Harald Scholz is a Senior Scientist in the Sustainable Transport Unit at the Joint Research Centre, a Directorate General of the European Commission.
Since 2011 he has coordinated the development of the JRC electro-mobility laboratories at Ispra, Northern Italy, and is a member of the Electro-mobility Coordination Group of CEN/CENELEC. He leads the JRC institutional Workprogramme Project "Interoperability of Smart Grids, Electric Vehicles and Smart Homes". With strong links to JRC’s transatlantic collaboration-partner, the Argonne National Lab, he started pre-normative testing of electric vehicles, their charging infrastructure and their embedding into smart electric grids.
Harald, member of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, studied Nuclear Engineering and received his Ph.D. from University of Karlsruhe, Germany, for material science work in nuclear fusion. He joined the EC's DG Research in 1997 and managed projects on alternative fuel vehicles and clean energy technologies in Framework Programme 4 and 5, becoming responsible of PR of the Energy and Environment Programmes in FP 5 later. In order to move to Italy, he changed to DG JRC in 2001, where he worked in Photovoltaics and Environment Research Management and PR, before building up the electro-mobility labs.