Ozer Ergul is Group Head of Procurement and CPO of Aquila Capital. He has been in the renewable energies sector since 2000. Prior to joining Aquila Capital in 2022 he worked as Group CPO for Lightsource BP and based in Amsterdam Netherlands, where he was responsible for sourcing and procurement of solar energy projects. Before that, he worked as Group VP Global Procurement and Supply Chain for ABB Hitachi Power Grid in Baden, Switzerland. He holds a MSc degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Middle East Technical University and Sustainable Supply Chain Management from University of Cambridge.
The Solar PV supply chain is 90% dominated by Chinese-based manufacturers. This has, largely, caused few problems for the European solar industry with many quality Tier-1 suppliers supporting the industry for many years.
However, questions remain about over-reliance on supply from one country, as if there are changes to international relations, or trade agreements, many projects will be put on indefinite hold as they wait for panels to arrive.
The REPowerEU plan promises €1bn of “de-risking” funding to establish an internal European silicon solar manufacturing chain, but are such measures feasible, or even necessary?