Conference Speakers

Scroll down to discover the high-class speaker line-up for the ees Europe Conference, June 18–19, 2024 in Munich.

Conference Speaker Overview
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Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Peter Adelmann, id-eee Institute

Director

Germany

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Roman Alberti, Voltfang GmbH

Managing Director

Germany

Roman Alberti, the Co-Founder of Voltfang serves as its CEO. With a background in mechanical engineering, Alberti's passion for sustainability led him to establish Voltfang, a leading scale-up in Energy Storage Systems. By repurposing automotive batteries, he has demonstrated his innovative prowess aswell as his commitment to reducing waste and advancing environmentally friendly and economical solutions.

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Jan Andersson, Sumitomo SHi FW

Director, Global Market Development

Finland

Jan Andersson believes in data transparency and collaboration. He takes the position that people are smart and capable of acting on all available information. Bringing all relevant data to the decision table is, therefore, the means by which Jan feels he can make a difference. As Sumitomo SHI FW's Director Global Market Development, Jan has worked extensively in the European, Indian and Australian markets to facilitate the change to more sustainable, decarbonised power systems. Jan is a problem-solver and a down-to-earth idea generator who outlines the big picture before jumping to conclusions. With his broad knowledge in energy technologies, e.g. energy storage, Power systems and modelling, as well as his understanding of energy trading and finance, Jan brings clarity on how things are connected. He believes that the energy transition is a source for new business opportunities for the energy sector, and that by challenging conventional thinking and exchanging data and experience, the industry has real development potential. It is not surprising, therefore, that increasing collaboration between individuals, companies, and countries, is what keeps Jan on the move. He feels, however, that there is room for improvement in the sharing of expertise, experience and facts. For example, he explains that there is no single silver bullet to manage the energy transition, rather we need to leverage the benefits of different technologies in order to be successful.

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Vitalijus Baranskas, Energy cells JSC

Chief Technical Officer

Lithuania

Europe's biggest energy storage system of 200 MW is ensuring security and stability of energy system of Lithuania on it's way to synchronization with European Grid. After completing the project of four battery parks Vitalijus Baranskas now is leading BESS engineer of the system. Vitalijus Baranskas has 20 years of experience in energy sector and was one of the main team members while building first of its kind battery parks system in Baltic states.

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Julius Bäurle, Institute for Decentralized Electrification, Entrepreneurship & Education GmbH & Co. KG

Electrical Engineer in System Development

Germany

While studying Mechatronics at the university of applied sciences in Ulm, Julius Bäurle works in the research and development of innovative battery management systems at id-eee. His expertise and passion revolves around methodological prototyping, solar power electronics and battery storage systems.

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Jérôme Bersano, Northvolt

Director of Products ESS

Sweden

Jérôme Bersano is Director of ESS Products at Northvolt. He is responsible for the development and ownership of the portfolio of Energy Storage Systems products from the initial strategic, technical, and commercial concept studies through industrialization and production. He also leads strategic partnerships to enable new applications, develop pilot opportunities and shape future product development. Jérôme has been working much of his career in the battery industry. Prior to joining Northvolt, he was Director of Sales & Marketing at Phenix Batteries, a developer and manufacturer of second-life energy storage solutions, while acting at the same time as a Business Manager in the battery recycling industry. Before this, Jérôme was leading the Product Management activities at Husqvarna Construction Products. Jérôme holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategy, Project and Programme Management from Skema Business School, France, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Sigma, France.

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Dr. Jonas Böhm, TWAICE

Germany

Dr. Jonas Böhm is VP Mobility Americas at TWAICE, the leading battery analytics software. He is focused on unlocking the battery-powered future for everyone by working deeply with customers and partners in the mobility sector. Next to that, he is a Fellow of the Global Future Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains of the World Economic Forum and a thought leader on platform dynamics and networked markets (especially e-mobility) - co-authored more than 25 articles, conference contributions and books.

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Dr. Sylvain Brimaud, ZSW (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research)

Scientist and Team Leader

Germany

Dr. Sylvain Brimaud works as scientist and team leader at the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie und Wasserstoff Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW, Germany) since 2018. He received his PhD in 2009 from the University of Poitiers (France) and then moved to Ulm University (Germany) as post-doc. His research works focus on the basic understanding electrochemical/electrocatalytic processes and the development of functional electrodes for electrochemical power sources, in cooperation with academic and industrial partners.

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Zackes Brustik, -

Moderator

Zackes is one of the most established moderators on the topic of sustainable economic transformation and the founder of Gewinne Zukunft - one the top 3 sustainability podcasts in the DACH region. He specializes in building bridges: between the disruptive startup ecosystem and established companies, between traditional industries and the economy of the future, between sustainability pioneers and those who aspire to be. Whether as a keynote speaker, in his interview podcast 'Gewinne Zukunft,' or as a moderator, his mission is always to help decision-makers courageously drive the transformation to a sustainable economy. With over 100 pioneer stories under his belt, he can offer a broad insight into the crucial knowledge, strategies, and tactics of trailblazers. You can listen to Gewinne Zukunft on any available Podcast-platform.

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Isabella Caschetto, SMA Solar Technology AG

Product Manager Digital Services

Deutschland

Isabella Caschetto is Product Manager at SMA Solar Technology AG, where she is responsible for CAMOPO.com - a commercial optimization software for Hybrid Power Plants. Her focus is on developing digital products and business models for energy market integration and optimized plant operation. She has deep exercise in energy market and energy management and formerly served as energy consultant for industrial customers supporting them in optimizing energy purchasing and usage.

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Jenny Chase, BloombergNEF

Lead Solar Analyst

United Kingdom

Jenny Chase is an analyst with BloombergNEF's global Solar Insight Service. She joined BNEF mid-2005 and launched the Solar Insight Service in early 2006, and ran the team from Bloomberg's Zurich office until late 2022. She then stepped down from management and continues to write about and analyze the solar industry as part of the team. Jenny is the author of a book, Solar Power Finance Without the Jargon, published by World Scientific Publishing with a second edition new in 2024. She holds a BA in Physical Sciences and an MSci in Physics from the University of Cambridge, England, and breeds West of England geese. She is on Twitter as @solar_chase and Mastodon as @solar_chase@mastodon.green.

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Patrick Clerens, EASE - The European Association for Storage of Energy

Secretary General

Belgium

Mr Clerens studied law at the University of Saarbrücken and the University of Mainz. Since 1996, he has worked as a consultant for a private company specialising in European Affairs in Brussels. In his capacity as Brussels Representative of different European associations, he has been involved in the climate and energy field since 2003. He has managed the EASE office in Brussels as Secretary General since its establishment in September 2011. Since then, EASE has grown from the initial 13 founding members to over 70 and is still growing rapidly.

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Violette Coquatrix, Fluence

Vice President Supply Chain Operations EMEA

United Kingdom

Violette Coquatrix is Vice President of Supply Chain Operations EMEA at Fluence Energy, a global leader in energy storage products and services, and digital applications. She is responsible for Supply Chain, Logistics, Procurement, Manufacturing and Quality for the EMEA region. New to the energy industry, she has over 15 years of cross-industry experience in operations excellence, working in large corporations like Michelin, Johnson & Johnson, and Philips Lighting, as well as in high-growth start-ups/scale-ups across North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Anna Darmani, Wood Mackenzie

Lead Analyst, Energy Storage Europe

United Kingdom

Anna Darmani is a lead analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, where she leads the research and analyses on Europe, Middle East and Africa storage markets. She has more than seven years of experience in the energy industry, developing innovation and technology roadmaps and conducting EU research and advisory projects. Anna was one of the European Battery Alliance founding members and has worked with different industrial players to make Europe a global leader in the booming battery industry.

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Martin Daronnat, Engie

Head of Flexibility Germany

Spain

Martin Daronnat is currently Head of Flexibility Germany at Engie Global Energy Management et Sales (GEMS). Active since more than 10 years in the energy business, Martin has a strong background in Flexibility and Renewables origination. He has been developing flexibility markets and solutions (VPPs, demand side response, batteries) globally in Europe, Asia and Africa, for companies like E.ON, Vattenfall and Energy Pool. He lead and closed several large PPA transactions with financial and industrial partners on the back of RES assets, both pre and post FID, in the context of assets bids, asset divestments, or portfolio exposure hedging. The GEMS team currently offers flexibility offtake agreements of many sorts (fixed price, floor, VPS, profit share, consulting) towards flexibility assets (internal and external) to allow asset owners to make their assets bankable with the desired level of risks exposure.

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Jan Willem De Jong, iwell GmbH

CEO

Germany

Jan Willem de Jong is CEO and Founder of iwell GmbH. As a serial entrepreneur, Jan Willem de Jong enables business as a force for good. Always under the guise: improve the world, start a company. With iwell he is rebuilding the European energy system with intelligent battery hardware and software. From centrally managed, fossil and predictable towards local, clean and dynamic.

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Benedikt Deuchert, Kyon Energy Finance GmbH

Head of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs

Germany

Benedikt Deuchert is Head of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at Kyon Energy, one of the leading battery project developers for utility-scale battery storage projects in Europe. He is responsible for developing new business models and leads initiatives to shape the regulatory environment for flexibility services in the electricity grid in general, and for battery storage in particular. Before joining the management team of Kyon Energy, he gained 8 years of experience in the energy sector, most recently as Senior Consultant at E-Bridge Consulting (Bonn, Germany). Benedikt Deuchert holds an MSc (Master of Science) degree in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.

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Bruce Douglas, Global Renewables Alliance

CEO

Belgium

- Mission: Electrify everything (that can be electrified) with clean and renewable energy. - Bruce Douglas has 25 years' international experience in the promotion of renewable energy and electrification. - He is currently CEO of the Global Renewables Alliance, the single voice for the international renewable energy industry, representing wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, storage and green hydrogen. - Previously he has held the following positions: Director of Communications and Business at Eurelectric, Deputy CEO of SolarPower Europe, Coordinator of the RE-Source Platform - the European alliance for corporate sourcing of renewable energy, founding Chairman of the Global Solar Council (GSC), Chief Operating Officer at WindEurope for 10 years, founding Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Managing Director of FLiDAR, an offshore wind company. - He has a Master degree in renewable energy systems technology and is fluent in English and French.

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Katharina Eickelberg, SMA Solar Technology AG

Senior Vice President Global Communication & Sustainability

Deutschland

Katharina Eickelberg is the Senior Vice President Global Communication & Sustainability at SMA Solar Technology AG, a leading global specialist in photovoltaic system technology. She is responsible for Communication, Brand, Public Affairs and Sustainability. Additionally, Katharina is a director on the board of Solar Power Europe. Before joining SMA, Katharina held different positions in the energy sector, most recently as Head of Business Communication at Swedish utility Vattenfall and member of the supervisory board of GASAG AG. Besides driving communication and sustainability at SMA, she concentrates on topics such as Leadership and Diversity & Inclusion. Katharina lives in Hannover with her two sons.

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Markus Elsässer, Solar Promotion GmbH

CEO

Germany

Markus Elsässer studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He worked for a German manufacturer of solar thermal systems before he founded several companies all in the field of renewable energies. Markus Elsässer is the founder and CEO of the company Solar Promotion GmbH, an internationally operating exhibition company with a focus on renewable energy, energy storage technologies, electric transportation and energy efficiency. In 1991 he founded Intersolar, the world´s leading exhibition series for the solar industry with events spanning four continents. In 2014 the ees (electrical energy storage) exhibition was started, which has become Europe's largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems. In 2018 he founded The smarter E, an innovation hub for events and topics driving the new energy world: renewable energies, decentralization, digitalization and electric transportation. Solar Promotion has currently 50+ employees in Germany and has representation offices in 14 countries.

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Franz-Josef Feilmeier, FENECON GmbH

CEO

Germany

Franz-Josef Feilmeier studied business administration at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology and subsequently worked for various companies in the commercial vehicle and renewable energy sectors, including in China. In 2011, he founded FENECON GmbH, a manufacturer of home, commercial and industrial storage systems and energy management solutions, of which he is still the main shareholder and CEO. Awards such as the 'EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023' with the sustainability and audience award, as Top100 'Innovator of the Year 2023' or several The smarter E Awards underline the innovation orientation of the company with over 300 employees and production sites in Germany and soon in the USA. In terms of industry and energy policy, Franz-Josef Feilmeier is active in various IHK and DIHK committees, as well as the German Solar Association and other associations, in order to stand up for the vision of a '100% energy-positive world'.

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Marcus Fendt, The Mobility House GmbH

Managing Director / CSO

Germany

Marcus Fendt studied Industrial Engineering in Munich. Before joining The Mobility House in 2010, he held several management positions in the automotive and energy industry. As CSO and Managing Director at The Mobility House he is responsible for sales, international business development and marketing. Together with leading car manufacturers, utilities, fleet operators and e-mobility providers he realized partnerships and projects in the areas of smart charging solutions for electric vehicles and the underlying business models that arise out of the merge of the automotive and energy sector like V2G.

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Georg Gallmetzer, ECO STOR GmbH

Managing Director

Germany

Georg Gallmetzer is Managing Director and co-founder of ECO STOR GmbH. He is responsible for project development and regulatory affairs promoting the realization of ECO STOR's large scale storage pipeline in Germany. Georg has dedicated 18 years of passion on energy transition related engagements, developing technical and commercial clean tech solutions based on biomass, waste, PV, demand response and large scale batteries.

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David Gögelein, Technical University of Ulm

PhD Student

Germany

M. Eng. David Gögelein is an electrical engineer and PhD student in the field of photovoltaic energy management systems. He is specialized in the design, development, implementation and optimization of algorithms and components for photovoltaic energy systems. He has expertise in system engineering, hardware, software and app development. The current research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence in photovoltaic energy management systems under scarce data conditions.

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Alan Greenshields, ESS Inc.

Director EMEA

United States of America

Alan is the Director of Europe at ESS Inc. and brings over 15 years of experience in the rechargeable battery space. He is a serial entrepreneur, focusing on new technology and has successfully founded and run several technology ventures in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.  Alan has also held senior board-level roles at battery companies. He has been deeply involved in several initiatives relating to renewable energy, including the Think Tank on Energy Environment and Business initiated by Harvard Business School in 2010.   He started his career in high-volume manufacture of computer electronics with IBM, Scotland and later worked as a senior manager in the Instrumentation Division of VDO Adolf Schindling AG, Germany, a world-leader in automotive instrumentation and now part of Continental.

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Claudia Günther, Aurora Energy Research

Research Lead

Germany

Claudia Günther leads the Research teams for Northwestern Europe at Aurora. In this position, she is responsible for the power market outlook for these markets, alongside strategic studies on the energy transition, covering topics evolving around electricity market design, decarbonization of the power sector, renewable energy and energy storage. She has an extensive track record of acting as an advisor on project and studies for developers, investors, utilities, grid operators and policy makers on the national and EU level.

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Markus Hackmann, P3 Group GmbH

Managing Director

Germany

Markus Hackmann is the managing director of P3 and responsible for the area of e-mobility. After completing his engineering studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, he joined P3 in 2006 and has since been working on numerous projects in the field of e-mobility technology strategies, lithium-ion batteries and the charging of electric vehicles. Since a few years and with the breakthrough of electric mobility, numerous projects with utilities, grid operators have been added. Likewise, Markus and the P3 work with numerous investors on the topic of technical due diligence. The P3 e-mobility team currently consists of over 200 consulting engineers.

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Evan Hartley, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Senior Analyst

United Kingdom

Evan Hartley is a Senior Analyst at Benchmark Minerals, principally covering cathode material and battery cell manufacturing and pricing. With over two years experience, Evan has insight into the global supply chain, having visited multiple production facilities in both China, and Europe, and understands the challenges and opportunities encountered by manufacturers. Benchmark Mineral Intelligence is the leading price reporting agency for the lithium-ion battery supply chain, from mine to cell.

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Dr. Christopher Hecht, ISEA Institute, RWTH Aachen University

Data Scientist

Germany

Christopher works as Data Scientist at The Mobility House to generate a clearer visibility over the flexibility assets such as charging stations and vehicles connected through the backend in the portfolio. In parallel, Christopher continues his work as a scientist with the ISEA Institute, RWTH Aachen University. Christopher's research focusses on applying machine learning and big data algorithms on public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Key questions are how the existing infrastructure can best be used, how future expansion is best placed, and how electric vehicles can positively interact with the electricity grid. Through the platform www.mobility-charts.de as well as appearances in various conferences, he is a leading voice on charging infrastructure usage in Germany. As part of electric mobility, he also focusses on buffer batteries and home energy storage systems. He has experience in the fields CAPEX/OPEX projection for power and gas grid assets, power grid and power market modelling, wind energy tenders, and renewable energy technology. He further has an extensive IT and programming background with projects completed in database management and back-end development.

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Prof. Dr. Holger Hesse, University of Applied Sciences Kempten

Head of Smart Energy Systems Research Group

Germany

Holger Hesse is Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten. He holds a PhD in physics and he gained expert knowledge in the fields of battery storage and energy markets through various stages in industry and academia. He was postdoctoral researcher at Technical University of Munich and consultant for BMW, e.on and other well renowned industrial players. His research team has a particular focus on battery storage modelling including techno-economic analyses, energy dispatch optimization and machine learning derived control of systems.

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Dr. George Hilton, S&P Global

Research Manager

Dr. Hilton joined IHS Markit in 2020 and has eight years of experience in the clean energy sector. He leads the global forecast for energy storage and has a particular interest in how energy storage integrates with other industries. He has recently published work on recycling, energy storage for EV charging, vehicle-to-grid technologies, second life batteries and the use of batteries in hydrogen production. He has published articles in multiple well-respected journals, responded to government calls for evidence on energy storage and electric vehicles (EVs), and has been quoted in a range of media outlets. Dr. Hilton holds a first-class Master of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in energy engineering with a focus on energy storage integration with renewable energy and EV infrastructure, both from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

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Dr. Alexander Hirnet, sonnen GmbH

Vice President C&I

Germany

Alexander leads Sonnen's commercial and industrial storage development activities in the position of Vice President C&I since 2019. Prior to sonnen, Alexander helped build the stationary energy storage business unit at VARTA as technical director. He has a diploma and a doctorate in physics.

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Thomas Hohnholz, TransnetBW GmbH

Manager Strategy & Business Development

Germany

Thomas Hohnholz works in Business Development & Strategy at TransnetBW, one of the four German TSOs and responsible for grid development and operation in the Southwest of Germany. His work focuses on energy storage applications, e.g. covering strategic development, market research and policy advice. He joined TransnetBW in Regulatory Affairs & Energy Policy to deal with regulatory aspects in the Grid Booster project, Europe's largest Storage-As-Transmission project. Prior to joining TransnetBW, he gained experience in an electric-thermal storage project.

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Luke Hu, Electroder

General Manager, Global Business

Germany

Mr. Luke Hu co-founded Electroder, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer focuses on battery cell design and development. He is currently focusing on building and operating the company's global business. Mr. Hu has been leading his team completing cell design projects, developing advanced design tools for global users, and advising the company's clients in cell development process. In 2022, Mr. Hu led his company joining the Global Battery Alliance as its first member focusing on battery design and development. Before founding Electroder, he had a decade of experience in manufacturing and technology and held a variety of management roles globally. Mr. Hu graduated with an MBA degree from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree of engineering from Beijing University of Technology.

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Iola Hughes, Rho Motion

Head of Research

United Kingdom

Iola is Head of Research at Rho Motion working across the EV & Battery research team and has been with the company since its inception. Her work spans across the battery demand sectors, from electric vehicle to stationary storage forecasting, managing the team's view of battery demand and chemistry, and considering the influence of key variables from legislation to OEM strategy and technology roadmaps. Rho Motion, headquartered in London, offers the most comprehensive and well-informed forecasts and analysis for the energy transition.

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Felix Jedamzik, coneva GmbH

Germany

Felix Jedamzik leads the sales team Flex at coneva GmbH. As an expert for flexibility markets, Felix is helping utilities and commercial customers to valorize demand response capacities from batteries, EV-chargers and heat pumps on the European energy markets. He passioned about finding multi-use case strategies for commercial and industrial sites in order to optimize the overall energy costs with holistic energy management measures. Prior to coneva, for 8 years Felix has been working as International Business Development Manager at Next Kraftwerke GmbH, a leading Virtual Power Plant operator in Europe.

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Gunther Kellermann, ZVEI - German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturer Association

Managing Director

Germany

Gunther Kellermann has been Managing Director of the Section Batteries at the ZVEI (Electro and Digital Industry Association) since February 2024. He represents the battery industry in Germany vis-à-vis politicians and authorities. Prior to that, he was responsible for various topics in the field of environmental regulation and substance policy in the ZVEI for 4 years. Before joining the ZVEI, Mr. Kellermann worked for several years in the field of political advocacy at BASF and the VCI (Federation of the German Chemical Industry). Mr. Kellermann studied in Freiburg and graduated with a degree in economics.

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Dr. Fabian Knoch, be.storaged GmbH

Head of Platform & Flexibility Trading

Germany

Dr. Fabian Knoch is Head of Platform & Flexibility Trading of be.storaged GmbH, one of the leading companies in Germany for optimization and operations of behind-the-meter battery energy storage systems (BESS). After his PhD in theoretical physics in 2017, he joined be.storaged GmbH to work on the technology required to optimally control BESS based on power grid regulations, energy and ancillary markets. During the last years, as the market for BESS gained momentum, he served in multiple expert and management positions actively shaping the technology behind today's commercially available products of be.storaged GmbH. He is convinced that soon behind-the-meter BESS will play a dominant role in energy procurement for C&I companies by lowering the risk of market exposure as well as strengthening their profitability due to a combination of independent use cases.

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Maria Leis, Breakthrough Energy

Senior Associate

Germany

At Breakthrough Energy, Maria leads the Germany program and supports EU-level policy engagement. Before joining Breakthrough Energy, she worked for the Volkswagen Group Representation in Brussels, shaping the regulatory conditions for electric vehicles and smart mobility. Prior to that, she worked for Vestas Wind Systems' Public Affairs Team, advocating for renewable energy. Maria brings a background in international business and politics, holding a master's degree from Copenhagen Business School. Her academic journey included living experiences in Turkey and China.

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Corrine Lin, InfoLink Consulting Co,. Ltd.

Chairman and Chief Analyst

China

Corrine Lin is the Chairman and Chief Analyst at InfoLink Consulting. With over a decade of experience in business analysis in the renewable energy industry, she leads solar, energy storage, clean electricity, and carbon market research teams, offering business consulting services for competition and transformation. Working alongside more than 160 energy giants worldwide, InfoLink Consulting has become a world-leading renewable energy research consultancy. Its regularly published reports on PV supply chain prices and technologies have become crucial benchmarks and reference sources throughout the global PV industry. InfoLink believes that staying closer to our clients brings us closer to the market. Under Corrine's leadership, our teams continue to expand their research scope, providing strategic advice to transform businesses and stand out in the competition.

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Johannes Linder, BELECTRIC GmbH

Director System Design & Innovation

Germany

Johannes Linder is Director of System Design & Innovation at BELECTRIC, one of the leading EPC service providers in the development, construction and operation of solar power plants in Europe. His department calculates the basis for a large number of design and technology decisions - including for new photovoltaic applications such as agrivoltaic or hybrid systems. Before joining BELECTRIC in 2013 as an International Project Manager delivering utility scale projects in Europe, Australia and India, Johannes Linder worked for several start-up-companies and developers in the industry and was a certified PV expert by TÜV Rheinland.

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Wilhelm Löwenhielm, Northvolt

Senior Director ESS

Sweden

Wilhelm Löwenhielm is a Senior Director at Northvolt, Europe's fastest growing battery producer delivering battery cells and systems from its factories in Sweden and Poland. Mr Löwenhielm oversees business development and product management in Northvolt's ESS Business Area, with a focus on the company's next generation Na-ion technology platform. Prior to joining Northvolt, Mr. Löwenhielm worked as a junior partner at the Boston Consulting Group and co-founded Alight, a European solar corporate PPA pioneer. He has also served as the Chairman of the Swedish Solar Energy Association,

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Florian Mayr, Apricum - The Cleantech Advisory

Partner

Germany

Florian Mayr is an expert for strategy, business development and transaction advisory in the global renewable energy markets, including energy storage. Mr. Mayr leads Apricum's energy storage practice and is responsible for the company's international activities in this field. In particular, Mr. Mayr supports Apricum's clients in successfully accessing new markets and seizing attractive business opportunities. He is also active in advising cleantech companies on corporate and project financing, including M&A, fund raising and due diligence. Furthermore, he is a regular contributor to external publications and a frequently booked speaker on the topic of energy storage. Prior to Apricum, he spent a decade in senior positions at McKinsey & Company and RWE, where he was mainly involved in strategy development projects both in the conventional and renewable energy sectors. Mr. Mayr holds a master's degree in engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, and an MBA from the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Mannheim.

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Nina Munzke, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Electrical Engineering

Team Leader System Control and Analysis

Germany

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Haralambos Panagopoulos, HELLENIC PETROLEUM R.S.S.O.P.P. S.A.

Senior LP Planner

Greece

Haralambos Panagopoulos is a senior Process Simulation & LP Planning Optimization Engineer at Hellenic Petroleum Refining, Supply & Trading of Oil Products & Petrochemicals S.A. , which is the main subsidiary of HelleniQ Energy Holdings Group. He has been working in the Oil Downstream Sector for 10 years, with experience in a variety of different functions spanning from physical crude oil/oil products supply & trading and paper hedging, to refinery production planning, scheduling, process simulation and optimization. He currently investigates - through LP model development - the potential of pilot-scale and new processes for renewable fuels production, for integrating renewable energy to refinery processes in the system of Hellenic Petroleum refineries and for the reduction of Scope-1,2,3 emissions.

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Luz Carmen Perez Sanchez, Iberdrola

Head of CAPEX Management

Spain

Luz Pérez Sánchez is Head of the CAPEX Management at Iberdrola Renewable Energy. She has a deep expertise in the renewable sector of more than 15 years.

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Elodie Perret, BayWa r.e.

Head of EU Affairs

Belgium

Elodie Perret has joined BayWa r.e. as EU Policy Manager. She has more than 15 years of experience in Policy and regulatory issues in the renewable energy sector. She previously worked for the French Renewable Energy Association on wind before joining EDF Renewables in 2012, where she worked on offshore wind before becoming Head of Regulatory Affairs in 2016. In 2021, she became regulatory advisor for hydrogen. BayWa r.e. is a leading global renewable energy developer, service provider, distributor and energy solutions provider with operations in 31 countries, a turnover of around €6.5 billion and sustained growth throughout its history.

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Conor Power, Analog Devices

Product Line Director

Ireland

Conor Power is the Product Line Director of Energy Storage at Analog Devices, based in Limerick, Ireland. He is responsible for leading the commercialization of storage technologies and solutions to accelerate the decarbonization of the energy grid. Over the course of his career, Conor had held various roles in R&D, product management, marketing, strategy, and business leadership. He has a BEng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick and a Master of Business degree from University College Cork.

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Aleksandra Radwanska, Next Kraftwerke GmbH

Country Manager Next Kraftwerke Poland

Germany

Aleksandra Radwanska is Country Manager Poland at Next Kraftwerke and works on sustainable energy solutions for the company. She leads the Polish team and is responsible for business development in the Polish market, focusing on market development, risk management and regulatory issues. Before joining Next Kraftwerke, she worked at InnoEnergy and General Electric. She holds an engineering degree from Warsaw University of Technology. She also holds a degree in Innovation Sciences from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya and in Sustainable Energy Technologies from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Aleksandra enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for digital energy technologies. She is Vice President of the Polish Chamber of Energy Storage and Electric Mobility PIME and a member of the Polish Energy Trade Association.

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Julia Reig, Brenmiller Europe / Green Enesys

Head of Process Engineering

Spain

Julia Reig is Head of Process Engineering at Brenmiller Europe and Green Enesys. She has more than 15 years of experience in the development of Electricity Generation Plant Projects (Cogeneration, Combined Cycle, Biomass Plants, Solar Energy, etc), Geothermal, Energy Optimization Studies and Industrial Heat Recovery, having worked several years for Técnicas Reunidas and Abengoa. Currently she is leading the Process Engineering, developing Thermal Energy Storage Projects and Green Hydrogen Projects.

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Andreas Richter, DEKRA SE

R&D Manager

A technical expert with a passion for electromobility - this is Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Richter, R&D Manager at DEKRA. He has almost 15 years of experience in the field of e-mobility, a topic that has been a recurring theme throughout his career: After studying mechatronics with a focus on vehicle mechatronics, Andreas was in charge of cross-divisional electromobility services from 2010 on and set up a DEKRA Group-wide E-Mobility Competence Center. In his current position as R&D Manager, two topics are particularly close to his heart: the electrical safety of vehicles and determining the State of Health of the EV battery. Andreas is also the founder of DEKRA's Battery Test for Electric Cars, a unique, patented procedure for determining the battery SoH.

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Wolfgang Ridinger, Entrix GmbH

Principal Data Scientist

Germany

Wolfgang is a Principal Data Scientist at Entrix. He works on Entrix's optimization algorithms for flexible energy systems, in particular BESS assets and VPPs in Germany and GB. These algorithms ensure that flexibility is most profitably deployed across wholesale markets and ancillary services every day. He has previously done Economics research on the effect of trading rules in different markets on the efficiency of these markets and has worked in data science in sustainable finance.

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Lars Rupert, GIGA Storage

Founder / CCO

The Netherlands

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Kyle David Ryan, RWE Renewables Europe & Australia GmbH

Senior Project Engineer, Solar Engineering

Germany

Mr. Kyle Ryan is a Senior Solar Engineer of RWE Renewables. He is responsible for coordinating project engineering activities and expertise during Development, Construction and Operation of solar photovoltaic plants, in Europe and Australia. He is also responsible for creating and maintaining specifications and processes to ensure quality and best practice in solar photovoltaic projects, across the international team. He has actively contributed to solar photovoltaic growth for the company, especially in the United Kingdom and Spain. He is now also the solar lead for hybrid plant design.

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Marcel Schepers, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Product Manager Flexibility Marketing

Germany

Marcel Schepers is product manager for flexibility marketing within EnBW Trading and the virtual power plant of EnBW and in this role responsible for the battery marketing business and offered range of services. He has deep expertise and insights about the flexibility markets, especially in Germany. Before he joined EnBW Trading, he formerly served as a consultant for the German energy industry and was part at the generation department of EnBW where he was involved in the development of large-scale battery projects.

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Dr. Oliver Schmidt, dvlp.energy

CEO

Germany

Oliver Schmidt is a clean energy expert with a focus on energy storage and solar. He published the book Monetizing Energy Storage and the online analysis platform www.EnergyStorage.ninja. He is also the founder and CEO of dvlp.energy, a software company supporting developers of renewable energy projects, and has previous experience as project manager and analyst at Apricum, the IEA and E.ON.

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Christopher Schöpf, e.battery systems AG

CSO

Austria

Christopher Schöpf is the Sales Director, with a strong foundation in business management from the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg in Dornbirn, Austria. His career started at Doppelmayr Cable Cars as Head of Controlling, and he later became the Head of Finance at Thien eDrives. In 2015, he served as Managing Director of Akku Mäser GmbH, an Austrian leader in battery trade, and in 2019, he founded e.battery systems, innovating in electromobility and energy storage solutions. Schöpf combines his financial expertise and entrepreneurial experience to drive the sales department towards strategic success.

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Rebekka Schuster, EDF Renewables Storage Deutschland GmbH

Chief Commercial Officer Storage and C&I

Germany

Rebekka Schuster is the Chief Commercial Officer of EDF Renewables Storage Deutschland, a startup founded in 2018 in Berlin. The company's goal is to help the German industry build energy resilience through storage and solar energy projects. The company has successfully grown and is now one of the leading providers of storage as a service for the German industry. Rebekka brings more than a decade of experience in the renewable energy industry. Her focus has been developing PV plants and market access strategies throughout Europe for international companies. She joined the EDF group in 2018 with the focus on battery storage, integration of renewable energies and service concepts for the industry. She holds an MBA from EADA and HHL business schools. New business models and strategies to further develop the renewable energies market have been her constant driver.

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Laurent Segalen, Megawatt-X

CEO

United Kingdom

Laurent Segalen is a franco-british clean energy investment banker. He is the founder of Megawatt-X, the London-based Energy Transition investment platform, which he currently heads. Laurent has been trading and investing billions of Euros in Clean Energy over more than two decades. Recent deals include PPA digital platform Zeigo, successfully sold to Schneider Electric; MARES interconnector, sub sea cable from Dublin to Liverpool, successfully sold to Foresight; Febesol, a leading German Rooftop Solar installer; Renewabl, a London-based Green Certificate platform; Abloco, a Dutch-based mobile batteries leasing company His career in Clean Energy spans over 25 years, from Director at pwc, Fund Manager at Mirova (Natixis) to Managing Director Clean Commodities at Lehman Brothers then Nomura. He was awarded Environmental Deal of the Year 2006 by Environmental Finance. While trading carbon, he was one of the co-authors of "scope 1, scope 2, scope 3" emissions concept and helped create the European Trading System. He is now special adviser to the Board of IC-VCM (The Integrity Council for Voluntary Carbon Markets), and founding member of EnergyTag, a non-profit organization promoting hourly matching of Renewable Energy certificates. Finally, Laurent co-hosts the award-winning podcast Redefining Energy with Gerard Reid. Launched in 2018, the podcast has now been downloaded more than 1.2m times.

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Sepehr Soltani, Rystad Energy

Analyst

Norway

Sepehr Soltani is an Energy Storage Analyst at Rystad Energy, specializing in renewable energy with a master's in mechanical engineering. Since joining Rystad, he has been instrumental in advising on the pivotal role of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) in the energy transition. Sepehr's expertise encompasses energy storage technologies, power markets, and optimizing performance for Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS).

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Julia Souder, LDES Council

CEO

Belgium

Julia has over 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental sectors. She is a longtime advocate of clean energy technologies, working extensively to support the global environment and equitable policies. The LDES Council works with its diverse membership to commercialize and scale the long duration energy storage market. Previously she founded and was president of a strategic consulting company JASenergies and held senior leadership positions at the National Resources Defense Council working on coalition building and transmission planning, as a developer at Clean Line Energy Partners, a regulator at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and as director of grid infrastructure planning and coordination for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Lars Stephan, Fluence

Senior Manager Policy & Market Development

United Kingdom

Lars is a part of Fluence's Commercial, Market Development, Marketing and Policy Team in the EMEA region. He is responsible for policy and regulatory efforts on the EU level and throughout the EMEA region and supports the market and business development in Central Europe. Lars also leads the policy and market development for the TSO segment in the EMEA region, working with grid operators, regulators, and policy makers to establish energy storage as grid assets to improve utilisation and increase the operational reliability of power grids. Before joining Fluence, Lars worked for 8 years at Aggreko and Younicos (acquisition in 2017) on storage policy and market development globally, with a specific focus on storage-renewable hybrid assets. During this time, he participated in setting a 1GW storage target within Aggreko's company strategy. Before joining the clean energy sector, Lars worked at the political communication think tank ProDialog, and as a communication specialist for the European Parliament.

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Rimvydas Stilinis, Energy cells JSC

CEO

Lithuania

'Energy cells' built the Europe's biggest energy storage system of 200 MW. Four battery parks system is now providing isolated mode power reserve for Lithuania's TSO and insuring safety and stability of Lithuania's energy system. Rimvydas Štilinis has 25 years of experience in energy sector and also was the main lead of this 'Energy Cells' project.

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Miguel Stilwell d'Andrade, EDP

CEO

Portugal

Miguel Stilwell d'Andrade is CEO of EDP, a global leader in renewables, networks and client solutions, with operations across Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. More than 85% of the energy produced by EDP comes from renewable sources, and the goal is to be all-green by 2030. Miguel accumulates more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector. He spent the early part of his career in Investment Banking and has been a leader at EDP since 2000, from several transactions and investments that laid the foundation for EDP Renewables, to CEO of EDP Spain, CEO of EDP's supply business in Portugal and Board Member of EDP Distribution. After being the CFO of EDP, Miguel became CEO of EDP and EDP Renewables in January 2021.

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Alexa Strobel, Field Energy

CEO

Germany

Alexa is the Strategy Lead at Field. Field is a fast growing developer, owner and operator of standalone battery storage sites - with operations in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany. Field has ~200 MWh of sites that are operational or under construction. Alexa leads strategic topics, focusing on international expansion by assessing the viability of new markets and implementing market set up. Prior to joining Field, Alexa worked in the Climate & Sustainability Practice at The Boston Consulting Group, advising multinationals on reducing emissions and improving sustainability.

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Roman Stübler, VARTA Storage GmbH

Head of R&D ESS

Germany

Roman Stübler is the Head of Research and Development for Energy Storage Systems at VARTA Storage GmbH. With over a decade of experience in system integration, Roman leads the R&D team in creating innovative energy storage solutions. He specializes in developing powertrain concepts grounded in cutting-edge research and market insights, ensuring that VARTA's systems are both efficient and user-friendly. Roman also plays a key role in supporting standardization efforts, both within the company and across the industry. His commitment to ergonomic design and practical solutions drives his work, with a personal goal of providing energy storage systems that are not only technically advanced but also accessible to a broader market.

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Sankara Subramanian, Saft Batteries

ESS- Utility Market Leader

France

Grid Leader with 32+ years of international experience in Power Grid sector covering, transmission & distribution including the latest technological resources employed in today's grid to meet the energy transition with renewable resources. Sankara holds 17 International Granted patents. He is very active member of Cigre, PSRC WG committees. Sankara has authored and presented 70+ combined conference papers and Journals over the last 20 years.

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Laurent Talbot, Statkraft Erneuerbare GmbH

Head of Energy Storage

Germany

Laurent Talbot is Head of Energy Storage Germany at Statkraft, based in Düsseldorf. The Energy Storage teams develops battery storage systems for the German market, both stand-alone and co-located. Laurent led the feasibility study for Project Zerbst, Statkraft's first hybrid PV-BESS project in Germany, which was awarded a CfD at the Bundesnetzagentur's 'Innovation Auction'. He joined Statkraft in 2017 to set up the market access and PPA business for French PV & Wind project developers. Prior to Statkraft, he held business development, sales and origination roles in market access, PV modules manufacturing and sustainability strategy, in Germany, the UK and Spain. He is passionate about accelerating the energy transition through innovation, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the German-French Office for the Energy Transition (DFBEW/OFATE). Laurent studied international business in France and in the US, and holds an MBA from the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin.

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Susan Taylor, S&P Global

Senior Analyst

Susan Taylor is a Senior Research Analyst with the batteries and energy storage team at S&P Global Commodity Insights. She provides research coverage on energy storage markets across Europe and Africa with a particular focus on emerging technologies. Prior to joining S&P Global, she worked as an analyst supporting the policy team at the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) based in Brussels. She has a strong R&D background in battery materials and holds a PhD in chemistry from ETH Zurich.

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Thomas Timke, SOLARWATT GmbH

Senior Battery Expert

Germany

Since 2016, Thomas Timke has been the Senior Battery Expert at Solarwatt, integrating standardization topics into product development. Previously, he worked at Li-Tec and SK Innovation, focusing on business development and project management in lithium-ion cell and battery manufacturing. At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, he supported storage system projects from 2013 to 2016. Engaged in standardization since 2014, he chairs multiple national working groups, a European working group, and is a member of standardisation committees.

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Dr. Nam Truong, STABL Energy GmbH

CEO

Germany

Nam Truong is co-founder and co-CEO of STABL Energy. STABL Energy develops technology for more efficient and safer battery storage systems. The technology also enables the easy reuse of electric vehicle batteries. As Co-CEO, he is responsible for developing the company and building partnerships with other companies in the energy storage industry. Until the founding of STABL Energy in 2019, Nam successfully pursued his Ph.D. on stationary battery storage at the Technical University of Munich. During this time as a scientist, he had also been responsible for the overall project management of a research project with three industrial partners and 13 institutes with funding of €28.8 million. Before that, he was involved in the Munich-based student consultancy Academy Consult alongside his studies, where he carried out a wide range of projects.

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Tilmann Vahle, Systemiq GmbH

Director, Sustainable Mobility and Batteries

Germany

Tilmann is Director for Sustainable Mobility and Batteries at Systemiq, a globally operating consultancy and think tank whose 400 colleagues are dedicated entirely to high ambition environmental sustainability action. Having studied and worked in clean mobility topics for over a decade, Tilmann led the Circular Economy Initiative's batteries work stream, founded the Battery Pass consortium and has published extensively on responsible battery value chains from mining through recycling. He previously held positions at EY sustainability and Volkswagen Corporate Foresight.

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Daniël van Niekerk, Aggreko

Product Engineer - Battery Energy Storage

United Kingdom

Daniël Roux van Niekerk has over 10 years' experience in the field of Electrical Engineering. Daniël progressed in his career to become a Protection Coordination and Configuration Specialist on Distribution electrical networks. In 2021 Daniël was appointed as an Electrical Specialist at a Gold Mine in West Africa where he was the Electrical lead on the Installation and Commissioning of HFO plant and BESS as a spinning reserve solution. Currently Daniël is working for Aggreko as Product Engineer for Energy Storage providing technical support for project deployments on a global scale. Daniël has a bachelor's degree in Electric and Electronic Engineering (B.Eng.) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the North-West University (NWU) in South Africa. He holds a Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng.) status at the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), CIGRE and also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

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Howard Wenger, Nextracker

President

Spain

Howard Wenger currently serves as President of Nextracker, Inc., a leading provider of solar tracker and software solutions used in utility-scale and distributed generation projects. An accomplished solar industry business leader and executive spanning 35 years, Wenger brings global commercial and operations management expertise to Nextracker from his prior leadership roles, including president and board member of Solaria Corporation, president and chief executive officer of SunPower Corporation Systems, and executive vice president at PowerLight Corporation. Howard Wenger is passionate about enabling a clean all-electric future powered by a 100% renewable grid and distributed generation. He has worked for more than 35 years in the solar and utility power field, including executive and board member positions - from start-ups to leading multi-billion-dollar public companies. Mr. Wenger founded Wenger Ventures in 2017, an active clean power venture capital fund which has invested in over twenty companies and clean energy funds. During his career, Wenger has led and scaled companies, driven the establishment of public policies to mainstream solar including the first net metering law in the US and first rebate incentive program for grid-connected photovoltaics (California, 1994), and written software programs and tools that are still used today to design and engineer solar power systems. He has authored or co-authored over 75 technical papers and reports principally in the solar power field, most of which have been published and in the public domain. Wenger earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Other Experience: Solaria Corporation as investor and advisor since 2017; board director 2019-2022; and served a 1-year assignment as President. Solaria merged with Complete Solar November 2022 to form Complete Solaria (NASDAQ : CSLR). SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR), section 16 executive officer for 10 years, including president and CEO of SunPower Systems Corporation, with global responsibility for the company's residential, commercial, and utility power plant businesses. SunPower (and PowerLight) grew from $20 million to over $3 billion in revenue with over 10,000 employees during Wenger's tenure. PowerLight Corporation, executive vice president and board director. PowerLight was a global leading commercial and large-scale solar power company when it was acquired by SunPower in 2007 for over $300 million. Management positions at Pacific Gas & Electric Company of San Francisco, AstroPower Corporation (acquired by GE) and Pacific Energy Group, a company he co-founded and operated with Tom Hoff (see cleanpower.com).

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Eva Zimmermann, Aurora Energy Research

Associate Flexible Energy

Germany

Eva Zimmermann is the lead expert for flexible energy in Auroras team specializing in European power markets. Joining Aurora in 2020, Eva has been leading the modelling and product development for Auroras German, Dutch and Belgian flexible energy offer. Her expertise encompasses long-term granular modelling of ancillary services, Intraday markets and battery investments across these regions.

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