Utility-scale Solar Power I: Trends in Development, EPC and Asset Management

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

02:30 pm - 04:00 pm
ICM München
Room 14 B

As regulatory requirements and margin pressure make project development increasingly challenging, EPCs are confronted with new system designs and high volatility in product supply and cost. Once a PV power plant has been built, the O&M needs to ensure a high output. This requires more and more digital analytics, while asset managers must deal with increasing reporting services. The session will cover:

  • Status of utility-scale solar power project development needs
  • How EPCs deal with rising costs and supply volatility pressure
  • Advanced analytics for effective O&M
  • Asset management throughout the entire project lifecycle
  • Q&A

02:30 pm - 02:35 pmWelcome and Introduction

02:35 pm - 02:50 pmAdvantages of R&D in Innovation, System Design and Technical Concept Optimization

02:50 pm - 03:05 pmModelling Future Failures on PV Plants to Plan O&M and Improve Design

Aquin Magnus

Project Engineer


03:05 pm - 03:20 pmDigitalization in Solar Construction - Attempts to Leapfrog Evolution in Project Realization

Dan Garlin

COO Renewables


03:20 pm - 03:35 pmThe Importance of Asset Management From Development Through Life Cycle of the Project

Dr. Carlos Javier Sarasa

Managing Director


03:35 pm - 04:00 pmPanel Discussion

Dan Garlin, Uniper

COO Renewables


Dan Garlin is COO of Uniper Renewables, where he is responsible for EPC & Operations. Dan joined the energy industry in 2006 and held various positions in E.ON (now RWE) Renewables realizing projects in various European countries and the US. He also gathered experiences in various strategy and engineering services assignments. In 2020 he created Uniper Renewables, which is one pillar of Unipers decarbonization strategy for the future.

Dr. Carlos Javier Sarasa, ELGIN ENERGY

Managing Director

United Kingdom

Dr Carlos Javier has over 18 years experience in engineering, negotiation and strategic sales across Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy. Between 2010-2014, Carlos was Head of Engineering at UK construction and development company where he led the design of >500MW of UK solar projects. Carlos holds an executive MBA and has experience in portfolio management and project finance. He was the Technical Director at one of the largest renewable energy funds in the world with over 1GW of assets under management (AuM). In the last 2 years, Carlos has been managing the Asset Management arm of Elgin Energy, a unique and successful development platform recently acquired by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). Oversight of a large UK based asset base means Carlos is uniquely placed to have a comprehensive understanding of asset performance in the UK and Ireland.

Aquin Magnus, Engie

Project Engineer


Aquin Magnus is a research engineer at ENGIE Laborelec, the research and innovation expertise centre for electric energy of the ENGIE Group. At Laborelec, he is active as project manager and project engineer contributing to research projects aimed at improving the design and performance of PV or PV-BESS hybrid assets. He holds degrees in renewable energy engineering from Uppsala University and IST Lisbon.

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