Peter Adelmann teaches in the field of Photovoltaic Technology especially with regard to off-grid solutions at the University of Applied Sciences Ulm, a town in Baden-Württemberg (Germany).
Already at an early stage of his professional life, he started to concentrate on the economic and technical issues of rural electrifi-cation in less developed areas. During his career, he founded two medium solar enterprises, which he led as managing director respectively as CEO for many years. Constitutively, he supervised various projects either as consultant or as project leader in Sub-Sahara, in Asia and in Latin-America.
Based on the experience with about 250 projects, he derived special design principles how to run solar projects efficiently and how to lead them to a sustainable result. These principles can be summarized as 3E "Education, Entrepreneurship, Electrification". The successful implementation of this approach met the interest of the UN, who appointed him as lead consultant for their program "Minimum electrification Access" (Min-E Access) in February 2012. Key objective of this mission is to upscale the 3E-approach to various countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America.
Based on the appointment by the UN, a lot of stakeholders contacted Peter Adelmann and declared their interest to join or start new projects of the described stile. In consequence, he initiated the foundation of the institute id-eee as an organizational platform to coordinate an increasing number of "solar entrepreneurship" projects.
In June 2012 the 3E principles and the corresponding projects where presented by Prof. Adelmann at the Rio+20 Conference and met the interest of a broad audience.