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Future PV Roundtable @ Intersolar EU 2019

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Subsidy free PV: Transforming the energy landscape

Thank you for joining us, alongside our initiative partner SolarEdge, in exploring one of the most exciting developments in the 2019 European solar market – subsidy-free PV!

New features together with our interactive Roundtable format, make our events participatory and engaging, providing the opportunity for high level discussion, and a deep dive into the critical technical and technological issues.

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Jenny Chase, Manager, Solar Insight Service at Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Jenny Chase is the manager of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s global Solar Insight Service. She joined BNEF mid-2005 and launched the Solar Insight Service in early 2006, and now runs the team from Bloomberg’s Zurich office. Jenny has conducted or overseen all the research of the Solar Insight Service over its five-year lifespan. This has included PV experience curve analysis, which enabled the team to make a definite prediction of an upcoming sudden 35-40% fall in crystalline silicon module prices, a year before it happened and while most analysts were expecting slow 5-10% per year price slides. The timing of the price decline in early 2009 was predicted by BNEF’s solar team with some accuracy in 2007, based on global supply and demand analysis.

Lior Handelsman, VP Marketing and Product Strategy, Founder, SolarEdge

Lior Handelsman founded SolarEdge in 2006 and currently serves as our Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy in which he is responsible for defining and steering SolarEdge’s strategic global marketing activities, media outreach, product roadmap and vision, corporate product strategy, as well global product management, and corporate business development. Prior to founding SolarEdge, Mr. Handelsman spent 11 years leading power electronics research and development teams and directing large-scale, multidisciplinary research and development projects. Mr. Handelsman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) and an MBA from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology.

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SolarPower Europe

The European solar energy association SolarPower Europe has appointed Walburga Hemetsberger as its new CEO. She has amassed an impressive knowledge of European energy policy, as well as an influential network, via her professional experience. Over the past 10 years, Hemetsberger has been both head of the EU Representation Office of Austrian energy company Verbund AG, and a board member of Hydrogen Europe in charge of Energy Transition Solutions. Previously, she was an advisor for financial and capital markets regulation for the German, and the European, Association of Public Banks (VÖB/EAPB), and a competition lawyer for law firm Haarmann Hemmelrath.

Benedikt Ortmann, Managing Director, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH

Benedikt Ortmann PhD dedicated the last 14 years of his career to photovoltaic projects all over the world. Before joining the team at BayWa r.e. he built the international project business for SOLON SE, Berlin, from scratch and turned it into a successful and highly profitable business division. His beginnings in the renewable business go back to 2003, when he became CFO at S.A.G. Solarstrom AG, Freiburg.

Alison Finch, VP Marketing Europe, SolarEdge

Alison Finch is currently Vice President of Marketing for SolarEdge in Europe. She is an innovative leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and has more than 30 years’ experience, specialising latterly in sales and marketing, primarily within energy and telecommunications industries, focused on digitalisation, smart technology, sustainability, renewables, and solar. She has been an enthusiastic ambassador for the solar industry since 2010, with past roles ranging from running her own solar installation business in the UK in 2012, to being Vice President of the SolarPower Europe’s non-executive Board in 2018. Alison is also an active champion of women in the solar industry, having set up an informal network in 2017, called Solar Wonders, which encourages women to network and do business directly with each other.

Simon Meijer, CEO, Founder, COOLBACK Company

Simon Meijer founded COOLBACK Company in 2011. At the start active in Low Concentration PV but later shifted completely toward Thermal Management, development, production and sales of Heat Loss reducing module application COOLBACK. In the 15 years before entering the Solar industry Simon started and scaled several businesses and worked as boardroom consultant and investment banker in The Netherlands. He studied Aeronautical Engineering and Business Administration at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.

Edmee Kelsey, Founder, 3megawatt

Edmée Kelsey brings a wealth of solar asset management expertise to her role as founder and CEO of 3megawatt. 3megawatt provides solar asset management software designed to support asset owners with managing their solar portfolio risks and asset managers with reducing their asset management costs. As former CFO of Main Street Power, she closed project financing for over 100 distributed solar PV projects and was responsible for the asset management of those solar assets. As a former VP at JP Morgan and managing director of a clean energy corporate finance advisory firm, she gained a deep understanding of the requirements of project finance providers and sponsors, funds and investors.

Paolo Tusa, Commercial Manager, DSM Advanced Solar

Paolo Tusa is in charge of the go-to-market strategy and commercial relationships in Europe regarding DSM’s Advanced Solar Anti Reflective Coating for Aftermarket and Endurance Backsheets. He has over 13 years of working experience, with nine years in the solar business, having worked across the value chain. Specifically, he has developed solar parks, undertaken due diligence for project acquisitions, worked in sales of PV modules, and introduced new technologies such as solar cell optimizers and a new DC/AC converter concept. Paolo graduated in Mechanical Engineering, has a Master’s in photovoltaic technology, and also has an executive MBA. He is passionate about innovative, high-tech products and services.

Cecilia L’Ecluse, Solar Analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Cecilia L’Ecluse is a solar analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She joined BNEF’s solar team early 2018, covering European PV markets and module bankability. Prior to joining Bloomberg, she worked for the adaptation team at the UNFCCC and studied a Master’s in Climate Change, Finance and Management at Imperial College.

Stefan Degener, Senior Director Business Development Europe, First Solar

Stefan Degener is the Managing Director of First Solar for Europe and Africa, and a Board member of SolarPower Europe. Degener has 20 Years professional experience in the energy and innovation sector. He is specialized in sustainable business, corporate structuring and mergers and acquisitions.

Ike Inkwan Hong, President, Kokam

Mr. Ike Hong joined Kokam in 2007, playing a key role in establishing the company as a system integrator and EPC contractor. In this role, Mr. Hong has led to the development of more than 237MW of energy storage systems space needed (ESS) around the world. He is responsible for the development of the company's first battery manage systems (BMS), high-performance battery modules, which utilize Kokam's advanced lithium-ion battery technology, system-level BMS, and integrated packages using customized containers for diverse and challenging ESS projects. During his time as a field and R&D engineer in ESS and battery industries, Mr. Hong successfully led more than 50 ESS projects and wrote 11 patents in the fields of (ESS) and (BMS) that enabled the business to expand into global energy markets. Mr. Hong holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Radu Roman , Product & Business Development Manager Europe, JinkoSolar

Radu worked in various Procurement roles in a large global IT company before moving into consulting in the Renewable Energy industry. He was responsible for taking various projects through their entire life cycle, from feasibility through brownfield, development, EPC, O&M (mainly solar and wind). He joined JinkoSolar in 2012 as Business Development Manager Europe, being responsible for markets development and strategy, new customer acquisitions and market intelligence. Starting 2018, he added commercial product management to his responsibilities.

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Identifying new benckmarks and innovative technologies defining PV’s future

As utility scale subsidy-free arrays in Europe’s south gain momentum, and the right to self-consume becomes secured across the EU, the role of the prosumer, intelligent battery storage, P2P energy, and distributed PV models such as VPPs are growing in importance.

The Future PV Roundtable will address a range of issues across this dynamic and fast-emerging sector including an examination of the key benchmarks required for subsidy-free utility scale arrays – and the technologies that will enable their rollout. Looking to the rooftop segment, how solar energy from distributed generation and storage systems can be monetized on energy markets is a growing concern, and optimizing self consumption becomes king: energy management, optimization and monitoring, vehicle-to-grid, frequency response and more.


12:00 - 12:05

Welcome and introductions

Alithea Joseph, Events and Special Projects Manager, pv magazine group and Jonathan Gifford, Editor in Chief Global, pv magazine group

12:05 - 12:10

NEW pv magazine Future PV Roundtable Industry SnapShot Poll

As valued PV community members have your say on the 4 Big Questions facing the industry - results to be shared and discussed at the end of the session

12:10 - 12:20

Setting the economic benchmarks for subsidy free PV success

Benedikt Ortmann, CEO, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH

12:20 - 12:40

PANEL DISCUSSION: What technologies are available to manufacturers to help meet the subsidy-free business model?

• Jenny Chase, Manager, Solar Insight Service at Bloomberg New Energy Finance

• Simon D. Meijer, CEO, COOLBACK

• Radu Roman, Product & Business Development Manager – Europe, JinkoSolar

• Paolo Tusa, Commercial Manager, DSM Advanced Solar

• Stefan Degener, Senior Director Business Development Europe, First Solar

12:40 - 12:50

Using functionality and digitalization to optimize self-consumption, and trade on the free market

Lior Handelsman, VP Marketing and Product Strategy, Founder, SolarEdge

12:50 - 13:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: Maximizing consumption onsite, and trading on the large and small scale

• Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SolarPower Europe
• Alison Finch, VP Marketing Europe, SolarEdge
• Edmee Kelsey, Founder, 3megawatt
• Cecilia L'Ecluse, Solar Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
• Ike Inkwan Hong, President, Kokam

13:10 - 13:25

NEW pv magazine Future PV Roundtable Industry SnapShot Poll Results

Results of the poll will be revealed, with lively discussion from the Roundtables around what was expected, as well as any surprises!

13:25 - 13:30

Closing remarks and invitation to the Poster Session

Jonathan Gifford, Editor in Chief Global, pv magazine group

13:30 - 14:30 and 17:00 - 18:00

POSTER SESSION Added-value technical and technological focus, including posters featuring

• PI Berlin reveals LID and LeTID tests results on 10 PERC modules and explains how to control this degradation effect….
• CEA explains how production quality varies even between factories of the same manufacturer, and how to deal with this challenge from customer side….
• Ache Engineering raise a newly discovered threat of mounting structure stability and offer a solution….

Program features

NEW: pv magazine Industry SnapShot Poll!

As valued PV community members, share your thoughts and insights on the 4 big questions facing the industry.  Results of the poll will be revealed at the end of the session, with lively discussion around what was expected as well as any surprises!

NEW: Extended Networking and Poster Sessions

13:30 – 14:30 with light lunch & 17:00 – 18:00 with beer and pretzels

Join us and your peers during our extended networking sessions, together with Quality Roundtable. Our onsite Poster Session provides a great opportunity for one-on-one networking together with an added-value technical and technological focus.

Benefits of our unique Roundtable format

  • facilitates networking to build lasting relationships
  • encourages open interaction and knowledge sharing with your peers
  • organically creates a pv community, bringing all the industry stakeholders together
  • provides an environment for sharing ideas, innovations, and best practice experience

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