Three years later, he joined the Institute for Solar Energy Technology (ISET) in Kassel, which conducts applied research in the areas of renewable energies, efficient use of energy and energy systems technology. At ISET, he was both Professor for Efficient Energy Conversion at the University of Kassel, and a member of the executive board, later becoming the board’s chairman. In 2009, ISET merged with the Fraunhofer Center for Wind Energy and Maritime Engineering CWMT to form the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES. He became Director of Fraunhofer IWES, a post he still holds today.
Beyond his work at IWES, Professor Schmid is a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). He was the founding President of the European Academy for Wind Energy and has been the chairman of several renowned international conferences, including the 2nd World Conference and Exhibition on Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion in Vienna and the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition in Copenhagen.