This month we are happy to introduce to you Adam Szmodics, Chief Technical Officer for Solarpro Energy Hungary. Adam is one of the first people in the Hungarian Solarpro team and his work for the past few years has involved some major projects in Hungary in different phases – bidding, engineering, project management, as well as supporting O&M. These days his role is focused on finding solutions and managing onsite problems during construction and O&M activities. Learn more about him and his responsibilities below.
Tell us more about your role in Solarpro
I’m the CTO and Electrical Engineer of the Hungarian department. My role is mostly to find solutions and manage onsite problems during construction and O&M activities. I’m also taking part in designing works, implementing the drawings made by colleagues in Bulgaria to the Hungarian market, having technical discussions with clients, bidding, organising construction and O&M teams, commissioning, electrical works and many more tasks.
How does an average day on the job look like for you?
There is a lot of variety in my workdays, no two days are the same. Sometimes I’m in the office working on projects, other days I’m doing O&M work or checking the progress and issues on the construction sites. It is always interesting but sometimes tiring as well.
What’s the most important skill to bring to your position?
I think the most important skills are flexibility, problem solving and being open minded to learn and adapt new things. Accepting and learning from mistakes are also very important.
What are the typical challenges you face in your role?
The biggest challenges are the deadlines and the limited resources. It can be bidding, repair works or construction, the schedule is always very tight. For example in our biggest project so far in Hungary, Kaposvár, the energisation date by the DSO was very close to the end of the construction works. We had few days to make the measurements and reports, check the functionality of the power plant and prepare for commissioning. It was challenging, but at the end we switched on everything without any delay or failure.
Why did you choose solar energy? What motivates you to work within the renewable sector?
Actually, I think the solar energy sector chose me, I didn’t have specific desire to work in renewables after university. I worked in a high voltage laboratory, а nuclear power plant, а design company but at the end I settled here. Sometimes it feels great to help a little with my work to make solar power plants and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions and make the country more environmentally friendly.
What are your interests outside of work?
I don’t have a lot free time, but I like playing squash, piano and video games.
How and when did you start working in Solarpro?
I was familiar with Gusztáv Varga, the CEO of Solarpro Energy Hungary, from previously working together. He called me in 2018 and told me “Adam, do you want to work for Solarpro? We will build a lot of solar power plants in Hungary.” I wasn’t satisfied at my current workplace, so I said yes, why not. My first working day was on the construction site – I didn’t know a lot about construction and solar energy back then, but I enjoyed it and I’ve been working here ever since.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start a job in renewables?
It’s one of the most important sectors right now so there are a plenty of opportunities. Be open minded and you will find your role in saving the environment.