Aquila Capital Investment Mitarbeiter Roman Rosslenbroich
Roman Rosslenbroich
Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder Aquila Capital

The transformation award reflects our dedication to social responsibility and promotes academic research.


The "Aquila Capital Transformation Award" aims to source and support outstanding innovative research focused on applicable and unconventional solutions to combat climate change. The award provides financial support for research, and focuses on cooperation in the practical implementation of solutions.

Since 2019, scientists and researchers can apply for the award, which is endowed with 20,000 euros. The call for proposals is aimed at scientists worldwide whose work is directly related to the topics of sustainability, climate change and the energy transition. 

Themed "Solving the Climate Crisis through Innovation", the award is aimed at academic research which contributes to finding implementable solutions to mitigate climate change. Until 31 October 2022, scientists and researchers can apply for the award via the contact form below. 

The top-class jury will determine the winner in a multi-stage selection process. The recently extended committee is composed of Prof Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Director Emeritus at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Prof Eicke R. Weber, former Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Prof Yukari Takamura, professor at the University of Tokyo's Institute for Future Initiatives, Prof Armin Aberle, CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore, and Prof Claudia Kemfert, Head of Department for Energy, Transportation and Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW).

In 2021, the prize was awarded to Dr Ning Yan, professor at the Van’t Hoffs Institute for Molecular Sciences in Amsterdam. The jury selected Mr Yang’s research on " A membrane-free flow electrolyzer operating at high current density using earth-abundant catalysts for water splitting” as the best from a number of submissions from renowned universities and research institutions worldwide. According to the jury, Dr Yan's work presents an innovative and very promising way to open doors towards more effective green hydrogen production which is a key element for future energy storage. 

Applications may be handed in through the contact form below.  

Application form

For any questions on the application process, please contact

Date of publication *
PDF copy of the abovementioned paper *
Colour photograph in JPEG, PNG
Tabular CV, no more than one page *
Letter of Recommendation by the Applicant´s university or research institution
Evidence of the Applicant´s position at his or her university or research institution *

* Mandatory information

Transformation Award 2021


Interview with the winner of the 2021 Aquila Capital Transformation Award

The 2021 Transformation Award jury is interviewing Dr. Ning Yan on his winning paper about an alternative to green hydrogen production process. 

Transformation Award 2020


Interview with the winner of the 2020 Aquila Transformation Award

Are you interested in further insights into the winning research paper? Find out more in our interview with Galina Churkina and the investment managers Rolf Zarnekow (Head Investment Management Real Estate) and Jasper Renk (Investment Manager Forestry and Timber).

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