Stefan Krauter

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Prof. Stefan Krauter (2015)

Stefan Krauter (born 1963 in Göppingen, Germany) is Professor and Entrepreneur in the area of Renewable Energies. His activities in research, teaching and business are directed to establish a global sustainable energy supply. He specialized in the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity - photovoltaics. He initiated and organized in Rio de Janeiro several congresses (RIO 02/3/5/6/9/12/15 - World Climate & Energy Events) and the Latin America Renewable Energy Fair (LAREF), to sustain the vision of the UNCED Earth Summit of Rio 1992 in that area.


From 1982 until 1988 Krauter studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Technology Munich (TUM). During 1989 until 1994 he served as scientific assistant at University of Technology Berlin (TUB) at the Institute for Electrical Engineering. In 1993 he terminated his Ph.D. thesis about the optical, thermal and electrical operation model for photovoltaic modules at TUB with Prof. Rolf Hanitsch. In the beginning of 1994 he performed post-doc studies at Prof. Martin Green at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. In 1996 he co-found Solon AG, the first cooperation for solar technology in Germany that went public (in 1997). Solon AG is listed since 2006 in the TecDAX at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange via ISIN DE0007471195.

In 1998 he achieved habilitation from University of Technology Berlin with a thesis about the energy and CO2 balance of photovoltaic power stations. From 1998 until 2005 he held the position of a visiting professor for Alternative Energies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ-COPPE-EE) and at the State University of Ceará (UECE) in Brazil. In 1999 he found in Rio de Janeiro Riosolar Ltd, a company for planning, installation and operation of photovoltaic energy supply systems. During the years 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015 he chaired and organized RIO - World Climate & Energy Events (climate protection via sustainable energies) and the Latin America Renewable Energy Fair (LAREF). Since 2005 he is associate professor for Photovoltaic Energy Systems at Technischen Universität Berlin. In 2006 he found together with Paul Grunow, Sven Lehmann, and Jürgen Arp the Photovoltaic Institute Berlin AG (PI-Berlin AG). From 2008 until 2010 he has been full professor for Photovoltaic Energy Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Biberach. Since 2010 he is full professor and director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Concepts at University of Paderborn.


  • 1996: Berlin Solar Award[1]
  • 2006: Green Prize of the Americas[2]
  • 2015: Best Poster Award by IEEE PV-Specialists Conference [3]


  • S. Krauter and R. Hanitsch: The Influence of the Capsulation on the Efficiency of PV-Modules. Proceedings of the 1st World Renewable Energy Congress, Reading (UK), 23–28 September 1990, Vol. 1, p. 141–144.
  • S. Krauter: Betriebsmodell der optischen, thermischen und elektrischen Parameter von PV-Modulen. ISBN 3-929937-41-7, Köster: Berlin, 1993.
  • S. Krauter and R. Hanitsch: Actual Optical and Thermal Performance of PV Modules. In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 41/42 (1996) p. 557–574.
  • S. Krauter and R. Stephan: Establishing PV-Education in Rio de Janeiro. In: International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, Vol. 35, Issue 2 (1998). p. 139–146 .
  • S. Krauter: Energetische Bilanzierung von Photovoltaik-Kraftwerken unter Berücksichtigung der Reduktion des anthropogenen CO2-Ausstoßes. ISBN 3-18-339206-2, Fortschritts-Berichte Reihe 6 Energietechnik No. 392, VDI-Press: Düsseldorf, Germany, 1998.
  • S. Krauter, G. Araújo, S. Schroer, M. Salhi, R. Lemoine, C. Triebel and R. Hanitsch: Combined PV and Solar Thermal Systems for Facade Integration and Building Insulation. In: Solar Energy, Vol. 67, Issue 4–6 (1999), p. 239–248.
  • S. Krauter, L. P. Rosa and P. T. Landsberg: Proceedings of RIO 02 – World Climate & Energy Event, Eds.: S. Krauter and L. P. Rosa, (book & CD) Imprinta Press, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), ISBN 85-902710-1-3, 366 pages, January 2002.
  • S. Krauter and R. Rüther: Considerations for the Calculation of Greenhouse Gas Reduction by Photovoltaic Solar Energy. In: Renewable Energy Vol. 29, Issue 3 (March 2004), p. 345–355.
  • S. Krauter and F. Ochs: Integrated Solar Home System. In: Renewable Energy Vol. 29, Issue 2 (February 2004), p. 153–164.
  • S. Krauter: Development of an integrated solar home system. In: Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 82 (2004) p. 119–130.
  • S. Krauter: Increased electrical yield via water flow over the front of photovoltaic panels. In: Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 82 (2004) p. 131–137.
  • S. Krauter and T. Depping: Remote PV-system monitored via satellite. In: Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 82 (2004) p. 139–150.
  • S. Krauter and J. Kissel: Renewable Energy in Latin America, In: Renewable Energy World, James & James, London (UK), July–August 2004, p. 260–267.
  • S. Krauter and J. Kissel: RE in Latin America – Actual State and Potential of Renewable Energies in the Region. In: RE-focus, Elsevier, January/February 2005, p. 20–26.
  • K. Knecht and S. Krauter: First Steps towards a People’s University. In: D+C, Vol. 32, 5/2005, pp. 210–211.
  • J. Kissel and S. Krauter: Adaptations of Renewable Energy Policies to unstable macroeconomic situations – Case study: Wind power in Brazil. In: Energy Policy, Vol. 34, No. 16, December 2006, p. 3591–3598.
  • S. Krauter: Solar Electric Power Generation. 1. Ed., ISBN 978-3-540-31345-8, Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 2006.
  • S. Krauter: Integration Erneuerbarer Energien: Herausforderungen und Maßnahmen im Erzeugungssektor und Lastmanagement. In: uwf Umwelt Wirtschafts Forum, ISSN 0943-3481, Vol 22, Number 1, 2014, pp. 37-44.


External links[edit]

  • Official website RIO 15 - International Climate & Energy Event
  • Official website University of Paderborn, News at Department Electrical Energy Technologies - Sustainable Energy Concepts
  • Official website Photovoltaik Institut Berlin (PI-Berlin) AG