Registrations and coffee


Christian Westermeier

President, SolarPower Europe

Keynote speech:

Ditte Juul Jørgensen

Director General for Energy, DG Energy, European Commission

The European solar market is expected to grow very strong this year and add around 20 GW, that’s more than any other power generation technology. The panel will discuss the following questions: Why solar needs to play a much larger role in Europe as soon as possible? What’s needed to provide rapid and sustainable growth of low-cost solar power in Europe? What’s the role energy storage has to play to support solar’s growth today and tomorrow?

Input presentation:

Markus Höhner

CEO, International Battery Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA)


Walburga Hemetsberger

CEO, SolarPower Europe


Eva Chamizo Llatas

President, EASE

Laurent Schmitt

General Secretary, ENTSO-E

Matthias Taft

Chairman of Management Board, BayWa r.e.

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Felix Dembski

Vice President Regulatory, Sonnen

With a little help from some friends: digitalisation & artificial intelligence – choosing the right tools to manage a distributed solar-powered Europe


IOT, big data and analytics are revolutionising the energy sector. For solar, digitalisation holds the promise of a smarter energy system, supporting the penetration of distributed solar and opening the door to innovative & high-added value business models.



Input presentation:


Ditlev Engel


Roland Huempfner

Leader of Huawei Energy Competence Center Europe



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Marianne Boust

Director Energy Transition, Cap Gemini



Frauke Thies

Executive Director, smartEN

Roland Huempfner

Leader of Huawei Energy Competence Center Europe

First Solar Mitarbeiterportrait (10.04.19) in Frankfurt am Main
Foto: Axel Schmidt

Stefan Degener

Managing Director / Vice President Business Development Europe & Africa, First Solar

Leonardo Botti

Global Head of Product Management, ABB

Ticket to ride: solar mobility – Digital solar & storage’s role in the transport sector transformation


Digital & storage hold the key to a solar-powered mobility. But are we talking only EV’s ? This sessions explores the challenges of solar mobility across different transport modes – boats, trains, planes – and brings forward the experience from leading actors across Europe.



Input presentation:


Christelle Verstraeten

Presentation of the Solar Mobility report, Senior Director for European Policy, Chargepoint



Naomi Chevillard

Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe

Christelle Verstraeten

Presentation of the Solar Mobility report, Senior Director for European Policy, Chargepoint

Amit Larom

VP & Regional General Manager Western Europe, SolarEdge Technologies

Laura Buffet

Director Clean Fuels, Transport & Environment

Fathi Tlatli

Global Automotive Sector President, DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation (CSI)

Bernd Kuepker*

Policy Officer, Renewables and CCS policy, DG ENER, European Commission

Come together: sector coupling – How digital solar & storage will change the energy sector beyond power, bridging 2020 to 2030 and towards a carbon neutral Europe in 2050


This session will look at the potential of sector coupling, the integration of the various energy consumption sectors with the energy sector.


Input presentation:


Christian Breyer

Professor, LUT University


Aurélie Beauvais

Policy Director, SolarPower Europe



Kristina Haverkamp


Thomas Ringer

Head of Solutions and Product Management Team, Fronius International

Florian Ermacora

Head of Wholesale Markets; electricity and gas, European Commission

Giovanni Tula

CIO, Enel Green Power

We can work it out: blockchain & solar – What comes after the initial hype?


In this session, participants will learn how various companies across the globe are using the Energy Web Chain—the open-source blockchain developed by Energy Web Foundation (EWF)—to deploy state-of-the-art solutions for renewable energy and electric vehicle markets. Panelists will showcase their respective company’s digital, blockchain-based solutions, then discuss the business value these solutions unlock and the near-term opportunities and challenges.
Learning objectives:

•Observe how different companies across the globe are using blockchain technology to build innovative types of digital solutions for renewable energy, electric vehicle, and other distributed energy resource markets—using the specific example of Energy Web Origin.

•Understand the business value that these solutions are unlocking for these companies and their customers.

•Evaluate the near-term opportunities and challenges for developing and rolling out new solutions like those showcased for customers.




Meerim Ruslanova

Regulatory Analyst, Energy Web Foundation



Loic Tilman

Project Innovation Manager, Elia Group

Ole Langniß

CEO & Co-Owner, Oli Systems

Thierry Mathieu

Co-Founder, TEO


In this session, the finalists of our Digital Solar Start-up Award 2019 will present their business proposals to a jury, which will put the candidates to the test, after which the audience will pick the winner.


Keynote speech:


Mechthild Wörsdörfer

Director, IEA



Michael Schmela

Executive Advisor, SolarPower Europe



Laurent Mikolajczak

Cofounder, BeeFounders

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Natalie Samovich

Head of Research and Innovation, Enercoutim/AIOTI

Stefan Müller

Co-Founder, Enerparc

Michael Schmela

Executive Advisor, SolarPower Europe

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Registrations and coffee

Keynote speech:


Adina-Ioana Valean

Member of European Parliament and Chair of ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy) Committee

The long & winding road: utility 4.0 – How to do business with pro & consumers in a digital solar world


The session will discuss energy suppliers strategies to master the transformation to a digital and distributed clean energy world




Guido Agostinelli

Senior Industry Specialist Solar Energy, International Finance Corporation (IFC)



Thierry Kalfon*

Managing Director, Renewables Global Business Line, Engie



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Marion Labatut

Policy Director, Eurelectric

Vincent Minier
Vincent Minier

VP Global Energy Public Policy, Schneider Electric

Michael Strebl*

CEO, Wien Energie

Digitalisation & solar in emerging markets


In this session, we will launch a new report on “Digitalisation & solar in emerging markets”, which discusses the potential digital solar applications and business models in new and emerging markets, such as solar-based microgrids, demand forecasting, pay-as-you-go for solar and blockchain.




Merce Labordena

Senior Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe



Marcus Wiemann

Executive Director, Alliance for Rural Electrification

Dirk Kaisers

Segment Leader Distributed Energy Management EMEA, EATON

Eveline Jansen

Outreach and Impact Manager, GOGLA

Pascal Wehrli

Senior Manager Systems Engineering, Envision

Strawberry fields forever: How to enable true solar cities today


How cities can be fully powered by distributed and centralised renewable energies today




Benoit Hellings

Vice Mayor of Brussels

Input Presentation – Renewables in Global Cities Report Preview


Rana Adib

Executive Secretary, REN 21



Claire Roumet
Executive Director, Energy Cities
Catharina Sikow-Magny
Head of Unit of Internal Market: Retail Markets, Coal & Oil, European Commission
Ray Pinto
Policy Director Energy Transformation,
Digital Europe
Energy Storage for Corporates


This workshop aims at showcasing the potential and business value of onsite energy storage for corporates.

Recent technological developments and a steep decrease in costs have opened up large business opportunities for solar & storage. The economic and operational benefits of these solutions are manifold:

• Installing onsite storage systems create value that go beyond cost reduction – it can become a new revenue stream for the company.

• Thanks to smart controls and digitalisation, storage devices today can deliver several services simultaneously, including the provision of remunerative ancillary services to the grids.

The workshop will:


• Present and discuss case studies and best practices

• Raise awareness in state-of-the-art solar & storage solutions

• Exchange knowledge and experience

• Bring together technology providers and corporate buyers

• Discuss ways to accelerate the uptake of energy storage in the corporate sector

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Bruce Douglas

Deputy CEO and COO, SolarPower Europe / Coordinator, RE-Source Platform

*Invited speaker​