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Roundtables Europe 2023

Europe ’23

December 5 & 6

Our virtual RTEU returned with an exciting program and in-depth content sessions about the European solar and storage industry.

Below, you can find out more about the Roundtables sessions, expert speakers, moderators, and event partners. Looking for the presentations? See below!

Roundtable Sessions

Throughout ten program sessions, we welcomed over 50 experts to discuss the future of the dynamic European solar and storage landscape.

Day 1

Opening Session | The Future of the European solar and storage market
Dec 5, 9:30 am CET, Berlin
The global storage and solar market is rapidly evolving, and Europe has its own intrigue. In this session, we will overview the relevant topics and guide you through our roundtables. Nextracker will provide a firsthand look at their projects and offer practical and actionable insights into the industry.

Opening_Presentation_Jonathan Gifford, pv magazine

Session 1 | Quality under pressure – Handling harsh environments 
Dec 5, 10 am CET, Berlin
As solar expands its reach across wilder, windier, and wetter environments, robust and durable components are paramount. Modules, structures, floats, inverters, and balance-of-system (BOS) components must withstand the harsh conditions of these environments for many years to come. With land becoming increasingly scarce, it is crucial to explore all possible locations for solar installations, including inland waterways to open oceans for floating PV and designs that can survive snow, hail, and the 1-in-100-year events that are becoming more common. Can solar ride high over wind and waters, and how do innovations in harsh environments help the wider industry?

Session 1_Presentation_Joe Guo, Yingli Solar

Session 1_Presentation_Peijun Shen, Longi

Session 2 | Quality of TopCon
Dec 5, 11:15 am CET, Berlin
When new module technologies emerge into the mainstream, questions always arise, such as: How stable are they in the long run? How do we test them? In most cases, reliability issues are resolved early on. However, the industry needs to know what to check for and how to assess the risk to protect their investments and the long-term value of the assets. As TOPCon enters the mainstream, specific degradation pathways are becoming better known, along with various solutions to pre-empt excess losses or problems.

Session 2_Presentation_Johanna Bonilla, Jinko Solar

Session 3 | Next generation cell and module tech
Dec 5, 12:15 pm CET, Berlin
What does life-after-PERC look like? High-efficiency n-type technologies have surged into the mainstream with TOPCon clearly the front runner. But HJT and xBC technologies are also being advanced and bringing unique value to the market. In the current oversupply market, how will high-efficiency technologies compete, and what is the pathway for future cost reductions? Furthermore, can these next-generation technologies overcome material supply challenges?

Session 3_Presentation_Jason Xia, Tongwei

Session 4 | Low-carbon solar evolution
Dec 5, 2 pm CET, Berlin
The PV industry claims to be particularly sustainable. Sustainability reports are used as proof of improvements and achievements. But what do they reveal, and which categories are important? The carbon footprint of a module is becoming key, with manufacturers advertising low-CO2 products and politicians considering promoting virtuous products linked to their districts. We ask, how big are the differences between the products, how is the CO2 footprint determined, and what is the benchmark?

Session 4_Presentation_Adele Zhao, Trina Solar

Session 4_Presentation_Baohua He, Astronergy

Session 5 | Tech & finance: Enabling solar
Dec 5, 3 pm CET, Berlin
From the residential to C&I sector, Europe’s solar market offers ample opportunity if project developers and investors turn to tech to overcome common obstacles: Such as grid connections that are not guaranteed. However, managing self-consumption and storage with EVs brings opportunities. Faced with a shortage of skilled workers, installation companies can streamline sales, planning, and engineering processes by looking to AI-guided software to speed up things. And with energy prices through the roof last year, businesses should panic buy solar and storage. But financing is an old problem to which new political solutions appear on the horizon.

Session 5_Presentation_Karl Viertel, Solar Edge

Session 6 | Agri PV: Harvesting ideas
Dec 5, 4:15 pm CET, Berlin
Across a span of five years, pv magazine has published more than 300 articles on solar and agriculture, Agrivoltatics, or AgriPV. Yet still, the idea of farmers and solar working together in cropping and grazing feels like a nascent industry, or at best, gaining traction. Why is the industry not moving faster together, and what’s next for AgriPV, and where?

Session 6_Presentation_Matthew Berwind, Fraunhofer ISE

Session 6_Slides of Agrivoltaic Panel, prepared by Johannes Linder, BELECTRIC

Day 2

Session 7 | Policy, reality, and vision: 360-degree solar in EU
Dec 6, 9:30 am CET, Berlin
Unlock the future of European solar in a power-packed session! What’s the data revealing about the market’s vision? Also, solar associations from Italy, France, Germany, and Spain give first-hand insights into the reality of the market now and soon. We will also tackle the topic of ‘From Reality to Vision’ and questions of how policies can positively shape the solar landscape and what’s on the horizon for solar energy in Europe in the coming years.

Session 7_Presentation_Christian Breyer, LUT University

Session 7_Presentation_Xavier Daval, SER

Session 8 | All about storage: Price, materials, tech, and new revenue
Dec 6, 10:30 am CET, Berlin
As the energy storage sector continues to grow and mature, understanding costs and revenue opportunities is the highest priority for many stakeholders. As lithium-based batteries continue to dominate the sector, the outlook on costs, materials, and technology remains the key question. In addition, we will also explore the most attractive markets and revenue opportunities for BESS in Europe, beyond the wins in transferring energy from generation to times of demand.

Session 8_Slide of the Storage Panel, prepared by Max Reid, Wood Mackenzie

Session 9 | Hydrogen: Potential meets reality – where are the opportunities for solar industry
Dec 6, 11:45 am CET, Berlin
The hydrogen economy is coming, and it will be big. But when will the market develop, and what prospects will it open for the solar industry to increase revenues and find off-takers? We’ll dissect where hydrogen production works and why, where it falters, and where it’s commercially sound. We’ll dive into the heart of hydrogen production—the electrolyzers, and have a look at the different technologies, their expected cost degression, and whether colocation with solar plants is a reasonable opportunity. Finally, we explore PtX technologies, assess their development speed, and discover which electrolysis tech is gaining ground.

Session 10 | Supply chain spotlight: Prices & production prospects
Dec 6, 12:30 pm CET, Berlin
Decreased prices and excessive stockpiling may excite project developers and lead to market distortions. And, when considering how PV manufacturing can make a comeback in Europe, it adds considerable risk to any thought of a renaissance. In the first part, we discuss how much further prices can drop or when they will rise again. In the second part, we discuss the status of the various measures planned by the EU and the member states to promote domestic production, what is planned related to the ban of forced labor, and whether tariffs would be a threat or a benefit for Europe.

What You Could Expect:

  • Curated by pv magazine: Our two-day program was alive with energy, with the experts at pv magazine curating sessions to discuss, analyze, and dissect the latest industry news, and trends, and host insightful discussions.
  • In-Depth Content: The world of solar and storage has never been bigger or more important, and our sessions delved into the hottest topics such as new technology trends, sustainability, quality, energy management and AI, Agrivoltaics, European value chain, deployment and grid issues, policy to advance renewables, and the energy storage landscape.
  • Top Experts: Our conference united the powerhouse minds in the European solar industry, sparking discussions among top experts, analysts, and stakeholders.
  • Free Access: Essential market insights and technological knowledge at no cost, all from the comfort of your home.

Meet our Expert Speakers

Our Poster Session Speakers

Our Moderators

Emiliano Bellini, Senior Editor | pv magazine

Emiliano Bellini joined pv magazine in March 2017. He has been reporting on solar and renewable energy since 2009. Emiliano is responsible for the daily news coverage on with a particular focus on European market. Emiliano also covers new technology, R&D, installations, and company financial reporting. In its previous experience as a journalist, Emiliano has written about EdTech and new language technologies.

Michael Fuhs, Head of Editorial | pv magazine

Michael has been writing about Solarthemen since 2008, has been the editorial director of pv magazine since 2010 and helped build up the German platform as editor-in-chief. He previously worked for radio, television and national newspapers and holds a doctorate in physics.

Jonathan Gifford, Editor in Chief | pv magazine

While overseeing pv magazine‘s Australian website, Jonathan also reports on equipment supply, thin film and Australasia for the global print edition and online. With a background in broadcast journalism for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Deutsche Welle and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Jonathan has been reporting on environmental and technology issues since 2005. He has been with pv magazine since 2011

Mark Hutchins, Senior Editor | pv magazine

Mark Hutchins joined pv magazine in September 2016 as Senior Editor of the monthly global title. Mark also works online reporting on upstream technology and markets, as well as newly emerging solar regions.

Cornelia Lichner, Editor | pv magazine

Cornelia Lichner has been writing for pv magazine since 2008 and regularly reports on a wide range of topics with a focus on innovative concepts for the coupling of solar power with other sectors. She also organizes webinars and publishes podcasts.

Matthew Lynas, Editor | pv magazine

Matthew Lynas joined pv magazine as features editor in 2023. An experienced business-to-business journalist, Matthew is responsible for features in our monthly global print title. Previously, he served as editor of a leading UK retail magazine, covering a broad range of issues including sustainability projects in the grocery and FMCG sectors.

Marija Maisch, Editor | pv magazine

Marija has years of experience in a news agency environment and writing for print and online publications. She took over as the editor of pv magazine Australia in 2018 and helped establish its online presence over a two-year period. Since December 2021, Marija has been working as staff editor at pv magazine International for both online and monthly print publications, specializing in Eastern European solar markets, battery energy storage systems, and electric vehicles.

Livia Neves, Editor | pv magazine

Livia is covering the energy sector, especially solar and wind, since 2012. She was executive editor of Brasil Energia magazine from 2019 to 2020. She has been editing pv magazine's Portuguese newsletter since June 2021, as well as collaborating with the company's other projects and platforms, writing about business, policies and technologies for solar energy in Brazil.

Marian Willuhn, Editor | pv magazine

Covering online news on the German market and editing the German print issue since 2021, Marian has been writing about power electronics for pv magazine’s global website and monthly print magazine since 2018.

Tristan Rayner, Editor | pv magazine

After studying Electrical Engineering and working in both transmission and control sectors, Tristan Rayner turned his attention to editorial roles. Prior to joining pv magazine in 2020, he was managing editor at a fast growing digital media start-up in Australia, and has contributed widely across international tech and finance publications.

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