In his current post at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Philippe Schild contributes to the formulation of policies and strategies for renewable energy and to the European Research Area in this field. He works on the development of research policy, provides input to wider EU policy issues in demand of scientific response and coordinates the development of work-programmes. In his earlier assignments at the European Commission he was responsible for project management and monitoring in the areas of concentrated solar power (CSP), ocean energy, bioenergy and photovoltaics. Currently, he is following technology emergence in the area of renewable technologies and co-leading the Mission Innovation Challenge ‘Converting sunlight to fuels’.
Before joining the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, he worked as scientist/engineer in the Lower Hybrid Current Drive system team of the Joint European Torus (JET), the European project working on the development of fusion technologies.