About - The Solar Journey
My name is Torsten Brammer and I want to investigate the question; “What does it take to get solar to the next level?”
To me, "solar" means all truly, clean energy technologies. The Solar Journey is the title of my podcast, blog, and vlog series in which I highlight the opinions of experts in the industry. Hopefully, the podcast inspires you to get into the solar business and to join this global movement of decentralized and carbon-free power.
Torsten has been all about solar for more than 25 years. Why? To do something meaningful in life. He spent most of his academic career at the University of Karlsruhe and the Jülich Research Center in Germany. His academic solar journey also took him to the Australian National University and South Korea’s KAIST Institute. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Solar Cell Science in 2000.
Ghana joined his travels list in 1996 when he went and got busy installing solar modules for a local Ghanaian company. Torsten then joined German solar cell producer Q-Cells in 2004, when solar started taking off on an industrial scale. While there, he initiated and lead a thin-film module spin-off which was then sold but eventually failed during the phase of massive oversupply of solar modules in 2010.
As a major shareholder, he then assisted German start-up SENEC to develop and launch its next-generation storage unit. SENEC was later successfully sold to one of Germany's biggest utilities EnBW. In 2011, he co-founded and became CEO of Wavelabs, now the global leader in LED-based solar simulators.