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PROGRAM /// DAY 1
7 November 2017

Session 1

09:00 Opening by conference Chairman


09:15 Long term Outlook

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

09:00 Opening Keynote

  • • 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 How to grow as a sustainable international service provider
  • • Sustainable growth and economies of scale in an competitive market
  • • Extension of scope of work. New services in a increasingly complex market
  • • Managing growth: How to use standardisation to increase efficiency

  • 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 portfolio’s: 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

Session 2B | Asset management track

11:15 More information will follow soon...
12:15 More information will follow soon...

Session 2C | European Markets

11:15 Solar as a mature participant in the electricity market
  • • Why net-metering and FiT’s are not part of the solar future
  • • Electricity market 101
  • • 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 More information will follow soon...
12:45 LUNCH BREAK

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

  • ORON ROSENBLAT /// ALGORITHM DEVELOPER - RAYCATCH
    A short bio will follow soon...
    ORON ROSENBLAT
    ALGORITHM DEVELOPER /// RAYCATCH
14:30 The evolving Asset Management Software in Solar
  • • How have tools that support the AM changed and what to expect
  • • The continuous consideration: in-house or outsourced?

Session 3B | Bankability

14:00 Developments of Solar PPAs in Europe
  • • Categorization and particularities of different PPA models
  • • How to find, select a suitable offtaker and perform due diligence
  • • How to mitigate offtaker risks
  • • Solar PPA 5 year evolution outlook

  • CARLOS REY /// SR. PORTFOLIO MANAGER - FORESIGHT GROUP
    Carlos joined Foresight in December 2011. Prior to that, he covered several roles as renewables energy source 'RES' project developer and technical consultant in the international Renewable Energy sector with particular focus on the Spanish and Italian markets. Based in Foresight's UK HQ office, Carlos is responsible for the management and operations of Foresight's Spanish and Italian solar portfolio of circa 100 MW.
    Graduated in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering by UPC Barcelona, Carlos is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, Italian and English.
    CARLOS REY
    SR. PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// FORESIGHT GROUP
14:45 More information will follow soon...

Session 3C | Solar PPA’s in Europe

14:00 Technical perspective: Battery + PV
  • • Technical implications of adding storage to an (existing) PV plant
  • • Lessons learned with connection and grid integration
  • • Case studies on Adding batteries to existing PV plants
14:45 Grid operations
  • • Future compliance requirements from DSO’s in different countries
  • • Expectations on curtailment in Europe
  • • Ancillary services currently provided by PV + batteries (European case studies)

15:30 PM BREAK

Session 4

16:15 Cybersecurity

More information will follow soon...
17:15 NETWORKING DRINKS
19:00 NETWORKING DINNER
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
7 November 2017

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