David Wedepohl, Managing Director International Affairs David Wedepohl is a radio journalist by training who studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs which he achieved as a Fulbright scholar. His professional experience included working for the German embassy in Washington, DC as a senior press and public diplomacy officer. He first came in touch with the solar industry while working for an American consulting company before taking up his job as director communications and markets at the German Solar Association, also serving as the organization's spokesperson. He now holds the position of managing director international affairs and is responsible for the association's international activities. Among those are projects in North, West and Southern Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and the US.
03:20 pm - 03:50 pm
After the European Union's solar market grew by nearly 50 percent to over 40 GW in 2022, this year's growth levels could be similar if the member states follow the ambitious guidance of the European Commission's RePowerEU plan, which aims to overcome Europe's dependence on Russian gas.
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10:20 am - 10:30 am
PV Technology is developping rapidly. This relatively new kind of electric power supply offers new possibilities and requires new solutions.Innovations and a new way of thinking are needed. In this session, new solutions are presented and experiences made are shared.
04:05 pm - 05:00 pm
Almost anywhere in the world, solar power is now the cheapest way of generating electricity. For the first time in history, this "home-made" electricity is able to compete with grid power. The technical options are diverse, ranging from off-grid to on-grid and many hybrid forms. This could completely change the way in which electricity is supplied, affecting both off-grid and on-grid applications. This panel discussion will be addressing the opportunities and challenges of the coming years.