Prof. Franz P. Baumgartner
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland
Franz Baumgartner, born in 1963, is Professor of Renewable Energy at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Science School of Engineering since 2008. He is programme director, BSc Energy and Environmental Engineering and head of the Photovoltaic Systems Research within the ZHAW Institute of Energy Systems and Fluid-Engineering. He studied electrical engineering at the technical University of Vienna. In 1989 he started his research activities in the field of solar cell thin film materials at the University of Constance, Germany in the department of physics. At the same time he was responsible to develop a solar car and particular to optimize the efficiency to the electrical driving system of the car at the start up Auto Sol. In 1996 he becomes a Professor of electrical engineering at the University of Applied Science in Buchs, Switzerland, conducting several R&D projects with industrial partners to improve measurement techniques in the production process of photovoltaic modules. In 2009 he developed the mobile flasher bus and in 2014 the portable LED flasher for power measurement of PV modules in the field. In collaboration projects with utilities he is heading for a smooth integration of PV electricity into the grid. He is also working on R&D projects and promotes start-ups on new PV System approaches like new foldable mounting systems of PV modules, cable based systems like the installation of the first solar ski lift in Switzerland.
He is member of the scientific committee of the European Photovoltaic Conferences since several years, member of the advisory board of the BFE federal office of energy concerning implementation of renewables in Switzerland and member of the expert group of Electrosuisse.
He lives on the shores of Lake Constance, Germany on the border to Switzerland where he practices sailing.