Global & European Decarbonization Strategies: Challenges & Solutions on Solar's Path to Become the World's Major Power Source

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

11:30 am - 01:00 pm
ICM München
Room 14 A

As solar energy continues its strong global growth trajectory, exceeding all expectations, more and more obstacles are appearing on the long way towards completing the energy transition. The question is: what is needed to unleash solar's full potential in Europe and globally, and what can realistically be achieved?This session will discuss:

  • Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2024—2027 (report launch)
  • Solar power's role in European and global decarbonization strategies
  • Solutions for unlocking the vast potential of solar

11:30 am - 11:45 amIntrodction & Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2024-2028

Michael Schmela

Executive Advisor

SolarPower Europe

11:45 am - 12:00 pmAssessing Solar's Role Towards a Net Zero World

12:00 pm - 12:15 pmQuantifying the Flexibility Needs of Solar and Its Impacts on European Market Growth Until 2040

Dr. Juan Rivier

Head of Global Regulation


12:15 pm - 12:30 pmThe Bright Path to Zero: Solar Energy's Impact on Europe's Carbon Footprint

Vegard Vollset

VP- Head of EMEA Renewable

Rystad Energy

12:30 pm - 01:00 pmPanel Discussion: How to Overcome Challenges to Tap Solar's Full Potential?

Vegard Vollset, Rystad Energy

VP- Head of EMEA Renewable


Vegard Vollset is Vice President and is leading the EMEA part of Rystad Energy's Renewable & Power Research team, with more than a decade of experience working within the energy industry. He has broad experience in energy modeling, M&A, and strategy work, and has worked closely with clients spanning the entire energy sector, from renewable energy companies and service companies to governmental organizations, investors, and NGOs. Prior to joining Rystad Energy, Vegard worked in Engie, Total Energies, and Equinor. He holds an MSc degree from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and an MSc degree from the University of Stavanger.

Dr. Juan Rivier, Iberdrola

Head of Global Regulation


Juan Rivier, Electronic Engineer and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering by Comillas University, is currently Head of Global Regulation within Iberdrola Renewables, with a global responsibility (geographies and renewable technologies) on Renewables Regulation. He is a SolarPowerEurope and WindEurope Board Director. He has now more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector, beginning as an academic during 15 years at the Institute for Technological Research (IIT) of Comillas University, and joining Iberdrola in 2007 where he has been global responsible for Renewables Regulation and also global responsible for renewables PPA structuring.

Michael Schmela, SolarPower Europe

Executive Advisor


Michael is Executive Advisor to the CEO and a member of the leadership team. Alongside his business development work, Michael heads SolarPower Europe's award-winning market intelligence team. He is lead author of the annually published Global Market Outlook and EU Market Outlook, and works closely with Policy Analyst Raffaele operating the Solar & Storage workstream. Michael has been working in solar for over 20 years. After co-founding Photon-Magazine in 1996, he served in various positions within the Photon group, primarily as Editor-in-Chief of Photon International. In 2014, Michael started MISCHCO, a company offering strategy consulting and communication services to solar companies. In 2016, TaiyangNews, a digital news platform for the solar industry that Michael founded, went online. Michael studied Geology/Palaeontology at Bonn University, Geology at RWTH Aachen, and Mineralogy at Frankfurt University. He speaks German and English.

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