The Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Solar Energy Technologies is Prof. Dr. Werner Platzer. He was born 1957, graduated 1982 with a degree in Theoretical Physics from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, and acquired a PhD on “Solar transmittance and heat transport of transparent insulation” at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany, in 1988.
He has been working for more than 30 years in R&D of solar thermal energy, concentrator systems, facade technology and energy efficiency. The focus is on solar thermal technology for industrial process heat and power (CSP), with an emphasis on optics, heat transport and performance assessment for concentrating collectors, high-temperature-storages and complex systems. He is working on cost-optimization using energy system simulation. He has been appointed as chairman of the IEC TC 117 on the standardization for solar thermal electricity (CSP). He is actively involved in European and international projects on CSP and Solar Process Heat. He has authored more than 200 articles and conference papers, and is Professor at the University of Freiburg, where he teaches Solar Thermal Energy for an international Master course. As Director of the Division for Solar Thermal and Optics in Fraunhofer ISE, Germany, he was responsible for the application and implementation of the Fraunhofer Center for Solar Energy Technologies CSET in Santiago de Chile. In April 2016, he took over as an Executive Director of Fraunhofer CSET.