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My name is Dr. Torsten Brammer and I want to investigate the question; “What does it take to get solar to the next level?” To me, ”solar” means all truly, clean energy technologies. The Solar Journey is the title of my podcast, blog, and vlog series in which I highlight the opinions of experts in the industry. Hopefully, the podcast inspires you to get into the solar business and to join this global movement of decentralized and carbon-free power.

My name is Dr. Torsten Brammer and I want to investigate the question; “What does it take to get solar to the next level?” To me, ”solar” means all truly, clean energy technologies. The Solar Journey is the title of my podcast, blog, and vlog series in which I highlight the opinions of experts in the industry. Hopefully, the podcast inspires you to get into the solar business and to join this global movement of decentralized and carbon-free power.

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Germany

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My name is Dr. Torsten Brammer and I want to investigate the question; “What does it take to get solar to the next level?” To me, ”solar” means all truly, clean energy technologies. The Solar Journey is the title of my podcast, blog, and vlog series in which I highlight the opinions of experts in the industry. Hopefully, the podcast inspires you to get into the solar business and to join this global movement of decentralized and carbon-free power.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode #014 - Torsten Brammer At The University Of Freiburg

5/11/2022
In episode #014 Dr. Torsten Brammer speaks with the University of Freiburg located in Fahnenbergplatz, Germany. Dr. Brammer is the host and founder of The Solar Journey Podcast, and currently serves as the CEO of WAVELABS Solar Metrology Systems GmbH, and CEO for Photovoltaic Research and Consulting. With the University of Freiburg, Dr. Brammer discusses his personal solar journey and what he's learned as the show's host (from other solar experts). Tune in to hear more. Connect with Dr....

Duration:00:45:28

Episode #013 - Dr. Pierre Verlinden

4/22/2022
In episode #013 Dr. Torsten Brammer speaks with Dr. Pierre Verlinden. Dr. Verlinden is a photovoltaic (PV) scientist with 40 years of experience in high-efficiency silicon solar cell technology, IBC silicon cells, Concentrator photovoltaic (CPV), multi-junction III-V solar cells, detectors, optoelectronic and power devices. The founder and managing director of Amrock, he specializes in design, process development and integration, modeling and characterization. His experience also includes...

Duration:01:01:03

Episode #012 - Konrad Perényi & Steffen Mangold of Solytic

4/7/2022
Another new episode this way comes with double the power. This week Dr. Brammer is joined by Konrad Perényi and Steffen Mangold of Solytic. Solytic is a digital platform used to maximize solar performance to save costs, drive profits, and extend life cycles. Its mission is to automate top performance for solar PV. Konrad Perényi and Steffen Mangold are two of the four founders and focus on the marketing place/marketing, and tech/product respectively. Started in 2009, Solytic has come a long...

Duration:01:01:55

Episode #011 - Andreas Bentzen

3/25/2022
The hits keep on coming with another episode of The Solar Journey with Dr. Torsten Brammer. In episode #11 Dr. Brammer speaks with Andreas Bentzen of Otovo. Based in Oslo, Norway, Andreas acts as CTO and Co-Founder of Otovo, and Owner and Founder of Beacon. Andreas received his Master of Science in Physical Electronics at NTNU and his Ph.D. in Physics at UiO. In this episode, Torsten and Andreas discuss key pressure points in solar, how Otovo qualifies suppliers, and what it takes to get...

Duration:00:46:45

Episode #010 - Radovan Kopecek

3/8/2022
We're back with another episode of The Solar Journey podcast with Torsten Brammer! This week, in episode #010, Torsten speaks with Radovan Kopecek, Co-founder and Director of ISC Konstanz. Dr. Radovan Kopecek, born in Brno (former Czechoslovakia), obtained his Diploma in Physics at the University of Stuttgart in 1998 in the field of Superconductive Fullerides. In addition, he studied for one year at Portland State University (Oregon, USA) where he obtained a Master of Science degree in...

Duration:00:40:35

Episode #009 - Tobias Schuett

4/15/2021
We were very fortunate on Episode #009 of The Solar Journey Podcast, to host Tobias Schuett, CEO of German company DZ-4. DZ-4 is Germany’s first distributed utility company that sells solar PV energy to residential homeowners in a “behind the meter” concept. Tobias is a true entrepreneur and solar PV passionate with a proven track record of successfully developing, executing, and growing new business opportunities. In his roles, he's been able to push the limits of what has been considered...

Duration:00:51:55

Episode #008 - Harald Överholm

4/15/2021
On Episode #008 of The Solar Journey Podcast, we're honored to host Harald Överholm, founder (and CEO) of Swedish solar company Alight. Founded in 2013, Alight (previously Eneo) is the leading solar Power Purchase Agreement provider in the Nordics. Alight is committed to helping large corporations save money and do good, now and in the long term, through sustainable solar technology. Harald Överholm is based in Stockholm and has a Ph.D. from Cambridge, where he focused on market...

Duration:01:08:51

Episode #007 - Alexandra Münzer

11/5/2020
Episode #007 of The Solar Journey Podcast is a little different than our previous episodes. Our honored guest is Alexandra Münzer. She was introduced to us as the “Mother of European Guarantees of Origin,” and we used the opportunity to take a deep dive into a very complex topic: The scope and application of the Guarantees of Origin (GOs) System (also known as green certificates) in Europe. We peppered Alexandra with questions about the purpose, practical application, and possible...

Duration:01:11:13

Episode #006 - Jonas Corné

9/24/2020
In this episode, we had the immense pleasure to talk to Jonas Corné from Sweden. He is immensely bullish on renewable energy for many reasons that he shared with us. After getting an excellent education at ETH Zurich and even an executive program at Stanford University, Jonas has started a string of companies. All of his business ideas were in the tech space. As these things go, not all of them survived, but that is a really good thing for us, because with his latest venture, Greenbyte...

Duration:00:51:22

Episode #005 - Luca Pedretti

8/10/2020
In this episode, we had a chat with Swiss national Luca Pedretti. Luca has a vast background as an energy trader and held various positions at EGL and Axpo. One of his first tasks working for a utility was to assist in negotiating a PPA for the first 100 Megawatt wind park in Poland. It was then that he realized that PPA's are going to become the driving force for furthering investments in renewable energy. Luca has dedicated his career to the development and negotiation of PPAs and has...

Duration:00:50:25

Episode #004 - Christian Breyer

8/10/2020
Our guest in episode #004 of The Solar Journey is Christian Breyer. Christian is a professor of solar economy at the renowned finlandian LUT University. Prior to engaging in world-changing research, and publishing more than 250 scientific papers and 20 books and book chapters, Christian worked at Q-Cells in various roles in R&D and the market development department. Christian is a co-founder of Energy Watch Group which regularly publishes cutting edge research about the energy future of our...

Duration:01:22:37

Episode #003 - Simon Chau

8/4/2020
Similar to a few of our other guests, Simon Chau is a serial entrepreneur having started a number of enterprises in the renewable energy space. Having had a background in the financial industry, Simon decided to pivot into the sustainable energy space mid-career. Wanting to make a difference and leave a legacy with his work, Simon finds himself onboard the exciting "solar-coaster" on a daily basis. He has now been in the space for a little over a decade. Simon is currently working at...

Duration:01:22:37

Episode #002 - Stefan Krauter

7/28/2020
Stefan Krauter is a serial entrepreneur and professor. In the 1970s, while his friends went onto demonstration against nuclear power plants, he searched for something he could support. This is when solar power caught his interest and he has not left the solar industry ever since. He is a co-founder of the first publicly listed solar module producer Solon and co-founder of the technical advisor PI Berlin. On Twitter, he tries to compete with Trump by using a job title usually limited to the...

Duration:01:09:33

Episode #001 - Jens Schneider

7/28/2020
Having graduated with a Ph.D. from Helmholtz Zentrum in Berlin in 2005, Jens Schneider embarked on a career that took him from being an engineer at CSG solar to heading up the Solar Module Technology group at the prestigious Fraunhofer CSP in Halle, Germany. Jens currently juggles a couple of different positions in the solar space, being a professor at Leipzig’s University of Applied Sciences and working with the Center for Economics of Materials (CEM) in Energy System Analysis. We are...

Duration:01:01:01