Virtual Roundtables USA

Virtual Roundtables USA 2020

Our event will be focused on key market surrounding PV system lifetime costs and advanced technologies that are relevant to advancing your business. Join us in the conversation:

Lowering lifetime costs

With the project lifetime of utility-scale solar power plants extending beyond 30 years (and with some vendors pushing for 50-year module lifetimes) – now more than ever it is important for developers and system plant owners to bring down LCOE, optimize plant performance, and ensure reliability over the full lifetime of the system.

  • O&M Sophistication: Operations and maintenance is now a much more critical piece of the solar landscape and the key to long-term resilience and competitive LCOE. As grid-scale solar becomes a mature, sophisticated business — so is the modernization of the O&M segment.
  • In the wake of changing technologies and materials: Enabling high-performance reliability and low maintenance – we dig into driving down costs with technology.

Advanced technologies

  • Is bigger better? Solar modules and wafers are trending large – in what seems to be an arms race for manufacturing the large panels. But the impacts of bigger modules fall across the industry – from solar module and inverter manufacturers to BOS and construction. Why are we moving toward larger modules & wafers and what are the advantages and challenges that lay ahead? Experts discuss.
  • Solar+Storage: Storage technologies assume a bigger role in the global transition to renewable energy, and the U.S. market is at the forefront of large-scale storage. Join talks with the analysts and industry experts surrounding the standards, trends, and forecast ahead for America’s battery storage market.

The editorial team of pv magazine will moderate discussions relevant to the growing market with our Virtual Roundtables USA. Providing a virtual stage for our speakers, experts can easily join in from all of the country to bring industry and market insights directly to your home.

Apart from the in-depth quality program sessions, you can also look forward to a multitude of virtual networking opportunities – no trade show halls required.

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Kaushik Roy Choudhury | Global Technical Leader of DuPont Photovoltaic Reliability program | DuPont Photovoltaics and Advanced Materials

Kaushik is the Global Technical Leader of DuPont Photovoltaic Reliability program within the DuPont Photovoltaics and Advanced Materials business. He and his team work on long-term reliability and durability of PV packaging materials, degradation of polymeric materials in field-deployed PV modules, and PV system economics. Kaushik began his career with DuPont in 2011 as a Principal Investigator in DuPont Central R&D. At DuPont, he has led programs on metallization pastes for silicon photovoltaics, novel inorganic and hybrid thin-film solar absorbers, and light emitting and plasmonic nanomaterials. Kaushik has a Ph.D. in Materials Physics and over 20 years of experience in photovoltaic and optoelectronic materials. He has over 45 peer-reviewed technical publications and is a frequent panelist at international technical and industry events.

Erica Johnson | Managing Editor | pv magazine group

Erica joined the pv magazine team in April 2019 as managing editor. In addition to leading the global editorial team alongside Jonathan and Becky, she focuses on solar+storage content, and manages the special publications business. She has more than a decade of experience working in the PV industry, supporting the energy transition across the public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors.

Michele Vannini | Business Manager | Coveme

Michele Vannini received Degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Bologna, Italy. He has twenty years of experience in Project Management, Sales and Operations. He has lived in Brazil (where he received his MBA at the FGV, Curitiba) and North America where he held Senior positions in the Automotive industry. Currently he has the responsibility for a numbers of regions (North & South America, India) for the Photovoltaic & Film divisions in Coveme.

Jonathan Gifford | Editor in Chief | pv magazine group

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.

Hongbin Fang | Director of Product and Technology | LONGi Solar

Hongbin Fang is Director of Product and Technology at LONGi Solar, a leading dedicated monocrystalline solar cell and module manufacturer. At LONGi Solar, his team is in charge of product marketing and technical support for North America and LATAM. Before joining LONGi in 2016, Hongbin was working at SunEdison for 5 years, where he has led the effort on solar wafer, cell and module integration, new technology and new supplier introduction into HVM manufacturing.

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