Markus Sommerfeld

Markus Sommerfeld
PhD student
Mechanical engineering

Dipl.-Ing. (Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)

Office: EOW 229

Markus graduated in 2015 from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany and obtained a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Technology. After having some experience in the field of solar energy and horizontal axis wind turbines, he turned his interest towards airborne wind energy. In order to continue the research he started at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES), he joined IESVic and UVic in September 2015 to pursue his PhD degree in renewable energies.

Under the supervision of Dr. Curran Crawford and the support from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), Markus will work on some of the key challenges of Airborne Wind Energy. This technology has the potential to generate energy in remote locations with good wind conditions and provide sustainable, clean energy for communities with no grid connection, which currently mostly rely on costly diesel for power.

In his free time Markus enjoys jogging and other outdoor sports to clear his mind, as well as studying Japanese.