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PROGRAM /// DAY 1
7 November 2017

Session 1 | Keynote Opening

09:00 Opening by conference Chairman


EDWIN KOOT /// CEO - SOLARPLAZA
Edwin founded SolarPlaza company in 2004. He is a senior PV expert and started in the photovoltaic solar energy business in 1994. He has experience as a solar energy consultant and project developer in more than 200 PV projects. Edwin holds a Master’s degree in Chemical engineering and previously worked in the Chemical industry before starting his first consultancy company in PV in 1994.
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA

09:15 The new solar reality
Visionary keynote on the future European downstream solar landscape

  • • Key drivers for the PV industry (country by country overview on CO2 market, EV penetration, closing down coal)
  • • Expected returns on PV in a highly competitive landscape with low electricity prices
  • • The new reality of electricity prices and the role of PV in this (capacity market vs. demand driven)
MICHAEL LIEBREICH /// CHAIRMAN ADVISORY BOARD - BNEF
Michael Liebreich is Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research on clean energy, energy technology and advanced transportation. Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive before selling it to Bloomberg LP in 2009. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is headquartered in London and now has over 200 staff in 13 offices around the world. Since August 2012 Michael has served as a Board Member of Transport for London. He is a member of the high-level Advisory Group for the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and is Founder and Chairman of Finance for Resilience (FiRe), EcoVillages and the Liebreich Foundation. He is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Energy Futures Lab. Michael is Chairman of technology startup Pearlshare and of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, a charity supporting research in colorectal medicine. He is a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and in 2015 was presented with the Renewable Energy Association's Judges Award for lifetime achievement. Michael is a member of the Advisory Council of Business for Britain.
Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael acted as Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television and Founding Director of Sports News Television, then as UK Managing Director of Groupe Arnault’s technology investment. He spent five years in the London office of McKinsey & Co. Michael graduated in Engineering from University of Cambridge with 1st class honours, winning the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics and Christ’s College Wyatt Prize. He has an MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. He was a member of the British Olympic Ski Team in 1992.
MICHAEL LIEBREICH
CHAIRMAN ADVISORY BOARD /// BNEF

09:55 Turning change into opportunity

  • • A consolidating market: upside potential of economy of scale in PV portfolios
  • • Investment opportunities in a new environment: beyond feed in tariffs
  • • Integration of electricity supply and demand on a local level
INGMAR WILHELM /// CEO - RTR ENERGY
A short bio will follow soon...
INGMAR WILHELM
CEO /// RTR ENERGY
10:30 AM BREAK

Session 2A | O&M landscape in Europe

11:15 Continuous Transformation as the key to Sustainability and Success
  • • Reflection on Market-, Asset Owner-, and Service Provider transformation
  • • Insights in BayWa r.e. Operation Services’ strategy
  • • Upcoming challenges and opportunities for Service Providers and Asset Owners

  • TOBIAS BITTKAU /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAYWA RE
    By working 10 years in various functions in the automotive and renewable energy sector, Tobias Bittkau gained extensive business experience on a global level, with a strong focus on Europe as well as North and South America.
    Since 2011, Tobias Bittkau is active in the field of Renewable Energies. Initially he joined BayWa r.e. for several strategic projects. In 2013 he became head of the technical operations management, since 2015 he is responsible for the complete Business Unit Services, operating 2.3GW of wind and PV assets in all major European markets. In addition to technical and commercial operations management, on-site maintenance and 24/7 monitoring, BayWa r.e. also offers Rotor Blade Services as well as a broad range of technical consulting services. Other areas of activity of BayWa r.e. are the development and construction of wind farms, PV plants and biogas plants as well as the trade of energy and solar systems.
    Tobias Bittkau studied Physics at the universities of Munich (Germany), Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Toronto (Canada). In 2013/2014, he received his diploma in Renewable Energy Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
    TOBIAS BITTKAU
    MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BAYWA RE
11:45 Heterogeneous portfolios: Operational efficiency between standardization and heterogeneity
  • • Facing the increasing complexity and diversity of operating assets in Europe
  • • Priorities for automation of functions
  • • How to differentiate your O&M approach based on different incentives
  • • Lessons learnt from floating PV

  • ROBIN HIRSCHL /// CO-FOUNDER & CEO - ENCOME
    Dr. Robin Hirschl studied physics in Vienna, Austria, and Lyon, France, and holds a PhD in Computational Materials Science from Vienna University. He started his career at Booz Allen Hamilton (today Strategy&), joining the European Utilities Team, where he lead energy projects throughout Europe as Senior Project Manager. Since 2007 he has held management positions at Kioto Photovoltaics and KPV Solar, before co-founding ENcome Energy Performance, offering professional technical services to PV power plants across Europe. He acts as CEO since June 2012. As of 2014 he is also member of the Supervisory Board of Kioto Clear Energy AG.
    ROBIN HIRSCHL
    CO-FOUNDER & CEO /// ENCOME
12:15 Maintenance software and its effect on efficiency
  • • Expectations on monitoring and maintenance management systems
  • • Reality check - current status
  • • Connecting the dots (between PV Data and maintenance)
  • • What are the benefits of the players
  • • How to move forward
STIJN STEVENS /// CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER - SKYTRON ENERGY
Dr. ir. Stijn Stevens worked for 7 years for SMA solar technology AG as the business unit system architect for industrial scale battery and hybrid energy solution systems. He joined skytron energy GmbH as Chief Technology Officer in 2017. Stijn holds a master degree of science and technology in mechanical engineering, specialisation aerospace, and a PhD in electrical engineering.
STIJN STEVENS
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER /// SKYTRON ENERGY

Session 2B | Asset management track

11:15 The evolving asset management role in the PV industry
  • • How have AM tools evolved and what can we expect in the future
  • • In-sourcing/outsourcing considerations
  • • What can we learn from other generation sources
  • • Scale-up approaches: reducing the number of AM's per MW
  • • Onboarding portfolio under time pressure

  • JORDI LOPEZ FRANCESCH /// DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT / CRO - GLENNMONT PARTNERS
    Jordi joined Glennmont in 2011 bringing to the team over 13 years of international Financial and business experience in Energy sector and specifically in renewable energy development, operation, maintenance, due diligence, advisory and asset management experience to the company. Jordi leads the Commercial and Operational management of Glennmont portfolio (WInd, Solar, Biomass, Hydro) across EU-28.
    The portfolio comprises of over 850 MW operational and in construction Renewable energy assets across Italy, France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The enterprise value of companies under management is currently over € 2 billion.
    Prior to joining the company, he worked at Royal Dutch Shell Plc in the Downstream, Upstream and Clean energy businesses.
    Jordi has developed monitoring tools to measure both technical and financial performance versus budgets ensuring that Glennmont Partners are always fully informed about asset performance.
    Jordi holds BS of both Economics and Business Administration from University Pompeu Fabra in Spain. In 2014 he completed an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics at the University of London.
    JORDI LOPEZ FRANCESCH
    DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT / CRO /// GLENNMONT PARTNERS
    EZIO SALVO /// CEO - ESAPRO
    Ezio Salvo has been recently appointed CEO of ESAPRO. He brings more than 16 years of business experience in different roles at multinational corporations and his expertise spans multinational operations’, concessions management, M&A across industries including energy, engineering and construction, power generation.
    Prior to his current role in ESAPRO Mr. Salvo has served for almost nine years the Swiss power production and distribution utility BKW developing and managing the Wind and PV business in Italy, Germany, France and Norway. Previously, Mr. Salvo was Head of the Tender Department of the Business Area Concessions and Project Finance of the Italian engineering & construction company IMPREGILO and Business Developer of the US Independent Power Producer MIRANT CO.
    Mr. Salvo received a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering cum laude from University of Palermo and a Master in Engineering & Contracting from MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business.
    EZIO SALVO
    CEO /// ESAPRO
    EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT - SOLARPLAZA
    A short bio will follow soon...
    MODERATOR
    EELCO HOOGDUIN
    PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// SOLARPLAZA
12:00 An active approach to asset management and the role of asset managers in the pre-acquisition phase
  • • The key value drivers of PV plants in operation
  • • The importance of a sole service provider combining financial and technical advisory expertise
  • • The differentiating factors of an asset manager in pre-acquisition and re-financing technical DD
  • • The advantages of periodic on-site independent technical verification

  • MARIA SABELLA /// GENERAL MANAGER - WISE ENERGY ITALIA
    Maria Sabella has over 12 years of experience in general management, financial advisory and investment management, of which 7 years in the renewable energy sector. Across her career, she managed transactions (sell-side advisory, fund raising, project development and investment management) for over 400 MW of renewable energy and cogeneration plants across Italy and in the UK. She is very passionate about new technologies and operational excellence and, since joining WiseEnergy, she actively contributed to apply a “total quality” and a “lean” approach to processes and tools used in PV asset management. She has been part of the WiseEnergy Group since 2010. Previously, she worked as a Senior Associate in the Macquarie Group in London and was responsible for structuring and coordinating the various phases of fund raising on cross-border real estate funds. She successfully managed fund raising processes resulting in over €650m of committed capital. Prior to her experience in the Macquarie Group, Maria worked as an Analyst at Mediobanca in Milan (corporate banking) where she was involved in financial advisory for landmark construction projects, public offerings for real estate companies and securitizations. Maria holds an Executive MBA from SDA Bocconi, a master degree (cum laude) in Renewable Energy at Politecnico di Milano and a degree in Economics (cum laude) at Bocconi University. Italian native speaker and fluent in English; she also speaks French.
    MARIA SABELLA
    GENERAL MANAGER /// WISE ENERGY ITALIA
    MARCO D'ORIO /// CTO - WISEENERGY
    Marco D'Orio has joined WiseEnergy since 2016 as CTO. Prior to being appointed to his current role, he has been Legal Representative and Technical Director of 9REN ESPANA for over 6 years where he has managed the construction and maintenance of over 170 MW photovoltaic systems. He has worked extensively in the field of renewable energies where he has spent the last 15 years of his professional activity occupying positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to working in the photovoltaic industry, Marco worked in the wind sector for several leading companies such as GAMESA, AXPO and VERONAGEST where he has handled installations of about 500MW of cumulated power.
    MARCO D'ORIO
    CTO /// WISEENERGY
    EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT - SOLARPLAZA
    A short bio will follow soon...
    MODERATOR
    EELCO HOOGDUIN
    PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// SOLARPLAZA

Session 2C | Electricity market exposure

11:15 Solar as a mature participant in the electricity market
  • • Why net-metering and FiT’s are not part of the solar future
  • • Barriers for solar to participate efficiently in the market
  • • Barriers and opportunities for Variable Renewable Energy Sources (vRES) in electricity markets
  • • How to stabilize and secure revenue streams for vRES

  • LAURENS DE VRIES /// ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR - DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Laurens de Vries is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. Laurens studied Mechanical Engineering in Delft, specializing in environmental and energy technology and obtained a second Master’s Degree, in Environmental Studies, from The Evergreen State College (Olympia, Washington State, USA) in 1996, focusing on environmental economics. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in June, 2004 from Delft University of Technology, this time at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. He researches and teaches in the field of electricity market design and regulation in the context of the transformation towards a low-carbon energy system. His main focus is on how various policy instruments affect the long-term development of European electricity markets through their impact on investment in generation and transmission.
    LAURENS DE VRIES
    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR /// DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
12:00 Hedging electricity prices and short term (<3Y) PPAs

  • • Fixed prices: is it a good or bad idea?
  • • Fixed price structures: how and when to hedge?
  • • Zoom in on Italy (Tenors, Prices, etc.)

  • MIKKEL KRING /// HEAD INTERNATIONAL ORIGINATION - DANSKE COMMODITIES
    Mikkel Kring is the Director of International Origination at Danske Commodities since August 2017. In this function, he leads and coordinates all Origination efforts across Europe, including the four key markets for Danske Commodities; Denmark, Germany, Italy and UK. Mikkelhas particularly deep knowledge and experience from the UK energy market, having structured both long (15Y) and short term PPAs for onshore, PV and off-shore assets. Finally, Mikkel is a keen believer of strategic partnerships, and is impassioned about the journey towards grid parity.
    MIKKEL KRING
    HEAD INTERNATIONAL ORIGINATION /// DANSKE COMMODITIES
12:30 Q&A discussion

12:45 LUNCH BREAK
Sponsored by:
Voltalia

Session 3A | Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence

14:00 Towards Automated Asset Management
  • • State of the art
  • • Different phases and timelines for AI application to PV
  • • Low hanging fruit: where to start
  • • Breakdown and quantification of potential OPEX reduction

  • MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN /// FOUNDER - RAYCATCH
    Michael Goldstein is Founder of Raycatch Ltd. A software company focusing on bringing AI and automation to control rooms. Before that he founded several high tech companies: DMATEK – Electronic Tagging for home arrest (was listed on LSE) and acquired by 3M, AVT – AI based inspection systems for printing (Listed on DAX) acquired by Danaher. VisionSense Inc – 3D medical endoscopy.
    Michael holds a BSc in Physics, MSc in Engineering both from Tel-Aviv University and holds patents in the fields pf signal and image process.
    MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN
    FOUNDER /// RAYCATCH
14:30 Data analytics implemented effectively
  • • Effective fleet performance monitoring and benchmarking
  • • Data integration to reduce OPEX costs
  • • Big data analysis and pattern recognition
  • • Condition monitoring to enable predictive maintenance

  • HUMBERTO ROCA /// CO-FOUNDER & COO - GREENPOWERMONITOR
    Humberto Roca is Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of GreenPowerMonitor which is part of DNV-GL group. With more than 10 years’ experience, Humberto Roca is an expert of market-leading integrated solutions for the management and maintenance of renewable energy installations and is also Country Manager UK where the company manages 2GW of its most of 15GW worldwide.
    HUMBERTO ROCA
    CO-FOUNDER & COO /// GREENPOWERMONITOR
    ROBERT PFATISCHER /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - METEOCONTROL
    Robert, holding a degree in electrical engineering, started his career in 1994 at IST Energietechnik, working as Project Engineer/Manager.
    After co-founding meteocontrol 1998, he was starting as Department Manager, moving up to Director and eventually being appointed Managing Director of the company in 2010.
    meteocontrol is the leading independent provider of monitoring solutions for commercial and utility PV systems. More than 43,000 solar systems with a total power of over 12 GWp are currently monitored.
    As technical consultant and service provider, meteocontrol offers state of the art solutions and accompanies solar projects during the entire lifecycle of a project.
    meteocontrol is a contact partner for developers, EPCs, investors, banks, insurance companies, utilities, trade and industry.
    ROBERT PFATISCHER
    MANAGING DIRECTOR /// METEOCONTROL
    YANN BONGIOVANNI /// CO-FOUNDER & CTO - EKOGRID
    Yann is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of ekogrid, a product company that develops an IoT end-to-end solution stack for the remote integration of decentralized assets, currently specializing in the operations and maintenance (O&M) of solar and other renewable energy plants, combined heating and power systems, environmental comfort systems, and refrigeration technology systems. ekogrid can be extended and fully customized with user-definable add-on modules, allowing customers to easily adapt the solution to their business processes.
    With over thirty years in the IT sector, Yann has gathered extensive experience as a management consultant, entrepreneur, cybersecurity advisor and software developer in German-speaking countries and Italy.
    YANN BONGIOVANNI
    CO-FOUNDER & CTO /// EKOGRID
    EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT - SOLARPLAZA
    A short bio will follow soon...
    MODERATOR
    EELCO HOOGDUIN
    PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// SOLARPLAZA

Session 3B | Solar PPAs in Europe

14:00 Corporate PPAs: a new way to secure revenue streams?
  • • Developments on corporate PPAs in Europe and what to expect from the clean power package
  • • The motivation of corporates to sign PPAs and the additionality concept
  • • General overview of PPA models and their characteristics
  • • Experiences from the offtaker consortium in a Dutch wind park ( DSM, Google, Phillips, AkzoNobel)

  • WEERO KOSTER /// PARTNER - BAKER & MCKENZIE
    Weero Koster is a partner in the Corporate practice group and has practised law for over 25 years. He focuses on projects, contracts, business combinations and M&A transactions. Acknowledged as one of the leading energy lawyers in the Netherlands by both Chambers Global and the Legal 500 EMEA, Weero's practice includes advising domestic and international energy companies on projects, privatisations, mergers, acquisitions, divestment and alliances. He heads the EMEA Energy Mining and Infrastructure Group.
    WEERO KOSTER
    PARTNER /// BAKER & MCKENZIE
14:30 Hands on experience with corporate PPAs
  • • Legal barriers and how to move forward
  • • How to find, select a suitable offtaker and perform due diligence
  • • Bankability and off-taker risk mitigation
  • • How to mitigate offtaker risks
  • • Case studies from different countries

  • ARTURO SFERRUZZA /// PARTNER - NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
    A short description will follow soon...
    ARTURO SFERRUZZA
    PARTNER /// NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
    JONATHAN VAUSORT /// HEAD OF ORIGINATION WITHIN ENERGY TRANSITION SERVICES DEPARTMENT - ENGIE
    Jonathan Vausort is Business Developer within the Global Energy Management business units of ENGIE group that he joined in 2004. Jonathan has over 13 years of experience in energy sector. During this lap of time, he hold different positions to increase his knowledge on energy trading and energy management. His main focus through his current role is to optimize the expertise acquired during those years in order to propose innovative solutions which will help financing of renewable projects and also maximization of the market revenues for those installations through Utility PPAs or corporate PPAs. Jonathan holds a Master in Economics at Université d’Auvergne in France and a bachelor in Marketing. French native speaker and fluent in English and Dutch.
    JONATHAN VAUSORT
    HEAD OF ORIGINATION WITHIN ENERGY TRANSITION SERVICES DEPARTMENT - ENGIE
    WEERO KOSTER /// PARTNER - BAKER & MCKENZIE
    Weero Koster is a partner in the Corporate practice group and has practised law for over 25 years. He focuses on projects, contracts, business combinations and M&A transactions. Acknowledged as one of the leading energy lawyers in the Netherlands by both Chambers Global and the Legal 500 EMEA, Weero's practice includes advising domestic and international energy companies on projects, privatisations, mergers, acquisitions, divestment and alliances. He heads the EMEA Energy Mining and Infrastructure Group.
    MODERATOR
    WEERO KOSTER
    PARTNER /// BAKER & MCKENZIE

Session 3C | Yield enhancement

14:00 Owner/Investor perspective: Process, legal and ROI considerations related to yield enhancements
  • • Key drivers for repowering and re-engineering
  • • Commercial and legal negotiation aspects (difference between markets)
  • • Elements that shape the decision making process
  • • Reflection on financial impact

  • ALEXANDER RIETZ /// PORTFOLIO MANAGER - KGAL
    Alexander joined KGAL in 2013 and is a portfolio manager of a European photovoltaic fund as well as the latest KGAL ESPF 4 renewables fund, which achieved its first closing end of June 2017 with EUR 255mn in commitments.
    Prior to KGAL Alexander worked for Siemens in energy technology strategy, as business manager in an international renewable energy joint venture and spend six years on venture and growth capital financings in the industrial and energy sectors. Before Siemens Alexander worked in South Africa in power sector consultancy as well as South African startup financing.
    Alexander received his master of business administration from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
    ALEXANDER RIETZ
    PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// KGAL
    MATTEO RICCIERI /// COO - RTR ENERGY
    Matteo was appointed COO in 2016. He joined RTR since the start of its activities in 2011 as Asset Manager. Prior to joining, he was Head of Project Development in BpSolar, a branch of Bp plc, where he authorized and built several utility-scale PV projects backed by international investors. Matteo’s previous role was Business Development Manager for wind and hydro energy in Bp.
    MATTEO RICCIERI
    COO /// RTR ENERGY
    FRANCESC FILIBERTO /// CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER - SICONIA
    Francesc Filiberto is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Siconia, a Barcelona based engineering consultancy created in 2015. Prior to that, he worked for SMA in different roles such as Head Service Sales Europe and Director of Service Operations Iberica. Francesc's experience in the solar industry starts in 2006 when he founded a project management company. Previously, he held senior management positions at Underwriters Laboratories and Nokia. Francesc holds an MBA from IE Business School, an MSc in Physics, and a BSc in Electronic Engineering.
    MODERATOR
    FRANCESC FILIBERTO
    CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER /// SICONIA
14:45 Repowering: Successful technical case studies
  • • Repowering vs Revamping vs Re-engineering
  • • In depth cases: approach and evaluation
  • • How to apply ROI-driven (re)engineering

  • GERALD WOTRUBA /// SENIOR CONSULTANT - ADLER SOLAR
    Gerald Wotruba is currently Senior Consultant at ADLER Solar Services GmbH. During the last three years, he was responsible for establishing the JV company ADLER Solar Works Co. Ltd. as Representative Director in Japan. Before this, Gerald was Managing Director of BEC Engineering GmbH, which offered a range of over 50 innovative services related to the industry of renewable energies. Overall, Gerald has managed many international projects - including in Spain, Japan and Italy - and been involved in several scientific publications. Gerald holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering since 2004.
    GERALD WOTRUBA
    SENIOR CONSULTANT /// ADLER SOLAR
    LEVENT GUN /// CEO - AMPT
    Mr. Levent Gun has over 25 years of technology experience having worked in technical and senior executive-level positions while establishing a track record of successful leadership at both start-ups and mature companies. Levent joined Ampt as its first CEO shortly after its Series A funding and lead all aspects of Ampt’s product and go to market strategies as well as built the team and Ampt’s customer driven culture. Under Levent’s leadership Ampt has created a new category of optimizers for the utility segment of the Solar PV market and became the #1 optimizer company worldwide for this largest segment.
    Prior to joining Ampt as CEO, Levent was president and CEO of Kleer, a wireless audio semiconductor company that was acquired by SMSC. Prior to Kleer, Levent was president and CEO of Iospan Wireless, a pioneer in MIMO technology, which was acquired by Intel Corporation. Previously, Levent co-founded and led US Robotics’ Cable Data Business and transformed this fledgling start-up into a $100 million business after 3COM’s acquisition of US Robotics. Earlier in his career, Levent held various engineering management and leadership positions at Motorola and IBM, as well as research positions at several universities and labs.
    Levent holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and undergraduate degrees in engineering and mathematics from Bogazici University in Turkey. He has published extensively in technical journals and holds 14 patents and numerous awards for his pioneering work in high speed data communications and broadband access. An accomplished speaker, Levent is often invited to speak at industry events as well as present papers.
    LEVENT GUN
    CEO /// AMPT
    HUGO SCHOOT /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER / PROJECT DIRECTOR - DSM ADVANCED SOLAR
    Hugo Schoot is Business Development Manager / Project Director within DSM Advanced Solar, part of the DSM Innovation Center. He has 30 years business-to-business experience in the materials and life science industries. He has been working in the solar industry for 8 years, focusing on innovations which enhance module performance and lower the LCOE of PV. He is currently leading several multidisciplinary project teams which are developing, scaling up and commercializing new materials and technologies for the PV industry. One of these technologies that will be presented during the conference is an innovative anti-reflective coating that can be applied on PV modules in the field, thus significantly boosting the output of existing PV parks.
    HUGO SCHOOT
    BUSINESS DEV. MANAGER / PROJECT DIRECTOR /// DSM ADVANCED SOLAR
    FRANCESC FILIBERTO /// CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER - SICONIA
    Francesc Filiberto is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Siconia, a Barcelona based engineering consultancy created in 2015. Prior to that, he worked for SMA in different roles such as Head Service Sales Europe and Director of Service Operations Iberica. Francesc's experience in the solar industry starts in 2006 when he founded a project management company. Previously, he held senior management positions at Underwriters Laboratories and Nokia. Francesc holds an MBA from IE Business School, an MSc in Physics, and a BSc in Electronic Engineering.
    MODERATOR
    FRANCESC FILIBERTO
    CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER /// SICONIA
15:30 PM BREAK
Sponsored by:
DSM

Session 4 | Cybersecurity challenges

16:15 Cybersecurity and solar: current situation, risks, responsibilities

  • • Main vulnerabilities in the current industry
  • • Responsibilities in the value chain (DSO, Secret Services, Operator, Manufacturer)
  • • Who do you call when you get hacked?
  • • What can we learn from the power industry?

LIOR HANDELSMAN /// VP MARKETING AND PRODUCT STRATEGY, FOUNDER - SOLAREDGE
Mr. Lior Handelsman founded SolarEdge in 2006 and currently serves as our Vice President, Marketing and Product Strategy where he is responsible for SolarEdge’s marketing activities, product management and business development.
Prior to co-founding SolarEdge, Mr. Handelsman spent 11 years at the Electronics Research Department (‘‘ERD’’), one of Israel’s national labs, which is tasked with developing innovative and complex systems. At the ERD he held several positions including research and development power electronics engineer, head of the ERD’s power electronics group and manager of several large-scale development projects and he was a branch head in his last position at the ERD.
Mr. Handelsman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) and an MBA from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology in Haifa.
LIOR HANDELSMAN
VP MARKETING AND PRODUCT STRATEGY, FOUNDER /// SOLAREDGE
EDWIN VAN ANDEL /// CEO - ZEROCOPTER
Edwin van Andel, better known as @Yafsec, was born on a late November day in the excellent wine year 1970 and immediately started pushing buttons from his crib. During his early years no device was safe for him, and his adolescence was described by his neighbors as a "very disastrous period", mainly because of his discovery of computers, modems and the hack-tic.
After working with different companies around the globe, he in 2003 started his own company called Yafsec, with the sole purpose of guiding companies and IT dealers through the dark woods of the ever evolving security forest. As of 2016 he joined Zerocopter, where he's mostly working on publicly expanding their continuous security platform.
Elected winner of the Lightning talks at BruCON 2013, and organizer of the alternative NCSC conference "because no hackers were invited" #ALT-S, he is now a renowned speaker that will introduce you -in a humorous way- to the dangers, virtues and current state of affairs in the security landscape.
From a hacker’s perspective, that is...…
EDWIN VAN ANDEL
CEO /// ZEROCOPTER
ERIK RUTKENS /// CEO - ITsec SECURITY SERVICES
Erik Rutkens is founder and CEO of Insite Security. Insite Security aims to deliver the best possible security service, by bringing together people, organisations and technologies. Erik is in charge of Strategy & Innovation and was involved in launching Zerocopter in which Insite Security has a majority interest. Erik is also CEO of ITsec, the brand of Insite Security for all technical services such as penetration tests and security assessments.
Erik is known for his no nonsense attitude and his positive approach. As a security expert, he knows how to distinguish incidental and fundamental matters.
Insite Security is known for is security research in the energy sector. An examples is the security of smart meters and - thermotats. Recently ITsec mapped the effect on the European power grid of a distributed attack on the solar power converters. ITsec has a leading role in certification based on standaards for all things connected to networks including secure.
ERIK RUTKENS
CEO /// ITsec SECURITY SERVICES
EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT - SOLARPLAZA
A short bio will follow soon...
MODERATOR
EELCO HOOGDUIN
PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// SOLARPLAZA
17:15 NETWORKING DRINKS
Sponsored by:
Ecoway
19:00 NETWORKING DINNER
21:00 SOLARPLAZA'S #100 EVENT ANNIVERSARY PARTY
  • To celebrate the fact that Solar Asset Management Europe will be Solarplaza's #100 high level PV business event, we will be hosting a party for all conference participants in the Orion 1 room of the Sheraton Milan Malpensa on Tuesday 7 November from 9pm-12pm. There will be a DJ, free drinks and snacks. Come out and celebrate this milestone with us!
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
7 November 2017

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