The Solar Power Africa virtual conference took place from 16-20 November 2020, brought about strong content which was presented by industry expert speakers locally and internationally to the South Africa market.
POWERING AFRICA FORWARD
The sessions will assess and unpack the African solar market landscape, access to and the role of clean energy
Day 1 - 16 November 2020
09:45-10:00 Solar Power Africa Welcome
Joshua Low - Managaing Director, Messe Frankfurt South Africa
Tracy Gounden - Portfolio Director, Messe Frankfurt South Africa
Wido Schnabel - Chairperson, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA)
10:00-11:00 Transformation within the Solar Sector
How the Solar industry is transforning and the steps required to make it more transparent
Maloba Tshehla - ED Platform
Maki Mothiane - Sunflower Energy
Meta Mahlari - BEPA
Stanley Semelane - CSIR
11:30-12:30 Solar PV penetration and its impact on a constrained National Electricity Grid
How Solar PV can help overcome national grid constraints. The discussion will cover Government Policy, Utilities and their current constraints, large power users as well as the National Energy Regulator( Nersa) stance.
Dr. Clinton Carter Brown - CSIR
Jarrad Wright - CSIR
Nhlanhla Ngidi - SALGA
Vally Padayachee - AMEU
15:30-16:30 Financing Solar Solutions
Large Scale Solar Financing Solutions.
Justin Scmidt - ABSA
Vusi Mweli - TEDA
THE LOCAL PERSPECTIVE
Day 2 - 17 November 2020
11:30-12:30 Skills Development for a Solar PV future
Why Training and Up-Skilling Local Craftsman is the key to unlocking South Africa's Solar Potential.
Mpho Mookapele - EWSETA
Claude Cogill - SARETEC
13:30-14:30 Local Content and Industrialisation
Why Incentivising green technology, driving skills development and offering incentives to drive localizalation in Africa is critical for localised Solar PV industry sustainability.
Noma Qase - DOE
Gerhard Fourie - DTI
Viren Gosai - ART SOLAR
15:00-16:00 Responsible End to Solar PV
The session will cover recycling, refurb, and end of life processes.
Ntombifuthi Ntuli - SAWEA
Dr. Mark Williams-Wynn - UKZN
Mishelle Govender - Department of Environmental Affairs
Patricia Schroder - Reclite SA
ENHANCING THE UPTAKE OF SOLAR PV
Day 3 - 18 November 2020
10:00-11:00 Private Sectors role in Investing in Electricity Infrastructure and its contribution to the Energy Sector
The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Process (REIPPP) and role of IPP's.
Vuyo Ntoi - African Infrastructure Investment Managers
Kholofelo Molewa -Stanlib Credit Alternatives
Karen Breytenbach - Juniper Consulting
11:30-12:30 A meaningful impact with Distributed Generation
Frank Spencer - Mettle Solar
Mary Haw - City of Cape Town
Norman Moyo - DPA
Silesh Mansingh - Eskom
13:30-14:30 RESEARCH SESSION - PV and E-mobility
How PV owners want to optimize their self-consumption by using the electricity produced by their PV-system to charge their electric car.
Guest Speaker: Charging from solar: dream or reality?
Host and Speaker:
Saif Islam - EUPD
Fabrice Roudet - EMEA
15:00-16:00 Next Generation Buildings
Next Generation Buildings - energy optimisation and smart environments
Campbell Smith - Divisional Head of Energy: Rubicon Analytics
Day 4 - 19 November 2020
09:00-10:00 Storage in action - Case Study
Multimode and Microgrid energy storage solutions in action : Case Study and Engagement session.
De Villiers Botha - Solareff
10:30-11:00 Long Duration Storage
Long-duration energy storage is the key to a 100% carbon free future.
Jaya Bajpai, Head - Analytics, Lockheed Martin Energy
11:30- 12:00 Storage Applications
Unpacking the multiple applications available from Solar Storage.
Joanne Dean - SAESA
Frederic Verdol - World Bank
Mikhail Nikomarov - Bushveld Minerals
INNOVATION AND THE FUTURE
Day 5 - 20 November 2020
11:30-12:30 The Storage Solutions of Tomorrow
Market potential and challenges of energy storage solutions: Energy storage will play a key role in stabilizing a more volatile energy system based on renewable energies in the future. However, implementation of storage solutions - especially with new advanced technologies - are accompanied with challenges and holistic quality assurance measures still have to be materialized. Join the session to learn more about the market potential of storage solutions, which technology type mostly likely will prevail and how technical and economical risks can be mitigated.
Panel Host: South African – German Energy Partnership
Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy at Department of Science and Technology (DSI)
Dr. Matthias Vetter - Head of Electrical Energy Storage Systems Department
Daniel Goldstuck - Head of Energy Storage Services SOLA Group
Valeska Gottke - Head of Communication at German Energy Storage Association
13:30-14:30 Digitisation and Blockchain Technology
Digitisation and blockchain technology, the impact of 5G on integrated energy connections.
Chanda Nxumalo - Harmattan Renewables
Abe Cambridge - The Sun Exchange
Ajay Saproo -Clear Sky Analytics
Riaan Meyer - Geosun
15:00-16:00 Floating Solar
Introduction, applications, market trends and the economics of floating Solar.
Kevin Robinson - Avec Solar
David Masureik - New Southern Energy
Paul Kotze - Solar Energy Architects
* The organisers reserve the right to change the program.