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Jürgen Schmid

Jürgen Schmid

 United States
Timezone: America/Chicago

Jürgen A. Schmid is the founder and CEO of AquaSoli, LLC. As a highly experienced professional geotechnical and civil engineer, Juergen has completed geotechnical engineering for approximately one billion dollars of installed solar in the US and Canada alone.

Headquartered in Germany, with offices in Boston, San Francisco, Amman and Tokyo, AquaSoli has worked on almost 10% of the worlds total installed ground mount solar capacity since 2003. AquaSoli’s solar-specific geotechnical engineering, foundation design, risk assessment and failure remediation supports 10 gigawatts, $12.5 billion of solar investment worldwide.

Along with managing projects worldwide, Jürgen is developing enhanced European standards for load test based solar foundation design and acceptance testing. In the UK Juergen is personally providing the geotechnical engineering and conducting site assessments to help developers meet the March 2015 deadline for ROCK-feed in tariffs. For 2014 Jürgen made a special commitment to bringing solar to the MENA-region and Subsahara Africa.

Jürgen holds a Degree in Civil Engineering (Technical University Munich) and a Professorship at the Flying Faculty of the German Jordanian University in Amman.
In addition he held a five-year-term Associate Professorship in Ground Engineering and Soil Mechanics at the University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich.

Jürgen provided expert geotechnical consultation for flood protection of highways, bridges, hospital infrastructure and transportation systems for the City and region of Rosenheim Germany. As manager of the Bay Forrest task force, a cooperative of Bavarian research institutions, Jürgen championed municipal water supply protection in conjunction with landfill closure and beneficial solar reuse. As a cost control consultant and project manager Jürgen provided geotechnical engineering for structures, tunnels, highways, bridges, rail and municipal infrastructure.

Jürgen regularly presents at trade shows, recently offering a paper on landfill solar at SPI. He has published numerous papers on landfill closure design, foundation design for renewable energy plants and drafted articles for the establishment of European standards for landfill solar deployment and solar foundation design.

Date & Time (EDT) Title Role
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
11:00am - 12:00pm
Solar-Specific Geotech and Foundation Design Presenter


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