Erik SAUAR, Differ Group AS, Norway
Erik co-founded SolEnergy in 1998-99 and managed the company for the first 3 years until it had about 40 employees in 3 different daughter companies. SolEnergy was a company which manufactured and sold solar modules primarily in Southern Africa and also developed large-scale rural electrification projects in South Africa. In late 2001, SolEnergy, ScanCell and ScanWafer AS merged to form Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC), and Erik became the Chief Technology Officer, a position he held until 2011. REC went public on Oslo stock exchange in 2006, reached a peak market value exceeding 20 billion USD, and was for several years the world's most valuable solar energy company. Erik's responsibilities included an R&D portfolio of about 400 MNOK per year, strategic technology roadmaps, evaluation of external technologies, as well as acquisition and sale of external technology. Erik has extensive knowledge of the global PV industry and serves or served on the Board of Directors of several international PV institutes and companies in Europe, Asia, Africa and US. He is also the author of about 20 patents and patent applications.
Prof. Peter Adelmann, University of Applied Sciences Ulm, Germany
Peter is a seasoned entrepreneur and renowned research scientist for 23 years. Since 1988 he is lecturer and later Professor at “University of Applied Science Ulm”. With more than 60 published scientific papers and more than 20 filed patents he is a leading expert in solar charge controllers and off-grid systems.
He is founder for both the Phocos AG and earlier the Steca solar department. Peter is also founding director and CEO of the Institute for Decentralized Electrification, Education and Entrepreneurship (id-eee).
Dr. Thomas Reindl, Deputy Director, SERIS, Singapore
Dr. Thomas Reindl started with photovoltaics in 1992 in the SIEMENS Corporate R&D Labs in Munich, Germany. In 1996, he was selected for a German government scholarship in the P.R. China working as Foreign Expert with China’s largest solar cell and module manufacturer at that time. From 1998 – 2006, he held several management positions at SIEMENS Solar Asia and SIEMENS HQ. In 2006, he joined ILIOTEC, one of the leading German PV systems integration and installation companies in Germany as Chief Operating Officer in charge of procurement and systems engineering, and later headed their project venture as Managing Director.
In the beginning of 2010, he was appointed as Group Leader “PV Systems Technology” at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS, www.seris.sg), where he currently holds the position of Director “Solar Energy Systems” cluster. Dr. Thomas Reindl has a Master in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences and an MBA from INSEAD, all awarded with highest honours.