The ees AWARD – Innovating Energy Storage

Energy storage systems are one of the essential pillars of the renewable energy mix of the future, safeguarding supplies to drive the energy transition. As international exhibition series for batteries and energy storage systems, ees is the industry hotspot for suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and users of electrical energy storage solutions as well as battery systems.

Introduced in 2014, the ees AWARD is devoted to the electrical energy storage solutions behind the clean energy of tomorrow. The energy award pays tribute to pioneering products and solutions for stationary and mobile electrical energy storage systems. The range of innovations encompasses the entire value-added chain of innovative battery and energy storage technologies – from components to concrete applications and business models.

Technologies for the ees AWARD

Innovations in the energy storage industry are driving the modernization of the energy infrastructure and play an important role in creating a flexible and reliable grid system. The ees AWARD has set itself the goal of honoring these powerful innovations in the category Energy Storage, in which technologies can be submitted such as:

  • Energy Storage Technologies

  • Energy Storage System Components and Equipment

  • Battery Production Technologies / Machine and Plant Construction

  • Energy Storage Systems

  • Other




  • Elestor (Netherlands): LDES hydrogen bromine flow battery
  • FENECON (Germany): FENECON Industrial L
  • SUNGROW POWER SUPPLY (China): Sungrow PowerStack ST500CP liquid cooling energy storage system

Read more abou the winners in the HALL OF FAME


ees AWARD Finalists 2023

The ees AWARD Finalists 2023 are:

  • Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
  • Dukosi Limited
  • EcoFlow Europe S.R.O.
  • Elestor B.V.
  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • LG Energy Solution
  • Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd.
  • TrinaStorage GmbH
  • TWAICE Technologies GmbH

All about the AWARD Finalists 2023

Testimonials ees AWARD

Lucas Jonas
Head of Product, Voltfang
ees AWARD Winner 2022

"The entire Voltfang team feels very honored to have received this outstanding award for our sustainable battery storage solution being such a young company. The award has not only contributed significantly to increasing the number of visitors to our stand, but also gives us the validation to position ourselves confidently in the market. The increased attention and standing that comes with the award has enabled us to forge many new partnerships at the fair and demonstrates that the judges place great value on sustainable solutions and rising start-ups. All in all, the award was the ideal start to our first time as an exhibitor at The smarter E trade fair."

Jarno Wagner
General Manager Germany, Austria & Switzerland
Enphase Encharge, ees AWARD Winner 2021

“We are honoured to have received the ees AWARD 2021 for our Enphase Encharge solar battery storage, as it proudly reflect our ambitions. Therewith Enphase is able to offer a complete solution with solar storage tying into our innovative, simple, highly serviceable and performant PV system of micro inverters, apps and services.”

Franz-Josef Feilmeier
ees AWARD Winner 2020

"The FENECON Energy Engineering team is very proud to be honoured with the ees AWARD 2020. It was the storage industry’s spotlight on our innovations in modular and flexible systems as well as the advantages of the EMS-platform OpenEMS. We were overwhelmed with the great international interest in our residential to industrial storage systems and are happy to have established great new partnerships."

Xavier Romon
Marketing and Sales Development, ZnR Batteries SAS (France), ees AWARD Winner 2020

"Zinium is very proud to have been named winner of the 2020 ees AWARD and we thank the jury for having distinguished our zinc-air long-life battery technology.

The Award trophy is well placed in our showroom and we have communicated widely about being winner of the ees AWARD 2020. This has led to a large influx of interest from companies around the world, and has allowed us to develop new commercial successes. The AWARD has helped to make us known and motivates us to always go forward!"


Evaluation Criteria ees AWARD

A. Degree of Technological Innovation (30%)

  • Technological advancement
  • Extraordinary characteristics
  • Technological creativity and quality

B. Technical and Environmental Benefits (15%)

  • Technological benefits
  • Environmental benefits and socially relevant features

C. System Integration (10%)

  • System interfaces
  • Installation
  • Compliance with international technology standards

D. Safety (15%)

  • Compliance with international safety standards

E. Economic Benefits (15%)

  • Economic benefits for the user
  • Demand, markets and marketing strategy

F. Proof of Innovation (10%)

  • Proof of functionality and ingenuity, test results, certifications, patents, references

G. Presentation (5%)

  • Format and quality of description and presentation
  • Extent of application documentation

ees AWARD Jury

Dr. George Hilton
Senior Analyst - Batteries and Energy Storage
S&P Global

Member of the ees AWARD Jury: Nina Munzke

Nina Munzke
Team Leader Stationary Storage Systems
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Member of the ees AWARD Jury: Dr. Falko Schappacher

Dr. Falko Schappacher
Managing Director MEET Battery Research Center
University of Muenster

Member of the ees AWARD Jury: Dipl.-Ing. Heiko Schwarzburger MA

Dipl.-Ing. Heiko Schwarzburger MA
Editor-in-chief „photovoltaik - Solartechnik für Installateure, Planer und Architekten“
Alfons W. Gentner Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Member of the ees AWARD Jury: Dr.-Ing. Matthias Vetter

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Vetter
Head of Department Electrical Energy Storage
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

AWARD Ceremony

Every year, the official AWARD Ceremony reveals the AWARD winners on a grand stage. The ceremony is attended by high-caliber dignitaries and brings together visitors, exhibitors, representatives and decision-makers from the international renewable energy industry, as well as national and international press representatives. 

The presentation of the 2023 award winners took place as part of The smarter E Europe in Munich on June 13, 2023.