Utility-scale Solar Power III: Lifecycle & Quality - from Operations to Decommissioning & Re-powering

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

09:00 am - 10:30 am
ICM München
Room 14 B

If designed and maintained well, solar systems can function for several decades. However, every PV power plant's life ends at some point - even if high-quality components have been used, whether because of age, financial feasibility or extreme weather events. The resulting waste streams need to be managed, but also generate a huge potential for repowering solar installations.This session will provide:

  • Overview of end-of-life management best practices
  • Product quality control from fab to field
  • Module reliability & performance
  • Repowering solar power plants
  • The impact of extreme weather on climate

09:00 am - 09:10 amWelcome and Introduction

Adele Ara

Chief Technology Officer

Lightsource bp

09:10 am - 09:25 amQuality Control from Fab to Field

Magnus Herz

Project Manager

TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH

09:25 am - 09:40 amUnderstanding the Latest in PV Module Performance and Reliability

Sishir Garemella

Head of Interational Business Development


09:40 am - 09:55 amAddressing the Gigantic Potential of Re-Vamping & Re-Powering of Solar Power Plants

Tomaso Charlemont

Head of PV Revamping / Repowering EMEA

BayWa r.e. AG

09:55 am - 10:10 amThe Future of PV Systems in a World Increasingly Defined by Extreme Weather

Ulrike Jahn

Senior Scientist

Fraunhofer Center for Silicon-Photovoltaics CSP

10:10 am - 10:30 amQ&A

Tomaso Charlemont, BayWa r.e. AG

Head of PV Revamping / Repowering EMEA


Tomaso Charlemont is an executive with four decades of experience in Business Development and Supply Chain. After more than 20 years in the field of data communication, he embraced a second career in renewables in 2008. Over the past 16 years Tomaso developed and consolidated his experience in Solar PV joining inverter OEMs Satcon and Chint Power Systems, French EPC Vergnet and British renewables developer RES. Beginning of 2022 he joined BayWa r.e. where he heads the PV Revamping and Repowering business across the EMEA Region addressing with his strong experience the enormous potential of modernizing underperforming PV assets. BayWa r.e. is Europe's leading revamping and repowering expert. Over the past 5 years BayWa r.e. teams have completed over 100 utility-scale projects in 7 countries for a cumulated installed capacity of over 320MW. BayWa r.e. is trusted in all major European markets, with dedicated multidisciplinary teams in Germany, Italy, Spain, UK & Ireland, and France.

Adele Ara, Lightsource bp

Chief Technology Officer


Having joined in 2014, Adele's career at Lightsource by includes servicing as our Head of Global Business Operations, leading the business transformation and digitalisation strategy, and prior to that as Director of Asset Management. Under her guidance, we have successfully implemented several digital transformation strategies, steering Lightsource by through a significant period of change with drive, compassion, and determination. Before joining us, Adele was a Senior Manager at Platina Partners, a private equity fund specialised in renewable energy investments across Europe, where she was responsible for the asset management of a portfolio of wind and solar PV assets. At Platina, Adele was also an Investment Manager with responsibilities over the development and acquisition of solar PV projects in Southern Europe. Prior to this role, Adele served as a corporate and investment bank analyst at Citi. Adele chaired the Lifecycle Quality Workstream at Solar Power Europe from 2020 to 2022. She holds an MSc in Economics for Arts, Culture and Communications Summa Cum Laude from L. Bocconi University in Milan.

Ulrike Jahn, Fraunhofer Center for Silicon-Photovoltaics CSP

Senior Scientist


Ulrike Jahn is a graduate physicist and works as a scientific group leader in the Photovoltaic Systems and Integration department at the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle, Germany. Her work focusses on the diagnosis and reliability of PV systems. She is project manager of an international expert group, Task 13 of the PVPS programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which deals with technical and economic aspects of the reliability and performance of PV systems. She has been coordinating this network of currently 185 international experts in 25 countries since 2010.

Sishir Garemella, Kiwa PVEL

Head of Interational Business Development


Sishir Garemella is head of international business development at Kiwa PVEL, the leading independent lab of the downstream solar market. Sishir leads Kiwa PVEL's international expansion in strategic markets outside the United States. Sishir has over 10 years of experience as a downstream solar player, both as a financier and as an operator. Prior to solar, he has worked in investment banking in the UK and the automotive industry in Canada. He holds a Masters in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics in the UK and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor in Canada.

Magnus Herz, TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH

Project Manager


Magnus Herz graduated in renewable energies and works as project manager, researcher and developer in the solar team of TÜV Rheinland since 2010. In addition to his consulting work for international PV projects, he is also involved in several R&D projects developing data-driven strategies to improve quality assurance and risk mitigation. As project member of the international expert group IEA PVPS Task 13 and participating in the research project TRUST-PV his focus is on the standardization of failure categories and the evaluation of data analysis techniques.

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