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Industry thought leaders and innovators who will speak in 2018 include

If you would like to offer your expertise at the 2018 conference as a speaker please contact Diana Dropol on +44 (0)207 375 7528 or email: diana@newenergyupdate.com

Peter Raftery

Peter Raftery

Managing Director
BlackRock Renewable Power Group
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Mr Raftery is a Managing Director in the BlackRock Renewable Power Group with responsibility for technical assessment and asset Operations. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 25 years professional experience in the renewable energy sector. Mr Raftery previously served as Offshore General Manager for SSE Renewables where he had responsibility for offshore wind, wave and tidal sites totalling 6.5 GW (net) and SSE's share of the Walney offshore wind project (367 MW). From 2005 to 2008 Mr Raftery was Head of Technical for Airtricity responsible for global Engineering and wind resource assessment activities. He also served on the Airtricity Investment Committee and Risk Committee. Prior to that Mr Raftery was a Director at Garrad Hassan, the world's leading renewable energy consultancy, with responsibility for "GH's" energy production analyses worldwide and wind power project design work. Prior to that Mr Raftery was engaged in solar projects (both photovoltaic and solar thermal) for IT Power.

Juan Fernandez

Juan Fernandez

Head of Asset Management and Integration - Spain
Sonnedix
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Mr Fernandez is Head of Asset Management and Integration, Spain responsible for the operations of 214 MWp in the country as well as responsible for the definition and deployment of standardized AM processes across the organization. He holds a Ph. D, in Electrical Engineering by the University of California, San Diego and a Post-Doctoral Degree, Imperial College, London. Previously Mr. Fernandez held the position of Director of Asset Management EMEA at Sunedison from January 2013 through March 2017 where he was responsible for the management of over 500 MWp of assets across the region. A Certified Operational Excellence Green Belt, his experience in the PV sector spans over 16 years and covers a wide range of the sector value chain. Prior to Sunedison, Mr Fernandez was Technology Director, EMEA at BP Solar where he was responsible for PV cell and PV Module technology development as well as for new technology introduction into manufacturing following Six Sigma & Lean methodologies.

Arnoud Klaren

Arnoud Klaren

Technical Director
Foresight Group
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Arnoud Klaren is the technical director for Foresight’s solar portfolio. Arnoud’s focus is on the performance and quality of the solar plants, both new-built and operational. Previously to joining Foresight in 2011, Arnoud worked with concentrated PV in Spain for Solfocus.

Carlos Javier Sarasa Maestro

Carlos Javier Sarasa Maestro

Technical Director
Next Energy Capital
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Carlos Javier has been focused the last 10 years designing, constructing and researching PV markets, on both the technical and financial side. He has over 12 years in Engineering, negotiation and strategic sales, with in excess of £550m in deals originated and/or delivered across Spain, United Kingdom and Italy on clean energy. Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, executive MBA and finishing PhD are the academic education. He has designed and built more than 500 MW in his professional life in ground mount.

Ernesto Chieffo

Ernesto Chieffo

Technical Director
Octopus Investments
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Ernesto joined the Octopus Renewable Energy team as Technical Director in February 2016, in order to assist in all the technical matters the Investment and the Asset Management Teams and lead the Optimization of the Assets. He has oversighted the construction of all the new assets (170MW no-subsidiary in Italy and 30MW solar assets in UK up to date) and the operation of more than 150 assets with an installed capacity of 1GW, challenging the outsourced asset construction and operations providers to improve the performances and the efficiencies.

Prior to joining Octopus, Ernesto had a long experience as Sr. Project Manager working for EPCs and for Equity firms managing successfully the development and the construction of more than 500MW solar and wind assets across more than 12 different Countries leading multinational and multi-ethnic teams also in challenging environmental conditions. He has a long experience in contracts management and negotiation, joined to a deep knowledge of project financing. Ernesto has a background as Electrical Engineer and has worked in the renewable energy market for over 10 years.

Pål Strøm

Pål Strøm

Senior Vice President
Scatec Solar
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Pål Strøm is currently a Senior Vice President at Scatec Solar, responsible for managing and optimizing operations & maintenance across a global portfolio of utility scale PV plants. Before joining Scatec Solar last year he was responsible for O&M and commercial operation of the renewable energy assets of Statkraft, the largest generator of renewable energy in Europe

Valerio Pelizzi

Valerio Pelizzi

Head of O&M
Bluefield Operations
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Valerio Pelizzi is an experienced professional working in the Solar industry for the last 10 years. Graduated in Electrical Engineering, his skillset spans across Business Development, Development, EPC, Asset Management and O&M, not only in the Solar PV industry but also on Solar Thermal, Biomass and Bioenergy. Currently is the Head of O&M in Bluefield Operations and member of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Committee within the Engineering Board in Rome.

Renaud Chevallaz-Perrier

Renaud Chevallaz-Perrier

Director of Operations
RES France
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Jordi Francesch

Jordi Francesch

Head of Asset Management
Glennmont Partners
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John O'Toole

John O'Toole

Technical Director
Hazel Capital
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John O’Toole joined Hazel Capital in 2016 as Technical Director. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 15 years of energy industry experience. Prior roles include operations, management, and optimisation of energy generation assets including gas fired generation (large CCGT power stations), combined heat and power, district heating, wind and solar. At Hazel he is responsible for optimisation of existing solar and wind assets and technical development and optimisation of new energy storage opportunities.

Edmee Kelsey

Edmee Kelsey

CEO
3megawatt
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Guy Auger

Guy Auger

CEO
Greensolver
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Abid Kazim

Abid Kazim

Managing Director
Next Energy Capital
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Vassilis Papaeconomou

Vassilis Papaeconomou

Managing Director
Alectris
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Vassilis has been involved in the solar industry since 2006. His extensive solar experience spans solar PV plant development, construction, financing and asset care (operations, maintenance and management). He has in depth knowledge of the contractual and technical matters of PV investments and a large professional network in the PV community, both technical and financial.

His start in the solar industry begin with solar development in his home country, Greece.   In 2012 Vassilis started Alectris, creating the infrastructure for a holistic approach to solar PV asset care, including operations, maintenance and asset management.

His pioneering work includes the development of the award winning proprietary software, ACTIS, the world’s first Solar ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) a cloud based integrated solar monitoring, O&M, and asset management tool currently operational on nearly 500 solar plants worldwide.

Vassilis is a member of the SolarPower Europe solar O&M task force. He is a frequent speaker at global solar industry events. He graduated from the Universität Karlsruhe as a Chemical Engineer.

Robin Hirschl

Robin Hirschl

Managing Director
ENcome
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Dr. Robin Hirschl studied physics in Vienna, Austria, and Lyon, France, and holds a PhD in Computational Materials Science from Vienna University. He started his career at Booz Allen Hamilton (today Strategy&), joining the European Utilities Team, where he lead energy projects throughout Europe as Senior Project Manager. Since 2007 he has held management positions at Kioto Photovoltaics and KPV Solar, before co founding ENcome Energy Performance, offering professional technical services to PV power plants across

Europe and Australia. He acts as Managing Director since June 2012. From 2014 until 2017 he was also member of the Supervisory Board of Kioto Clear Energy AG.

Guenter Seel

Guenter Seel

CEO
smartblue
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Martin Schneider

Martin Schneider

Managing Director
meteocontrol GmbH
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Francesco Girardi

Francesco Girardi

CEO
Bluefield Services
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Jyoti Roy

Jyoti Roy

Associate Director - Engineering and Operation
Bluefield
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Tobias Bittkau

Tobias Bittkau

Global Head of Operation Services
BayWa r.e.
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By working 10 years in various functions in the automotive and renewable energy sector, Tobias Bittkau gained extensive business experience on a global level, with a strong focus on Europe as well as North and South America.

Since 2011, Tobias Bittkau is active in the field of Renewable Energies. Initially he joined BayWa r.e. for several strategic projects. In 2013 he became head of the technical operations management, since 2015 he is responsible for the complete Business Unit Services, operating more than 3GW of wind and PV assets in all major European markets. In addition to technical and commercial operations management, on-site maintenance and 24/7 monitoring, BayWa r.e. also offers Rotor Blade Services as well as a broad range of technical consulting services. Other areas of activity of BayWa r.e. are the development and construction of wind farms, PV plants and biogas plants as well as the trade of energy and solar systems.

Tobias Bittkau studied Physics at the universities of Munich (Germany), Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Toronto (Canada). In 2013/2014, he received his diploma in Renewable Energy Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Giles Clark

Giles Clark

MD Asset Management
Solarcentury
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Pietro Radoia

Pietro Radoia

Solar Analyst
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
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Steven Xuereb

Steven Xuereb

Head of Business Unit PV-Systems
PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin
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Steven Xuereb is a renewable energy professional who has sixteen years of experience both in the wind and solar industries. Currently he leads the Project Delivery Group and is part of the executive management team at PI Berlin, focusing on delivering independent consulting services for large scale solar plants. Before joining PI Berlin, Steven spent eight years procuring and developing solar and wind projects in North America, Chile and South Africa. His experience in the industry includes greenfield development, acquisitions, contracts management, research and development, certification and service operations. He is a mechanical engineer with a Master’s degree in renewable energy from the Universities of Oldenburg and Kassel.

Gerhard Mütter

Gerhard Mütter

Technical Director
Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH
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Gerhard Mütter is Technical Director of Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH (AES), where he leads, in the function of Owner Representative Advisory (ORA), supervision of O&M for PV-Parks.

Together with the international team of experts at AES, Gerhard developed PEAK, the AES Performance Efficiency Acceleration Key technology, a leading-edge data analysis service using special algorithms including machine learning for exploring big data. This software toolset allows supervision of multi-MW PV-parks based on perceptions of deep analysis of large datasets taken from monitoring systems.

Gerhard has worked in the renewable energy industry in product management, product development and PV for Austria’s largest solar-companies for more than 10 years. He has been technical head of large PV parks since 2011. Together with his team, he has analysed more than 2 GW of large PV plants across Europe and India, is Technical Director of Rising Alternative Energy Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India, member of the Scientific Committee of EU-PVSEC and lecturer for Photovoltaics at the Technical University in Vienna.

Relevant Education: Automotive Engineer, Technical Mathematics and Informatics at University Linz, Austria, MSc for Renewable Energies at the Technical University, Vienna.

Karl Ove Ingebrigtsen

Karl Ove Ingebrigtsen

Director Low Carbon Power Generation
Lloyds Register
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Darryl Parker

Darryl Parker

VP of Sales and Marketing
AMPT
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Mr. Darryl Parker is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ampt. He leads the global sales team with profit and loss responsibility for this dynamic fast-growing company in the renewable energy space. Mr. Parker is also responsible for all Field Application Engineering personnel and activities that ensure customer satisfaction and service in Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.

Mr. Parker moved into the renewable energy sector joining Satcon as Vice President of Sales. He led the development and execution of Satcon’s global sales efforts, including programs that focus on the company’s industry leading solutions for utility scale renewable energy production. During his 5+ year tenure, Mr. Parker headed up the North American and Asia Pacific Sales Operations for Satcon managing a $200M+ annual business in addition to managing their Global Services business practice.

Prior to Satcon, Darryl was vice president of international sales for Harris Corporation’s Microwave Communication Division. He led the $180M+ operational activities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia- Pacific, China, and Latin America that is approximately one half the divisions’ revenues. Previously to Harris, Mr. Parker was the Chief Marketing Officer for the Retail and Financial Group (RFG) of NCR Corporation. In this role, Darryl was responsible for driving better and more efficient customer sales and service in implementing the company’s new TeleWeb initiative, which enabled customers worldwide to purchase NCR products and services through enhanced Internet and telephone channels. Mr. Parker also led the architecture and design of RFG’s indirect channel model and was responsible for the implementation through the company’s business unit structure.

Before his tenure at Harris, Darryl Parker worked at Sun Microsystems and IBM in various senior management, sales, support, and engineering positions. Darryl holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Howard University.

Jan-Willem Sips

Jan-Willem Sips

Business Developer
Kipp & Zonen B.V.
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Energy Storage Speakers

Jean-Pascal Boutin

Jean-Pascal Boutin

Head of Regulatory and Partner in the Clean Energy Sustainability Group
Eversheds Sutherland
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Gustavo Coito

Gustavo Coito

Senior Vice President
SUSI Partners
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Michael Grimes

Michael Grimes

Partner in the Clean Energy Sustainability Group
Eversheds Sutherland
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Gavin Quantock

Gavin Quantock

Director
Deloitte
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Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor

Managing Director
Camborne Capital
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Heiko Ross

Heiko Ross

Vice President Utilities & Grid Solutions
Leclanché SA.
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Franck Bernard

Vice President Strategic Projects
NIPPON KOEI CO. LTD.
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Harry Gibson

Harry Gibson

Associate Director
Augusta Co
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Warren Pimm

Warren Pimm

Partner
Sustainable Development Capital LLP
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Bart Dujczynski

Bart Dujczynski

CFO
Polenergia
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Dr. Martijn Huibers

Senior Consultant - Team Lead Solar & Storage
DNV GL
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Dr. Martijn Huibers joined DNV GL in 2007 and is currently senior consultant and team leader of the solar & storage team in The Netherlands. He is specialist in energy storage safety, operation and performance and focuses on project management, QA/QC and innovation activities in energy storage. Dr. Huibers has set up and coordinated several (inter-)national R&D projects, feasibility studies and standardisation efforts within the energy storage sector. Notably, he coordinated two consortia publishing/updating the comprehensive Recommended Practice on grid-connected energy storage “GRIDSTOR” and has managed a large European PV-strategy study. Furthermore, he has executed quality assurance and content work for several technical due diligences, technology reviews and feasibility studies in the field of energy storage technologies.

Markus Geisselmann

Markus Geisselmann

Vice President
BASALT Infrastructure Partners
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Melissa Stark

Melissa Stark

Global Head of Renewables
Accenture

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Melissa Stark is a Managing Director in Accenture with over 23 years of experience working across all sectors of the energy industry and focuses on R&D/technology, investment and decision support and supply chain, having worked on projects in U.S, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Melissa led the development of Accenture’s Clean Energy and Unconventionals practices and Accenture’s PoVs on Natural Gas/LNG. She is now the Global Lead for Renewables.

Melissa has authored more than 40 papers and articles over the last 10 years. Her latest paper, “New Value New Prospects: The Future of Onshore Wind Operations and Maintenance”, was released in May 2017. She has presented her papers at Energy conferences around the world, including US, Canada, UK, Netherlands, France, Spain, Poland, Germany, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, South Korea, China, Russia, and Argentina.

Melissa has a MBA with Distinction (Honours) in Transportation Management from Northwestern University where was the recipient of Transportation Management Top Student Award. She also has a BSc (Honours) in Finance from the Haas School at the University of California at Berkeley where was the recipient of the Finance Award. Melissa has served as Assistant Chair of Technology for the US National Petroleum Council study, Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future. She is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Lars Stephan

Lars Stephan

Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs
Younicos GmbH
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Just some of the top speakers to have taken the stage in June 2017 include...

  • Stefan Mueller
    Stefan Mueller Co-Founder and COO
    Enerparc
  • Giles Clark
    Giles Clark CEO
    Primrose Solar
  • Nacim Ladjouze
    Nacim Ladjouze Head of Asset Management - France
    Sonnedix
  • Geoff Hoffheinz
    Geoff Hoffheinz Technical Manager
    Glenmont Partners
  • Francesco Girardi
    Francesco Girardi CEO
    Bluefield
  • Fabrice Tencaramadon
    Fabrice Tencaramadon International Project Manager
    EDF Energies Nouvelles
  • Stefano Salerno
    Stefano Salerno COO
    Amaranto Global Asset Management
  • Christian Ahrens
    Christian Ahrens Head of Asset Management Solar
    Aquila Capital
  • Carlos Rey Micolau
    Carlos Rey Micolau Senior Portfolio Manager
    Foresight Group
  • Jochen Schwill
    Jochen Schwill CEO
    Next Kraftwerke
  • Christian Shuster
    Christian Shuster Co-founder and CEO
    ucair GmbH
  • Andreas Leimbach
    Andreas Leimbach Managing Director
    ENcome
  • Ingo Rehmann
    Ingo Rehmann Managing Director
    Greentech
  • Wolfgang Riedel
    Wolfgang Riedel Managing Partner
    Riedel Consulting GmbH
  • Cyril Hinz M.Sc.
    Cyril Hinz M.Sc. Project manager of Business Unit PV Systems
    PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin
  • Prashant Khorana
    Prashant Khorana MAKE Consult
  • Nicolas Gourvitch
    Nicolas Gourvitch Director
    Green Giraffe
  • Daniel Hoffmann
    Daniel Hoffmann CEO
    InSolPark, Inc
  • Giovanni Landi
    Giovanni Landi General Manager, International Project Development
    JA Solar

If you are interested in PV Operations Europe please contact us:

Diana Dropol

Diana Dropol

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

Andre Elkana

Andre Elkana

Commercial Manager
New Energy Update
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Email: andre@newenergyupdate.com

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