World Council on Renewable Energy (WCRE)
Wolfgang Palz holds a PhD in physics (Dr.rer.nat.) from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1965. In 1965-70, he was a Professor of semiconductor physics in Nancy, France. In 1970-76, he was in charge of power systems development at the French National Space Agency (CNES) in Paris. In 1973 he was co-organiser of the UNESCO Congress "The Sun in the Service of Mankind" in Paris. In 1976-78 UNESCO published his book, "Solar Electricity," in seven languages.
From 1977-2002, Palz was an official of the EU Commission in Brussels, the executive body of the European Union. From 1977-1997, he managed the Commission's Development Program for Renewable Energies; the work included policy development and contracting to European industry and academia, and management of the Commission's budget (almost $1 billion over that period). The R&D Program comprised the sectors of Solar Architecture, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Biomass, and Ocean Energy.
In 1997, Palz became an EU Commission Counsel for Renewable Energy Deployment in Africa and, also advised the EU Commissioner for Energy on the EU white paper on renewable energy, issued in 1997.
From 2000 to 2002, Palz was Member of an Energy Committee ('Enquête Commission') of the German Parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin, and worked to establish an energy strategy for Germany on the time horizon of 2050. In 2005-2010, Palz was a consultant of the EU Commission for PV Programs in Latin America.
In 2010, he has been editing the book, "Power for the World: The Emergence of Electricity from the Sun," published by Pan Stanford in Singapore.
Palz is a bearer of an Order of Merit of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz), has been recognised as a wind energy pioneer in Britain, and received the European Prizes for Biomass, Wind Energy and Solar Photovoltaics.