TST-C - Thomas Schmidt Consultants


Thomas Werner Schmidt, CEO Management Operations & Production


Basis: Technical training at Siemens

Professional History: Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (Fraunhofer Institut für Neue Technologien), Berlin; 1985-1996 technical manager at Ultra Tube GmbH in Berlin; 1996-2001 Sales and Marketing manager at Dräger Tescom GmbH; 2001-2003 General Manager at the German subsidiary of the American company Kinetics; 2003 Q-Cells AG in Thalheim; April 2004 Change to the Board of Directors of Q-Cells AG (responsible for production, QM, safety and technical services); under his management, Q-Cells build a capacity of over 600 MWp; 2007 to 2008 operative organisation for the CSG AG (an early wafer-technology holding of Q-Cells SE)

Recently: Thomas Schmidt has been working as an indenpendent consultant Since May 2008; December 2008: founding of the consulting company TST-C (specializing in cell-production companies); founder, CEO, shareholder of TST-C; June 2013: refounding Thomas Schmidt Consultants.

Ingo Neulist, Project and Technology Manager

Ingo Neulist

Basis: Engineer in microsystem techology with a background in construction

Professional History: Ingo Neulist has been working in the photovoltaics industry since 2006; at Q-Cells, responsible for the development and improvement of facilities and processes for wafer and solar cell production (project engineer in planning and erection of factories and their ramp-up); at Q-Cells he was lastly department head of engineering, responsible for processes and wafer factory facilities.

Recently: At TST-C, technological consulting; since July 2013, Ingo Neulist has been with Thomas Schmidt Consultants, working as an expert in planning and building of new production lines.

Dr. Yakov Safir, Project and Technology Manager


Basis: Semiconductor Research Area at the Danish Technical University

Professional History: In 1989, Dr. Yakov Safir worked on the first Scandinavian solar-cell production line with his companz RACell in Denmark (building the line with his own patented technology high-efficiency bi-facial cells in bypass diodes); for years the main supplier among Danish semi-conductor manufacturers and universities; large international projects projects for BP-Solar, Vattenfall, Grundfos, Danfoss.

Recently: Member of PVExperts; runs a partner firm at RACell in Copenhagen, DK; head of research projects in the areas of silicon, crystallisation and solar cells; since July 2013, he has been working for Thomas Schmidt Consultants as external technological consultant, specifically in energy conversion efficiency optimisation projects.