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Prof. Dr. Vladimir Dyakonov
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Dr. Ing. E.h. Frank Asbeck
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In portrait: The researcher and the entrepreneur

Two expert opinions

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Dyakonov

Chairman of ZAE Bayern, the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, spokesperson for the Renewable Energy Research Association (FVEE)

“In its new Energy Concept, the German government emphasises that the redevelopment of the energy system is necessary and has set itself very ambitious goals: it’s intended that renewable energies shall meet 60% of the final energy consumption – however photovoltaics doesn’t play any significant role in the concept.

For me, photovoltaics provides an excellent example of a successful industrial policy: right from the basic research and demonstration projects to the market introduction, a high-performing PV industry has developed in Germany. A continuous market introduction policy, in particular through the German Renewable Energy Sources Act, has ensured that this technology has developed into a motor for job creation in research, industry, the wholesale sector and the installation trades.

Although such funding policy signals aren’t enough to maintain the international and technological leadership of industry and research in the face of growing worldwide competition, the current innovation dynamism must be strengthened through considerably expanding the research and development activities in the research institutes, universities and industries.”

Dr. Ing. E.h. Frank Asbeck

Founder and CEO of SolarWorld AG

“Photovoltaics provides peak load electricity and is an indispensable component of our future energy supplies: it is infinite, clean and decentralised. At the latest when grid parity is reached, all homeowners will want to produce their own electricity on the roof and thus make themselves independent from the energy suppliers. But they’re also becoming more articulate, because they don’t want to screw any old solar power system to their roof but are demanding top quality.

For us as manufacturers of crystalline solar products and premium brands, that means that we have to reduce our costs and continue to offer customers sustainable and durable quality products without toxic substances. That’s why we’re against the use of heavy metals in solar power technology. We must now set the right course for this environmental technology.

The entire domestic electricity provision in Germany can be generated with solar energy by 2030. But the solar world will continue to grow not just in Germany but worldwide.”

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