex is Senior Research Analyst at Exawatt. He focuses on when, and how, new technologies will influence the PV market, and oversees PV market data analysis for the company. He obtained his PhD in the physicsof perovskite-based solar cells from the University of Sheffield.

Jonathan Govaerts

Jonathan is PV Researcher at imec/EnergyVille. He received his Ph.D. degree from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2009 on packaging and interconnection technology for (flexible) electronics. Since then he has been working with the Solar Cell Technology group at imec, focusing on cell-module integration of silicon solar cells.

Anika Giller

Anika is Director of Business Development EMEA & APAC at Clean Energy Associates (CEA) with more than five years of solar energy experience. She is currently engaged in serving clients in 40+ countries.

Jay Lin

Jay is the Chief Consultant at PV Guider. He has more than 15 years of experience in photovoltaic research, production, and system integration PV guider is a consultancy offering quality assurance services for investors, insurers, and banks.

Pierre Verlinden

Pierre is Managing Director at Amrock and is a veteran PV researcher, having carried out fundamental solar cell research at KU Leuven and Stanford University. He has lead R&D teams at SunPower and Trina Solar, the latter in the role of chief scientist.

Jenny Chase

Jenny joined BloombergNEF mid-2005 and launched the Solar Insight Service in early 2006. She has conducted or overseen all the research including PV experience curve analysis, which enabled the team to make a definite prediction of an upcoming sudden 35-40% fall in crystalline module prices a year before it happened and while most analysts were expecting slow 5-10% annual decline.

Nancy Edwards

Nancy is Principal at Clean Power Marketing Group. She built a career in entertainment and technology marketing working for such brands as IBM and Applied Materials before moving into clean energy in 2010. She formed CPMG to partner with clean energy clients who are ready to take on the challenge of creating a new energy economy.

Nancy Gillis

Nancy is CEO of Green Electronics Council/EPEAT. She has more than 20 years’ experience leveraging sustainability to increase competitiveness, reduce risk and foster innovation in both public and private sector organizations. Prior to joining the Green Electronics Council, she was the Global Lead for Resilient and Responsible Supply Chains with Ernst & Young (EY).