Prof. Dr. Eduard Heindl
The hydraulic rock storage idea was conceived by
Professor Dr. rer. nat. Eduard Heindl, scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur.
After studying engineering (Dipl. Ing. FH) and physics (Dipl. Phys.), Prof. Heindl was a faculty member in the Physics Department at the University in Tübingen, concentrating on electron holography and neural networks.
In the summer of 1995, together with Andreas Benez, he founded Tübingen's first Internet company. In 1997 he started the SolarServer Internet platform with the vision that both Internet use and solar energy would grow exponentially, and therefore be successful. Both of these goals have been realized. On average, there are 10,000 visitors per day to the SolarServer site.
After professional positions at Integrata AG and the former Emprise AG, Eduard Heindl started a successful independent engineering company. This has become the current Heindl Internet AG, of which he is a member of the Supervisory Board. During a professorship at the Nürtingen-Geislingen University of Applied Science in 2001-2003 he returned to academia, and since 2003 has been a professor for e-business at the Furtwangen University. He is the author of several books foremost of which is his definitive work "The Webmaster", for which he is known to many people interested in the Internet.
Creativity has always been his passion. In 2007 he was awarded the Wolfgang Heilmann Prize for his longstanding work regarding questions for structuring humane IT. He also developed the first Tsunami Alarm System, for which his A3M company, founded for this system, was awarded the ICT Prize of the European Union in 2007 for the best IT innovation.
Recently he has been increasingly occupied with issues involved with energy. He conceived of the hydraulic rock storage in 2010 in response to the realization that security of energy supply with a large share of renewable generation is not feasible without large storage capacities, which are so far lacking. In 2011 his concept was awarded the QUERDENKER-Award in Munich.
Eduard Heindl and his family reside on a farm in Furtwangen in the Black Forest, Germany.