The Evolving Role of PV in Future Energy Systems

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With the share of photovoltaics growing rapidly everywhere in the world, the energy transition is entering a new phase. For the next leg, the integration of PV will become much more important and PV plants will have to become smarter, more flexible and more integrated into overall energy networks.

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Ralf Korntner , Global Head of Microgrids | Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Samer Oukaili, Head of Energy Storage & Program Manager Grid Edge | Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Malcolm McCulloch , Associate Professor | University of Oxford

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Marian Willuhn, Editor, pv magazine

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The evolving role of PV in future energy systems

While in the past, it was enough for PV arrays to merely feed in power whenever the sun shone, with an increasing penetration of intermittent renewables, PV now has to comply with more complex grid codes and become more dispatchable. The controls are becoming a much more important part of the power plants. In the past, minimizing the CAPEX and OPEX was key to making projects profitable; today, the controls and flexibility to tap into different revenue streams are key levers to maximize the profitability of PV plants both in front of and behind the meter.

In this upcoming pv magazine Webinar, our initiative partner Siemens will explain what these global trends mean for the PV industry, prosumers, and network operators. Ralf Korntner, Global Head of Microgrids and Renewable Integration at Siemens will explain how the company’s SICAM PV power plant controller helps asset owners to maximize benefits in the next phase of the market development.

Samer El-Oukaili, Head of Energy Storage & Program Manager Grid Edge will share which technologies and use cases unfold around the grid edge, especially behind the meter.

Joining Samer and Ralf for this live webinar will be Malcolm McCulloch, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. Malcolm brings extensive experience and knowledge of the energy industry, and will discuss how different market designs prompt different needs in terms of responses from the prosumer side.

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the Webinar through a chat window. Marian Willuhn from pv magazine will be the moderator of this webinar.

Speakers

Ralf Korntner, Global Head of Microgrids | Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Ralf Korntner is Global Head of Microgrids within the Siemens Smart Infrastructure Operating Company. He is responsible for the global Microgrid business development and portfolio management. Ralf holds a master’s degree in physics and has held various positions within the different Siemens energy businesses. Prior to taking over Microgrids, he led the Siemens Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) Distributed Energy business unit. The Distributed Energy business offers Energy as a Service solutions to industrial, university and infrastructure clients on a wide range of distributed energy technologies.

Samer El-Oukaili, Head of Energy Storage & Program Manager Grid Edge | Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Samer is the global responsible for energy storage at Siemens Smart Infrastructure and one of the program managers for Grid Edge. He is responsible for applications development, business development, and portfolio management around Grid Edge. Samer holds graduate degrees in electrical engineering and business and has held various leadership roles in the energy space.

Malcolm McCulloch, Associate Professor | University of Oxford

Malcolm McCulloch is Associate Professor in Engineering Science and Group Leader of the Energy and Power Group at the University of Oxford. His interests are in the area related to the domestic energy sector, development of user centric demand side management technologies, useful information to enable behaviour change. His research is also focused on the transport sector, renewable generation, and Energy for Development.

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