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PAST Webinar /// Risk mitigation: special focus on inverters and components

Tuesday October 24, 3:00-4:00 PM CEST
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The long term operation of a photovoltaic plant involves a number of risks that can affect the overall profitability and performance of such a project. During this 1-hour, complimentary webinar, we focused on risk mitigation relating to different parts of solar power plant design: inverters, cabling and connectors. 

Olivier Haldi of Stäubli Electrical Connectors and Francesc Filiberto of Siconia presented an in-depth reflection on risk analysis and mitigation, diving into topics such as:

  • Various long term inverter service strategies

  • Why failures of cables/connectors rank among the highest potential risks in a PV system

  • Impact of risk-factors on the efficiency (LCOE) and the economic success (ROI) of a PV project

  • How to mitigate potential risks and maximize returns

OLIVIER HALDI /// GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - STÄUBLI
Olivier has been with the Swiss-headquartered Stäubli Electrical Connectors, formerly known as Multi- Contact, for more than two years. In his current role as a Global Business Development Manager in the business unit Photovoltaics and Alternative Energies, he is mainly responsible for global key account management, leading internal projects and supporting subsidiaries. Before joining Stäubli, Olivier has gained professional experience in marketing and sales for more than 12 years in the Medtec industry. Olivier holds a BSc economics from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
OLIVIER HALDI
GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// STÄUBLI
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.
FRANCESC FILIBERTO
CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER /// SICONIA
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PAST Webinar /// Quantification of module soiling: data analysis and innovative methods

Wednesday October 11, 4:00-5:00 PM CEST
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Soiling is an issue not discussed regularly in Europe; especially in the northern counties. During this one hour long webinar we will discuss why soiling is an issue even in plants located in the UK and in Germany and how you can use innovative methods to assess the soiling levels. Donald van Velsen of Kipp & Zonen B.V. and Gerhard Mütter of Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH will present their experiences regarding:

  • Different soiling scenarios depending on the location

  • Local differences inside the plants

  • Using data analytics to quantify soiling

  • Optimum solutions using innovative tools and equipment

DONALD VAN VELSEN /// PRODUCT MANAGER - KIPP & ZONEN
Donald van Velsen is Product Manager and responsible for the introduction of the DustIQ soiling monitoring system and RT1 rooftop monitoring system at Kipp & Zonen in Delft, The Netherlands.
Kipp & Zonen provides class-leading instruments for measuring solar radiation and atmospheric properties in Meteorology, Climatology, Hydrology, Industry, Renewable Energy, Agriculture and Public Health as well as instruments for soiling measurement.
Donald has a 30-year background in sales and product marketing of high-end computer systems and top of the line microscopy solutions and now enjoys working for a company that has “Passion for Precision” as the bases for products and developments.
DONALD VAN VELSEN
PRODUCT MANAGER /// KIPP & ZONEN
GERHARD MÜTTER /// TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Gerhard Mütter is Technical Director of Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH, where he leads in function of ORA (Owner Representative Advisory) supervision of O&M for PV-Parks with actual (08/2015) more than 700MWp capacity.
With his team and partners of EU-project PERFORMANCE PLUS he developed PIT, Performance Improvement Tools, a software toolset that allows to control multi-MW PV-parks based on perceptions of deep analysis of large datasets taken from monitoring systems.
Gerhard worked in Renewable Energies for Product Management, Product Development and PV for Austrians largest solar-companies like SOLution Solartechnik or General Solar/Sonnenkraft since more than 10 years.
Since 2011 he is technical head of large PV parks.
Relevant Education: Automotive Engineer, Technical Mathematics and Informatics at University Linz, Austria, MSc for Renewable Energies at Technical University Vienna.
GERHARD MÜTTER
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS

PAST WEBINAR /// Update on European Solar Asset Management Landscape

Thursday July 6, 14:00-15:00 CEST
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To get an overview of the current status of the European Solar Asset Management landscape, we zoomed in on Italy, one of the most prolific solar markets on the continent. During this 1-hour, complimentary webinar, our moderator Eelco Hoogduin, along with two high-level experts from leading firms NextEnergy Capital and Armon Capital dived into topics such as:

  • Latest market developments

  • Activities on the Secondary Market

  • Refinancing of plants and portfolio

  • GSE inspections

  • Foreseeable future: revamping, storage, ancillary services and market parity

GIANLUCA BOCCANERA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALY - NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
Gianluca has over 7 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, spread across different areas, from the development to the financing, construction and then technical, administrative, financial, accounting and fiscal management of energy production assets and their respective investment vehicles setup in different countries. Since joining WiseEnergy, Gianluca has contributed to the setup and growth of the business and the corporate structure, gaining progressively external exposure and internal responsibilities. Gianluca has also been involved in the provision of asset management services to both lenders and sponsors and actively participated to lobbying activities carried-out by key Italian sector associations such as Assilea. Previously, Gianluca worked in the investment banking industry for 6 years, across different financial institutions (Calyon, Mediobanca, Dresdner Kleinwort and lastly Morgan Stanley) and countries (Italy and UK), gaining an extensive experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, having worked on several landmark M&A and capital market transactions closed both in Italy and abroad. Gianluca is graduated cum laude in Business Administration with a major in Corporate Finance at the Bocconi University (Italy).
GIANLUCA BOCCANERA
MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALY /// NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
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.
ALESSANDRO COHEN
PARTNER & SENIOR ADVISOR RENEWABLE ENERGY /// ARMON CAPITAL
EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT - SOLARPLAZA
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EELCO HOOGDUIN
PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// SOLARPLAZA

PAST WEBINAR /// The Holy Grail of data intelligence in Solar Asset Management

Managing over 3500 renewable renewable plants with a total capacity of 1.5GW, data intelligence is one of the most important value propositions of QOS Energy. Product Manager Gilles Estivalet and Data Scientist Guillaume Saupin will explain the challenges to achieve data intelligence in solar O&M.

For a good overview and summary of the webinar, be sure to read our article:

Asset performance data management and its value to solar PV plants

GILLES ESTIVALET
PRODUCT MANAGER /// QOS ENERGY
GILLAUME SAUPIN
DATA SCIENTIST /// QOS ENERGY

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