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DATE: DAY 1 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

07:30-09:00 REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE
09:00-09:15 Introduction - Jon Harman, New Energy Update
09:15-10:00 Plenary Keynote - Wind & PV
Smarter Asset Management and Investment Strategies, How to Maximize Returns and Maintain Growth
  • With the growing trend for private equity investment in clean energy showing no signs of slowing down, hear from key stakeholders about the current state of play and outlook for the year ahead
  • Hear examples how you can expand your current portfolio with wind and PV sites and what to look for when making investment decisions
  • Discover how refined asset management and operations and maintenance strategies do not always mean reducing capital expenditure opportunities

3megawatt Moderator: Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

BlackRock Renewable Power Group Peter Raftery Managing Director BlackRock Renewable Power Group

Accenture Melissa Stark Global Head of Renewables Accenture

Lloyds Register Karl Ove Ingebrigtsen Director Low Carbon Power Generation Lloyds Register

Polenergia Bart Dujczynski CFO Polenergia

Next Energy Capital Abid Kazim Managing Director Next Energy Capital

10:00-10:45 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Market Outlook 2018
10:45-11:00 PV project transactions in Europe's secondary market

This will cover but not be limited to the following:

  • Key markets and most active buyers and sellers
  • Public equity investors: who are the top backers of the solar listed funds?
  • A view into investors' targeted returns by market

BNEF Pietro Radoia Solar Analyst BNEF

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Main PV Agenda
Energy Storage Workshop Sessions
Workshop Host: Eversheds Sutherland
11:00-11:25 Optimise your PPA negotiations while in an era of price pressure
  • Understand how to deal with price pressure applied to every part of the value chain as PPA prices for solar PV energy continue to decline around the world
  • Adapt to the current market conditions and learn best practice when it comes to technical due diligence, best plant performance and making the case for PPA contracts that are in favour of the asset owner
  • Gain insight into how to maximize your commercial opportunities from energy trading to improve your bottom line profitability

RES France Renaud Chevallaz-Perrier Director of Operations RES France


11:25-11:50 Optimising O&M across a global portfolio
  • Market specific challenges across a global portfolio
  • Understanding the key O&M value drivers as basis for O&M optimization
  • Finding the optimal balance between maximum production and low cost, while ensuring safe operations
  • How a standardised global approach to O&M is applied to ensure operational excellence

Scatec Solar Pål Strøm Senior Vice President Scatec Solar

11:00-11:45 Energy Storage Workshop: Overview of the current storage market and looking at the future
  • Get an analysis of Germany’s and UK’s business models for energy storage and how they differ to other business models in the market
  • Understand how Energy Storage projects are integrated – both pre-development and post development – and explore the business cases for both, plus the need to know elements of introducing such a project into a renewable energy generation asset
  • Get an introductory view on a special tender process for battery storage that will enable specific support for the grid
  • Group Q&A and RoundTable sessions

Workshop Host: Eversheds Sutherland Chair: Michael Grimes Partner in the Clean Energy Sustainability Group Eversheds Sutherland

Workshop Host:NIPPON KOEI Frank Bernard Senior Vice-President Energy Storage NIPPON KOEI CO. LTD.

basalt Markus Geisselmann Vice President BASALT Infrastructure Partners

Augusta Co. Harry Gibson Associate Director Augusta Co.

Deloitte Gavin Quantock Director Deloitte

11:50-12:15 In-house vs. outsourced O&M
  • Assess the positives and negatives of managing O&M in house and the impact it can have on your bottom line from asset owner case studies
  • Hear exclusive insights on outsourced O&M and identify the potential gains and losses
  • Learn how to work out a good balance between price and quality when choosing an O&M provider to overall plant performance
  • How to monitor the performance of both in-house and out-sourced O&M to optimize every kWh

Bluefield Operations Valerio Pelizzi Head of O&M Bluefield Operations


12:15-12:35 Panel - O&M Management and Optimisation Techniques
 

RES France Renaud Chevallaz-Perrier Director of Operations RES France

Scatec Solar Pål Strøm Senior Vice President Scatec Solar

Bluefield Operations Valerio Pelizzi Head of O&M Bluefield Operations

Alectris Vassilis Papaeconomou Managing Director Alectris

11:45-12:30 Energy Storage Workshop: Technology advances on and off-grid
  • Explore how high retail electricity prices have led to a rise in self-consumed solar power and the installation of battery storage and hear if and how technology advances will respond to this trend
  • See how the use of distributed battery storage in conjunction with both renewable and traditional generation can stabilise the grid and drive higher ROIs for energy generators
  • Group Q&A and RoundTable sessions

Workshop Host: Eversheds Sutherland Chair: Michael Grimes Partner in the Clean Energy Sustainability Group Eversheds Sutherland

DNV GL Dr. Martijn Huibers Senior Consultant - Team Lead Solar & Storage DNV GL

Younicos Lars Stephan Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs Younicos GmbH

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12:35-14:15 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
14:15-14:45 Results on using advanced data analytics including machine learning for exploring big data on utility scale PV
  • Learn how to detect hidden potentials of your PV portfolio with AI methodologies and big data usage
  • Evaluate how to shift away from full-scope and scheduled maintenance towards predictive maintenance (reliability centered and risk based) to achieve highest performance at the lowest cost
  • Hear how to standardize your O&M process to be able to allow AI to detect faults somewhere happened to be detected long before production losses occur

Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH Gerhard Mütter Technical Director Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH


14:45-15:15 Aiming for operational excellence
  • How to select and integrate the right intelligent monitoring systems for your PV plants to identify under performance
  • Ensure all your component parts are standardized so they work with your existing condition based monitoring systems
  • Learn how to get the right technical team in place who understand the analytical data being collated
  • Ensure you can display data in such a way that it can be fed back to senior level managers to aid AM decision making
  • How to roll out your predictive maintenance processes across your entire portfolio

Next Energy Capital Carlos Javier Sarasa Maestro Technical Director Next Energy Capital

14:15-15:00 Energy Storage Workshop: Storage policy and regulation
  • Understand the main opportunities for energy storage, given the policies in both the UK and Germany (and beyond)
  • Understand how you, as a player in the European Renewable Energy market, can help to improve the regulatory landscape for storage systems and why this will ultimately benefit you
  • Group Q&A and RoundTable sessions

Workshop Host: Eversheds Sutherland Chair: Jean-Pascal Boutin Head of Regulatory and Partner in the Clean Energy Sustainability Group Eversheds Sutherland

Workshop Host:Camborne Capital Dan Taylor Managing Director Camborne Capital

Younicos GmbH Lars Stephan Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs Younicos GmbH

Accenture Melissa Stark Global Head of Renewables Accenture

15:15-15:45 Intelligent monitoring systems for proactive O&M
  • Discuss the impact of state-of-the-art technology on managing large O&M portfolios to contribute to performance standardization
  • Make sure you have the right technical expertise in place for efficient monitoring and reporting to meet your O&M requirements
  • Hear how you can prioritise maintenance needs through automated fault reporting and diagnostic algorithms

meteocontrol Martin Schneider Managing Director meteocontrol


15:45-16:00 Panel - data, monitoring and AI
 

Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH Gerhard Mütter Technical Director Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH

Next Energy Capital Carlos Javier Sarasa Maestro Technical Director Next Energy Capital

meteocontrol Martin Schneider Managing Director meteocontrol

15:00-15.45 Energy Storage Workshop: Funding battery storage
  • Get to grips with the different revenue streams for battery storage
  • Discuss whether energy storage is ready for project finance, and if so, what and when you can expect from the market as it evolves
  • Financial models: How can ad hoc battery storage systems be added to existing renewable energy plants without prejudicing such plants and/or green subsidies
  • Group Q&A and RoundTable sessions

Workshop Host: Eversheds Sutherland Chair: Jean-Pascal BoutinHead of Regulatory and Partner in the Clean Energy Sustainability GroupEversheds Sutherland

Workshop Host: Leclanché SA Heiko Ross Vice President Utilities & Grid Solutions Leclanché SA

Workshop Host: Susi PartnersGustavo Coito Senior Vice President Susi Partners

PolenergiaBart Dujczynski CFO Polenergia

SDCLWarren Pimm Partner SDCL

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16:00-16:30 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
16:30-17:00 Repowering and Optimizing PV Systems
  • Improve PV system performance while achieving a rapid and high ROI
  • Rapid, low-cost deployment within the existing DC infrastructure
  • Recover degradation related energy losses
  • New opportunities to increase system revenue
  • Case study using string optimizers

AMPT LLC Darryl Parker VP of Sales and Marketing ampt

17:00-17:30 Standardisation
  • Get the latest insight into O&M standardization across Europe and discuss how it will improve your chances of investment
  • Hear an Industry discussion on the standardization and allocation of spare parts, and how to use reliable data to make better decisions
  • See how to meet industry expectations by providing a Scope of Work that will ensure performance guarantees are met, including the interface between EPC warranty/contractor and O&M warranty/contractor

Sonnedix Juan Fernandez Head of Asset Management and Integration - Spain Sonnedix

17:30-18:00 Continuous Transformation as the key to Sustainability and Success
  • Reflection on Market-, Asset Owner-, and Service Provider transformation
  • Insights in BayWa r.e. Operation Services’ strategy
  • Upcoming challenges and opportunities for Service Providers and Asset Owners

BayWa r.e Tobias Bittkau Global Head of Operation Services BayWa r.e.

18:00-18:30 Panel - The evolution of O&M
 

AMPT LLC Darryl Parker VP of Sales and Marketing AMPT LLC

Sonnedix Juan Fernandez Head of Asset Management and Integration - Spain Sonnedix

BayWa r.e Tobias Bittkau Global Head of Operation Services BayWa r.e.

18:30-20:00 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION
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DATE: DAY 2 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

8:00-9:00 REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE
9:00-9:15 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
9:15-9:45 O&M service pricing and negotiations
  • Evaluate O&M cost comparison models to get a unique perspective of European O&M cost trends
  • Debate the different perspectives between plant owner/operators and vendors when delivering O&M services
  • Innovative models for a successful working partnership between service providers and PV plant owner / operators
  • Discuss about the benefits of using comparative data to link performance to a price basis to maximize yield

Hazel Capital John O’Toole Technical Director Hazel Capital

9:45-10:15 Data gathering, data analysis, data security
  • Learn more about Central vs. Distributed plant supervision
  • Know how leading operators are managing to amass and structure ‘big data’ in such a way that it can be easily accessed and analysed for positive decision making
  • Discover challenges and solutions for Maintenance Management Systems
  • Understand the steps operators have taken to build and equip analytics, processes and teams for remote plant operation
  • Debate learnings for and from other business areas

ENcome Robin Hirschl Managing Director ENcome

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10:15-10:45 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
10:45-11:15 Performance Ratio measurements for optimising asset management
  • Understand the importance of correct measurements
  • Learn about the economics of satellite and pyranometer irradiance measurements
  • How to optimise panel cleaning intervals by adequate soiling measurement

Kipp & Zonen B.V. Jan-Willem Sips Business Developer Kipp & Zonen B.V.

11:15-11:35 Notifying defects under the EPC warranty
  • Discuss the defects that can develop on an operational PV plant and learn how to detect them
  • Discuss how the owner can protect himself against the consequences of these defects
  • And discuss how the EPC can protect himself as well
  • Discuss what steps can be taken by both the owner and the EPC to continue to improve the quality of new-built PV plants

Foresight Group Arnoud Klaren Technical Director Foresight Group

11:35-11:55 Repowering of PV plants for optimized ROI
  • Discuss the practicalities of repowering a PV plant and what scope of work you can expect from the project, from start to finish
  • Consider the financial and operational implications of repowering your assets and how to make a call on what it is an appropriate time to do this
  • Debate whether the repowering market is set to go through massive growth and when this is likely to happen

Octopus Investments Ernesto Chieffo Technical Director Octopus Investments

11:55-12:15 Panel - Performance Ratio, repowering and PID
 

Kipp & Zonen B.V. Jan-Willem Sips Business Developer Kipp & Zonen B.V.

Foresight Group Arnoud Klaren Technical Director Foresight Group

Octopus Investments Ernesto Chieffo Technical Director Octopus Investments

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12:15-14:15 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
14:15-14:35 Bankability of operational assets - what do investors want and how do you achieve it
  • Gain insight into what banks take into consideration when providing project funding for PV projects
  • With FIT schemes being retrospectively adjusted, find out what this means for your business over the next 18 months
  • Evaluate the options available to your business including; Private Equity, Venture Capital and Bank
  • Discover the importance of O&M when assessing the bankability of a project and proactive steps you can take to make your project more attractive
  • Hear how you can minimize risk through insurance practices

Glennmont Partners Jordi Francesch Head of Asset Management Glennmont Partners

14:35-14:55 Effective technical management
  • Contractual best practices - what are the key points to negotiate?
  • Managing spare parts properly can make you make money
  • On the importance of Benchmarking, and what to benchmark!

Greensolver Guy Auger CEO Greensolver

14:55-15:30 How to assess the financial performance of your plant or portfolio
  • Identify the key financial metrics you need to look at when evaluating your refinancing or sale options
  • Assess the critical success factors that indicate over - or under - performance of your assets and turning kW/H into money
  • How to balance CAPEX vs OPEX to ensure maximum yield at optimal performance
  • Hear how a new generation of data analytic solutions will provide you with the real-time information you need to make intelligent financial decisions
  • Quantifying impact of technical defects and determining next steps to resolve these issues

PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin Steven Xuereb Head of Business Unit PV-Systems PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin

Greensolver Guy Auger CEO Greensolver

Glennmont Partners Jordi Francesch Head of Asset Management Glennmont Partners

15:30 END OF CONFERENCE
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2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Silver Sponsors

  • Ampt, LLC
  • meteocontrol
  • RECOM
  • smartblue

Inverter Sponsor

  • Anecto

Bronze Sponsors

  • AES
  • BayWare
  • ENcome
  • Kipp & Zonnen B.V.

Exhibitors

  • Anecto
  • Ampt, LLC
  • Inaccess
  • Isotrol
  • meteocontrol
  • Microfocus
  • Raycap
  • RECOM
  • smartblue

Official Energy Storage Partner

  • Eversheds