Joachim Koschikowski studied mechanical engineering at University Duisburg with focus on construction and renewable energies.
He is working with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE since 1996. Fraunhofer ISE is with currently about 1100 employees the larges solar research centre in Europe. Scope of his work was material research, solar thermal collector and system design as well as the development and construction of test facilities for the characterization of solar thermal collectors and components.
Since 1999 he is working in the field of solar desalination with focus on development, design and simulation of membrane distillation (MD) processes and systems. This was also the subject of his PhD thesis. He is involved in several national and international research projects on solar driven desalination and is coordinator of EU FP7 and H2020 projects. Since 2014 he is head of the R&D group “Water Treatment and Separation”. Scope of the group is the development, construction and testing of solar thermally and PV driven desalination technologies as well as the development of technologies for industrial waste water treatment.