Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award

The IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award is established to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed to sustained and significant scholarly and original technical and scientific contributions towards the advancement of power electronics in sustainable energy systems.  This award is administered by the PELS Technical Committee of Sustainable Energy Systems (TC 5).

Eligibility: Any active IEEE member is eligible to receive this award.  There is no restriction on nationality, age, gender, or IEEE member grade.

Criteria: The criteria established for this award include:

  • contributions of the candidate to power electronics in the field of sustainable energy systems
  • specific intellectual merit of the original contributions and innovations
  • the broader societal impact of the contribution(s) on sustainable energy systems and applications
  • list of related significant publications

Presentation: The award will be presented at a PELS sponsored conference, usually annually at the IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG).

Award Items:

  • Engraved plaque
  • Award certificate
  • A one-time honorarium of USD 1,500
  • Reimbursement of up to USD 1,000 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 will be required along with up to two reference letters that contain the following: name, title, contact data, referee's main field of interest, the relationship between the referee and the nominee, nominee's achievements for the selection criteria indicated in the award description, the reason why the referee personally recommends the nominee, referee's signature, and date.

The portal to submit applications is now open.  Please submit your nomination by 31 March 2023.                                                                                                                 

Please send any questions to the PELS Awards Committee  

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2022 Honoree: Xinbo Ruan

For contributions to the control of renewable energy grid-connected inverters


Xinbo Ruan (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), Nanjing, China, in 1991 and 1996, respectively.

In 1996, he joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Teaching and Research Division, NUAA, where he became a Professor in the College of Automation Engineering in 2002. From August to October 2007, he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China. From 2008 to 2011, he was also with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. He is the author or co-author of 13 books and more than 300 technical papers published in journals and conferences. His main research interests include soft-switching power converters, grid-connected converters, and modeling and stability of power converters.

Prof. Ruan was a recipient of the Special Appointed Professor of the Chang Jiang Scholars Program by the Ministry of Education, China, in 2007. From 2005 to 2013, and since 2017 again, he serves as a Vice President of China Power Supply Society. Currently, he serves as an Editor for IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics on Power Electronics and an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Open Journal of Industrial Electronics Society, and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems–II. He was the General Chair of IPEMC-ECCE Asia 2020, a Technical Program Committee Chair of IEEE ECCE2015, and a Tutorial Committee Chair of IEEE ECCE2020.


Year Recipient Name Reason
2021 Wei Qiao For contributions to condition monitoring and control of power electronics interfaced sustainable energy systems
2020 Pedro Rodriquez For contribution to the Control of Grid Interactive Renewable Energy Systems
2019 Xiongfei Wang For contributions to the stability and control of power converters for renewable energy systems
2018 Liuchen Chang For contributions to innovations in distributed power generation
2017 Marco Liserre For contributions to control of energy systems in the power grid