IEEE PELS Energy Storage Innovation Award

The IEEE PELS Energy Storage Innovation Award is given to an individual or a group of up to three for innovation in energy storage technology that significantly exceeds contemporary performance limits and has practical application in communications energy systems.  The innovation may be in the form of an adequately-described new design, practicable concept, an invention, verified manufacturing step, or product.

This is an open award.  Nominees for the award should have a record of activity in the research or product development of energy storage for communications energy systems.

A person may be nominated for the award by another person, provided the nominated person acquiesces to the nomination.  A person may individually nominate (i.e. self-nominate) for the award. Nominations for the award are made by a formal application, stating:

  • Description of Innovation - Nominees must adequately establish the nature of innovation in the context of existing technology.  The applicant must successfully articulate existing limitations and why these are problematic and how the claimed innovation is a significant technical improvement rather than a marginal or incremental gain.  Applicants must also describe their rationale of approach which led to the innovation.
  • Merit of Innovation - Nominees must adequately establish the value of the innovation in the context of existing technology.  This includes establishing the dimensions of the innovation in terms of significance as well as indicating any new avenues the innovation may enable which were not previously possible or were greatly hindered.  For a specific manufacturing step or product, evidence as to the implementation and successful operation over a period of time must be provided.
  • Past Activities - Applicants are invited to describe and document the extent of their previous activities in the area of energy storage in communication energy systems and in particular any prior work in which they have been involved that directly contributed to the outcomes of the claimed innovation.

The award consists of an award certificate and a one-time honorarium of $2,500 USD in total.  Presentation of the award will normally occur during the Conference dinner at an INTELEC event.   

To nominate or apply for the IEEE PELS Energy Storage Award, please go to our IEEE Society Awards Application System when the Nomination process opens on 30 December 2021. To identify as a nominator, you will be asked in the beginning of this process to log in to your existing IEEE account or to register for a new one. Subsequently, you should choose Energy Storage Award and enter the required data and documents. Nominations received up to March 31st will be considered in the current year. The award is administrated by PELS TC 7 – Communication Energy Systems (INTELEC).

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Past Recipients