SPEAKERS
2019

“Overview of the 2019 edition”

  • Roy van Beest
  • Global Business
  • Profloating

After finishing his Masters in Business at the Erasmus University Rotterdam Roy van Beest started of his career as an entrepreneur in digital marketing and festivals. Since living in Asia for almost a year, doing his studies in ethical business, his passion grew for sustaining, what he calls 'the circle of life', our planet earth. Back in The Netherlands he joined Profloating from day 1. Since the beginning responsible for all commercial affairs at Profloating he gained deep understanding of the Floating PV market. By connecting people, sharing knowledge & spreading the word, worldwide, he tries to accelerate business for a better living environment.

  • Roy van Beest
  • Global Business
  • Paul Suquet
  • Hydrodynamic Engineer
  • Ciel & Terre

After completing his engineering Master degree in Hydrodynamics, Paul worked for 2 years as a naval architect for a large Oil&Gas engineering company, with a focus on floating platform projects. He furthered his skills and knowledge in this specific field at an English company specialized in Civil Engineering & Environmental Hydraulics, for which he ran basin tests, vessel navigation simulations and moorings. His sensibility to renewable energies as one of the key issues of the XXIst century has pushed him to join Ciel & Terre in 2018 to contribute to the development of Floating Solar worldwide thanks to his valuable assessment of wave loads and dynamic behavior.

  • Paul Suquet
  • Hydrodynamic Engineer
  • Ciel & Terre
  • Marc Borghans
  • Director Sustainable Project Finance
  • ING

Marc Borghans is Director Sustainable Project Finance at ING. He is an experienced banker and has been with ING for 25 years as a specialist in complex financing propositions in both local and international markets. In his current role as Head of the Sustainable Project Finance Team, Marc is responsible for project financing of sustainable investments, including solar, wind and other sustainable projects and new business models with focus on the local Dutch market. His personal drive is to connect parties and he believes that with collaboration good results are always achievable. ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, and with more than 51,000 employees offering retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries. ING is currently among leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index ‘Banks industry’ group.

  • Marc Borghans
  • Director Sustainable Project Finance
  • Werner Coppye
  • CTO
  • 3E

Werner Coppye is a co-founder and the Chief Technological Officer of 3E, responsible for the definition and the implementation of the technology roadmap of the company’s business units. Since 1999, Werner has been actively involved in the company’s business development in energy systems for the built environment, solar and wind energy technical advisory work and product development of the SynaptiQ software platform for renewable energy asset management. Before creating 3E as an IMEC spin-off in 1999, Werner was the R&D manager at Philips Hearing Implants, responsible for the development of the terminal equipment for the fitting of cochlear implants. He previously was a project manager at IMEC in Leuven, first active in the optimisation of high yield crystalline silicon solar cells and later in the study of photovoltaic solar energy systems. Werner is co-author of several publications in international publications and is also regularly invited as guest lecturer on sustainable energy concepts. He graduated as an electro-technical engineer in micro-electronics from the “KU Leuven” (Catholic University of Leuven Belgium) in 1992.

  • Werner Coppye
  • CTO
  • Hao Wu
  • Director
  • Sungrow

Mr. Wu is currently the director of system solution department of Sungrow Floating. He has been engaged in FPV research and design for more than four years. He presided over the construction of the world largest floating power plant and over 430MW floating pv system was designed by him.He has been granted more than 10 patents about FPV, completed several national key projects and participated in the review of FPV standards.

  • Hao Wu
  • Director
  • Thomas Boersma
  • Project Manager
  • Solarplaza

Short bio will follow soon!

  • Thomas Boersma
  • Project Manager
  • Solarplaza
  • Thomas Reindl
  • Deputy CEO
  • SERIS

Dr Thomas REINDL is Deputy CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and Principal Research Fellow (equivalent to Associate Professor) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

He started with photovoltaics (PV) in 1992 at the SIEMENS Corporate R&D Labs. After holding several management positions at SIEMENS and running one of the leading German PV system integration companies (ILIOTEC Solar) as Chief Operating Officer and their spin-off company (PROACTIVE new energy) as Managing Director, he joined SERIS in 2010 and soon became Director of the Solar Energy System cluster. During his time at SERIS, he won public research grants in excess of SGD 20 million, founded 2 spin-off companies and authored strategic scientific papers such as the "PV Roadmap for Singapore".

Dr. Reindl holds a Master in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences and an MBA from INSEAD, all awarded with highest honours. His research interest are high-performance PV systems, techno-economic road-mapping and the reliable integration of renewable energies into energy supply systems.

  • Thomas Reindl
  • Deputy CEO
  • SERIS
  • Arnoud van Druten
  • General Manager
  • Floating Solar

Arnoud van Druten, born in the Netherlands, graduated as a Mechanical Engineer as well as a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam. As part of his master’s degree he defined the measurable criteria on sustainability for comparing energy companies. Next to this he finalized a study on “The strategic value of sustainable energy”. After joining several international consultancy companies and start-ups in the Energy and IT related industry he joined Floating Solar B.V. as General Manager. Hereby combining his technical, consultancy and business development expertise to advise customers on solar tracking floatable powerplants.

  • Arnoud van Druten
  • General Manager
  • Floating Solar
  • Alona Armstrong
  • Senior Lecturer
  • LEC

My research and innovation activities focus on developing understanding of the interactions between energy infrastructure and the environment. I use this understanding to inform policy and practice, with the underpinning aim of promoting the delivery of environmental benefits, beyond that of low carbon energy, from the energy transition. Working collaboratively with stakeholders from across sectors is central to my work. Projects are funded by UK research councils and industry.

  • Alona Armstrong
  • Senior Lecturer
  • LEC
  • Stanislas Merlet
  • Senior Solar Energy Consultant
  • Multiconsult

Stanislas is a core member of Multiconsult’s solar energy advisory team since 2013, specializing in solar PV projects in emerging markets: development, planning, design, simulation (PVsyst expert), structuring, engineering, construction supervision and commissioning. He has worked with solar PV since 2008. The projects he has been working on have ranged from off-grid systems to utility-scale solar power plants for several hundred MW. He has extensive experience with grid-connected solar projects on large rooftops, ground-mounted and floating.
He is currently undertaking a Ph.D. degree together with Multiconsult and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) on hybridization of hydropower plants with floating PV. Stanislas also holds a M.Sc. in Energy Systems and Renewable Energy (from France and Spain) and has experience with several forms of renewable energy technologies including solar energy, hydropower, wind energy, eMulticonsulttricity storage, hydrogen technology, bioenergy and fuel cells.
Previously, Stanislas has worked as Project Manager for the development of solar power plants on commercial and industrial rooftops on IPP basis in France. He has also worked two years as Project Coordinator in the Department for Scientific Cooperation of the Embassy of France in Norway. He has been active in setting and operationalizing high-quality R&D projects in renewable energy. Since then, he has also been working with innovative pilot projects such as hybrid PV / storage in Antarctica and floating PV on sea water in Africa.
In addition to a wide range of projects in Norway, all related to solar PV, Stanislas has extensive international experience from solar projects ranging from Eastern/Southern Africa and Central/Southeast Asia to Antarctica. His solar energy competence is matched by his language skills in French, English, Spanish and Norwegian.
Stanislas has also been board member of the Norwegian Solar Energy Association as well as of Engineers Without Borders Norway (IUG). He has been awarded the prizes "Norway’s Young Consultant of the Year" by the Norwegian Association of Consulting Engineers (RIF) in 2017 and "Europe’s Young Professional of the Year" by the European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA) in 2018.

  • Stanislas Merlet
  • Senior Solar Energy Consultant
  • Harold Hofenk
  • Relationship Manager Energy & Climate
  • Triodos

After finishing his master degree in business economics at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Harold started his career as commercial banker in 1996. Harold has worked at several Dutch banks, and has fulfilled rolls in relationship management, structuring management buy outs, risk management and general management. After a post-doc study Corporate Social Responsibility at Erasmus Universiteit, he joined the Triodos Renewables Energy team. Harold’s main focusses are solarprojects and heat- and coldstorage projects in the Dutch market. As Triodos is a frontrunner in renewable energy since their origination in the 1980s, Harold is very interested in financing new technologies. His main goal is to contribute to fighting the climate change.

  • Harold Hofenk
  • Relationship Manager Energy & Climate
  • Børge Bjørneklett
  • CTO
  • Ocean Sun

Børge Bjørneklett is the CTO and Chairman of Ocean Sun. He has 25 years of experience with technology development and innovation from the automotive, offshore O&G and solar industries. Børge has a doctorate degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

  • Børge Bjørneklett
  • CTO
  • Ocean Sun
  • Natascha Geraedts
  • Partner
  • Eversheds Sutherland

Natascha is a real estate Partner at international law firm Eversheds Sutherland. She specialises in administrative law relating to specific real estate issues, environmental law (EHS) and planning and zoning, with a focus on energy projects.

Natascha regularly advises land owners, renewable energy developers and property developers on matters regarding compliance requirements, EHS requirements, obtaining energy subsidies, land acquisition process including zoning and permitting, drafting of reservations and option and sale purchase agreements.

Natascha has broad domestic and international experience and is highly recommended for negotiating with local and national authorities. She is admitted to practice law in the Netherlands and speaks fluent Dutch, English and French. She holds a degree from Groningen University in public and international law (1993). Natascha has lived and worked abroad in D.R. Congo, Egypt, Reunion and Greece.

  • Natascha Geraedts
  • Partner
  • William Otto
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Marin

William Otto has a master degree in ship hydrodynamics from Delft University. His expertise is in the wave-induced motion response and forces on floating structures. In his 8 years with MARIN, a leading hydrodynamic research institute, he has gained experience in model testing and numerical simulations on moored vessels. He has a large interested in floating solar and is eager to apply his and MARIN’s knowledge to help to realize floating solar at sea.

  • William Otto
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Gino Bawn
  • Principal Engineer
  • ITP Energised

Gino is a Principal Engineer within the offshore renewable energy team at ITPEnergised and has over 10 years’ experience in R&D, project management, engineering design, and project development services. Gino has extensive experience with a wide range of renewables covering tidal stream, tidal lagoons, floating offshore wind, floating PV and wave energy projects. He has supported project developers, tech companies, local governments and investors across the globe. Prior to moving to the renewable energy industry in 2008, Gino worked in both the nuclear and gas industries.
In 2016, Gino led a consortium of industry experts in providing technical support to the Independent Review of Tidal Lagoons (Hendry Review) commissioned by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He is currently leading the design and development of a floating platform to support tidal turbines for Canadian technology developers. In addition, Gino has experience in floating wind, recently writing a report (published by the Institution of Energy and Technology) entitled, “Use of Floating Foundations for Offshore Wind Turbines”.
Gino is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and holds an MSc in Renewable Energy from the University of Newcastle, for which he received a distinction. Gino also holds a BEng (hons) degree from the University of Edinburgh in Mechanical Engineering .

  • Gino Bawn
  • Principal Engineer
  • Molly Cox
  • Research Associate
  • Wood Mackenzie

Molly is a Research Associate at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Molly was an account manager at CivicSolar, helping solar PV installers design their systems and selling them equipment. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in global studies from Colby College, with a concentration in environmental studies.

  • Molly Cox
  • Research Associate
  • Willem Biesheuvel
  • Project Manager Floating Solar

Short bio will follow soon!

  • Willem Biesheuvel
  • Project Manager Floating Solar
  • Charles Gery
  • Global Sales Manager
  • Seaflex

Charles Gery joined Seaflex in 2018 as the Global Sales Manager. Charles focuses on FPV business development as well as development in the marina and floating house applications. Although Charles currently lives in Sweden with his wife and daughter, he has lived and worked in the United States for most of his life. His background in sales, management and business development comes from his experience in various industries including, automotive, environmental testing, government and logistics. Charles has traveled extensively during his tenure with President Clinton, visiting over 25 countries, attending global summits, and developing contacts with governmental and private entities. Charles has received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has also attended North Carolina State University as well as Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Company website

  • Charles Gery
  • Global Sales Manager
  • Edgar Gimbel
  • Technical Director & Proxy Holder
  • BayWa r.e. Solar Projects

Born in the city where also the PV Business was born. I grew up in Freiburg, in the south of Germany.
I did an apprenticeship to become an electrician. Three years later I finished electrician master’s degree. After that I worked in the High Voltage industry. In 2000 I moved into PV Business.
The first Company was S.A.G. Solarstrom AG followed by Solon Solar Investment GmbH, up to the present, I’ve been working for BayWa r.e. Solar Projects as Technical Director.
I am responsible for all the system design, engineering, construction and new product in EMEA region.

  • Edgar Gimbel
  • Technical Director & Proxy Holder
  • Peter Deege
  • Country Manager NL
  • SolarEdge

Seasoned Executive, with experience in various functions and positions. Experience in managing international teams, business development, change management, project management, sales, marketing, procurement, application engineering and service. In both Ecosteam and Satcon was able to grow the business with double, and even triple digits. Taking the companies from a business development phase to lean and highly efficient organizations.

Creating a team spirit comes naturally. According to others I have the ability to share a clear vision and to keep things simple in process and procedures. Most important is to have good sense of humor in good times and in bad times.

Specialties: Executive, analytical, change management, business development, product management, lean, fast growth, sales, marketing, entrepreneurial, industry, procurement, solar, photovoltaic, renewable energy, contract negotiations, matrix organisation, change management.

  • Peter Deege
  • Country Manager NL
  • Steve Williams
  • Founder & Managing Director
  • Clean Solar Solutions

Steve Williams continues to lead award-winning O&M company, Clean Solar Solutions as they expand internationally. He has extensive knowledge of solar panel cleaning at a global level, studying soiling types and cleaning techniques for countries such as Australia, Gibraltar, Mexico, Northern Europe, the UK & Ireland and Vietnam. At our conference, he will explain in detail the often unanticipated challenges that come from cleaning and maintaining floating solar and expand into other topics covered by the cleaning consultancy arm of Clean Solar Solutions.

  • Steve Williams
  • Founder & Managing Director
  • Sara Pinto
  • Sr. Researcher Innovation Renewables
  • Equinor

A short bio will follow soon...

  • Sara Pinto
  • Sr. Researcher Innovation Renewables
  • Jasper Lemmens
  • Sr. Consultant
  • DNV GL

Jasper Lemmens has been a consultant for DNV GL since 2010. He has master's degrees in Applied Physics and Business Administration. From 2010 to 2014 he worked with new energy technologies such as energy storage and solar PV. From 2015 Jasper was full time dedicated to solar projects in the Netherlands and abroad in which he has been active in floating solar projects since 2017. Jasper supports organisations through third party services such as owner’s engineering and independent engineering, market studies, due diligences, risk assessments, project financing, workshops and technical research in the role of technical specialist and project manager.

  • Jasper Lemmens
  • Sr. Consultant
  • Fiona Wilson
  • Sr. Regional Manager
  • Clinton Climate Initiative's Island's Energy Program

Fiona Wilson manages the Clinton Foundation’s clean energy projects in the Africa and Indian Ocean region, specifically for the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Islands Energy Program. Her work focuses on implementing innovative models for renewable energy solutions in an island context, supporting island governments to achieve their renewable energy goals. Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, she worked in environmental finance, specializing in industrial energy systems and renewable energy IPP projects in the Southeast Asia and Southern Africa markets. Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Princeton University, where her research centered on renewable energy development in South Africa.

  • Fiona Wilson
  • Sr. Researcher Innovation Renewables
  • Bouke van der Weerdt
  • Solutions Sales Manager
  • Huawei

Bouke van der Weerdt is the Solutions Manager for Huawei’s Benelux Solar division, seated in the Amsterdam office. With over 14 years of experience in power conversion technology for both terrestrial and space applications, photovoltaic applications became the common thread in his professional career.

Huawei, in the industry mainly known for smartphones, enterprise IT and telecom products, is now also the #1 global supplier for string inverters with an installed portfolio exceeding 90GW in 2018. Huawei’s solar portfolio delivers complete inverter solutions from 2kW residential applications up to utility-scale solar farms as large as 1GW using exclusively string inverters.

In his current position as Solutions Manager, Bouke is responsible for the customer’s technical requests within the Benelux sales team. “My job is to help the customer find the best solution for his application, using Huawei’s extensive product portfolio. These solutions extend far beyond the classical PV module – inverter interface, into more data-driven approaches where digital communication becomes key to the long-term success of the installation.”

  • Bouke van der Weerdt
  • Solutions Sales Manager
  • Jon Feenstra
  • Consultant Solar Energy
  • DNV GL

Jon Feenstra is a solar consultant in the energy advisory group of DNV GL The Netherlands since August 2016. He is experienced in the field of sustainable/renewable energy with focus on photovoltaics and electrical systems while maintaining a broad and extensive knowledge of (applied) physics, (applied) chemistry, (chemical/electrical/mechanical) engineering, the energy sector and the societal relevance of energy.
Jon obtained his PhD in physics in 2016 from Radboud University working on thin-film PV technologies. He PhD thesis is titled: “Transferred thin-film PV applications”. He obtained his master in chemical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology and his bachelor in chemistry from HAN University.
In DNV, GL Jon operates as a solar PV expert and he is involved in the execution of engineering projects. Jon contributes as a technical specialist in due diligence projects, market studies, risk assessments, workshops and technical research.

  • Jon Feenstra
  • Consultant Solar Energy

  • Edwin Koot
  • CEO
  • Solarplaza

Edwin founded SolarPlaza company in 2004. He is a senior PV expert and started in the photovoltaic solar energy business in 1994. He has experience as a solar energy consultant and project developer in more than 200 PV projects. Edwin holds a Master’s degree in Chemical engineering and previously worked in the Chemical industry before starting his first consultancy company in PV in 1994.

  • Edwin Koot
  • CEO

  • Pritil Gunjan
  • Senior Analyst
  • Navigant Research

Pritil is a Senior Analyst at Navigant Research with 14 years’ experience of working in industry research programs for clients in Europe, US and the Far-east. She leads the distributed renewables research suite at Navigant. She has delivered industry research and client specific deliverable in Power Generation - Centralized and Distributed, and Renewable Energies. Her clients include large European/ global utilities, OEMs and IPPs. Her consulting assignments include designing global entry strategies, partner due diligence, long term strategy roadmaps, global trend analysis, benchmarking competition/ technologies and feasibility studies.

  • Pritil Gunjan
  • Senior Analyst