CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
PROGRAMME - DAY 1
7 OCTOBER

08:30 - Registration and coffee

09:15 - Introduction by the chairman

SESSION 1
EUROPE AND COUNTRY SPECIFIC O&M DEVELOPMENTS

09:30 - PV O&M trends and developments within Europe

  • Overview of the different kinds of the currently applied O&M business models
  • Service level and pricing developments in O&M-service offerings across Europe
  • How different O&M practices may influence risk ratings
Pietro Radoia /// Senior Analyst, Solar Insight - Bloomberg New Energy Finance

10:00 - O&M and Asset Management in the context of changing market environments (panel discussion)

  • Country specific O&M and Asset Management developments and insights
  • The impact of the 'Spalma Incentivi' regulation change on the management of PV assets in Italy
  • Developments in industrial and large scale installations in Europe
Federico Frattini /// Vice Director, Energy & Strategy Group - Politecnico di Milano

Philip Wolfe /// Founder - Wiki-Solar

Umberto Tamburrino /// Executive Committee Member - Asso Rinnovabili

William Silverstone /// Founder & CEO - Silverstone Green Energy


10:40 - Networking break - sponsored by 

 

 

 
SESSION 2A
UNDERSTANDING PV PLANT PERFORMANCE
SESSION 2B
PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT AND MAXIMISATION

11:15 - Long-term yield and performance data from across Europe

  • Understanding developments of system efficiency and performance ratios
  • Maximum attainable performance ratios and returns
  • Key factors that influence PV plant returns
Robert Pfatischer /// Managing Director - meteocontrol

11:15 - Applying theory and R&D to guarantee maximal plant performance

  • The ratio behind R&D from the 'complete plant complexity' perspective
  • Applying R&D to guarantee high performance of the assets
  • Case study of 4.3 MW plant revamping and performance increase (kwh, €, IRR)
     
Wolfgang Conrad /// CTO - Belectric GmbH

11:40 - Plant under-performance analysis

  • Engineering and design issues 
  • Occurring types of mismatch
  • System component degradation and malfunctioning
  • Recognizing and understanding PID
  • Potential financial impact of kinds of under-performance
     
Willi Vaassen /// Head of Business Field and Authorized Officer Solar Energy - TÜV Rheinland

11:40 - Measuring the real performance of an asset

  • Why operators often fail to realise the guaranteed performance 
  • Pitfalls in measuring real availability of a plant
  • Methods to discover under performance and long term yield
Christoph Neufink /// Director Service - skytron energy

 

12:05 - Analyzing performance losses for different purposes 

Rémy Tasse /// Director - SynaptiQ

  • Detailed breakdown of losses of plants in operation
  • Comparison with expected performance losses
  • Real cases with emphasis on impact for different stakeholders
  • Analyzing losses in different periods of a plant's lifetime and for different purposes (buying/selling, optimising, commissioning)

12:05 - Different methods for increasing plant performance

    Fulvio Mariani /// Director - OST energy

    • Situations where re-engineering or re-powering is a viable option
    • Potential issues and challenges with re-engineering
    • Short and long-term benefits of upgrading and revamping
    • Case study: re-engineering and cost-benefit analysis of a MW PV plant
    • Landscaping, cleaning and other basic measures to minimize losses

     

    12:40 - Networking lunch - sponsored by SMA Solar Technology

     
    SESSION 3
    EVALUATING THE POTENTIAL VALUE OF O&M INNOVATIONS

    14:00 - Integrating technological innovations in O&M services

    • The role of technological innovations in developing O&M solutions that reduce the overall cost of service
    • Challenges in the flawless integration of innovations
    • Balancing technology investments with ROI and effectiveness of O&M
    Stefan Degener /// Director and Head of Business Development Europe, First Solar

    14:30 - Effectiveness of promising technological developments and innovations (panel discussion)

    • Weather forecasting, SCADA innovations, application of drones, large scale storage, cleaning, PID solutions
    • The main issues related to the integration of these innovations
    • Budgeting and investment considerations for O&M providers and Asset Managers
    Eleonora Denna /// Product Marketing Manager, Omron Sustainable Business Solutions

    Álvaro Velasco /// Country Manager, Enertis

    Marcel Suri /// Managing Director, GeoModel Solar

    15:15 - Coffee break

    SESSION 4
    THE ASSET MANAGER AND INVESTOR PERSPECTIVE

    16:00 - Optimising Asset Management strategy (panel discussion)

    • The main 'post warranty' considerations and decisions to take
    • Strategic considerations regarding in-house vs outsourced O&M
    • Dealing with security issues
    • Spreading service provider risk and avoiding conflicts of interest
    • Service Level Agreement (SLA) considerations and requirements
    • Focus and priorities: availability, performance ratio, uptime
    • Strategies in optimising cost-efficiency of a PV plant portfolio
    Paolo Lugiato /// CEO - RTR Energy

    Axel Thiemann /// COO - Sonnedix

    Francesco Girardi /// Director of Engineering & Project Operations - Bluefield LLP

    Abid Kazim /// Managing Director UK - Wise Energy

    16:45 - Investor and lender requirements (panel discussion)

    • The investor’s view on Asset Management and O&M: expectations and requirements
    • Preferences on totally integrated Asset Management vs different service providers
    • Assessing bankability and selecting the right service providers
    • Budgeting considerations regarding management of the assets
    • How selection of the service provider can influence IRR and DSCR of a plant
    • Requirements based on experiences with other renewable energy assets
    Marco Martorana /// Energy Asset Manager, Italian RES portfolio - Unicredit Leasing

    Federico Giannandrea /// Partner & Head of Italian office - Foresight Group

     

    17:30 - Networking drinks

    19:00 - Networking dinner (for sponsors, partners and dinner registrants)

    PROGRAMME - DAY 1