Global Energy Transformation as Vocation – Symposium for Institute Director Eicke R. Weber on Occasion of Retirement
On November 11, 2016 at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE honored Prof. Eicke R. Weber’s achievements at a scientific symposium on the global energy transformation. Having reached retirement age, Prof. Weber will step down from his position as Institute Director at the end of the year. Weber gave the German solar research a voice that is observed worldwide. With great enthusiasm he supported the energy transformation on both the scientific and political arenas. At the Institute, he organized the structure and business areas to optimally meet the demands of the energy transformation.
From 2006 to 2016, he was able to double the number of employees to 1100 recently. Over the same time period, the operating budget, based primarily on self-acquired projects, grew from ca. 25 million euros up to 73 million euros (2015). Eicke R. Weber was the right person at the right time. With his research background in silicon materials and his excellent connections in industry and politics, Fraunhofer ISE under his leadership grew to become the second largest Fraunhofer institute, just as photovoltaics was booming in Germany. During Weber’s term as Institute Director, Fraunhofer ISE also participated in setting up research facilities in Halle, Boston and Santiago de Chile.