Floating Solar: Status, Trends and How to Grow the Community
Floating Solar is on the best way to become the 3rd pillar of the PV industry, after ground-mounted and rooftop installations. The global installed capacity has surpassed 3 GWp in 2021. The keynote will summarise the current status and show upcoming trends in Floating PV. It will also address the need for greater exchange of information, experiences, and data. For that, the keynote will act as the preliminary launch of the “International Floating Solar Society” (IFS2).
Thomas REINDL is Deputy CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and
Principal Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
He started with photovoltaics (PV) in 1992 at the SIEMENS Corporate R&D Labs. After holding several
management positions at SIEMENS and running one of the leading German PV systems integration
companies as Chief Operating Officer, he joined SERIS in 2010 and soon became Director of the Solar
Energy System cluster. During his time at SERIS, he won public research grants in excess of SGD 20
million founded 2 spin-off companies, and authored strategic scientific papers such as the "PV Roadmap
Dr. Reindl holds a Master in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences, and an MBA from INSEAD, all awarded with the highest honors. His research interests are high-performance PV and embedded systems, techno-economic road-mapping and the reliable integration of renewable energies into power systems. He is also the Principal Investigator of the “Floating PV testbed” project in Singapore.