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Stephan Hartmann, Energy Manager, Porsche, Master’s in Energy Technologies


Stephan Hartmann, Energy Manager, Porsche

German

Master’s in Energy Technologies

KIT: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

About

MSc ENTECH graduate Stephan Hartmann has a strong drive to be part of a major energy technology change. Where cities, neighbourhoods or houses have little or no impact on the environment – especially energy-wise. His time at InnoEnergy Master’s School might be over, but his exciting career path is well under way!

Interview

MSc ENTECH graduate Stephan Hartmann has a strong drive to be part of a major energy technology change. Where cities, neighbourhoods or houses have little or no impact on the environment – especially energy-wise. His time at InnoEnergy Master’s School might be over, but his exciting career path is well under way!
I was looking for a Master degree that is technical, but also with business fundamentals. During different industrial experiences (internships) I noticed how important these skills are – and how I was lacking in them.

A friend gave me a flyer for the InnoEnergy Master’s School programme and it was perfect. It not only linked technology topics with business economics and entrepreneurship, but also is a topic I am passionate about – the field of energy.
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Why are you interested in sustainable energy?
As an engineer, you always tend to think in systems involving input and output. If I look at our world this way, I see a growing consumption of resources and their diminishing availability – this is not a balanced system. Sustainability is the only way to prevent its collapse!
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What is your best memory from InnoEnergy Master’s School?
Definitely the intercultural talks in our Summer and Winter Ateliers – bringing people from more than a dozen different countries together to collaborate – absolutely unique! These experiences truly teach us how to work in a multi-cultural environment successfully, which is really key in today’s global marketplace.
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How did you find the integration of business and entrepreneurship in the programme?
So many great examples, but one in particular that comes to mind was the lecture by Professor Terzidis at KIT. The way he and his guest speakers shared their business experience with stories and anecdotes was very inspiring. Besides the courses at university, the Summer and Winter Ateliers gave us the opportunity to not only to learn about entrepreneurship, but also to work and interact with start-up owners. To hear about their obstacles is very helpful.
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What would, in your opinion, be the main benefit of doing an InnoEnergy Master’s Programme?
I would say the development you go through personally. Being surrounded by people of various cultures, spending very intense times together as a group and then living in two different cities – all this has a huge and positive impact on you. Also, there is a great Alumni network. I am still in contact with a lot of InnoEnergy colleagues and friends. These connections are so important.
How did your programme help to prepare you for what you’re doing today?
The programme’s mix between energy technology and business is incessantly important in the energy department of an industrial company with production sites. The implementation of sustainable or energy efficient solutions always depends on their economic feasibility – so technical knowledge is not enough.
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At the company that you are currently working at – what challenges do you face in the coming years?
Probably the most exciting project of Porsche AG will be the introduction of a new electric sports car in about two years. The challenge is not only the development of the car itself, but also the development of the infrastructure to (quickly) charge its battery. The latter includes a lot of stakeholders (including the electric power supply companies, the grid operators and the governments), which bring a lot of interests and uncertainty factors into the undertaking. Nevertheless, I am optimistic that in the near future we will see way more E-cars (not only from my company) on our streets. It’s an exciting time!
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