It was with deepest regret that Robert Kanduth, Managing Director of Greenonetec, had to announce the death of Dr Alexander Eichwalder (45). The Sales and Marketing Manager of the Austrian collector manufacturer had died in an accident in his private home on 31 August 2013. The management team, as well as all the employees of Greenonetec “are deeply saddened both at the business and personal level,” Kanduth wrote in a letter sent out to clients and partners on 2 September 2013.
Over the last seven years, Alexander Eichwalder had contributed greatly to the positive development of the largest flat plate collector manufacturer in Europe. “Alexander Eichwalder was a very smart and strategically clever person who played a key role in the management of Greenonetec over the last years,” Kanduth said. Although he had previously worked in an entirely different sector, Eichwalder soon developed a fascination for solar thermal technology and acquired a deep technical knowledge of the subject matter.
His name is closely linked to the development of the frameless “iPhone” collector SKR, which was launched in July 2010. It was Eichwalder who concluded the contracts with Millennium Energy Industries, Jordan, to supply 3,630 large-scale collectors for installation on the roof of the Nora Bint Abdulrahman University for Women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2010. The system made headlines as the then largest solar thermal installation worldwide.
Eichwalder’s outstanding personality impressed colleagues and partners alike, even outside his field of expertise at Greenonetec. “Eichwalder was a very constructive and active board member of European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) between 2008 and 2012,” ESTIF’s President, Robert Welling, recalls. “ESTIF and the entire solar thermal industry have lost an important supporter and a fine upstanding man.”
The Sales and Marketing Manager also represented Greenonetec in the Austrian Senat der Wirtschaft (Austrian Economic Forum). It was just three months ago, in June 2014, that he received the forum’s membership certification from the hands of former Austrian Vice-Chancellor Dr Erhard Busek.
On many accounts, Alexander Eichwalder will leave a big gap in the solar thermal industry. With this tragic death, we have lost a great ambassador for heating and cooling with the sun.