Former European Commission Joint Research Centre
Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink, has a PhD in Physics from Hahn Meitner Institute, Berlin, and joined the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in 1982. He built up the JRC's activity on Photovoltaics when Europe started its research and pilot programme for Photovoltaic systems. In 1995 he became Head of the Unit for Renewable Energy, and expanded research and support activities to Energy Efficiency and Bio-Energy, notably Biofuels. His work was dedicated to the scientific support of EU legislation for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. More recently, he developed the unit's portfolio to support Africa's efforts for a renewable energy supply.
Since 1982 he contributed to the standards work of the IEC TC82, Solar Photovoltaic Systems, in particular regarding calibration of reference cells and lifetime testing of PV modules. His many publications cover measurement and testing methods for photovoltaic generators, economic assessment of renewable energy and global environmental impacts of extended bio-fuel use.
Heinz Ossenbrink has been serving in the Scientific Committees and in Chair person functions of leading scientific conferences, such as the prestigious series of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conferences and the European Biomass Conferences.
Nigel Taylor currently leads the photovoltaics R&D project in the Renewable Energy Unit of the Institute for Energy and Transport. He represents the SET-PLAN Information System in the Solar Europe Industrial Initiative. He is a topic organiser on standardisation for the EUPVSEC conference and task leader for the module and system performance expert group in European photovoltaic research infrastructure network SOPHIA. Dr. Taylor graduated in mechanical engineering from Dublin University, Trinity College in 1982 and was awarded his Ph.D. also from Trinity in 1987. After jobs in industrial R&D in Germany and Italy, he joined the European Commission in 1997.
Peter Helm is scientific Director at WIP-Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany. His focus is on techno- economic and strategy related networking in the field of renewable energies. Peter Helm is organizer and co-organizer of international conferences and exhibitions that are addressing the wide field of energy, energy efficiency, energy economy.
Peter Helm studied mechanical and processing engineering and obtained his degree at the Technical University of Munich. He added a postgraduate university study in Economics and Business Administration and obtained his PhD. He started his career as scientist at the international Battelle Institute for applied research / Frankfurt / Geneva / Aberdeen / Richland. Peter Helm performed project leadership for the GTZ / German Agency for technical cooperation in the framework of emerging countries projects. He was project officer for KfW, the German Bank for Reconstruction, for projects in Africa and Latin America. He coordinated national technical projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology and the Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation. Peter Helm acts as contracted expert providing scientific and project monitoring assistance to international organisations.
Wim Sinke (1955) is Program Development Manager at ECN Solar Energy, Petten, The Netherlands. He studied experimental physics at Utrecht University, where he graduated in 1981. He did PhD research at the FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in Amsterdam and received a doctor’s degree from Utrecht University in 1985 for a thesis entitled “New physical processes for silicon solar cells”. From 1986 to 1987 he was a visiting scientist at the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo, where he worked on amorphous silicon. From 1987 to 1990 he was project leader at AMOLF and was involved in crystalline silicon solar cells and fundamental properties of amorphous silicon, as well as in ion and laser processing of semiconductors. In 1990 he joined the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands ECN to set up and lead a new group on photovoltaics. This group has grown to a size of 80 people and covers a broad range of topics: wafer-based crystalline silicon, thin-film silicon, and polymer solar cells and modules, including life-cycle and economic analyses.
Wim Sinke is a part-time professor at Utrecht University on “Science and Applications of Sustainable Energy Systems” and Chairman of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Royal Dutch Shell Prize 1999 for his contributions to the science and technology of silicon and solar cells and for his role in the creation and development of the Dutch programme on R&D and implementation of photovoltaics, and the European Becquerel Prize 2011 for outstanding merits in photovoltaics.
Stefan Nowak is an experimental physicist by training. His academic research activities cover thermonuclear fusion, plasma and surface physics as well as thin films. His biography is characterised by a continuous evolution from research to technology management involving aspects of advanced research in different areas of energy, materials and processing. He has a broad technological expertise which covers activities in communication, technology management and policy. He presently works as an energy expert specialised in the field of photovoltaics and renewable energies where he occupies a number of official functions.
- Managing Director of NET Nowak Energy & Technology Ltd.
- Programme Manager of the Swiss Federal Photovoltaic RTD Programme
- Swiss Delegate and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Photovoltaic Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA PVPS)
- Member and Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform
- Core member of various international networks and projects
Angela Grassi is ETA-Florence Managing Director. Project management based on Economics and Political Science background and experience. Over 20 years organisation and management of high level international Conferences and Exhibitions in the field of Renewable Energies. Executive Committee Member of international conferences. Since 2000 organisation and management of the annual European Biomass Conference and Exhibition.Coordinator of international projects on renewable energies. Responsibilities include project definition, setting up of international teams, guidance and follow-up of project work, reporting, budgeting, project results assessment and dissemination of results. Author and co-author of papers published in proceedings of national and international conferences; contributions to specialised books. Preparation of final project reports for the European Commission. Managing editor of brochures, publications, scientific proceedings.