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Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award

IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award

About the Award

The IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award recognizes and honors individuals who have contributed sustained and significant scholarly and original technical and scientific contributions towards the advancement of power electronics in sustainable energy systems.

Award Prize:

  • An engraved plaque
  • An honorarium of 1,500 USD
  • Reimbursement of up to 1,000 USD towards the recipient’s necessary conference registration, travel, and accommodation costs incurred to attend the award ceremony

Submitting a Nominee

When submitting a nominee, you will be asked to log into your existing IEEE account (or register for a new one) to identify as a nominator. Subsequently, select the IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award and enter the required data and documents. 

***Please note: An up to five-page curriculum vitae of the nominee is required along with up to two reference letters that contain the following: endorser’s name, title, contact data, main field of interest, and signature, the nominee’s achievements, the relationship between the endorser and nominee, and the reason why the endorser personally recommends the nominee.***

The portal to submit a nomination is now closed.

Award Details

Recognizing Outstanding Achievements

Hua Geng
2023 Honoree:

Hua Geng

For contributions to control of renewable energy grid-connected inverters

Hua Geng received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2003 and the Ph.D. degree in control theory and application from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada. He joined Automation Department of Tsinghua University in June 2010 and is currently a full professor.

His current research interests include power electronic dominated power system, advanced control on power electronics and renewable energy conversion systems. He has authored more than 200 technical publications and holds more than 30 issued Chinese/US patents. He was the recipient of IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award and the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award. He is the editors of IEEE Trans. on Energy Conversion and IEEE Trans. on Sustainable Energy, associate editors of IEEE Trans. on Industry Applications, IET Renewable Power Generation, Control Engineering Practice. He served as general chair of 2022 4th International Conference on Smart Power & Internet Energy Systems (SPIES 2022), general co-chair, track chairs and session chairs of several other IEEE conferences. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IET Fellow, convener of the modeling working group in IEC SC 8A, Standing Director of China Power Supply Society (CPSS). 

Eligibility Requirements & Criteria

Eligibility: Any active IEEE members are eligible for this award. There are no other restrictions as to affiliation, age, gender, IEEE member grade, or nationality.

Criteria: Judgment of the nominees is based on the following:

  • Contributions of the nominee to power electronics in the field of sustainable energy systems
  • List of related significant publications
  • Nominee’s stature in the area of sustainable energy systems and power electronics
  • Professional activities or involvements
  • Specific intellectual merit of the original contributions and innovations
  • The broader societal impact of the contribution(s) on sustainable energy systems and applications
  • The quality of the nominations

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Name
2022 Xinbo Ruan
2021 Wei Qiao
2020 Pedro Rodriquez
2019 Xiongfei Wang
2018 Liuchen Chang
2017 Marco Liserre


Please send any questions to the PELS Awards Committee.