PROGRAM /// DAY 2
24 October 2018
 

CONFERENCE DAY 2

Session 5

09:00 Opening by conference Chairman


KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Konstantinos works as a project manager Solar Asset Management in Solarplaza, focusing on the European and the US markets. He is a sustainable energy professional with experience in evaluation of energy systems, business plan development and stakeholder engagement.
Graduate of the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands having acquired a PDEng in Smart Energy Buildings & Cities and a MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology and also holds a Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece.
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

09:15 Status of the European PV secondary market

  • • Top markets and buyers of PV assets
  • • Investors’ appetite and target returns set by the market
  • • Public equity investors: who are the top backers of the solar listed funds?
JOSEFIN BERG /// RESEARCH & ANALYSIS MANAGER - IHS MARKIT
Josefin Berg is a Research & Analysis Manager for the Solar & Energy Storage research group, where she performs market analysis of trends and strategies in the downstream part of the PV market. She has been covering the evolution of the European PV market since 2010, with a particular focus on ownership and acquisitions trends.
JOSEFIN BERG
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS MANAGER /// IHS MARKIT

09:45 Strategic M&A

  • • Significant changes in the way risk is now allocated in M&A deals and what drives it
  • • Overcoming the challenges to a proper asset or portfolio evaluation
  • • Impact of the O&M contracts on the value of the plant or portfolio
  • • How real are geographic and operational synergies when adding projects or portfolios to existing portfolios?
ALESSANDRO COHEN /// PARTNER & SENIOR ADVISOR RENEWABLE ENERGY - ARMON CAPITAL
Alessandro Cohen is currently a partner of Armon Capital. He was previously director of renewable energy at Prothea Group. Previously he was in charge of the Israel desk at Pioneer Investments and in sales at Integrated Financial Products Ltd and at Lehman Bros. he graduated in Business Administration at University of Jerusalem, MSc. in Finance.
MODERATOR
ALESSANDRO COHEN
PARTNER & SENIOR ADVISOR RENEWABLE ENERGY /// ARMON CAPITAL
DAVID DELAIRE /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - MPC RENEWABLE ENERGIES
David Delaire is Managing Director at MPC Renewable Energies. He manages with a focus on supporting M&A activities and leading asset-related activities upon acquisition/financial close. Previously, he was Director of Asset Management at Natural Power, COO at Greensolver, CTO at Eolfi (a former Veolia company) and Operations Manager at General Electric. His track record includes the technical and commercial asset management of more than 450 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar and 820 MW of onshore wind assets. He has developed and established asset management platforms, resulting in robust growth across various markets. He has also served as a Director or Managing Director for several renewable energy assets in various parts of the world, including Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.
DAVID DELAIRE
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// MPC RENEWABLE ENERGIES
PAOLO SERENI /// VICE PRESIDENT - SUSI PARTNERS
Paolo Sereni is responsible for the Asset Management function at SUSI Partners a Swiss Investment Manager with EUR 850 mln of Assets under Management.
Master of Science at Imperial College London, before joining SUSI Partners, Paolo has matured 10+ years of experience throughout the whole energy infrastructure value chain, with a particular focus on development, construction, operation of renewable energy investments with major international firms.
PAOLO SERENI
VICE PRESIDENT /// SUSI PARTNERS
MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN /// CAO, FOUNDER - RAYCATCH
Michael Goldstein is Co-founder of Raycatch Ltd. A software company focusing on bringing AI and automation to control rooms. Before that he founded DMATEK – Electronic Tagging for home arrest - acquired by 3M, AVT – AI based inspection systems for printing - acquired by Danaher. VisionSense Inc – 3D medical endoscopy – acquired by Medtronic. Michael holds a BSc in Physics, MSc in Engineering both from Tel-Aviv University and holds patents in the fields of signal and image process.
MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN
CAO, FOUNDER /// RAYCATCH
10:30 - 11:15 AM BREAK
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Session 6A | Analytics and AI

11:15 Intelligent monitoring for preventive O&M
  • • Effective management of portfolios
  • • The future of intelligent fault detection
  • • Digitizing the maintenance process
ROBERT PFATISCHER /// CEO - METEOCONTROL
Robert Pfatischer started his carreer in 1994 at IST EnergieCom, working as Project Engineer and moving up to shareholder. In 2002 he joined meteocontrol, starting as Department Manager, moving up to Director and eventually being appointed Managing Director of the company in 2010. meteocontrol is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of monitoring systems for photovoltaic power plants and solar parks. We support PV system operations through precise system monitoring, direct remote control and feed-in management to ensure optimized yield and returns. In addition, meteocontrol offers quality assurance and independent consulting for PV projects. meteocontrol has 12 locations worldwide with 45.000 monitored plants and with over 13 GWp monitored power.
ROBERT PFATISCHER
CEO /// METEOCONTROL
PIERPAOLO MASTOMARINI /// PARTNER - BIRD&BIRD
With a finance, corporate and project background, Pierpaolo is well positioned to advise on all aspects of the energy market trends.

Pierpaolo is a partner in our Banking & Finance practice, with a particular focus on the Energy & Utilities sector. He is based in Rome.
His practice focuses on project finance transactions, advising major national and international players with energy related financing and refinancing deals and he has participated in the negotiations and drafting phases, with both clients and counterparties, in relation to energy and infrastructure projects on international basis.
Pierpaolo also has significant experience of drafting, negotiating and managing national and international EPC, DBO and O&M contracts together with projects contracts.
In addition, Pierpaolo has a considerable experience in national and international contract law, corporate law and M&A.
He has also acted as advisor for investment banks on major national and international acquisitions and restructuring transactions related to international group companies carrying out business in the infrastructure and energy field.

Pierpaolo graduated with full marks from the University “Roma Tre” of Rome in 2000 and later obtained a Master in Business Law from the Business School of Il Sole 24 Ore, where he currently teaches Finance Law and Project Finance in Master courses. He was admitted to the Italian Bar in 2003 and then as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2009.
PIERPAOLO MASTOMARINI
PARTNER /// BIRD&BIRD
11:40 Prerequisites towards data intelligence for renewable assets
  • • Unifying data acquisition strategy from solar, storage and other systems
  • • The never-ending story of data quality
  • • Turning data into actionable insights to prepare the path to machine learning
FRANCK LE BRETON /// CEO - QOS ENERGY
CEO and co-founder of QOS Energy, a global software vendor specialized in renewables, Franck has a 25 years’ experience in IT and performance management in different markets (Energy, Telecom, IT).
QOS Energy powers Qantum®, a unique hardware-agnostic energy management platform that seamlessly gathers data from any plant monitoring system, such as databases, SCADA systems or data loggers and then transforms the data into comprehensive analytics (dashboard, KPIs, alertes, SLAs…) using the latest cloud computing and machine learning techniques. Franck and his team are located in Portland (Or).
FRANCK LE BRETON
CEO /// QOS ENERGY
12:05 Case studies on AI and Machine Learning
  • • What are the main untapped applications?
  • • What are the limits on the usage of machine learning and to what extent is predictive maintenance possible?
  • • State of the industry and future horizon
GERHARD MÜTTER /// TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - ALTESO
Gerhard Mütter is Technical Director of Alteso, where he leads, in the function of Owner Representative Advisory (ORA), supervision of O&M for PV-plants.

Together with the international team of experts at Alteso, Gerhard developed PEAK, our leading-edge data analysis service using special algorithms including machine learning for exploring big data. This software toolset allows supervision of multi-MW PV-plants based on perceptions of deep analysis of large datasets taken from monitoring systems.

Gerhard has worked in the renewable energy industry in product management, product development and PV for Austria’s largest solar-companies for more than 10 years. He has been technical head of large PV plants since 2011. Together with his team, he has analysed more than 2 GW of large PV plants across Europe and India, is Technical Director of Alteso in India, member of the Scientific Committee of EU-PVSEC and lecturer for Photovoltaics at the Technical University in Vienna.

Relevant Education: Automotive Engineer, Technical Mathematics and Informatics at University Linz, Austria, MSc for Renewable Energies at the Technical University, Vienna.
MODERATOR
GERHARD MÜTTER
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// ALTESO
SANTIAGO ESTRADA /// HEAD OF SOLAR&WIND - 3E
Santiago brings over 12 years of experience in Renewable Energies, on both Solar and Wind technologies. Throughout his career, he has worked for wind turbine manufacturers and O&M providers as well as for solar PV developers and EPC companies. His expertise includes field experience both in Europe and Latin America,evolving later into more commercial and managerial roles.

In his current role as Head of Solar&Wind at 3E, Santiago focuses on creating value to their customers both on the Technical Advisory business as well as on SynaptiQ and Data Services, 3E’s cutting edge performance monitoring platform for renewable assets
SANTIAGO ESTRADA
HEAD OF SOLAR&WIND /// 3E
MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN /// CAO, FOUNDER - RAYCATCH
Michael Goldstein is Co-founder of Raycatch Ltd. A software company focusing on bringing AI and automation to control rooms. Before that he founded DMATEK – Electronic Tagging for home arrest - acquired by 3M, AVT – AI based inspection systems for printing - acquired by Danaher. VisionSense Inc – 3D medical endoscopy – acquired by Medtronic. Michael holds a BSc in Physics, MSc in Engineering both from Tel-Aviv University and holds patents in the fields of signal and image process.
MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN
CAO, FOUNDER /// RAYCATCH
FILIPPO MALVEZZI /// SR COMMERCIAL ASSET MANAGER - OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS
Filippo Malvezzi joined Octopus Investments in July 2017 as Senior Commercial Asset manager focusing on the operations of the 173 MW Italian solar unsubsidised portfolio as well as leading other improvements across the UK 1 GW portfolio. Graduated as a mechanical engineer in 2010 Filippo holds 8 years experience in development, EPC and asset management of solar assets.
FILIPPO MALVEZZI
SR COMMERCIAL ASSET MANAGER /// OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS

Session 6B | The European PPA landscape

11:15 Corporate PPA mechanisms
  • • Challenges and risks of corporate PPAs
  • • Structuring corporate PPAs
  • • Investor grade off-takers’ requirements
TOMÁS GARCÍA /// DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA - CANADIAN SOLAR
Tomás García is Head of Business Development EMEA, Energy Group at Canadian Solar since April 2017. In this function, he leads and coordinates all business development activities along the solar PV value chain in EMEA countries: origination, acquisition of projects/portfolios or greenfield development, deal structuring, PPA negotiations, power market integration, etc. Prior to this role, he served at SunEdison as General Manager, Rural Electrification EMEA (2014-2015) and as Head of Strategy & Market Development EMEA & LATAM (2011-2014). Before that Tomás was Market Strategy Manager at First Solar (2008-2011) and a Strategy Consultant at the Monitor Group (2004-2008). Additionally, he has also worked as a Venture Capitalist, Research Scientist (doing science on solar PV materials), University Teacher and FX Trader. Tomás was a PhD student at Florida International University, earned his MSci at King´s College London and his Master degree in Physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
MODERATOR
TOMÁS GARCÍA
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA /// CANADIAN SOLAR
CARSTEN STEINHAUER /// PARTNER - MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY
Carsten Steinhauer, LL.M. is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery and the head of its Italian energy practice. He is a transactional lawyer focusing his practice on the renewable energy sector, with a high specialisation on the solar industry.

Carsten assists a variety of domestic and international clients in the structuring and negotiating of the development, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of renewable energy production and transmission facilities. Clients groups include component manufacturers, project developers, property owners, EPC and O&M contractors, asset managers, insurance & reinsurance companies, corporate banks and leasing companies, private investors and investment funds.

According to Chambers Global Guide 2017 Carsten is recognised as a leading Corporate and commercial lawyer focusing his practice on the energy area. Carsten was recognised for its expertise in the renewable energy industry by the recent TopLegal Energy Surveys. “Carsten Steinhauer's international experience is a big draw for clients…he has a brilliant legal mind, is very reliable and works quickly" commented Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. Legal 500 EMEA had consistently described him as “technically brilliant” and having “superb business acumen”, the 2017 edition describes him as “outstanding” and ranks him for the fifth year in a row in the “elite leading lawyers” table for Energy in Italy.
CARSTEN STEINHAUER
PARTNER /// MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY
ZOSIA RIESNER /// HEAD CORPORATE PPA - LIGHTSOURCE BP
Zosia joined Lightsource BP in 2016 to lead the growing Corporate PPA team. With over a decade of senior-level experience in the energy sector, Zosia has a deep understanding of the energy markets including corporate energy procurement and risk management as well as off take arrangements for renewable assets. She brings a great depth of knowledge to the Lightsource BP European Corporate PPA team leading having been actively involved in the UK Corporate PPA market place since the beginning and led several negotiations on corporate PPAs whilst at Utilyx. Zosia is responsible for power marketing activities in UK, Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain.
ZOSIA RIESNER
HEAD CORPORATE PPA /// LIGHTSOURCE BP
12:00 De-risking PPAs
  • • Mitigating counterparty risk and securing long-term cash flow
  • • Hybrid structures for bankable PPAs
  • • What are the perspectives for removing regulatory barriers to PPAs?
TOMÁS GARCÍA /// DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA - CANADIAN SOLAR
Tomás García is Head of Business Development EMEA, Energy Group at Canadian Solar since April 2017. In this function, he leads and coordinates all business development activities along the solar PV value chain in EMEA countries: origination, acquisition of projects/portfolios or greenfield development, deal structuring, PPA negotiations, power market integration, etc. Prior to this role, he served at SunEdison as General Manager, Rural Electrification EMEA (2014-2015) and as Head of Strategy & Market Development EMEA & LATAM (2011-2014). Before that Tomás was Market Strategy Manager at First Solar (2008-2011) and a Strategy Consultant at the Monitor Group (2004-2008). Additionally, he has also worked as a Venture Capitalist, Research Scientist (doing science on solar PV materials), University Teacher and FX Trader. Tomás was a PhD student at Florida International University, earned his MSci at King´s College London and his Master degree in Physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
MODERATOR
TOMÁS GARCÍA
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA /// CANADIAN SOLAR
MIGUEL MARROQUIN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - OUR NEW ENERGY
Miguel Marroquin, holds a double degree in Energy and Fuels Engineering by the Polythecnic University of Madrid and International Finance by the Grande Ecole HEC in Paris. He has previous experience quantitative analysis and M&A. In over 12 years of experience in energy markets, he held various positions including Head of Portfolio Management at the Luxembourgish Enovos and Vice President for Origination at Danske Commodities. His roles have always been closely related to the structuring and origination of bespoke non-standard solutions embedded in large commercial transactions. He develops the project behind ONE to provide an answer to the requests for an independent, transparent and reliable partner in the energy transition journey.
MIGUEL MARROQUIN
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// OUR NEW ENERGY
JONATHAN VAUSORT /// HEAD ORIGINATION 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 ORIGINATION ENERGY TRANSITION SERVICES DEPARTMENT /// ENGIE
ALESSANDRO STEFFANONI /// SR CORPORATE BANKER ENERGY - INTESA SANPAOLO
Alessandro Steffanoni is Senior Corporate Banker Energy - CIB Department at Intesa Sanpaolo. Alessandro has worked extensively for more than 15 years on various energy and infrastructure deals.
He was Head of Project Finance at BPER and Interbanca/GE Capital and was formerly associated with Banca Intesa.
He is one of the coauthors of the three editions of “Project finance in theory and Practice” – ELSEVIER, and faculty member of Bocconi University Management School.
ALESSANDRO STEFFANONI
SR CORPORATE BANKER ENERGY /// INTESA SANPAOLO

Session 6C |
The latest in Solar PV Development

11:15 Drivers of module prices today and tomorrow
  • • China setting the benchmark for global module prices
  • • The impact of the end of the MIP on module prices in Europe
  • • Current and future system cost breakdown
  • • Price comparison and market share of multi, mono and bifacial
CECILIA L'ECLUSE /// SOLAR ANALYST - BNEF
Cecilia L’Ecluse is a solar analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She joined BNEF’s solar team early 2018, covering European PV markets and module bankability. Prior to joining Bloomberg, she worked for the adaptation team at the UNFCCC and studied a Master’s in Climate Change, Finance and Management at Imperial College.
CECILIA L'ECLUSE
SOLAR ANALYST /// BNEF
11:45 N-type bifacial PV module system design considerations
  • • System configuration insights
  • • Environmental conditions and variable factors affecting yield
  • • Which locations make sense for bifacial systems
  • • Electrical design challenges
  • • N type bifacial solar cell technology roadmap
RICK HAN /// PRESIDENT OF NEW ENERGY R&D INSTITUTE - JOLYWOOD
Responsible for PV system integration development, PV + Agriculture and new energy investment feasibility study.
RICK HAN
PRESIDENT OF NEW ENERGY R&D INSTITUTE /// JOLYWOOD
12:15 Measurement and validation of bifacial modules’ power output
  • • Key factors affecting performance and energy yield of bifacial PV modules
  • • Overview of different power measurement approaches, standards and R&D results
  • • R&D results on real world measurements and validation with simulations
FRANK CZERNIE /// SALES MANAGER EMEA - TÜV RHEINLAND
Frank Czernie is Sales Manager EMEA being responsible for the business field “Solar Energy” of TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH. Within this role, he is in charge for sales and development of solar energy services, e.g. independent engineering services or component testing / certifications. After his studies, he worked as a senior consultant for a global consulting company in the field of risk management for industrial clients. During this time, he gained valuable knowledge of business processes and risk management. In 2010, he started working for TÜV Rheinland as a project manager in the business field “Solar Energy”. As an essential approach, he implemented risk based inspection procedures for PV power plant services and combined his knowledge of business risk management with the technical inspection procedures to reduce/mitigate the technical risks of investments in PV power plants.
FRANK CZERNIE
SALES MANAGER EMEA /// TÜV RHEINLAND
12:45 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
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Session 7A | Operation and Maintenance

14:00 Quantifying the impact of aerial Inspections
  • • Benefits for Asset Owners, Investors, EPC, and O&M providers
  • • Integrating aerial data into SCADA platform
  • • How can aerial and field investigation optimally complement each other?
  • • Practical Case studies
  • • Future Outlook and Trends
VISHAL PUNAMIYA /// CEO - SITEMARK
Vishal Punamiya is the CEO of Sitemark. He brings over 13 years of corporate experience of managing regional or global IT organizations in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA where he has deployed innovative and market disruptive solutions. He is passionate about connecting new technologies to mainstream applications that address real business needs. Sitemark’s platform redefines how enterprises deploy drones, gather, analyze and manage aerial data across single or multiple sites. Sitemark's platform is used by EPCs, O&Ms, Investors and Energy Producers in 18+ countries.
VISHAL PUNAMIYA
CEO /// SITEMARK
WILL HITCHCOCK /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ABOVE SURVEYING
Will is the founder and Managing Director of Above Surveying Ltd, a leader in the field of aerial inspections across large scale solar. Will is an Engineering graduate, private pilot of over 30 years and a seasoned technology and business professional with over 22 years’ experience in technology, project and commercial management.

During 2014 and 2015, as programme director at Push Energy Will was responsible for the construction of 150MW of ground mounted solar farms throughout the UK. In September 2015 Will focused on solving an industry problem, how to accurately inspect 100% of modules across large scale solar, leading to the founding of Above Surveying Ltd. Will is also a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and in 2011, he set up the UK’s first community owned solar co-operative, Green Energy Nayland, for which he is still a Director.
WILL HITCHCOCK
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ABOVE SURVEYING

Session 7B | Energy Trading

14:00 The future of Renewable Energy Trading: New market scenarios
  • • Challenges of off-taking solar power
  • • Providing added value to solar investors
  • • How to deal with higher levels of merchant risk
  • • Cracking the code of market solar pricing and dynamics
OLIVER CIANCIO /// ORIGINATION - DXT COMMODITIES
Oliver has 15 years experience in the power sector.
He works in Switzerland with DXT Commodities SA, formerly DufEnergy Trading - Duferco group, where he contributed to the start-up of its power business. Oliver is currently focused on the renewable energy origination activity, where DXT has a portfolio of off-take agreements with energy producers totaling approx. 2.5GW all over Italy.
In the past Oliver has worked on structuring and executing sponsor-side investments internationally (both greenfield and acquisitions) with major power utilities such as J-Power (in Tokyo, Japan) and Enel (in Milan, Italy).
OLIVER CIANCIO
ORIGINATION /// DXT COMMODITIES
14:45 PPAs, VPPAs, DERs & VPPs in the context of the EU Clean Energy Package
  • • Main business opportunities under the Package
  • • The 5 building blocks in the trialogues phase
  • • Opportunities in generation, wholesale, distribution & retail
  • • Country attractiveness & business model innovation
  • • Private sector initiatives: PPAs, VPPAs, DERs & VPPs
WEERO KOSTER /// FOUNDER - AEOLIAN
Aeolian’s founder, Weero Koster, has practiced law in the international arena and furthered sustainability for over 30 years. He was a partner, thought-leader and strategic policy-maker in global law firms Norton Rose Fulbright and Baker McKenzie for 22 years. His focus is on renewable energy and infrastructure projects and their financing, corporate finance transactions and energy regulatory advice. He is acknowledged as leading energy lawyer in the Netherlands by both Chambers Global and the Legal 500 EMEA for over twenty years.

On the projects side he has played key roles in pathfinder projects like the first Dutch offshore windfarm: NoordZeeWind, and the privatization and acquisition of the largest Dutch utility: Essent. He is known for his corporate PPA-work and has done numerous transactions for diverse national and international clients, like developers, investors, sponsors, off-takers, OEMs, financial institutions, many of whom are many household names.

He is a co-founder of the “R-meetings” on onshore wind and a member of the World Energy Council as well as a publicist and frequent speaker at energy related events and seminars. He recently published “the BES Electricity and Drinking Water Act’ with Boom scientific publishers.
WEERO KOSTER
FOUNDER /// AEOLIAN

Session 7C | Grid & Storage

14:00 Experiences with integrating PV into the grid
  • • Engaging the market stakeholders
  • • Streamlining cooperation between PV stakeholders and DNOs to reduce lost revenue
  • • Best practices on grid stability
  • • Discussing grid bottlenecks
FRANCESCO GIRARDI /// CHAIRMAN - BLUEFIELD SERVICES
Francesco Girardi is Senior Director of Engineering and Project Operations for Bluefield Partners LLP and Managing Director of Bluefield Services Ltd. He and his teams are based in London and Bristol. Francesco leads specialist solar PV engineering and asset management teams whose current responsibilities range from EPC and O&M contract negotiation to asset management including overseeing contractors during all stages of construction, commissioning, testing acceptance and operation of the solar PV assets owned by Bluefield funds which account for 400+MWp to date across 74 plants.
Prior to joining Bluefield, Francesco has worked in REC Group as Country Manager for the solar photovoltaic construction business, REC Systems Italy, where he was responsible for contracting and constructing over 70 MWp installed capacity comprising 26 ground and roof top sites and 24 plants in operation and maintenance. Francesco has also been a former Babcock & Brown Program Manager managing a pipeline of 170 MWp projects developed in Greece and 300+ MWp in Italy.
Francesco has served as Managing Director of REC Systems Italy and of a number of Italy based solar energy asset companies. He also served as Board Director for one Greek based solar energy assets holding company.
Francesco holds a MEng in Electronics Engineering from Polytechnic University of Bari.
FRANCESCO GIRARDI
CHAIRMAN /// BLUEFIELD SERVICES
14:30 Asset Management considerations for adding storage into projects
  • • Business case, storage monetization and revenue stacking
  • • Different O&M requirements and risks
  • • Battery manufacturers and software providers – who is bankable?
  • • Case studies for successful installations
JULIAN JANSEN /// SR ANALYST - IHS MARKIT TECHNOLOGY
Julian Jansen is a Senior Analyst at IHS Markit Technology. He leads the group’s global research on energy storage and provides deep insight on the key value drivers and emerging business models driving storage deployment across Europe and North America. Additionally, Julian delivers strategic advice for bespoke projects on various new energy technologies.
Prior to joining IHS Markit, Julian established and led the coverage of energy storage at specialist consultancy firm Delta-ee. Julian holds an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BBA in European Management from Lancaster University and a BSc in International Management from ESB Business School in Germany.
JULIAN JANSEN
SR ANALYST /// IHS MARKIT TECHNOLOGY
PANAGIOTIS STAMOULIS /// - FLUENCE ENERGY
Brings 15 years of Siemens experience in traditional Medium Voltage substation business and passionate in new technologies. Last 5 years actively involved on Li-ion battery energy storage market, supporting delivery of projects for the biggest European utilities (Enel, Terna, EDP) and driving business developments activities in several European, Asian and South American countries. Monitoring electrical energy storage market development and contributor on several international workshops (EU, Cigre). Married and father of 2 restless sons. Holds Diploma in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Management of Business, Innovation and Technology.
PANAGIOTIS STAMOULIS
/// FLUENCE ENERGY
NATALIA EISELE /// ASSOCIATE - SUSI PARTNERS
Natalia is an Investment Professional with over 6 Years of experience in the Financial Industry. Prior to joining SUSI Partners, she worked at UBS in Zurich, Frankfurt and São Paulo where she gained experience in executing mid and small cap transactions. She joined SUSI in March 2016 helping to raise the EUR250m first dedicated energy storage fund (SUSI Energy Storage Fund) and is currently part of the investment team of the fund.
NATALIA EISELE
ASSOCIATE /// SUSI PARTNERS
15:30 - 16:15 PM BREAK
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Session 8 | Closing Plenary

16:15 The path ahead for solar in Europe in an ever-changing environment

  • • Reshaping business models at lower tariffs
  • • Opportunities going forward in the market
  • • Strategies to face the next challenges in O&M and AM
  • • Disruptive service models and technologies to watch for
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Konstantinos works as a project manager Solar Asset Management in Solarplaza, focusing on the European and the US markets. He is a sustainable energy professional with experience in evaluation of energy systems, business plan development and stakeholder engagement.
Graduate of the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands having acquired a PDEng in Smart Energy Buildings & Cities and a MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology and also holds a Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece.
MODERATOR
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
CHUCK SMITH /// EVP O&M SALES & SOLUTIONS - SMA
Chuck Smith is the executive vice president of Global Operations and Maintenance Sales and Solutions for SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for establishing SMA as the solar industry’s leading O&M service provider across all commercial and utility PV product and market segments. Smith’s duties include global O&M business strategy development and leadership, sales, solution and process innovation, and talent acquisition. He also drives customer loyalty and seamlessly aligns SMA O&M Sales and Solutions with all other company business functions (strategy, technology, operations, finance, legal and human resources) and business units (commercial, utility and off-grid/hybrid).
Smith joined SMA in 2010 as the senior manager of SMA’s North American service operations and quickly moved up the ranks to his current position. Before that, he spent 25 years with Hewlett-Packard in Roseville, California, where he held numerous senior management positions leading various global service and research and development teams.
Smith received a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology in Columbus, Ohio. He then went on to earn master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Columbia, Maryland, and the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, a joint venture of Columbia University in New York and the University of California, Berkeley.
CHUCK SMITH
EVP O&M SALES & SOLUTIONS /// SMA
ABID KAZIM /// UK MANAGING DIRECTOR - NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
Abid is the CEO of Wise Energy Group and member of the Investment Committee of the NextEnergy Solar Fund listed on the London Stock Exchange.

He has over 30 years’ experience covering banking, strategy consulting and business operations across Europe, USA and Asia. Abid was a founding consultant with eBusiness Consulting at PriceWaterhouse and has led strategy exercises on the re-regulation of UK electricity markets (1998) and global strategy and delivery for a variety of companies. Abid has managed buy and sell side M&A in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Over the past 7 years, Abid has led the origination, structuring and/or delivery of 1,290MWp of solar projects including in excess of 640MWp for the NESF.
ABID KAZIM
UK MANAGING DIRECTOR /// NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
SARA DI MARIO /// COO - EF SOLARE ITALIA
She has been working in the Energy sector for more than ten years. She got passionate about the sector while carrying out wide-ranging activities in Operations, strategic planning and budgeting, business development, Due Diligence, IT systems in the Energy sector, energy management. From 2006 to 2009 she worked for the multinational company GDF-SUEZ, taking on strategic planning and Business Developer roles in the renewables sector.
From 2009 to 2011 she was first Project Coordinator and then Head of Operations at the Helio Capital. This company was a start-up focusing on the photovoltaic sector.
Since 2011 she has been the COO of Holding Fotovoltaica S.p.A. (since 2016 COO of EF Solare Italia S.p.A.), PV start-up that has become the leader of PV sector in Italy.
SARA DI MARIO
COO /// EF SOLARE ITALIA
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PROGRAM /// DAY 2
24 October 2018
 

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