- Fraunhofer Chile has announced the appointment of Dr. Frank Dinter as its general manager
- He has replaced Dr. Pilar Pirada on the position with effect from October 18, 2021
- The institution will focus on topics related to solar energy and suitable technologies under Dinter
German research organization Fraunhofer has elevated the Director of the Center for Solar Energy Technologies (CSET) at Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation as General Manager of the institute. In his new role assumed since October 18, 2021, Dr Frank Dinter will replace Dr Pilar Pirada.
Created in 2010, Fraunhofer Chile was set up to “attract international Centers of Excellence with the purpose of incorporating science-based innovation to generate a productive transformation of the Chilean economy.”
A Ph.D in Engineering in Thermal Energy Storage Systems, Dinter will lead the work of the organization on issues related to solar energy and suitable technologies as Chile transitions to a clean energy system ‘as part of a new chapter’. The institute said Fraunhofer Chile will focus on applied research & development (R&D) in the field of solar technologies through CSET that has been operational now for 6 years.
“Our purpose is to focus with greater momentum and experience on the incorporation of solar energy into the Chilean industry,” said Dinter. “As well as the transition to a renewable and sustainable energy matrix, with the support of the entire network of Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany and in the world, which gives us a global vision for the development of solar R&D.”
By 2030, Chile aims for 40% of its electricity mix to come from renewables with a high potential for solar PV technology. Till August 2021, Chile’s operational renewable energy capacity exceeded 8 GW with 4.4 GW of solar energy (see Chile’s Operational RE Capacity Exceeds 8 GW).