Session 1: Latin America Solar Investment Opportunities, Partner: SolarPower Europe

3:00–4:00pm CET

Following the rapid cost decrease of the solar PV technology, and a new wave of supportive measures, the Latin America region is starting to unveil its huge market potential for solar energy. In Chile, for example, a total coal phase out is due by 2040, and in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, in spite of the COVID-19 and unpredictable political climate, new solar capacity in 2020 is exceeding previous forecasts. 

In the context of SolarPower Europe’s work to unlock solar markets potential in emerging markets, experts from leading companies in the energy sector developed a report on four key markets in Latin America, and their potential for solar PV generation in the coming years. In this session, five experts were invited to share and discuss their insights for each country. The main findings from the report will be presented, including the main barriers to the development of the solar sector, and the recommendations to address them. 

  • Conference Welcome Note: Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director, Solar Promotion International GmbH, Germany
  • Welcome Presentation: Dr. Karsten Schlageter, General Manager, ABO Wind, Germany
  • Panel Discussion:
    • Kevin Vical, Regional Manager, QOS Energy, Mexico
    • Carlos Marron, Managing Partner of Latin America, Finergreen, Mexico
    • Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia, CEO, Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association - ABSOLAR, Brazil
    • Daria Langenberger, Development Director for Brazil, Powertis, Spain
    • Mario Pani, Regional Manager Latin America, BayWa r.e., USA

Dr. Florian Wessendorf
Managing Director
Solar Promotion International GmbH

Dr. Karsten Schlageter
General Manager
ABO Wind AG, Germany

Kevin Vical
Regional Manager
QOS Energy, Mexico

Carlos Marron
Managing Partner of Latin America 
Finergreen, Mexico

Dr. Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia
Executive president

Daria Langenberger
Development Director for Brazil
Powertis, Spain

Mario Pani
Regional Manager, Latin America 
BayWa r.e., USA

Session 2: Agri-Photovoltaics: The Double Harvest

4:15–5:15pm CET

A growing number of governments around the world face a double-edged challenge: How can they move to generate more clean solar power in future while ensuring that enough arable land is available to grow and supply sufficient food for an increasing population? One solution is known as agrivoltaics – the co-development of land for both solar PV and agricultural applications. Presentations will examine this unique concept and the technologies involved as well as the lessons learned to date and prospects for the future.

  • Welcome & Introduction: Maximilian Trommsdorff, Head of Team Agrophotovoltaics, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany
  • Agrivoltaics: Unlocking New Potential for the PV Sector by Creating Value for Agriculture: David Jung, Research Engineer in Innovative PV Concepts for the Agricultural Sector, Fraunhofer Chile Research – Center for Solar Energy Technologies | FCR-CSET, Chile
  • Cost Competitiveness of Agri-PV. Results of a Case Study with Raspberry Farming in the Netherlands: Stephan Schindele, Head of Agri-PV, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH, Germany
  • Akuo's Agrinergie Concept in our Renewable Energy Plants: Joanna Lantz, COO Latam and Caribbeans, Akuo, France

Maximilian Trommsdorff
Head of Team Agrophotovoltaics 
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany

David Jung
Research Engineer in Innovative PV Concepts for the Agricultural Sector   
Fraunhofer Chile Research – Center for Solar Energy Technologies

Stephan Schindele
Head of Agri-PV 
BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH

Joanna Lantz
COO Latam and Caribbeans 
Akuo, France

Session 3: Solar PV combined with electrical energy storage (ees) and Electric Vehicle: Emerging Trends & Business Models

4:15–5:15pm CET

Solar is booming globally, due to significant cost reductions, thus allowing to approach grid-parity in many parts of the world. At the same time, technologies such as electrical energy storage systems, electric vehicles and other smart energy technologies all combined with solar PV is not only fundamentally changing prevailing energy power structures, but also creates new business models, allowing to generate revenues from multiple streams. This session is exploring emerging trends and business models already put into practice today.

  • Welcome & Introduction: Prof. Dr. Ricardo Rüther, Professor, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina / UFSC, Brazil
  • E-Mobility Ecosystem and Renewable Integration: Paulo Maisonnave, Head of E-Mobility Brazil, ENEL X, Brazil
  • Scenario For Energy Storage Market in Brazil: Marcio Takata, Director, Greener, Brazil
  • Electric Heavy Duty Vehicles: José Antônio do Nascimento, Contract Administrator, Eletra Industrial Ltda., Brazil

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Rüther
Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

Paulo Maisonnave
Head of E-Mobility Brazil,
Enel X, Brazil

Marcio Takata
Greener, Brazil

José Antônio do Nascimento 
Contract Administrator
Eletra Industrial Ltda., Brazil

Session 4: Floating Solar PV Farms: Trends and Prospects

5:30–6:30pm CET

Though still comparatively niche, floating solar systems are becoming increasingly common on both on and off-shore water bodies around the world. Speakers will share their first-hand experience of realizing such systems, the lessons learned and the O&M challenges they faced.

  • Welcome & Introduction: Antonio Varejao de Godoy, Advisory of the CEO, Chesf, Brazil
  • Implementation of the 1MW Floating Solar Plant in the Sobradinho HPP Reservoir: Douglas Balduino Guedes da Nobrega, Superintendent of Generation Engineering, Chesf, Brazil
  • Floating PV and Energy Planning: Technological and Environmental Aspects: Gustavo Pires da Ponte, Deputy Head of Power Generation, EPE, Brazil
  • The Floating Solar and Hydro Power Nexus: Dr.  Børge Bjørneklett, Founder and CEO, Ocean Sun AS, Norway
  • Mooring Challenges and Solutions: Charles Gery, Global Sales Manager, Seaflex, Sweden

Antonio Varejao de Godoy
Advisory of the CEO
Chesf, Brazil

Douglas Nóbrega
Superintendent of Generation Engineering
CHESF, Brazil

Gustavo Pires da Ponte 
Deputy Head of Power Generation 
EPE, Brazil

Dr. Børge Bjørneklett
Founder and CEO
Ocean Sun AS, Norway

Charles Gery
Director of Global FPV Business Development    
Seaflex, Sweden