Olivier Drücke: New ESTIF President

ESTIF president Olivier DrueckeOlivier Drücke has been working in the solar thermal sector since 1990 and is head of sales and marketing at the KBB Kollektorbau GmbH, a Berlin-based collector manufacturer, since September 2005. Photo: ESTIF

Olivier Drücke was elected as new president of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) at its General Assembly in Athens at the beginning of December. Drücke is the head of sales and marketing at the KBB Kollektorbau GmbH, a Berlin-based collector manufacturer, since September 2005. “His vast industry experience and extensive international contact network will be very useful in his new role as ESTIF president”, states the ESTIF press release. Drücke was marketing manager of the German campaign "Solar – na klar!" between 1996 and 2000. Afterwards he contributed to several European projects and worked as a freelance consultant for different solar associations, manufacturers and international institutions.

Three other people were newly elected to serve on the ESTIF board of directors: Alexander Eichwalder of Austria’s collector manufacturer Greenonetec, Helle Meinertz of the Danish Holding Solarcap and Raffaele Piria, former General Secretary of ESTIF and today's director of international business development at the Berlin-based consulting and service company Solarpraxis AG.

A key priority for the new board of directors will be to assist member associations in the national implementation of the forthcoming Renewable Energy Directive. This piece of legislation is expected to have a strong positive impact on the solar thermal market in the coming years. “The Directive contains much of what ESTIF has promoted for years”, says ESTIF president Drücke. "We must work hard to obtain good results from it throughout the 27 EU member states. We will especially try to strengthen solar thermal actors, where national associations do not yet exist.”

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation represents manufacturers, service providers and national solar associations. With more than 100 members from 19 countries, ESTIF represents more than 95% of the European market for solar thermal products.

Further information: www.estif.org

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