Joachim Maass (CEO)
Joachim earned two engineering degrees: Electrical engineering / data science and telecommunications, from the Universities of Hamburg / Germany and Portsmouth / UK as well as business studies / corporate MBA, from the Universities of Hagen / Germany and DUKE University in NC / USA.
After having worked in the telemetric field for Heusch-Boesefeld he joined Siemens AG as software development engineer and gained fast promotion to positions as Product Manager Inovative Products and as entrepreneur of an internal venture. When Siemens Venture Capital GmbH (SVC) was founded in 1999 he was asked to take over the business unit Internal Ventures where he and his team managed and financed several technology spin offs in the USA and in Germany.
He left SVC for a pan-European incubator, where he managed several business units on a European scale followed by his own consulting business based in the high tech industry for marketing and financing. In 2009 he co-founded Solar Tower Systems and is the company’s CEO.
Dr. Philipp Schramek (CTO)
Philipp graduated with a master degree in Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany and earned a Ph.D. of Engineering and MBA from the Technical University Munich, Germany.
For more than 12 years he has been working in the field of Concentrating Solar Power technologies, especially on heliostat field designs for Solar Towers. He co-operated for many years with the Solar Group at the University of Sydney and with the Australian Solar Heat & Power company. He designed the heliostat field for the Australian CSIRO and was for two years Research Director, Optics of the US-based Ausra, Inc. which he left early 2009 to return to Europe. Philipp was responsible for the design of heliostat fields of three of the handful of solar tower projects realized worldwide over the last 5 years. The latest heliostat field he designed is the 18,000m2 heliostat field for the Solar Tower in Jülich, Germany.
Philipp's innovative and pragmatic thinking is documented in several scientific publications, patents and is visible in the three realized heliostat fields. He has gained international recognition from the solar community for his original approach to the design of solar tower systems and their heliostat fields. Philipp is responsible for Product Development and Consulting Services and is the company's CTO.
Santanu Sarkar (Director Solar Tower India Pvt Ltd.)
Mr Santanu Sarkar is an MBA (Finance) from University of Calcutta, India and BE (Electrical) from Jadavpur University, India and has 23 years of qualitative experience in Energy and Power Generation in the field of EPC of Power Project. He has vast experience of Design Engineering, Contract Commercial and Project Finance, Statutory clearances and activities for setting up of Power Projects from Concept to commissioning.
Santanu had served M/s Sunborne Energy as Senior Vice President, for heading the CSP division. He worked extensively in activities of Business Development, Solar Policy Framing, Design Engineering, Statutory Clearances, Project Development, Project Finance and Supply Chain Management. He had driven the cost optimization, Technology Collaboration and Indigenization Solar activities, to achieve stringent Targets of Indian CSP projects. He was involved with Solar R&D projects by Government of India.
He also served leading EPC and Power Project Developer companies of India. He headed EPC team of M/s Indiabulls Power Limited as Vice President (EPC) and previously worked for M/s Reliance Energy, M/s CESC Limited to build projects of 5000 MW power in totality. He is an Auditor and Technical Expert of Power Plant Process of TUV-SUD, Germany for conducting ISO audits.
He is Director of Solar Tower India Pvt Limited