In this interview with Dr. Torsten Brammer, CEO and Managing Director of WAVELABS Solar Metrology Systems GmbH, an exemplary career of an internationally important company in the clean-tech industry will be told. WAVELABS meanwhile has achieved a remarkable status, due to. In the context that the solar metrology specialist is one of the few companies exporting its technology to the People’s Republic of China.
First of all, thank you for taking the time to answer a few key questions for us and our readers. Please tell us how the development of Wavelabs started in 2010 and how the decisive moment to found and develop Wavelabs turned out.
During this time, we recognized a rather steeply growing market in the photovoltaic industry, but also an industry problem in the area of photovoltaic module testing methods. XENON flasher was considered the standard at that time, but LED was increasingly shown as a possible preference to it, which however needed to be developed further. And this is exactly where we started and we were deterimined to not just to find a solution, but to develop the best possible solution. This was followed by a business plan following the classic approach, and with it stabilizing venture capital, which enabled us to develop the prototype and manufacture the first saleable products.
Let’s move on to your visions. It all started with the LED flasher for solar cells and today products for industrial use are able to measure the performance, or rather the efficiency, of solar cells and thus determine the quality of photovoltaic modules. In this way, WAVELABS flasher simulate sunlight with the greatest possible accuracy. But how can a practically perfect product be improved even further?
In this regard, we are pursuing various approaches. One of them lies in the technical optimization of the hardware. Furthermore, we will offer our customers more and more software features. This will enable our clients not only to determine the central measured value or the efficiency, but also to carry out more in-depth analyses. Thus, we continuously create more benefits, which directly lead to an improvement of the solar modules.
Why is Wavelabs interesting for existing and upcoming employees, and what ideas come to your mind when you think about the movers and shakers of tomorrow?
WAVELABS’ policy not only focuses on GreenTech attributes, but also on family friendliness. Part-time, home office and flexible working hours are important reliefs for many of our employees. On top of that, we are considered an attractive employer with our innovation mentality.
Looking back, what are important traits that you and your team had to demonstrate to bring WAVELABS to the level it is today?
I think that courage and perseverance are important character traits. A high degree of idealism and enthusiasm for the task, in our case the vision of a 100 percent renewable energy supply, also helps in difficult moments. In the case of Solarnative with its founders Henk Oldenkamp and Julian Mattheis, I see many similarities. I watch the development of Solarnative with pleasure and goodwill because we have, among other things, a “green similarity “.