Timo Leukefeld - Born in Annaberg-Buchholz in 1969, this specialist on the subject of (energy-efficient) Future Lifestyles - "Wohnen der Zukunft" - has been actively engaged in the sector of energy, particular solar energy since the early nineties.
Granted the title of Honorary Professor at the Professional Academy of Saxony, State Study Academy Glauchau, University of Cooperative Education, he has been lecturing there since 2011, thus holding the first professorship for Solar Energy Generation in the eastern states of Germany.
He acts as an intermediary between research, development and the tradespeople carrying out the work and this is consistent with his understanding of the concept of cooperatively providing a new direction for energy policies.
In the same year he founded the energy consultancy business "Timo Leukefeld - Energy connects" and advises politicians, businesses, local communities and building contractors on matters of shaping the future with a view to energy and resources.
Teaching and Consulting
Leukefeld has been fulfilling various teaching assignments since as early as 2001: first at his alma mater, the TU (Technical University) Bergakademie Freiberg and the Chemnitz Chamber of Trades and Crafts, since 2007 at the Glauchau Professional Academy and also at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences.
As Head of a project group of the home building company HELMA Eigenheimbau AG, he put to use his theoretical as well as practical engineering expertise by taking on the responsibility for designing "Das energieautarkeHaus" (the energy selfsufficient home) which achieved market-readiness in 2011 as Europe’s first affordable and truly energy self-sufficient home.
From 2008 until 2011 Leukefeld was a member of the Saxony Innovations Advisory Committee of the Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour and of the Saxon State Ministry for Science and Culture. The Saxon Landtag’s Enquete Commission "Strategien für eine zukunftsorientierte Technologie- und Innovationspolitik im Freistaat Sachsen" (Strategies for a future-oriented technology and innovation policy in the Free State of Saxony) and the Management of the Sonnenhaus Institute appointed him as a member in 2010.
Studies and Training
From 1986 to 1989 he completed his training as a maintenance technician. He achieved the master’s degree in engineering in 1996 after concluding his studies in energetics at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg including integrated study courses in Switzerland, Spain and Indonesia. He complemented this degree by earning the title of authorized solar energy specialist after his training at the Solarschule Berlin. From 1997 until 2000 he was in charge of the solar collector testing equipment as a scientific associate at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg with Professor Gerd Walter and researched an innovative solar sea water desalination system for Israel.