Inter­view

WAVELABS

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 “.

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