Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Prof. Dr. Werner Platzer studied Solid State Physics in München and received his Ph.D. in Optics and Heat Transport Transparent Insulation from the University of Freiburg in 1988.
Werner Platzer has worked for more than three decades at Fraunhofer ISE. He has been the head of Department Materials Research and Applied Optics, the leader of Group Light Technology and Solar Concentration, and Director of Division Solar Thermal and Optics. He has also gained international experience by working as Executive Director at Fraunhofer Chile Center for Solar Energy Technology in Santiago. Since 2016 he is an Honorary Professor at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources.
The key research areas of Prof. Platzer cover the optical properties and heat transport for solar thermal concentrator technology, especially for Linear Fresnel collectors and solar tower heliostat fields. Because of his focus on techno-economic system optimization, he deals with aspects like hybridization of CSP with PV or the impact of different high-temperature storage options. Another research topic is the energy efficiency and integration of solar thermal heat in industrial processes[RI1] .