In addition to the effects of climate change, current geopolitical and energy policy developments are making us very aware that we must finally get serious about getting out of the fossil-fuel dependency of our energy consumption. The heating sector is strongly affected here and faces enormous challenges. There is currently a lot of discussion in Germany, especially with regard to heat pumps. But the heat transition needs much more. But what exactly? What role does solar thermal play? We talk about this with Christian Fink, Managing Director of the AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies in Austria.
Information and tickets for the 33rd Symposium on Solar Thermal and Innovative Heating Systems from May 09-11, 2023 at the Banz Monastery in Bad Staffelstein can be found here: www.solarthermie-symposium.de
AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) was founded in 1988 and is today one of the leading European institutes of applied research in the field of renewable energy and resource efficiency. In the three target group areas "Buildings", "Cities & Grids" and "Industrial Systems" as well as three technological working groups "Renewable Energies", "Thermal Storage" and "Water and Process Technologies", the R&D projects carried out range from basic research projects to the implementation of demonstration plants.
Christian Fink has acted as managing director in the company since 2020, previously developing the "Building and Renovation" work area until 2008 and then the "Thermal Energy Technologies and Hybrid Systems" work area. In addition, he is acting as technical director of the 33rd Symposium Solar Thermal and Innovative Thermal Systems in 2023 from May 09-11 at the Banz Monastery (Bad Staffelstein).