PAST Webinar /// How Sophisticated Data Solutions are Transforming Asset Management and O&M
Thursday 6th September, 16:00 CET
Creating an effective O&M strategy requires an in-depth understanding of portfolio and plant data. Simply monitoring a plant’s uptime and addressing issues that arise is not enough to ensure successful, cost-effective operating life. O&M solution providers must employ both real-time and predictive data analysis to minimize operating expenses wherever possible.
Ben Hansen and Zach Kreifels from SMA America together with Vishal Punamiya from Sitemark discussed how carefully examining dynamic plant conditions with sophisticated data analytics create the opportunity for O&M providers to optimize a custom maintenance schedule, further securing the long-term profitability of the plant.
How real-time analytics are being used to detect issues that are unbeknownst to plant operators, mitigating costly downtime and lost production.
Why forward-looking O&M strategies using predictive analytics are critical in minimizing operational expenses.
How optimizing a plant’s maintenance schedule utilizing predictive data analytics can have a profound impact on profitability
Deploying and integrating aerial data within an organization at scale
Practical case studies
|ZACH KREIFELS /// O&M PERFORMANCE & ANALYTICS PRODUCT MANAGER - SMA|
|Zach Kreifels is the O&M Performance and Analytics Product Manager at SMA. In this role he works with sales and operations to develop, price, and market new solutions ensuring each facility managed by SMA performs optimally. Prior to joining SMA, Zach’s career has been focused in the energy industry with First Solar and Black & Veatch. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.|
O&M PERFORMANCE & ANALYTICS PRODUCT MANAGER /// SMA
|BEN HANSEN /// SENIOR MANAGER, GLOBAL O&M SERVICE SOLUTIONS - SMA|
|Ben Hansen is the Senior Manager for Global O&M Service Solutions at SMA America, the U.S. subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG. In this role, Hansen leads project management efforts to design the O&M solutions that SMA offers around the globe. Prior to joining SMA, Hansen worked extensively in the construction and technology industries with companies such as AT&T and Cisco Systems. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University and a Project Management Certificate from The George Washington University.|
SENIOR MANAGER, GLOBAL O&M SERVICE SOLUTIONS /// SMA
|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.|
CEO /// SITEMARK
PAST Webinar /// Risk mitigation: special focus on inverters and components
Tuesday October 24, 3:00-4:00 PM CEST
(RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)
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.|
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.|
CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER /// SICONIA
PAST Webinar /// Quantification of module soiling: data analysis and innovative methods
Wednesday October 11, 4:00-5:00 PM CEST
(RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)
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.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
PAST Webinar /// Update on European Solar Asset Management Landscape
Thursday July 6, 14:00-15:00 CEST
(RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)
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
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).|
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.|
PARTNER & SENIOR ADVISOR RENEWABLE ENERGY /// ARMON CAPITAL
|EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT - SOLARPLAZA|
|A short bio will follow soon...|
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:
PRODUCT MANAGER /// QOS ENERGY
DATA SCIENTIST /// QOS ENERGY