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The International Solar Alliance and Elsevier launch Solar Compass,with Ambassador Stephane Crouzat at COP26, The journal aims to help deliver solar technologies of the future in the energy transition, and is now open for submissions

By: Preety Chaudhary

Glasgow, November 08, 2021:

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) an inter-governmental treaty-based international organization and Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, are pleased to announce the launch of a new journal, Solar Compass. The launch event was held during the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference COP26, in Glasgow, with H.E Mr. Stephane Crouzat, Ambassador for Climate, Government of France, and H.E. Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance in attendance, releasing the first official call for papers to authors around the world.

ISA’s vision is for a rapid increase in solar energy usage, so that the global community can achieve an ambitious goal of net zero carbon emissions by mid-century, in order to limit the global temperature, rise to 1.50C. Achieving this target will be an incredible challenge, but it is essential to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

“We are very proud to launch Solar Compass, an important vehicle to increase understanding and research on the use of solar power. The journal will cover new technology, policy and economic developments to increase access to clean energy; successful case studies from around the world that could be replicated elsewhere. It is one of the important tools for delivering solarisation and faster global energy transition, said Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, ISA.”  

Distinguished Professor Yogi Goswami, University of South Florida, and recently announced Editor-in-Chief of Solar Compass said: “There is not one silver bullet to achieve the net zero goal. It will require a multi-pronged approach on new, innovative and more efficient technologies, lower-cost manufacturing at scale, investments at scale to support entrepreneurship in new technologies, and financing at the consumer end to ensure adoption, while also taking care of the global societal issues to ensure access for all people of the world.”

To help meet this challenge and share transformative information on policy, financing, technology and case studies with stakeholders, and fill the gap in information needed to accelerate the use of solar energy, ISA and Elsevier are joining forces to launch Solar Compass.

Solar Compass will be an open access journal, providing readers around the world with freely accessible articles. All articles will be peer-reviewed before publication, and an advisory board of visionary leaders will guide the directions of the journal, alongside an editorial board of globally recognized experts who will plan, solicit articles, and conduct reviews before accepting the articles for publication.

Note for editors

The International Solar Alliance’s “Green Grids Initiative – One Sun One World One Grid (GGI-OSOWOG) is part of a bilateral agreement announced between India and the United Kingdom at this year’s COP26 event in Glasgow, Scotland. GGI is an and an evolutionary step forward in ISA’s multilateral drive to foster interconnected solar energy infrastructure at a global scale.

 About the International Solar Alliance (ISA)

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched at COP21 in Paris and has recently expanded its membership scope to include all UN member states. There are 90 signatories and 193 prospective members. The ISA provides a dedicated platform for co-operation, through which the global community, including governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations, corporates, industry, and other stakeholders, can contribute to help achieve the common goal of increasing the use and quality of solar energy in meeting energy needs of prospective ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.

About Elsevier

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