PROGRAM /// DAY 2
24 October 2018
 

Session 5

09:00 Opening by conference Chairman


09:15 Status of the European PV secondary market

  • • Top markets and buyers of PV projects
  • • Investors’ appetite and targeted returns by market
  • • Public equity investors: who are the top backers of the solar listed funds?
PIETRO RADOIA /// SR ANALYST SOLAR INSIGHT - BNEF
Pietro Radoia is a senior solar analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He joined BNEF's solar team in early 2011, and covers European PV markets, secondary PV market activity, and PV Levelized Cost of Electricity analysis. Before joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Pietro completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, where he specialised in Environmental Economics & Policy. Prior to his postgraduate studies he worked for the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) in Brussels for two years.
PIETRO RADOIA
SR ANALYST SOLAR INSIGHT /// BNEF

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 in properly evaluating an asset or portfolio
  • • How real are geographic and operational synergies when adding projects or portfolios to existing AM portfolios?
10:30 AM BREAK

Session 6A | Analytics and AI

11:00 Case studies on AI and Machine Learning
  • • What are the main untapped applications?
  • • What are the limits on the usage of machine learning?
  • • State of the industry and future horizon
11:45 PV Plant Performance - Analytics to Action
  • • Prerequisites for good data analytics and how do you make it actionable?
  • • What benefits should Owners, Operators, Asset Managers expect from their analytics?
  • • The future of analytics

Session 6B | PPA scene

11:00 Corporate PPA mechanisms
  • • Structuring corporate PPAs
  • • Investor grade off-takers’ requirements
  • • Clause negotiation
11:45 De-risking PPAs
  • • Balancing risk profiles
  • • Hybrid structures for bankable PPAs
  • • What are the perspectives for removing regulatory barriers for PPAs?

Session 6C |
The latest in Solar PV Development

11:00 Floating Solar Plants insights
  • • Gaining trust from financing entities - Case studies
  • • Differences in O&M and AM compared to ground-mounted PV
  • • Future of floating solar: opportunities and threats
11:45 Bifacial modules
  • • System configuration insights
  • • Environmental conditions and variable factors affecting yield
  • • Which locations make sense for bifacial systems
12:40 LUNCH BREAK

Session 7A | O&M

14:00 Revamping and Repowering: Turning the underperforming solar power plant into a highly performing asset
  • • Plant recovery process: successful case studies
  • • Implement and evaluate repowering measures
  • • New approaches driven by innovation
  • • Case studies
14:45 Quantifying the impact of aerial Inspections
  • • Choices/Trade-offs that companies need to make
  • • How can aerial and field investigation optimally complement each other?

Session 7B | Energy Trading

14:00 The future of Energy Trading: New market scenarios
  • • Cracking the code of market solar pricing and dynamics
  • • How to deal with higher levels of merchant risk
  • • The role of emission costs in future scenarios
14:45 TBC

Session 7C | Grid & Storage

14:00 Experiences with integrating PV into the grid
  • • Engaging the market stakeholders
  • • Streamlining cooperation between PV stakeholders and DNOs
  • • Best practices on grid stability
  • • Discussing grid bottlenecks
FRANCESCO GIRARDI /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - 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
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BLUEFIELD SERVICES
14:45 Asset Management considerations for adding storage into projects
  • • Value of solar plants: can they provide more than just energy?
  • • What does having more dispatchable solar mean for the Operations side of O&M
  • • Considerations for the different warrantied life for solar (20+ years) vs. batteries (10 years)
  • • Battery manufacturers and software providers – who is bankable?
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
15:30 PM BREAK

Session 8 | Closing Plenary

16:00 Closing Panel Discussion

16:45 END OF CONFERENCE & NETWORKING DRINKS
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 2
24 October 2018
 

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