SolarPower Europe Newsletter July-August 2018: New website, new campaign!

In our July-August newsletter you can read about our brand new website and campaign ‘Generation Solar’, the latest news on the EU Clean Energy Package, and review our most updated solar market figures for solar:

Editorial: New website, new campaign

By Kristina Thoring, Senior Political Communications Advisor, SolarPower Europe

After months of hard work and dedication, we are proud to announce the launch of our brand new website and campaign ‘Generation Solar’. Our new website reflects an exciting association and technology. It gives a clear message of who we are and what we do to make solar the core of the European energy system.

The new website boasts a clean design and intuitive and consistent navigation to help you find your way around with ease. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and devices. We have introduced a range of new content to the website, including a Resource Hub, which is host to a library of presentations, position papers, videos, data and much more. All this content is categorised into topics – from digitalisation, emerging markets to international trade – so that you can easily find the information you are looking for. We hope you find our site fresh and modern – we would be pleased to hear your feedback, please send your comments to k.thoring@solarpowereurope.org

Explore our new website here.

In tandem with the new website, we have also been working on a new communications campaign. ‘Generation Solar’ are real, personal stories about how solar is powering our lives, bringing huge economic and environmental benefits, and how people with solar are empowered to take part in the energy transition. We first visited Le Versau International School in Belgium to see how solar is powering the next generation. The school recently installed 360 solar panels which allows for huge cost savings, meaning that the school can invest in other educational activities and school equipment.

We then travelled to Bucharest, to Romania’s first solar powered apartment complex to hear how solar is making a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. After, we visited an apple farm in Austria to see how the sun and solar is not only powering the farm’s production, but also improving the family business. Finally, we travelled to Oslo, Norway, to look at how a solar mobile charging tree is bringing people together and making a positive contribution to city life by giving inhabitants easy access to clean energy.

You can watch all these videos on our website.

Photo: In Oslo, Norway, citizens can charge their phones or PCs at the solar mobile charging tree.

Join our campaign – share your story of how solar powers your life!

Submit your story here:  #GenerationSolar

Photo: The launch party of our new campaign Generation Solar took place on the 4th of July in Brussels. Speakers included Kerstin Duhme, Senior
Managing Director – FTI Consulting, Paula Abreu Marques, Head of Unit “Renewables and CCS policy” – DG Energy, European Commission, Alison Finch,
Chief Marketing Officer – Huawei Solar Europe and Kristina Thoring, Senior Communications Advisor – SolarPower Europe.


 

Highlight: Clean Energy Package: the Bulgarian presidency seals three crucial files before the end of its mandate

By: Mariano Guillén and Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisors


After several months of strenuous negotiations, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have endorsed the compromise reached on the Inter-institutional negotiations on the recast Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Governance Regulation files. What does this mean for the solar sector and what lies ahead for the second part of the negotiations?

The political debate over Europe’s most important piece of energy legislation since 2008, has closed another chapter with a very positive outcome for solar in Europe. By 2030, 32% of Europe’s final energy will have to come from renewable sources and Member States will have to develop comprehensive national energy and climate plans by 31 December 2019. This is a huge achievement for SolarPower Europe which has been ruthlessly pushing for a much more ambitious renewable energy target than the 27% initially adopted by the European Council in October 2014.

In addition to raising the renewable energy target to 32%, the text agreed upon by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, introduces strong provisions to guarantee investor predictability and foster the development of solar installations of all sizes, notably by granting feed-in tariffs and tendering exemptions to small-scale solar installations.

Furthermore, the Renewable Energy Directive lives up to Europe’s ambitions of creating a consumer-powered Energy Union. It introduces strong provisions for the uptake of solar prosumers in Europe and facilitates the development of smaller solar projects – administrative one-stop-shop, simple notification – including the removal of administrative barriers to the development of corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s).

The Governance Regulation will play a crucial role in guaranteeing certainty and visibility in the member states’ pathways towards delivering on EU’s collective renewable energy target. It will also oversee the compliance with the REDII provisions that will allow further development of jobs and investment in the solar sector. On Energy Efficiency, the new measures are expected to accelerate the clean energy transition, andd acknowledge the contribution of on-site generation solutions to foster the efficiency of Europe’s building stock, and incentivize direct energy savings.

Although there are several reasons to celebrate, the last phase of the Clean Energy Package negotiations will be crucial to confirm the ambitions put forward in the renewable energy Directive. The Austrian Presidency of the Council (started on 1 July), which will conduct the trialogues on the Electricity Market Design Regulation and Directive until the end of the year, will have to secure an ambitious deal paving the way of a “future proofed” electricity design which will support the market integration of Solar and increase the much needed flexibilisation of Europe’s electricity system.

In line with the demands of more than 17 organisations gathered under the Small is Beautiful campaign, negotiators will meet the big task of setting a level playing field between smaller and bigger market players, acknowledging the benefits of decentralised and locally owned solar installations, and  preserve them from disproportionate financial and administrative burden.

Finally, it will be crucial to secure significant achievements obtained in the Renewable Energy Directive, and especially on the agreed provisions on Self-consumption which will echo future debates related to the market framework for “Active customers” (Dir Art 16). In this matter, the final agreement should reflect the high level of ambition demonstrated by the Bulgarian Presidency, to promote the advent of a consumer-powered Energy Union.


 

High Level Industry Forum at Intersolar Europe: European Commission Vice-President Šefčovič underlined need for strong industrial policy for clean energy technologies

By: James Watson, CEO

Photo: European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union and the leader of the EU’s battery plan, Maros Sefcovic speaking at High Level Industry Forum in Intersolar.

On 21 June the European Commission’s Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union and the leader of the EU’s ambitious battery plan, Maros Sefcovic, joined SolarPower Europe members at a high-level industrial forum in Intersolar. Making a speech to a packed room, the Vice-President recalled the need to have a strong industrial policy in the technologies that are shaping the energy system today. He reiterated his support for the battery alliance, a plan to see battery cell manufacturing in Europe, and also for a strong solar value chain in Europe. This was welcomed by SolarPower Europe Vice-President Christian Westermeier, of Wacker, who also re-called the need for the trade measures on Chinese solar modules and cells to be phased-out as promised by the Commission. These measures had unforeseen consequences on other manufacturing segments of the EU value chain and as such are a barrier to further industrial solar growth in Europe.

The Vice-President was joined in a panel debate on industrial policy by the CTO of Siemens Energy, Prof. Dr Michael Weinhold, Dr Gunter Erfurt the CTO of Meyer Burger and Gregor Nowak the CEO of SunContract. The participants discussed the need for policy on the supply side and also the need for a positive approach to the new industries developing around big data in the solar sector.

Following this highly successful event the Vice-President visited the Intersolar exhibition and met with representatives from leading solar manufacturers Siemens, Fronius, ABB and innovators and start-ups including blockchain developers SunContract and incubator KIC InnoEnergy.

Photo: European Comission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic visited the Intersolar Europe 2018 exhibitation to meet with representatives from leading
solar manufactures, innovators and start-ups


 

SolarPower Europe’s Global Solar Market Outlook for Solar Power 2018-2022: Solar Growth Ahead

By: Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor and Head of Market Intelligence

Solar developments positively surprised everyone again last year – and they will continue to do so in the future. While no one believed the market would grow in 2017 after the stellar 50% growth rate the year before, we have again seen market demand surge by over 30% to 99.1% GW. For 2018 some experts in the sector are concerned about China’s recent announcement to cut solar subsidies, with some analysts predicting a market contraction. In our Global Market Outlook 2018-2022, which SolarPower Europe published at the recent Intersolar Europe event, we estimate in our most realistic Market Scenario that the global solar market will grow in 2018 and the years to come. In fact, we are significantly more optimistic than in our GMO 2017 (see graphic).

While the world can be thankful to China that they have financed the growth of the global solar sector in the last few years, it is high time for the global market leader to reform its solar sector and transition from overpriced uncapped feed-in tariffs to more sustainable incentive schemes. There is no doubt China will stay committed to solar – it is one of the few countries that has a clear vision about the technology’s potential and considers solar a key tool to fight air pollution and climate change. Solar is a major pillar of China’s future energy system as it quickly pushes for electrification of its transport sector. While we expect the Chinese solar market to decrease this and the next year, it will grow strongly again as of 2020, once the Chinese administration has restructured its solar market. On a positive note – we will now see more diversification of solar demand. In 2016, only seven countries installed over 1 GW, in 2017, the number increased to nine, and this should be 14 in 2018 (see graphic).

How to ensure faster and sustainable solar growth

Although we can note extremely positive developments for the solar sector, SolarPower Europe identifies four major topics that still need to be addressed in order to enable an even faster and more sustainable growth for solar in Europe:

  • It is key for regions and countries to establish reliable governance frameworks to navigate their economies towards clean energy with ambitious and binding renewables targets. This provides investor security and transparency on ambition. Subsidies for inflexible power technologies must be eliminated and phase out plans set up to manage communities transitioning from the most polluting forms of energy.
  • It is of utmost importance to have an electricity market design that enables profitable investments and the operation of flexible renewable energy sources, taking into account rules for storage, demand response and aggregation to provide new services. A cross sectoral decarbonisation and electrification approach increasingly based on renewable energy is required for the power, heating and transport sectors.
  • We need modern energy frameworks that allow new business models for solar and storage to be created and which put active consumers at the heart of the energy transition. Allowing self-consumption without the burden of prohibitive taxes or other barriers is vital and something the EU has just provided for the decade post 2020. While tenders are good mechanisms for efficient planning and deployment of utility-scale solar plants, their design is crucial to guarantee long-lasting, high-quality power generation – and technology specific tenders are key here.
  • Finally, we need to overcome trade barriers for solar. Import tariffs as we see them in Europe, the US and other countries are detrimental to the deployment of solar today and simply add unnecessary cost without benefitting society.

Watch the free Global Market Webinar held on 17 July here.


 

Solar O&M Best Practices Mark launched by SolarPower Europe at Intersolar Europe

By: Mate Heisz, Business Analyst

Photo: The launch of the O&M mark, a self-certification-based label to promote transparency and excellence in the
Operation and Maintenance sector took place on 19 June.

On 19 June 2018 SolarPower Europe launched the Solar O&M Best Practices Mark, a self-certification-based label to promote transparency and excellence in the Operation and Maintenance sector.

“The SolarPower Europe O&M Best Practices Mark is an industry first and a major step forward for the sector, it will help create transparency and drive up standards across the O&M market. It assures customers that they are working with a provider of the highest quality,” said Paolo V. Chiantore, Managing Director at BayWa r.e. Operation Services s.r.l and Chair of the SolarPower Europe O&M Task Force. Operations and Maintenance (O&M) has become an increasingly important segment within the solar industry, accounting for about one third of the jobs created and value added by the entire solar industry in Europe. One of the main challenges facing the solar O&M industry is the discrepancies between the quality of services provided by different O&M contractors. With the new solar O&M Best Practices Mark we will strengthen the sector by delivering excellence-led, proficient and reliable services in solar O&M” said Máté Heisz, Business Analyst and Coordinator of the SolarPower Europe O&M Task Force.

Companies can apply for the Mark by visiting the new website, where they will have to pass certain requirements to receive it. We aim to have hundreds of companies sign up to this initiative, which will not only improve the competitiveness of O&M, but will also be extremely valuable to customers who can rest assured that they are getting a first-rate O&M service”. The Mark has been developed by SolarPower Europe’s O&M Task Force and is based on the recommendations of the SolarPower Europe O&M Best Practices Guidelines. This initiative has been made possible with the support of sponsors Intersolar Europe, BayWa r.e. and Siemens.

To learn more about the Mark, view the list of certified companies and do the self-certification, visit the Solar O&M Best Practices Mark website.


 

Kick-off meeting of the Solar Mobility Task Force: a sunny start for solar-powered mobility

By: Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor


Upon the recommendation of its Strategy Committee, SolarPower Europe launched its new Solar Mobility Task Force on 20 June. The kick-off meeting took place at the Intersolar Europe conference in Munich, which for the first time partnered with Power2Drive Europe, the new exhibition for electric mobility and charging infrastructure. More than 30 representatives of leading and innovative companies in the field of automotive and solar industry gathered to share views on the key challenges and opportunities for mobility and solar.

Transport still represents a quarter of European greenhouse gas emissions in Europe – a figure that has kept increasing over the last years. Developing clean transport will therefore be crucial in order for Europe to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement. With falling costs and increasing market penetration, electro-mobility is an emerging global trend reshaping traditional frontiers of the transport and energy sector. Enabling a reduction in greenhouse gases emissions and air pollution, there is no doubt that electro-mobility represents a high potential for uptake of clean modes of transport.

However, electro-mobility will only make sense environmentally-wise if coupled with a deep-decarbonisation of the electricity system, and a strong uptake of renewable energy. For this reason, e-mobility now opens a world of new and exciting opportunities for solar. Solar and electromobility are the perfect marriage: solar produces energy during the day when the sun is shining and when electric vehicles need to be charged at home or at the office. From solar-powered vehicles to solar-powered charging stations, to the development of innovative solar-powered supply offers, solar will therefore be crucial in the green mobility revolution. Many demonstration projects are currently proving the benefits of a solar-powered mobility.

During the kick-off meetings, key electro-mobility experts, Mr. Masafumi Yamaguchi, Professor Emeritus at the Toyota technological Institute, and Mr. Christopher Burghardt, Managing Director Europe at Charge Point presented on the potential for solar and electric mobility. In an interactive session, participants discussed the opportunities and challenges of solar power and electric mobility. After these first steps, the Solar Mobility Task Force will meet again on September 19th in SolarPower Europe’s offices in Brussels for its first scoping workshop. The Task Force members will build on the kick-off meeting input to define the structure and the governance of the Task Force, the objectives and deliverables for the next 12 months. The meeting will also kick-start the work on SolarPower Europe’s 2018 Solar Mobility Report.

To register for the Task Force Workshop, please contact Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor at SolarPower Europe.


 

Solar trade associations meet at Intersolar Europe

By: Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor

Photo: Representatives from solar trade associations from around the world met at the Global Associations workshop at Intersolar Europe 2018 in Munich.

On 21st June, SolarPower Europe, the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the Global Solar Council (GSC) co-hosted a Global Associations workshop at Intersolar Europe. The workshop brought together over 20 national solar associations from across the world in Munich.

As showed in SolarPower Europe’s 2018 Global Market Outlook report (2018-2022), solar power is developing fast across the globe: from seven countries having installed more than 1GW in 2016, nine countries reached the 1GW mark in 2017 and this figure should amount to fourteen countries in 2018 according to SolarPower Europe’s forecasts. It was therefore perfect timing for bringing together key experts of existing and future solar markets to exchange intelligence on the development of solar across the globe.

During the meeting, representatives had the opportunity to present the development of their respective national solar markets in the past year and their forecasts for the coming 5 years. They also presented the latest policy development at national level, highlighting the existing barriers, the best practices and the coming challenges and opportunities for development of solar power in their respective countries.

National associations from all around the world were present: from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina, Burundi, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tanzania and Uganda.

The successful workshop was highly appreciated by all participants and paved the way for future editions of the Global Associations workshop in 2019!


 

 

New Strategy Committee Leadership

By: James Watson, CEO

Photo: Leadership of the Strategy Committee gathered in SoalarPower Europe’s offices on 13 September 2018.

At the last meeting of the Strategy Committee elections were held for the leadership of the Strategy Committee. After 4 successful years at the helm of the Strategy Committee, Simone Diodato Antonelli of Enel decided to stand down. We would all like to thank him for the great motivation and effort he has put into the post and helped SolarPower Europe develop some of our more visionary positions, creating success in our legislative work. Andreas Wade of First Solar also decided to stand down from his role as a Vice-Chair after 4 years of important and valuable contributions to the Committees work. We likewise thank Andreas for his strong contribution and dedication to the work of the Committee.

In the elections, Luc de Marliave of Total was elected to be the new Committee Chair by the members present at the Committee meeting. Luc is responsible for Institutional Relationships and Renewables in Total and has been a long standing member of the Committee and this was well recognised and appreciated by the members in their choice to elect him. His Vice-Chairs are Wolfgang Storm, of Wacker, who has been re-elected and Leah Charpentier of First Solar who was also successfully elected.

We are delighted to have a very dedicated and richly experienced Strategy Committee leadership to take us through the next challenges of the regulatory framework for solar in Europe. We look forward to seeing members at our next meeting in the Autumn and introducing the new leadership to you.


 

 

Austria Takes Over EU Council Presidency

By: James Watson, CEO

Photo: Solar panels on roof in Griffen, Austria. © Energetica

On 1st July Austria took over the EU Council Presidency with the important task of steering the Electricity Market Design dossier to a conclusion before the end of the year. This will not be an easy task with important issues like priority dispatch for renewables, exposure to balancing responsibilities, ownership of storage and capacity mechanisms to address.

On 2nd July SolarPower Europe CEO, James Watson, presented at the Vienna Forum on the Energy Transition organised by the Austrian Renewable Energy Association. He presented on the Clean Energy Industrial Forum, reminding the Austrian government that industrial strategy for solar is an important element of the renewables transition.

The event was well attended and provided a first opportunity for SolarPower Europe to deliver key messages to the Austrian Presidency. The next key opportunity to pass messages to the EU Council will be at the Informal Energy Council in Linz in September.


 

 

SolarPower Europe signs MoU with ASOLMEX

By: Mate Heisz, Business Analyst

Photo: Dr. James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe and Arturo Duhart, Chair of the Distributed Solar Working Group of ASOLMEX
signing the MoU on 21 June 2018 at Intersolar Europe in Munich.

ASOLMEX and SolarPower Europe signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 21 June 2018 in Munich to explore new business opportunities for solar companies in the European and Mexican solar markets by strengthening the existing collaboration between ASOLMEX and SolarPower Europe. With Europe being the continent with the oldest fleet of solar generation and Mexico reaching the Gigawatt-scale in terms of solar deployment in 2018, SolarPower Europe and ASOLMEX will facilitate sharing the European O&M experience with the Mexican market in order to ensure long-term health of solar power plants. SolarPower Europe’s flagship publication, the O&M Best Practices Guidelines developed by leading O&M companies in SolarPower Europe’s O&M Task Force, will be translated into the Spanish language with a view of launching them in early September 2018 at the Green Expo in Mexico City in a joint event.

If you are interested in solar in Mexico and would like to be part of the SolarPower Europe delegation, contact  Máté Heisz, Business Analyst, SolarPower Europe.


 

 

Join the SolarPower Europe delegation to the Green Expo in Mexico City, 4-6 September 2018

By: Mate Heisz, Business Analyst

As part of their recently launched partnership, SolarPower Europe and ASOLMEX are organising a joint workshop on O&M best practices and opportunities in Mexico. The workshop will take place on 6 September 2018 at the Green Expo in Mexico City and it will be the occasion of launching the Spanish version of SolarPower Europe’s O&M Best Practices Guidelines. A second half-day workshop will be held on 7 September (t.b.c.) with the objective of initiating a knowledge exchange between Mexican and European solar industry experts on topics other than O&M such as regulatory framework, project development, tendering and digitalisation.

If you would like to be part of the SolarPower Europe delegation and use this opportunity to get to know the Mexican market, contact Máté Heisz, Business Analyst, SolarPower Europe.


 

 

CHEETAH solar research project final report now available

By: Mate Heisz, Business Analyst


CHEETAH
was an integrated research project on photovoltaics funded by the European Commission, under Framework Programme 7. It was initiated by EERA PV and funded by the European Commission to solve specific R&D issues in coherence with the EERA-PV Joint Program and SET plan, European policy and roadmap documents, to overcome fragmentation of European PV R&D and intensify the collaboration between R&D providers and industry to accelerate the industrialization of innovations.

CHEETAH thus aimed at tackling the following challenges:

  • Provide more PV power using less materials (“more with less”);
  • Accelerate the implementation of innovative technologies in the PV industry;
  • Foster long-term European cooperation in the PV R&D sector.

Download the final report here to learn more about CHEETAH’s research and network results.

The CHEETAH  project consortium was constituted of 34 partners spread around Europe, consisting of 31 research centers (universities and research institutes) of excellence in PV R&D, complemented by Solar Power Europe and Innoenergy as the associations, and  consultancy company Ayming for project management support. The combined efforts of the consortium have led to a number of important achievements listed below that will form an essential basis for creating a long-term collaborative platform and a technology basis for Europe that should regain and build up own manufacturing capacity in all parts of the value chain:

  • CHEETAH created a framework for cooperation and exchange through the establishment of a Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) which is an online information source to promote knowledge exchange among experts and trainees on photovoltaic (PV) solar energy research in Europe;
  • Within CHEETAH, very thin kerfless silicon foils and wafers were fabricated using the epitaxial growth method with high electrical and crystalline quality. Heterojunction cells as thin as 40 mm were demonstrated on 125 x 125 mm2 free standing epi foils (17 % efficiency);
  • Full industrial processing in automatic mode was validated for thin wafers down to 80 micron using Heterojunction technology with record cells having >22 % efficiency;
  • Thin IBC and Heterojunction cells were successfully integrated in modules using different interconnection technologies, with low Cell to Modules losses (<1%) and minor crack formation. A Maximum Power output up to 313 Wp was achieved for a full size HJ module;
  • Proof of concepts have been demonstrated for advanced thin film PV device concepts using light management strategies, i.e. microconcentrator CIGS solar cells with low and medium concentration enhancement and nanopatterned thin film Silicon produced by Liquid phase crystallisation;
  • An extensive collaborative effort was done in the project to identify solutions for alternative and low-cost packaging solutions and improve the intrinsic stability of OPV devices. The establishment of an E-infrastructure and an advanced chamber to test unprotected in a very systematic way are among the key exploitable results of this activity.

As a conclusion, CHEETAH succeeded in its main challenges namely:

  • “More with less”: CHEETAH demonstrated that thinner materials can reach high-level efficiency thus opening the door to material, economic and environmental savings;
  • Innovative technologies: as proof of concepts were demonstrated, next steps will be the up-scaling of those new technologies in industrial conditions;
  • Foster long-term European cooperation in the PV R&D sector: the created cooperation both in terms of knowledge & education and research activities will be continued after CHEETAH.

Download the final CHEETAH report.


 

 

Mark your Calendar: Join SolarPower Europe’s Digital Solar & Storage 2018 Event

By: Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor and Head of Market Intelligence

After the successful premiere of SolarPower Europe’s Digital Solar & Storage Conference last year, we will organize a second edition in 2018 – this new flagship event will be held on 4-5 December again in Munich at BMW World. Now that the European Union has agreed on a 32% RES target in the Renewable Energy Target, it’s crucial to create a market design that empowers consumers to self-generate and store electricity, and establish with the help of digital tools an energy market place that enables stakeholders to implement products and business models using the lowest cost and most flexible clean power solutions.

As Europe’s leading solar sector association, representing also leading players from the storage, transport and heat sectors, SolarPower Europe organizes the Digital Solar & Storage event in order to bring together key stakeholders in this field and discuss and explore the best ways to a solar-based flexible clean energy world.

Our first event attracted around 200 high-level participants; this year we expect over 300 attendees. A summary of last year’s event can be found here. Please find attached the preliminary agenda for the 2018 conference below:

PRELIMINARY AGENDA:

4 December 2018 – DAY 1

13.00 – 14.00 Registration & Coffee

14.00 – 14.05 Conference Opening

14.00 – 15.30 A Brave New Energy World for Everyone
The energy world is now rapidly and dramatically changing – for generators, supplier and consumers while at the same time tearing down the walls of the power, heat and transport sectors. Key questions are: how can this energy revolution be accomplished smoothly and who will be the winners?

15:30 – 16.00 Coffee Break w/ Speed Networking

16.00 – 17.15 Business Models to Empower the Consumer
With the help of solar storage and digital technology, consumers will increasingly become the center of the distributed, flexible and clean power world. Many business models have been proposed, several already introduced – but what’s really viable to empower the consumer?

17.15 – 18.00 Digital Solar Start-Ups – The Next Big Things to Come
A selection of innovative start-ups will present their business ideas using digital solar & storage technologies for the new energy world.

18.00 – 22.00 Digital Dinner & Networking

5 December 2018  – DAY 2

8.30 – 9.00 Registration & Coffee

9.00 – 10.30 Artificial Intelligence in the Energy World – Getting the Act Together
As the energy sector goes digital, it will increasingly use artificial intelligence to master the manifold challenges of a distributed, flexible and cross-sectorial system. Applications will be countless, ranging from sophisticated weather forecasting to managing energy flows and huge data volumes using advanced analytics – but what’s hot in the near term?

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break w/ Speed Networking

11.00 – 12.30 Intelligent Digital Solutions for the Energy Transition:

  • Blockchain-based Solutions for Peer-to-Peer Power Trading – Block chain technology offers huge opportunities to have everyone participate in the new energy world using a ‘simple’ and convenient platform. This session will discuss the potential, challenges and first real life experiences.
  • Solar Mobility – Towards Clean Electric Transport Solutions

There is one main reason for holding this conference at an automotive location. De-carbonisation of transport is crucial to meet climate targets – and solar-based electrification is key. SolarPower Europe has just kick-started a new Solar Mobility Task Force, which will explore the role of solar in the electrification of transport.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch w/ Digital Storage Start-up Market Place

13.30 – 15.00 How the Future Utility will Look Like
If you look at the latest activities of many European utilities today, it has little to do what they have been doing for decades – this is true for large international power generation power companies and municipal utilities. At the same time, digital technology offers new players access to the utility business and vivid M&A activity creates new champions. Many changes & many challenges, but how will the future utility look like?

15.00 – 15.45 Closing Panel: Creating a Solar City
In a not too distant future, people will be able to live in true solar cities. Visionary policy makers and industry leaders are working on regulatory tools, business models and technologies to make this happen.

15.45 – 17.00 Farewell Beer & Prezels


 

 

Interview with SMA subsidiary Coneva

By: Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor and Head of Market Intelligence

Photo: Jochen Schneider, general manager of Coneva, has been developing business models with a focus on renewable energies,
decentralized energy management and digital technologies for more than 10 years.

Digitalisation of the energy market offers completely new business opportunities for stakeholders in this sector as well as newcomers. Leading inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has recently created Convea, a start-up that offers digital energy services to municipal utilities, housing companies or telecommunication companies, and many others. In an interview, Coneva general manager Jochen Schneider and his management colleagues Frank Blessing and Frank Reichenbach explain how they see the new energy world.

Read the full interview here.

As Strategic Partner of SolarPower Europe’s Digital Solar & Storage Conference 2018, SMA and its subsidiary Coneva will present their views on solar digitalisation at the event, which will take place on 4-5 December at BMW World in Munich.


 

 

SolarPower Europe to cooperate with International Solar Alliance

By: Bruce Douglas, Deputy CEO and COO, SolarPower Europe

Photo: Bruce Douglas (Deputy CEO, SolarPower Europe and Co-Chair, GSC) and Upendra Tripathy (Interim Director General, ISA) at the signing of the agreement
between the GSC and ISA.

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) organised a series of events on 20-22 June 2018 at Intersolar Europe in Munich, bringing together high-level public and private sector decision makers to discuss how to scale-up the deployment of solar in ISA economies. Ministers and executives from a number of countries and companies discussed topics such as barriers to solar deployment and areas of intervention, infrastructure, standardisation, R&D, bankability and trade.

A key stakeholder in promoting solar globally, SolarPower Europe participated in the high-level ISA discussions and will be supporting the ISA Committee of Chambers of Industry and Business.
The ISA also signed an agreement with the Global Solar Council (GSC) on 21 June 2018 to spur investment in solar across developing countries, to promote solar worldwide.
The ambition of the ISA is to undertake joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology, mobilise more than USD 1000 billion of investments needed by 2030 for the deployment of 1000 GW of solar energy in solar resource rich countries located fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.


 

 

RE-Source Platform Launch

By: Myra Melkild, Political Communications Assistant

Photo: During the official launch of the RE-Source Platform last month in Brussels, Google, Microsoft, IKEA Group, BT, Danone, Amazon, Enel Green Power, Engie, RES,
Novartis, Iberdrola and Facebook, Inc. were announced as Steering Group members of the RE-Source Platform.

On the 6th of June, the RE-Source Platform, a European alliance of stakeholders representing clean energy buyers and suppliers for corporate renewable energy sourcing, was officially launched in Brussels. Established by SolarPower Europe and Wind Europe, RE100 and WBCSD, the platform pools resources and coordinates activities to promote a better framework for corporate renewable energy sourcing at EU and national level.

Jointly organised by the European Commission, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the RE-Source Platform, the launch of the platform took place as a part of EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018. The session brought together 400 participants, including representatives from the European institutions as well as industry representatives and leading corporate buyers and renewable energy project developers.

Hosted in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building in Brussels, the session explored the latest developments, future opportunities, and the necessary framework conditions for Europe to capture the potential of an increasing corporate demand for renewable energy. Chaired by Paula Abreu Marques,  Head of Unit for “Renewables and CCS policy” in the European Commission, DG ENER and with speakers including Bruce Douglas, Deputy CEO, SolarPower Europe / Coordinator, RE-Source Platform and Elizabeth Press, Director of Planning and Programme Support, IRENA, the launch session also included a panel discussion with Marc Oman, EU Energy Lead, Google Global Infrastructure, Monica Mireles Serrano, Senior Public Affairs Officer, IKEA Group, Nicola Melchiotti, Head of European Affairs, ENEL and Robert Williams, General Manager, Procurement, BT. Additionally, the Steering Group members of the RE-Source Platform was announced during the launch. These include major corporate energy users – Google, Microsoft, IKEA Group, BT, Danone, Amazon, Enel Green Power, Engie, RES, Novartis, Iberdrola and Facebook, Inc – all highlighting the growing demand for clean energy and the need for clear and enabling policy frameworks. The successful launch was followed by a reception for all participants.

See all pictures from the event.

For more information about the RE-Source Platform, visit the RE-Soruce Platform webpage.

For more information about the RE-Source Event in 20 – 21 November, Amsterdam, visit the RE-Source Event webpage.



 

Corporate sourcing of renewable energy – EC study and online survey

By: Bruce Douglas, Deputy CEO and COO

The RE-Source Platform, an alliance of stakeholders active in corporate sourcing in Europe and coordinated by SolarPower Europe, are on the Steering Committee of a European Commission funded study on “Corporate sourcing of renewable energy” coordinated by CEPS and COWI. The study aims to answer two fundamental questions:

  1. What are the driving forces behind the corporate sector’s transition to renewable energy and the constraints inhibiting its progress?
  2. What is the impact of renewable energy on the competitiveness of EU companies?

In this context, CEPS and DG ENER are launching an online survey to learn more about the opportunities and challenges (including regulatory barriers) faced by companies operating in the EU when dealing with renewable energy.

We would be grateful if your company would share your valuable experience and views in this important new area by completing this survey and returning it to us. All responses will be kept in complete anonymity.

The survey has been designed to take as little of your time as possible. It is accessible at here. Please feel free to forward the survey to other companies that may be interested in corporate sourcing of renewable energy. If you wish to receive any clarification regarding this survey and the overall study, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Felice Simonelli.


 

 

EU PVSEC Parallel Events: PV Technology Meets Policy & Industrial Applications

By:  Saskia Choffel, Business Development & Marketing Officer

Technology improvements are the base of solar power’s success story. But without the right policy frameworks and business models, solar would not be where it is today. That’s why the EU PVSEC platform offers beyond its technology conference part also parallel events organised by major solar stakeholders that deal with various industry topics, financing, applications and deployment trends.
SolarPower Europe: High Level Industrial Forum – Industrial Strategy for the New Energy System: Solar and Storage

35th EU PVSEC 2018 will be held in the European Union’s centre, Brussels, where the EU institutions in June agreed on a 32% renewables target for 2030, much higher than the originally proposed 27%. Solar and storage will have to play key roles in achieving this target. The High Level Industrial Forum – Industrial Strategy for the New Energy System: Solar and Storage organised by SolarPower Europe will present the work of the European Commission and SolarPower Europe on creating a new industrial strategy for solar and storage in the EU.

 

 

India-EU Clean Energy Forum (17-21 September 2018)

By:  Maté Heisz, Business Analyst

SolarPower Europe is supporting the India-EU Clean Energy Forum, a high-level bilateral conference strengthening EU-India relations in the field of clean energy technology. The Forum will be featured in the Renewable Energy India 2018 Expo, the international exhibition for renewable energy. If you would like to participate in this event including a B2B matchmaking, an excellent opportunity to get to know both Indian and European high-level decision makers, you can register free of charge here.

In our July-August newsletter you can read about our new website and campaign ‘Generation Solar’, the latest news on the EU Clean Energy Package, and review our most updated solar market figures for Europe and the world.

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