What's Hot in Solar Technology: New Tech Trends To Lower Costs & Improve Solar Product Functionality

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Time
09:00 am - 10:30 am
Hall
ICM München
Room
Room 14 B

The advances of technology along the solar value chain in recent years have been breathtaking: Innovations have included considerably larger wafers, new cell technologies, much higher-efficiency solar modules, smarter inverters with management systems that can control fully electrified high-tech homes and less material-intensive fixed or tracking mounting systems that can be installed faster and boost system yields.

This session will provide an overview of the latest technologies:

  • Wafer-to-module technology innovations
  • Grid-connection and system control devices
  • Mounting technology for solar system installations

09:00 am - 09:05 amWelcome & Introduction

Prof. Dr. Rutger Schlatmann

Head of the Division Solar Energy

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH

09:05 am - 09:20 amSolar Innovations Tour: What's Hot in PV Wafer to Modules

Prof. Dr. Rutger Schlatmann

Head of the Division Solar Energy

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH

09:20 am - 09:35 amMore Important Than Most Think: Fixed and Tracking Mounting System Trends for Decreasing Cost & Increasing Yield

Christian Salzeder

CSO Projects

Schletter Solar GmbH

09:35 am - 09:50 amSmart & Super Essential: The Growing Role of Solar Inverters as the Brain of Solar Power Systems & Beyond

Dr. Sönke Rogalla

Head of Department Power Electronics and Grid Integration

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

09:50 am - 10:05 amEven Greener: How to Improve Sustainability of Solar Products

10:05 am - 10:30 amPanel Discussion: What's Next After Solar Has Become the Lowest Cost Power Generation Technology?

Prof. Dr. Rutger Schlatmann

Head of the Division Solar Energy

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH

Christian Salzeder

CSO Projects

Schletter Solar GmbH

Dr. Sönke Rogalla

Head of Department Power Electronics and Grid Integration

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Speakers

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Rutger Schlatmann, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH

Head of the Division Solar Energy

Germany

Since 2008, Rutger Schlatmann is director of the institute PVcomB at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. He is also full professor for solar photovoltaics technology at the Hochschule fuer Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (since 2012). He focuses multijunctions based on perovskite on SHJ Si or CIGS bottom cells. His interests range from cells and modules to production technologies and outdoor systems, especially building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as well integrated PV/Electrolysis systems to produce ´solar fuels´.

Speaker

Dr. Sönke Rogalla, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Head of Department Power Electronics and Grid Integration

Germany

Soenke Rogalla has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg since 2006. Since 2022, he has headed the Department of Power Electronics and Grid Integration at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg. Previously, he held various management positions responsible for PV inverter development, high-performance electronics, inverter testing, PV system concepts, grid interaction of inverters and grid-forming inverters. Soenke Rogalla graduated from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2006 with a degree in electrical engineering and information technology with a focus on renewable energies. In 2020, he received his PhD in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig on the topic of grid interactions of inverters.

Speaker

Dr. Bertrand Paviet-Salomon, CSEM SA

Switzerland

Dr. Bertrand Paviet-Salomon received the M.Sc. degree in 2009 and the Engineer Diploma degree in theoretical and applied optics from the Institut d'Optique, Paris, France. From 2009 to 2012, he was pursuing the Ph.D. degree with the French National Institute for Solar Energy, Le-Bourget-du-Lac, France, working on laser processes for crystalline silicon solar cells. He received the Ph.D. degree in electronics and photonics from the University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France, in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Photovoltaics and Thin-Film Electronics Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, working on high-efficiency back-contacted silicon heterojunction solar cells. In 2014, he joined the PV-Center, Centre Suisse d' Électronique et de Microtechnique, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and is since 2021 the group leader of the crystalline silicon solar cells activities there.

Speaker

Christian Salzeder, Schletter Solar GmbH

CSO Projects

Germany

Christian is a Renewable Energy Specialist with a broad experience in utility scale solar plants worldwide. He was responsible to implement the international strategy for different companies in the solar industry. He has more than 13 years of experience in expanding regional networks to global networks and he established local subsidiaries in Turkey, South Africa and US. He successfully developed companies from local players to internationally leading companies. 'The solar industry is a gift for our society and also for me personally. It shows us, how fast we solve one of the most important challenges of our modern world, by working together globally and by learning from each other´s experience. I am glad that I can contribute to this success-story.' Christian works as CSO for the Schletter Group to implement utility scale solar projects worldwide. CSO Projects since 2019 13 years of experience in management positions in the solar sector in Europe and US. Multiple GW Track record in the implementation of milestone solar projects globally. Focus on global utility scale solar.

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