Hard hitting agenda addressing your biggest challenges!

Day One Day Two

Day 1

07.30-08.45 Registration
08.45-08.50 Opening Address

New Energy Update Diana Dropol Project Director New Energy Update

08.50-09.00 Chairperson's Opening Remarks

3megawatt Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

09.00-09.15 Evaluating your portfolio
  • Discover how European PV stakeholders are evaluating their international portfolios to take advantage of the most technological, political and regulatory supportive regions
  • Hear how you can adapt your portfolio to ensure it fits the markets you are targeting
  • Understand how O&M is viewed in different countries across Europe to ensure your strategy is commercially viable

3megawatt Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

09.15-09.40 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

Primrose Solar Giles Clark CEO Primrose Solar

09.40-10.20 Panel: Does portfolio size matter?
  • Learn how changing market conditions will affect your portfolio size and asset management
  • Understand how to refine your business model using market predictions to create a competitive advantage for your business
  • Hear how both small and big stakeholders can support each other’s business objectives based on market conditions and market predictions
  • Debate whether the digital era enables smaller players to compete on an even playing field
  • Discuss whether M&A be the way forward for the PV industry in Europe
  • Gain insight into Europe’s secondary market and how you could buy, sell, refinance or improve the performance of mature assets

3megawatt Chair:
Edmee Kelsey
CEO 3megawatt

Sonnedix Nacim Ladjouze Head of Asset Management France Sonnedix

Primrose Solar Giles Clark CEO Primrose Solar

MAKE Consulting Prashant Khorana MAKE Consulting

10.20-10.50 Coffee Break
10.50-11.20 The importance of involving O&M in the construction phase
  • Learn how - and where - you should include O&M strategies in the construction phase to avoid costly downtime
  • What purchasing decisions need to be considered during the construction phase that could impact OPEX
  • Hear how you can link risk reduction with smart management of data pools to prevent plant degradation and stabilize plant performance

EDF Energies Nouvelles Fabrice Tencaramadon International Project Manager EDF Energies Nouvelles

11.20-11.50 Energy trading
  • Learn about risk management in the new Renewable Energies Support schemes to best prepare your assets
  • Evaluate the distinctions between Contracts for Differences, Direct Marketing, Complément de remuneration to integrate your business model
  • Gain insight into how to maximize your commercial opportunities from energy trading to improve your bottom line profitability
  • Understand the market predictions for incentives surrounding energy storage and their impact on your earnings

Sharjah Jochen Schwill CEO Next Kraftwerke

11.50-12.20 Standardization
  • Get the latest insight into O&M standardization across Europe
  • Discover what leading research has identified as the essential scope of your standard O&M service
  • Employ a standard Scope of Work for your projects to ensure all necessary processes are completed
  • Meet industry expectations by providing a Scope of Work that will ensure performance guarantees are met
  • Define the interface between EPC warranty/contractor and O&M warranty/contractor

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

12.20-12.30 O&M Excellence


ENcome Andreas Leimbach Managing Director ENcome

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break
Preparing your assets for cyber security attacks in a digital era

Attend this PV focused Cybersecurity workshop to get the down low on how to best prepare your business.

  • In a digital era your assets - and indeed your reputation - are at risk from cyber hackers who can significantly impact operations leading to lost revenue.
  • Are you aware of the risks you face? What disaster recovery plans do you have in place?
  • Do you have the right personnel in place should you suffer an attack?

Amaranto Global Asset Management Stefano Salerno COO Amaranto Global Asset Management

14.00-14.30 Proactive O&M through intelligent systems
  • Discuss the impact of state-of-the-art technology on managing large O&M portfolios to contribute to performance standardization
  • Learn about the technical requirements when optimising your O&M process and then link them with adequate field conditions to maximize yield
  • 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
  • Save time and money by using drone technology to assess potential faults

ENcome Robin HirschlManaging Director

14.30-15.00 O&M service pricing for Asset Managers
  • Evaluate O&M cost comparison models to get a unique perspective of European O&M cost trends
  • It’s not all about the price! 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 in order to maximize yield

Glennmont Partners Jordi Lopez Francesch VP of Asset Management Glennmont Partners

15.00-15.30 Technical Due Diligence with Cost Impact Assessment
  • Apply the cost priority number methodology to concrete due diligence case studies to understand the cost implications in terms of investment and production for retrofit activities
  • Learn about PI Berlin’s systematic scoring methodology for evaluating operating PV plants to develop your acquisition and re-financing process
  • Understand commercial impact and required investment associated with various deficiencies in plant
  • Discuss the case study of TDD on operating plant based on demonstrate methodology and results

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

15.30-15.40 Site Selection - A ground-breaking new assessment technology for Project Development
  • How to identify 20,000 subsidized sites larger than 3 hectares in the whole of Germany
  • How to assess local taxation details, slope, orientation, solar irradiation, nearest substation, medium-voltage grid, nearest residential areas, affected reserves etc.
  • Understand the unique opportunities for both Project Development, Asset Ownership and O&M

Riedel Consulting GmbH Wolfgang Riedel Managing Partner Riedel Consulting GmbH

15.40-16.10 Coffee Break
16.10-16.20 Improving asset performance through drone thermography at scale
  • Discover the massive performance potential that assets already inspected have shown   
  • Understand why drone thermography is the most effective way to inspect your assets for upside performance potential
  • Learn how drone thermography data can be integrated into your operation workflow effortlessly

ucair Christian Shuster Co-Founder & CEO ucair GmbH

16.20-16.50 Improving performance through contractual terms
  • How to best structure agreements with EPC & O&M service providers to ensure they deliver on promises
  • Develop a plan for allocating costs for spares parts inventory without damaging the bottom line
  • Options available to you if your service provider goes out of business
  • Evaluate the options you have available as warranties come to an end

Greensolver Guy Auger CEO Greensolver

16.50-17.20 Bankability-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 range of 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

Green Giraffe Nicolas Gourvitch Director Green Giraffe

17.20-19.00 Evening Networking Drinks Party


Content Package 2017

Day One Day Two

Day 2

08.00-08.50 Registration
08.50-09.00 Chairperson's Opening Remarks

MAKE Consulting Chairperson TBC MAKE Consulting

09.00-09.45 Collaboration between Asset Management and O&M
  • Same goals, different perspectives - how you can harmonize AM and O&M teams
  • Assess the importance of having the right people and technologies in place to enable the AM and O&M teams to communicate effectively and improve decision making
  • Discuss the common pitfalls in the relationship between AM and O&M and how they can be overcome
  • Discuss the economic challenges of integrating AM & O&M and how best to align the practice of incentives and budget allocation
  • Strategies that will help the O&M team better understand the commercial implications of O&M activity
  • Evaluate how roles are changing in O&M and how this effects Asset Management functions in terms of being more commercially minded

MAKE Consulting Chairman:
Prashant Khorana
MAKE Consulting

3megawatt Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

Canadian Solar Valerio Pelizzi Director Asset Management EMEA Canadian Solar

Greentech Ingo Rehmann Managing Director Greentech

09.45-10.15 French market context and performance assets optimisation
  • French solar market context : What makes it unique for the next 2 years ?
  • How to keep up to regulatory and technical requirements, whilst assessing compatibility with the rest of your portfolio
  • Practical steps you can take to evaluate plant performance and quickly deliver yield enhancing intervention
  • How Balance of Plant management can yield quick wins

RES France Renaud Chevallaz-Perrier Director of Operations RES France

10.15-10.45 Insourced vs. outsourced O&M-the Asset Management perspective
  • Assess the positives and negatives of managing O&M in house and the impact it can have on your bottom line
  • Evaluate outsourced opportunities for 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 in order to overall plant performance

Bluefield Francesco Girardi CEO Bluefield

10.45-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-11.45 Panel: 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 are able to display data in such a way that it can be fed back to senior level managers in order to aid AM decision making
  • How to roll out your predictive maintenance processes across your entire portfolio

MAKE Consulting Chairman:
Prashant Khorana
MAKE Consulting

Enerparc Stefan Muller COO and Co-founder Enerparc

ENcome Robin HirschlManaging Director

RES France Renaud Chevallaz-Perrier Director of Operations RES France

Alectris Vassilis Papaeconomou Managing Director Alectris

11.45-12.15 Potential induced degradation (PID)
  • Discuss the overall effect PID can have on an operational PV plant and learn from an operational point where this will force you to re-assess performance requirements and maintenance strategies
  • Learn about the plant recovery process through a series of statistics and case studies to establish the potential impact on your plant
  • Understand the parameters you need to take into consideration in order to your success rate on plant rehabilitation

PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin Cyril Hinz, M.SC. Project manager of Business Unit PV Systems PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin

12.15-12.45 Dealing with advanced degradation of plants and extending the life cycle of your plants
  • Learn how the AM and O&M teams can spot the cause advanced degradation to avoid plant failures
  • Hear how advanced degradation going to affect the future of PV considering the number of ageing plants there are in Europe
  • Asses the new technologies available that can extend the lifetime of your plants

MAKE Consulting Chairman:
Prashant Khorana
MAKE Consulting

Glenmont Partners Geoff Hoffheinz Technical Manager Glenmont Partners

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

JA Solar Giovanni Landi General Manager, International Project Development JA Solar

12.45-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 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

Aquila Capital Christian Ahrens Head of Asset Management Solar Aquila Capital

14.30-15.00 Solar PV O&M Standardization
  • Learn what O&M issues surfaced from the recent SolarPower Europe O&M member survey and how they inform the industry as a whole
  • Get an update on the organization’s Version 1.0 O&M Best Practices Guidelines and what areas have generated the most response from the industry
  • Explore what the industry has to win out of Best Practices and Standardization

Alectris Vassilis Papaeconomou Managing Director Alectris and SolarPower Europe O&M Task Force Leader

15.30-16.00 Developing a data analytics first culture
  • How to get stakeholder buy-in from senior management as you seek to implement a data first strategy
  • Ensure you have the skill sets in place to collate, verify, and evaluate large pools of data
  • Hear how to integrate data siloes so you have one holistic view
  • Learn how to select the right analytics partner for your business
  • Discover why monitoring systems and data analytics are critical if you want to keep O&M in-house

meteocontrol GmbH Martin Schneider Managing Director meteocontrol GmbH

16.00-16.30 Every Solar Module is a Solar Sensor-Making PV Plants More Sustainable
  • Increasing the PV plant’s output, which can - if required as a result of the PPA  - be stored and used to
  • reduce grid dependency/dispatched into the grid
  • Achieving greater operational transparency resulting in lower O&M cost by 10 to 15%
  • Enhanced safety via remote shutoff capability

InSolPark Daniel Hoffman CEO InSolPark

Content Package 2017

If you are interested in PV Asset Management and O&M, Europe please contact us:

Diana Dropol

Diana Dropol

Project Director
New Energy Update
Telephone: +44 (0)207 375 7528
Email: diana@newenergyupdate.com

Ben French

Ben French

Business Development Lead - Europe
New Energy Update
Telephone: +44 (0)207 422 4305
Email: ben@newenergyupdate.com

2017 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Bronze Sponsors

  • baywa
  • encome


  • DSM


  • raycap

Past Sponsors & Exhibitors

  • Suncycle
  • Arotech Corporation
  • Conergy
  • IBC Solar
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Soluzione Solare