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IESA Industry Excellence Awards 2021

IESA's Industry Excellence Awards for the year 2021 will be announced on February 15, 2022. The awards recognize remarkable achievements by organizations, leaders, and innovators. Application for nominations will open by November 20, 2021.  

Every year India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) hosts Industry Excellence Awards in recognition of the work and contribution of innovators and business leaders in the field of green energy and clean transportation.

The IESA Industry Excellence Awards were initiated by IESA in 2017 to acknowledge the innovativeness and achievements of organizations in energy storage, EV, and the microgrid industry.

IESA's endeavor has always been to encourage and champion the work of organizations, projects, and people who not only help in promoting green energy solutions but also create value for the end consumer. The excellence awards recognize and reward remarkable achievements by organizations, leadership, and innovations.

Award categories and selection procedure

Continuing the tradition this year as well, IESA will be announcing the winners of the Industry Excellence Awards 2021 on February 15, 2022.

The awardees will be selected by the competitive scoring and evaluation framework developed by the jury panel and senior advisors to IESA, which comprise global Industry veterans and policymakers. The awards will be presented at IESA's annual conference and Expo event held every year to showcase developments in the Energy Storage space.

Over the years, different categories of awards have been added based on industry feedback and suggestions. With the development of new policies in this space, IESA added new categories to recognize the effort of both the State and Central government bodies and departments, and key policymakers and regulators. Last year, IESA also introduced new award categories to honor the efforts of women leaders in both the energy storage and e-mobility sphere. 

Following are details of the award categories.

Technology Innovation of the Year

This award recognizes organizations that have displayed excellence in innovation in their product or solution. Focus is given to the stage of technology and the unique quotient the product brings to the market, addressing key challenges. Special recognition is given to products whose R&D has been conducted in India.

ESS Project of the year

This award recognizes a company for executing the Best Energy Storage Project of the Year. While selecting the winner, special focus was given to projects that were executed and commissioned in India, and also managed development and R&D initiatives in India, addressing and overcoming several challenges.

Microgrid Project of the year

This award recognizes the immense contribution made by energy storage developers, manufacturers, and power electronics companies in the microgrid market. It specifically considers key projects undertaken in India, and their impact on the society and overall local or national economy.

Microgrid Company of the year

This award recognizes the company that is involved in serving the last mile or far-flung areas of the country with a clean and reliable supply of electricity. It also highlights the role of the Microgrid company that gives the best customer satisfaction with equally good performance and maintenance of microgrids in remote parts of the country.

EV Emerging Company of the year

This award recognizes EV manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, or service/solutions providers in the Indian EV space for outstanding performance during the past year. Jury decisions are made based on revenue, growth rate over the last two years, major achievements in terms of projects or products released, innovative business models deployed, and also what best practices the company has inculcated into its system.

EV Company of the year (e-2W segment)

The award is to recognize the company with the best e-2W deployed in the Indian market. Special attention is given to revenue earned in the last financial year, and financial growth over the last two years. Major product launches and geographic presence, along with innovative approaches and industry best practices being followed by the company are also considered.

EV Company of the year (e-3W segment)

The award is to recognize the company with the best e-3W deployed in the Indian market. The electric 3W market is very fragmented in India currently. Over 300 companies assemble e-3Ws for the unorganized sector in India primarily with lead-acid batteries.

EV Charging Infrastructure Project of the Year

This award recognizes the immense contribution made by charging service providers to the EV industry. It also specifically recognizes key projects undertaken in India and their impact on the market.

EV Charging Infrastructure Company of the year

This award distinguishes the company that has showcased exemplary performance in the EV charging infrastructure market in India during the past year.

EV Charging Infrastructure Emerging Company of the year

This award is presented to the company that has shown remarkable performance in terms of revenue growth and best practices and has grown from a significant position to one of the top-tier companies.

EV Charging Infrastructure Service Provider of the year

This award felicitates the company that has exhibited exemplary performance and leads the EV charging service market as a charging network operator.

Energy Storage and EV Policy Leadership Award for States

Apart from the initiatives being taken by the Central government, we have many States driving the adoption and manufacturing initiatives for the storage and EV sectors. Over the past few years, more than 10 States have come up with energy storage and EV policies for accelerating EV adoption as well as inviting industries to set up manufacturing investments. The selection committee recognizes these efforts with an award, for the State that has developed the best policies to drive demand creation.

Emerging Leader of the Year

This prestigious award is for individuals who have showcased exemplary performance in the company as well as in the industry, have played a notable role in the grooming of future industry leaders, been a part of technology innovation and business processes, as well as made an impact in regional, national and global markets.

Policy Pioneer of the Year

This award is given to an individual for exemplary efforts taken towards shaping the Energy storage & EV industry in the country.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This prestigious award is for individuals who have showcased exemplary performance in the company as well as in the industry, have played a notable role in the grooming of future industry leaders, been a part of technology innovation and business processes, as well as made an impact in regional, national and global markets.

Women of the year

This award is for women who have played a leading role in promoting electrification of vehicles, deployment of RE and ES projects.

Woman Leader of the Year (ESS)

This award is presented to women leaders who have made remarkable contributions to the ESS industry.

Woman Leader of the Year (EV)

This category is awarded to women leaders who have exhibited extraordinary efforts in the promotion of the EV market in the country and have played a pivotal role in shaping the industry. 

Down the memory lane: IESA Awards 2020

A snapshot of IESA Industry Excellence Award Winners 2020

The 4th IESA Industry Excellence Awards were held on November 3, 2020, as a part of the virtual India Energy Storage Week (IESW) conference and exhibition. More than 50 applications across 15 categories were received for the Excellence Awards. The nominations were scrutinized by the selection committee that was chaired by Pankaj Batra (Former Chairperson, CEA) and included Jitendra Kulkarni (VP, Innovation, SB Energy) and Dr. Rahul Walawalkar (President, IESA).

Winners of last year's IESA Excellence Awards:

Technology Innovation of the Year

  • Winner 1 – Epsilon Advanced Materials
  • Winner 2 – Delta Electronics

ESS Project of the year

  • Winner - AES

Microgrid Project of the year

  • WinnerLarsen & Toubro
  • Larsen & Toubro Ltd received this award for the 22MWp microgrid project in Port Blair, Andaman.

Microgrid Company of the year

  • WinnerHusk Power System

EV Emerging Company of the year

  • Winner - Bounce (Wicked Ride Adventure Services)

EV Company of the year (e-2W segment)

  • WinnerHero Electric

EV Company of the year (e-3W segment)

  • WinnerKinetic Green

EV Charging Infrastructure Project of the Year

  • WinnerFortum Charge & Drive Pvt Ltd

EV Charging Infrastructure Company of the year

  • Winner – Exicom Tele Systems

EV Charging Infrastructure Emerging Company of the year

  • Winner – Okaya Power

EV Charging Infrastructure Service Provider of the year

  • Winner - Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL)

Energy Storage and EV Policy Leadership Award for States

  • Winner – Delhi

Emerging Leader of the Year

  • WinnerAnant Nahata, MD of Exicom Tele-Systems

Policy Pioneer of the Year

  • Winner – Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Winner – Rakesh Malhotra, Founder of SAR group

Women of the year Awards

  • Woman Leader of the Year (ESS) Dr Judy Jeevarajan
  • Woman Leader of the Year (EV) – Sulajja Firodia Motwani

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