29 - 30 March 2022 | Lisbon, Portugal

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2022 Agenda

08:30
 - 09:00 CET (BST +01:00)
09:00
 - 09:40 CET (BST +01:00)
Keynote Address

The EU recently published its ‘Fit for 55’ climate plan, updating its Renewable Energy Directive to increase the overall binding target from 32% to 40% renewables in the bloc’s energy mix by 2030.

  • These measures are formed to drive down greenhouse gas emissions, but how will they rapidly drive solar deployment to meet the 40% target?
  • How will national governments work within this framework to meet their own domestic targets?
09:40
 - 10:20 CET (BST +01:00)
Keynote Panel

Iberia’s power sector is radically transforming, with government auctions pushing forward solar deployment across the region. In Portugal’s previous two solar auctions, 2019 and 2020, for ground-mount projects both closed with record low prices.

  • As Spanish and Portuguese governments retire an ever-increasing amount of coal, how can solar fill this gap?
, CEO
, APREN
10:20
 - 11:00 CET (BST +01:00)
Keynote Panel

Traditionally, solar panels were designed and installed horizontally. Yet continued developments in R&D has enabled for the capture of sunlight on both sides of the PV panel. By tilting the panels off the ground, it generates between 10-20% more energy.

  • What is the price difference between conventional panels and bi-facial?
  • How can your large-scale project benefit from bi-facial panels?
11:00
 - 11:30 CET (BST +01:00)
11:30
 - 12:15 CET (BST +01:00)
PANEL DISCUSSION

As an increasingly mature market, recent developments in the solar industry have enabled greater panel size which absorbs a larger rate of sunlight. Speakers in this session will provide insight into the latest trends and how you can directly benefit from recent transformations in the industry.

  • What are the costs associated with new technologies?
  • How quickly can you receive your new panels?
11:30
 - 12:15 CET (BST +01:00)
PANEL DISCUSSION

In 2015, estimated annual global volumes of electronic waste reached a record of 43.8m metric tons. As global PV demand increases and more modules and systems reach the end of their lifecycle in 10-15 years, recycling will become increasingly important for all PV technologies to ensure that clean energy solutions don’t pose a waste burden.

  • How can you ensure compliance with national regulation?
  • How can you extend the lifecycle of your asset with new and improved component technologies?
12:15
 - 13:00 CET (BST +01:00)
Case-Study

France’s total installed renewables capacity is projected to grow by 55% during 2021-2026, with solar accounting for over a quarter of this growth.

  • France was recently the nuclear capital of the world, how is it transitioning to a net carbon zero grid?
  • How much solar will France need to power its grid?
, Director
, Eiffel Investment Group
, Chair
, Syndicat des énergies renouvelables
12:15
 - 13:00 CET (BST +01:00)
PANEL DISCUSSION

As with many industries, the collection and assimilation of mass amounts of data will require complex software and AI systems to manage day-to-day operations on solar farms. This will ultimately help PV developers and O&M providers to keep up to date with their systems and drive decision-making.

13:00
 - 14:30 CET (BST +01:00)
14:30
 - 15:15 CET (BST +01:00)
PANEL DISCUSSION

Traditionally, renewable sources have been helped in the market by an array of government subsidies, tax breaks or mandates; the idea was to help the solar market mature and then remove its stabilizers. However, a major driver in Nordic and CEE markets has been PPAs, this session will shed light on two emerging markets without government aid.

  • How are projects being financed without subsidies?
  • What lessons can be learnt from two different markets?
  • How can developers from different markets draw lessons and opportunities?
, CEO
, Alight
14:30
 - 15:15 CET (BST +01:00)
PANEL DISCUSSION

Advancements in AI, technology and analytics are enabling significant improvements in the performance of assets. Solar trackers enable system to rotate around the sun, capturing a greater amount of solar.

  • How are developments in solar tracker driving down LCOE?
  • How can solar trackers boost your ROI?
, Chief Technology Officer and Portugal Country Manager
, Voltalia
15:15
 - 16:00 CET (BST +01:00)
WORKSHOP

A mammoth 45GW of capacity is currently in the auction pipeline, with solar representing 6% of this. After a record year for European auctions, this session will delve into the intricate details of how to prepare and execute your plan in the auction house.

  • How do you plan for an auction, and more importantly, how can you succeed in bidding for your project?
  • How can you develop a winning project?
  • What are the main hurdles in this process?
, CEO
, Highfield Energy
15:15
 - 16:00 CET (BST +01:00)
FIRESIDE CHAT

A record number of green jobs will be required to create a ‘skilled green workforce in the economy’. In the UK, over 500,000 jobs will be needed to meet the 2030 target and support the rapid transition to a net carbon zero economy.

  • How can you support your workforce in upskilling?
  • What skills are transferrable from our current workforce to the green economy?
  • What skills are needed in the project development stage of PV?
16:20
 - 17:10 CET (BST +01:00)
PANEL DISCUSSION

Floating solar systems are becoming increasingly commonplace across Europe. As a tool which enables developers to build on open waters and large reservoirs, this nascent part of the industry provides an effective solution to harnessing the power of the sun and water.

  • What can you learn from current developers in the market?
  • What are the necessary stages in building a floating solar project?
  • What are the current trends in the market?
, Project Manager
, EDP
16:20
 - 17:10 CET (BST +01:00)
PANEL DISCUSSION

Solar has recently been crowned ‘the king of the power markets’ by the IEA. However, with such popularity comes pressure on a particularly fragile supply chain with increases in the price of polysilicon and key raw materials.

  • How are increased headwinds impacting your solar project?
  • By this time next year, will we see the resumption to the supply chain or more project delays?
  • How can you mitigate against rising costs?
17:10
 - 18:00 CET (BST +01:00)
PANEL DISCUSSION

Today the green hydrogen market is estimated to be worth nearly $500m, and it’s forecast to be a $10tn market by 2050, according to Goldman Sachs. Within Europe, over $430bn has been ringfenced for green hydrogen production to help achieve its Green Deal.

  • How can you collocate two renewable sources?
  • How can you incorporate both solar and green hydrogen in your investment portfolio?
, Director
, Green Giraffe
, Head of Energy Transition
, KGAL
17:10
 - 18:00 CET (BST +01:00)
PANEL DISCUSSION

O&M is an integral part of the solar project, providing key services to the maintenance of the asset. With demand rising, many O&M providers are considering consolidation as prices continue to rise.

  • How are growing labour costs squeezing tight margins?
  • How are vendors competing for contracts?
, CTO
, Encavis
18:00
 - 19:30 CET (BST +01:00)
NETWORKING