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Michael Götz

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Michael Goertz

(In English:)

  • Ph.D. in technical sciences (photovoltaïcs)
  • Project leader at the Institute of Microtechnology of the University of Neuchâtel
  • 15 scientific publications as first author (29 as co-author)
  • Director of the Centre Neuchâtelois de cuisine solaire for 10 years
  • Mandates for the photovoltaïcs industry (including projects for ESA)
  • Three research projects for the Swiss energy department
  • Manufacturing of hundreds of solar cookers
  • R&D in easily transportable solar cookers for travellers
  • Participant (and then head) of the 'crêperie solaire' during 11 summer seasons
  • Professor for the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel and for the 'Universités populaires' of Neuchâtel and Fribourg
  • Ex-webmaster of
  • Personal consulting service for NGOs and development project leaders
  • Participation in development projects in Indonesia, Brazil, Mauritania; visiting of projects in Mali, India, Togo
  • Since 2008: Director of ExSol - expertise en cuisine solaire

(En Français:)

  • Doctorat es sciences techniques (photovoltaïque)
  • Chef de projet à Institut de Microtechnique de l'Université de Neuchâtel
  • 15 publications scientifiques en tant qu'auteur principal (29 en tant que co-auteur)
  • Mandats pour l'industrie photovoltaïque (dont projets de l'ESA)
  • Directeur du Centre Neuchatelois de cuisine solaire durant 10 ans
  • Trois projets de recherche pour l'Office Fédéral de l'énergie
  • Fabrication de quelques centaines de fours solaires
  • Développement de cuiseurs solaires transportables
  • Collaborateur (puis gérant) de la 'crêperie solaire' durant 11 saisons d'été
  • Enseignant pour l'Institut tropical Suisse de Bâle et les Universités populaires de Neuchâtel et Fribourg
  • Ancien Webmaster du site
  • Service de conseils personnalisés pour des porteurs de projets dans les pays du Sud
  • Participation à des projets de développement en Indonésie, Brésil, Mauritanie; visites de projets au Mali, en Inde, au Togo
  • Depuis 2008: Directeur d'ExSol, expertise en cuisine solaire

News and recent developments

Switzerland creperie

A traveling solar crêperie nourishes festival-goers while raising awareness about solar cooking

  • July 2009: Ulrich Oehler's pioneering work in the 1980s inspired a wave of Swiss solar cooking promoters. For many years, Oehler’s house in Basel even served as the country’s main solar cooker information center, maintained by the ULOG group. From 1997 to 2007, the Centre Neuchâtelois de Cuisine Solaire (CNCS) in the small town of Neuchâtel served as the country’s information hub. Visitors could see a variety of solar cooker models or ask questions of the centre’s leader, Michael Götz. In addition to this resource, ULOG group and GloboSol maintain a travelling solar crêperie in which they prepare solar pancakes for music festivals and ecology fairs throughout Switzerland. 2008 was a year of changes and new opportunities. The information center moved to a prominent location in the international city of Geneva. Götz is thrilled with the location. “Finally we have a room with a shop-window, only a few steps from Geneva’s train station!” Alain Cassani, Annick Steiner, and Yves Ronchetti of the association SOLEMYO manage the shop and information center, conduct solar cooker construction trainings, and schedule solar crêperie events, while Götz, operating as ExSol, works on consulting, education, technical development, and other projects.


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