Dr. Roland M. E. Valckenborg
TNO, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Dr.ir. Roland Valckenborg started his professional career in 2001 as product developer in the R&D-department of Canon-Océ, a large printer multinational, working on a broad range of topics from crazy idea’s (TRL 1) till prepare for certification (TRL 8).
In 2009, he decided to make a career shift to Renewable Energies and founded both an NGO and a company in the developing country Tanzania. He started with locally-built small scale wind turbines for empowering the poor people in the off-grid rural areas. Growing the company with high-end solar-wind-diesel hybrid systems for local industry and tourism.
In 2013, he returned to the Netherlands to focus on solar energy applications. As project leader and business developer of the TNO-SEAC, he has worked on a variety of new innovative projects in the built environment. Moreover, he is the founder and project leader of the outdoor performance research facility called SolarBEAT, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.