Christian Pho Duc is heading the hydrogen activities of Smartenergy and is also in charge of solar projects in Germany. His many years of international management experience, his marked technical background and, last but not least, his multicultural roots make him ideally suited for this task. After over 5 years of expanding E-Mobility on the water as SVP Sales at market leader Torqeedo he is now eager to provide clean energy to the installations worldwide. Christian spent already 5 years in the Solar Industry at Smartenergy Renewables, Nanosolar and Solyndra developing solar projects as managing director and VP Sales in EMEA and India. Prior to his engagement in the renewable energy space, Christian worked for 15 years in the semiconductor industry, always at the leading edge of technical innovations launching what were then the most highly integrated memory chips. He marketed high-end products for Infineon, Giesecke & Devrient and Siemens on the international stage, holding a number of management positions. Christian holds a master’s degree in semiconductor physics and microelectronics engineering from Cambridge University and master’s degree in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich and showed an early interest in the market potential of new technologies. He undertook research at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics into high resolution detectors that today orbit the earth in satellites.
This panel will see some of Europe’s biggest solar players to outline a path for the future of the solar industry. We will debate how the industry is maturing, what it will need to get to the next stage of its evolution and why 2021 will be a pivotal year in the industry’s growth. Other topics will include policy, M&A, changing developer business models and evolving revenue streams as solar moves into more homes and businesses.
This session will allow the audience to explore the initiatives that the Portuguese government is putting in place to encourage continued growth of the Portuguese solar industry. We will review the 2020 tender, see what the government has planned for 2021 and understand how the government is creating a wider plan for a clean energy mix, touching on wind, solar, storage and green hydrogen.