Off-Grid: Digitalization to Speed Up Off-Grid Projects

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
ICM München
Room 14 C

We discuss the role of digital tools and innovations for scaling up energy access.

11:00 am - 11:05 amWelcome and Introduction

11:05 am - 11:20 amDigitalization for Scale

Dr. Philipp Blechinger

Head of Unit Off-Grid Systems

Reiner Lemoine Institut gGmbH

11:20 am - 11:35 amCharting the new course: Hybrid Energy Systems and Predictive AI in Energy Transition

Ilya Likhov

Neosun Energy

11:35 am - 11:50 amRemote Monitoring and Maintanence

Josef Hermann

Independent Energy Consultant

Independent Energy Consultant

11:50 am - 12:05 pmFurther Speaker to be Announced

12:05 pm - 12:30 pmQ&A Round

Ilya Likhov, Neosun Energy


Mr Ilya Likhov - Hi-tech entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Neosun Energy - is a distinguished authority in the field of Solar Energy, and international business strategy with over 20 years of hands-on experience. His innovative business model has the potential to revolutionize the solar energy market. In 2015, Mr. Likhov embarked on a groundbreaking venture, establishing his own production of power equipment in China. Since then, he has held the esteemed position of General Manager at NEOSUN Energy, a forward-looking manufacturing enterprise that specializes in crafting solar panels, next-generation lithium-ion batteries, and other pioneering energy solutions.

Josef Hermann, Independent Energy Consultant

Independent Energy Consultant


Josef Hermann (M.Sc.) is an industrial engineer of Renewable Energies and a professional consultant on a variety of energy-related topics. He worked on numerous rural electrification projects in Ethiopia, Germany, Nepal, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, and Peru. He has diverse expertise in the field of governmental and non-governmental development cooperation. For the last 2 years he was working on a Baseline Study and the Development of a Sustainability Framework as well as Capacity Development Interventions on Solar PV Electrification of public institutions in Ethiopia.

Dr. Philipp Blechinger, Reiner Lemoine Institut gGmbH

Head of Unit Off-Grid Systems


Philipp is an international expert in island energy supply and rural electrification. He conducted a PhD in engineering about 'Barriers to implementing renewable energies on Caribbean islands' at the TU Berlin. In 2011, he joined the Reiner Lemoine Institut and he started to develop the Off-Grid Systems Research Unit, which he is currently heading. Within the Unit, he develops and manages projects and strategic processes. In 2019 Philipp was appointed Visiting Scholar in the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) of the University of California, Berkeley as part of the C-BEAR+ project and he is a selected member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Since 2020 he is also leading the RLS-Graduate School on Energy System Transition with currently 6 PhD students.

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