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Marko AUNEDI Researcher Imperial College of London , United Kingdom
Marko Aunedi received his M.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2000 and 2006, respectively. He is currently a Research Assistant in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. His research interests include generation scheduling under uncertainty, system operation with high penetration of renewable and low-carbon generation, and the impact of storage and flexible demand technologies on power system operation and development.
Richard BAXTER President MUSTANG PRAIRIE & Author of the book, "Energy Storage: A Non Technical Guide" , United States
Richard Baxter is President of Mustang Prairie where he provides advisory services to investors and management in the energy storage industry. Previously, Richard was the Director of Product Strategy for Premium Power Corporation, an energy storage technology developer. Prior to this, Richard was a Principal at Charles River Associates, a global management strategy firm. He has also worked as both a investment banker and equity analyst at Ardour Capital, a boutique Cleantech investment bank, and at Standard & Poor's DRI, a global economic consulting firm. He has also served as the Director of Member Affairs for the Energy Storage Council.
Driss BERRAHO Project manager Morocco NUR ENERGIE , Morocco
Driss was born and raised in Morocco. He has a dual Moroccan and French nationality. He obtained a double engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm, Sweden). Throughout his academic and business career, Driss has developed a diverse expertise in the energy sector, covering technology, economics and policy, with a strong emphasis on sustainable development. He worked as an analyst within the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), supporting the work on the Concentrated Solar Power Roadmap released in 2010. Later, at the Strategy Department of the French energy company AREVA, he served as an analyst, where he conducted various studies of the energy markets in Europe and Asia, specifically modelling the economic and environmental impacts of the various scenarios for the future Japanese energy mix. Highly motivated by the integration of solar energy in the North Africa market, and by the Desertec concept, Driss joined Nur Energie in early 2012 to develop solar power projects in the Moroccan market, focusing on government tenders and partnerships with industrials. Driss is also very active on the technology development and monitoring, and specifically energy storage.
Bernd CALAMINUS Head of Generation Technology Conventional ENBW , Germany
Bernd Calaminus is responsible for conventional and hydro power generation technology at EnBW Holding, where he focuses on strategic aspects of asset management as well as the preparation of investment decisions, e.g. for pumped hydro plants. Working with EnBW since 2006, he started as a project manager for innovation projects in the field of new generation technologies including large storage options such as Adiabatic Compressed Air Energy Storage. In 2000, Mr. Calaminus entered the research sector as Deputy Director of the German-French Institute for Environmental Research at Karlsruhe Technical University, where he conducted techno-economic analysis of emission abatement measures and developed emission reduction strategies, including alternative energy systems for large utilities such as Electricit? de France. Prior to entering the research arena, he started his career in industry as project engineer for turn-key plants for high temperature gasification of waste, and as project manager for balance of plant of a turn-key SIEMENS gas turbine power plant built in Alexandria/Egypt.
Jae CHOI Product Application Manager FIAMM , Italy
Jae Choi is responsible for application engineering and project management in North America for FIAMM Energy Storage Solutions Srl, working with power conversion system manufacturer and client. Jae is also supporting business development and marketing with Sodium Nickel Chloride energy storage system in various sectors such as Utilities, Military, UPS, Residential and Automotive. Jae has strong expertise in Li-ion and large format LFP technology having lead efforts in proceeding renewable backup system projects, developing hybrid system using DMFC for u-grid and having modular Li-ion battery units certified for TRL5/UL1973/UL2054. He joined FIAMM in 2012 as Product and Application Manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and interdisciplinary computing art from CSUN and UCSD respectively. He was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and his son.
Fabrizio CIACCIA Senior Country Manager BYD , Italy
Fabrizio Ciaccia is an Electronic Engineer and since 2007 he has worked in the field of renewable energies, starting from a pure technical role and dealing with design, authorization and construction of both industrial and utility scale PV plants. He has then worked as a business development manager for rooftop and green field projects and, in 2012, he has joined BYD to start its energy storage sector expansion on the Italian market.
Patrick CLERENS Secretary General EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR STORAGE OF ENERGY (EASE) , Belgium
Mr Patrick Clerens studied law at the University of Saarbrucken 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 in involved in the climate and energy field since 2003. He manages the EASE office in Brussels as the Secretary General since September 2011, when the association was created. EASE believes that energy storage is an indispensable instrument to improve the stability and flexibility of the energy system with respect to European energy and climate policy. EASE aims to support the transition towards a sustainable energy system in Europe. The importance of energy storage for the European industry is well demonstrated: EASE has grown from the initial 13 Founding Members in September 2011 to 32 Members in only one year.
Sean Grunnet CUTHBERT Principal Consultant GRUNENERGI , Denmark
Mr. Cuthbert initially studied for his chemical engineering degree with the intention of working in the Canadian Space Agency on space habitat technology. Instead, Mr. Cuthbert has spent the past 20 years designing, optimising, and troubleshooting chemical processes within the oil & gas, pulp & paper, refining, and petrochemicals industries. Recently, Mr. Cuthbert returned to his roots by initiating a research programme in large-scale energy storage technologies, with a focus on the fundamental thermodynamics of such energy systems
Diego DAL CANTO Engineer ENEL , Italy
Diego Dal Canto was born in Pisa in 1984. In 2010 he received the M.Sc. in Electrical Engineer from the University of Pisa. In 2010 he joined Enel Research Department where he is currently employed. His activities focuses on renewable energies integration, energy efficiency and domotics and microgrids. Moreover he participated to European and Italian collaborative projects as Address, Encourage, Intrepid and Atlantide. He is currently involved in experimental activities related to energy Storage Systems capability assessment and feasibility analysis on isolated networks use case.
Robert DE GROOT Innovation Researcher ENEXIS , Netherlands
R.J.W. (Robert) de Groot received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 2011. He is currently working on a Ph.D. research in the field of distribution automation systems and self-healing grids with the Electrical Energy Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is also with the Innovation department of Enexis B.V., one of the largest Distribution Network Operators in the Netherlands.
Pierre DECHAMPS Adviser to President J.M. Barroso, Bureau of European Policy Advisers EUROPEAN COMMISSION , Belgium
Dr Pierre Dechamps holds an electro-mechanical engineering degree from Liege University, a Master of Science from Cranfield University and a PhD from Liege University. He worked for 5 years as an assistant in Liege University, in the power generation department. He then joined the industry, CMI, Cockerill Mechanical Industries, one of the world leading heat recovery boiler manufacturers for power stations, where he quickly became the Head of the R&D Engineering Department. From 1998 to the end of 2007, he worked for 10 years for the European Commission Directorate General for Research as project officer for clean coal technologies and later on for CO2 capture and sequestration. In January 2008, he joined the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to President Barroso as the adviser for energy, climate change and the environment. Pierre is married and has three children.
Francesco DEL PIZZO CEO TERNA PLUS , Italy
Francesco del Pizzo is the CEO at TERNA SpA, where he is also in charge of the Company’s development activities in Italy and internationally. In the past, he held positions at McKinsey & Company in the Technology & Energy sector for Europe and North Africa and in the High Tech sector at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has had academic preparation in Information Science, Master in Computer Science and Information and Communication Technology.
Werner DIWALD Member Of The Board ENERTRAG , Germany
Werner Diwald received an MBA (Technical) from Hamburg University and has been working in the renewable energies field since 1995. He has extensive experience in the development of wind farms and the creation of corresponding after sale concepts. In different senior positions Werner Diwald was responsible for the development and installation of more than 700 MW power of renewable energy production. Since 2000, he is responsible for business development at ENERTRAG AG, which is a European developer, manufacturer and operator of renewable energy production facilities. Since October 2008, he is a member of the Board at ENERTRAG AG and responsible for project and technology development (windfarms, hydrogen, biomass, hybrid power station, aviation recognition and wind farm lighting).
Christian FOLKE Technology & Innovation Portfolio Manager E.ON , Germany
Christian graduated with PHD from the University of Essen in Germany. He started his career in E.ON last 1999 as a Team Leader and Project Manager of R&D doing consultancy in the field of CO2 Emissions Trading, CHP, renewable energies and advanced cycle technologies (USC, IGCC etc.). From 2008 to 2010, he became the member of management council as expert engineering for CO2-technologies and combined heat and power. He is now with E.ON Innovation Center Energy Storage since March 2011 as Portfolio Manager of the E.ON Innovation Center Energy Storage. His duties include defining the R&D strategy and goals for energy storage for the E.ON Group, creation and coordination of the project portfolio, project development and supervision of R&D projects for CAES, Power to Gas, Unconventional pumped hydro storage plants, Batteries, Heat storages, and other energy storage technologies. He also participates in the European Association of Energy Storage (EASE) on behalf of E.ON.
Rhys FOSTER Business Development Manager A123 SYSTEMS , United States
Rhys Foster currently works in business development for A123 Energy Solutions. Prior to this role he was a member of the applications engineering team, with a role including the analysis of energy storage applications to determine optimal system configurations and projecting the lifetime performance and costs of such systems. He has previously worked in fuel cell development and power electronics design and manufacturing. Rhys received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from The University of Waikato in New Zealand, with dissertations in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Modeling.
Raquel GARDE ARANGUREN Head of Energy Storage,Renewable Energies Grid Integration Dept CENER , Spain
Raquel is responsible of Energy Storage Area, IRE Department - Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. She has 18 years of international experience in the field of chemistry and physics (catalysis, magnetism, solid state, etc.). She has developed most of her outstanding research career at the university (Germany and France) and at CENER, where she is responsible of the Energy Storage Group from 2002. She works mainly on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems as well as energy management with electric vehicles, cold warehouses, etc. Author of numerous scientific publications and conferences, has participated in a large number of national and international projects, expert groups, and committees.
Jacques GHEURY Chief Advisor, Technical Operation Of The Markets Directorate CREG , Belgium
Jacques Gheury is an Electrical and Mechanical Engineer from Montefiore Institute of the University of Li?ge in Belgium. He has been working for 17 years at Tractebel Enginnering, an engineering company of the Tractebel group, currently GDF Suez group. He has been working there on modeling and studies of planning and operations of bulk power systems and generation power systems. Since 12 years, he has been working at the CREG, Belgian federal regulator for electricity and gas, in the directorate for the technical operation of the markets, successively dealing with Belgian generation expansion plans, generation assets licensing, ancillary services and balancing of power systems.
Peter HALL Professor of Energy Storage, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD , United Kingdom
Anders Bavnhoj HANSEN Chief Consultant, Strategic Planning ENERGINET , Denmark
Anders Bavnhoj Hansen, is working as chief consultant in strategic planning at the Danish electricity and gas TSO, Energinet.dk. Has been working with energy system planning at the Danish Energy Agency and with power system R&D at ABB Corporate Research, Vasteras in Sweden. Graduated in energy technology (MSc) from Aalborg University,Denmark. Special fields of expertise are wind power integration and strategic planning of integrated energy systems (power, gas, heat).
Erik HAUPTMEIER Corporate Research and Development Technologies - Power Networks and Storage RWE , Germany
Erik Hauptmeier is working for RWE Group Center, department of corporate R&D. His position is manager of technologies and he deals with the assessment of innovative technologies with respect to energy storage and electrical power networks along with the conduction of system studies of the energy system. In parallel he is leading the Strategy and Technology Committee of the European Association of Energy Storage - EASE. Prior to entering RWE he was working as deputy head of electrical network operations in chemical industries ensuring save operation of high, medium and low voltage networks for a local infrastructure and service provider. His qualifications include a PHD-degree from the Technical University of Dortmund regarding network integration of decentralised micro-CHP units.
Nicholas HEYWARD Commercial Manager, Future Networks UK POWER NETWORKS , United Kingdom
Nick Heyward studied General Engineering at the University of Durham and has been involved in technical innovation and research since 2003. Nick currently works in the Future Networks area of UK Power Networks, the largest electricity Distribution Company in the UK, and is responsible for low-carbon and commercial innovation to support the company’s transition to becoming a low-carbon leader in operating distribution networks. Nick has led a portfolio of projects relating to smart grid communications, asset tracking and energy storage economics. Prior to this Nick developed two patents whilst involved in research into video processing, and then worked for a FTSE 100 financial institution producing technology, media and telecoms industry analysis to guide the business development and financing of a range UK technology businesses.
Klaas HOMMES Project Manager, System Operations TENNET , Netherlands
Klaas Hommes is an expert on the Dutch utility sector, he has over 20 years of experience in a broad variety of (management)functions. He has joined TenneT TSO B.V. four years ago and has been responsible for congestion management since then. In 2008 he was one of the participants in developing the congestion management system in Westland, which has been used from December 2008 until July 2010. Klaas is also working on Smart Grids, Vision on System Services, Renewables and more innovative issues. Previously Klaas worked as a manager for Essent, RWE and NUON. Before joining TenneT Klaas worked for Capgemini as Managing Consultant.
Steve HUNTER Project Director AES , United States
Steve Hunter has worked in the design, construction and development of power generation projects for 20 years and has experience of a wide variety of power generation technologies including coal, nuclear, CCGT, energy from waste, wind and hydro. In his current role, Steve has been involved in the consenting, financing and construction of 5 onshore wind projects totaling approximately 100MW and is now leading the development of energy storage opportunities in UK for AES. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde.
Marcel KEIFFENHEIM Director for Energy Policy GREENPEACE ENERGY , Germany
Marcel Keiffenheim was working as a journalist for 20 years for newspapers like Frankfurter Rundschau and Greenpeace Magazine, before coming to Greenpeace Energy as press officer in 2007. Marcel Keiffenheim, who studied politics and law of nations, is currently head of the department of energy policies at Greenpeace Energy.
Michael KINTNER-MEYER Energy and Environment Directorate PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY (PNNL) , United States
Dr. Kintner-Meyer has 21 years of energy/economics/environment system analysis and modeling experience. As an engineer by training, he has managed U.S. and international teams on numerous system modeling activities and has been intimately involved in technical aspects of system modeling including electric capacity expansion planning, optimal electric generation dispatch under security and emissions constraints, renewable energy resource assessments, integration of renewable technology into the grid, distribution system planning and automation, and residential, commercial and transportation demand modeling. Currently, he is managing the grid analytics of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy Storage Program. He published the US national assessment of energy storage for grid balancing and arbitrage: http://energyenvironment.pnnl.gov/pdf/PNNL-21388_National_Assessment_Storage_Phase_1_final.pdf
Michael KOLLER Energy Storage Specialist EKZ , Switzerland
Michael Koller holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a M.Sc. in Energy Science and Technology (passed with distinction), both from ETH Zurich. He joined the Elektrizitaetzswerke des Kanton Zurich (EKZ, Utility of the Canton Zurich) in 2011 and is responsible for the development of business cases for distributed energy storage . His interests and activities at EKZ include advanced control strategies for grid integration of distributed generation and storage resources, battery technologies and the provision of ancillary services. EKZ is one of the largest electrical utilities in Switzerland with a broad distribution grid supplying around 1 Million customers.
Jan KOSTEVC Head of Operational Support ELEKTRO-SLOVENIJA , Slovenia
Jan Kostevc has been working for the Slovenian TSO ELES for the past 5 years. His main areas of responsibility are operational security, development & implementation of smart-grid systems, capacity assessment and development of new capacity assessment methodologies. For the first four years he worked as a senior analyst with most of his work pertaining to system analysis, including N-1, dynamic event analysis, WAMS etc. He is involved in different ENTSO-E working groups, one of which, the System Protection & Dynamics regional group, deals directly with WAMS issues. In 2011 he assumed the position of Head of Operational Support, and is overseeing many smart-grid projects, such as the implementation of Dynamic Thermal Rating (DTR), WAMPAC, Demand Side Management (DSM), etc.
Andrew KWON Senior Director of Marketing & Business Development for Energy Storage Solution SAMSUNG , Korea, South
Andrew Kwon is one of key Business Developers who established energy storage as a new business opportunity in Samsung SDI since 2009 and develop energy storage business as a new growth engine to the company. He is now in charge of the overseas business including America, Europe and Australia. Before his career with energy storage, he served at Corporate Planning, 6Sigma MBB at Marketing, Marketing & Sales for CRT and R&D Engineer for solar cell, thin film transistor, lcd, color filter and thin film process in Samsung SDI. He got his MBA from SUNY (State University of New York) in the US and BA Degree from Korea Aerospace University (Major in Electronic Engineering) in Korea.
Peter LANG Senior Technology Transfer Engineer UK POWER NETWORKS , United Kingdom
Peter Lang CEng MIET graduated from Southampton University in 1987. He has worked for UK Power Networks (UKPN) and its predecessor companies for 22 years. He has represented UKPN on a number of European Commission funded projects. He is currently involved in UKPN’s Smarter Network Storage bid, funded using Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF), which sets out to understand the commercial and regulatory frameworks and determine appropriate business models to realise the benefits of storage for the whole energy system. Peter is the Senior Technology Transfer Engineer responsible for the transition from pilot demonstration to business as usual within UK Power Networks. He has been managing a number of R&D projects funded by Ofgem’s Innovation Funding Incentive as well as LCNF demonstration projects.
Matthew LAZAREWICZ President ENERGY STORAGE SOLUTIONS , United States
Mr. Lazarewicz is President of Energy Storage Solutions, LLC. Prior to founding ESS, he served with Beacon Power Corp. for 13 years where he was Vice President of Engineering & Chief Technical Officer. Prior to joining Beacon Power, Matt worked for 25 years in the General Electric Co in various engineering and managerial capacities in Power Systems and Aircraft Engines. He is a Mechanical Engineer and holds BS, MS, and MBA degrees from MIT. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Electricity Storage Association.
Giuseppe LODI Chief Research And Technology Advisor, Batteries R&D FIAMM , Italy
Giuseppe Lodi graduated with honours in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1986. After attending a PhD Course in Electrical Networks Management, he joined the FIAMM Group in 1988 where he began his work in battery technologies. Over the years he has garnered large amounts of experience in battery design and development, battery testing and energy storage applications. Lodi works in all areas of battery technology ranging from electrical propulsion to back up power, including storage systems with batteries and fuel cells, renewable energies, electric and hybrid vehicles. In his current position as Chief Research and Technology Advisor of FIAMM he supervises the Battery Research and Technologies in the Group. He is the President of the Italian Technical Committee 21/35 “Secondary cells and batteries” within the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and member of other National and International Standards Committees. He authored of a number of papers and presentations.
Samuele LUPATINI Sales & Marketing Manager FIAMM , Italy
Italian Engineer, has built up his experience in Sales and Marketing roles internationally. He joined FIAMM in 2008 as Marketing Manager in Industrial BU after leaving Swarovski group in 2008. He continued to striving in his career directing Business & Marketing Intelligence and Corporation Communication at FIAMM. He is now directing Global Sales & Marketing teams for Energy Storage Solutions.
Pascal MAUBERGER Chief Executive Officer MCPHY ENERGY , France
Pascal Mauberger joined McPhy founder’s team in February 2009. Prior to joining McPhY, Mauberger was the Chief Operating Officer of Soitec a leading company in engineered substrates for micro electronic. In this position he drove the company thru a fast growing phase developing the business from 80 M€ in 2004 to 372 M€ in 2007. Just prior to joining Soitec, Mauberger spent two years as managing director of Vivendi Environment’s Water Systems Division, where he was responsible for overseeing international operations, contributing to improved profitability for the company. Mauberger is a graduate from top-tier engineering schools Ecole Polytechnique and ENSPM and holds a Young Manager Program degree from INSEAD business school
Nina MUNZKE Team Leader, Electrical Energy Storage KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (KIT) , Germany
Nina Munzke studied Process Engineering (M.Sc.) with a focus on regenerative energies and renewable raw materials at Brandenburg University of Technology. She finished her studies in 2012 conducting a thesis with the topic “Case study on self-sufficient energy supply for a rural municipality” at the research institute Solites in Stuttgart. Prior to this, she graduated in International Business at ESB Reutlingen in 2008. Between 2009 and 2011 she worked for two different research projects in the field of CO2 reduction in flue gas using microalgae within E.ON Hanse AG and GMB GmbH. She spent 2006 in Spain and 2008 in France for studies and an internship. Currently, Nina Munzke is working at KIT for the project Competence E and leads the team stationary electric energy stores since 2013.
Christian NOCE Senior Engineer - System Manager, Network Technologies Sector ENEL , Italy
Christian Noce was born in Frosinone, Italy, in 1980. He received his master degree in Electrical Engineering after he joined Enel in 2005. Since then he is working in the field of new Smart Grids solutions: distribution automation, remote control systems, distribution management system and storage systems. Moreover he collaborates at several European projects with technical and project management roles. He is author or co-author of several publications on international journals.
Keelin O'BRIEN Gas Network Operations Manager COMMISSION FOR ENERGY REGULATION , Ireland
Keelin O’Brien has over thirty years experience in the energy sector working in Ireland and, in a consultancy capacity, internationally. Her experience spans all aspects of the electricity business from Generation to Supply and Distribution. She has worked for the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland for the past ten years in a variety of senior management roles. She is currently Manager of Gas Network Operations where her responsibilities include security of supply, emergency planning and implementation of Regulation (EU) no. 994/2010. She has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters degree in Business Administration from University College Dublin.
Denis O'LEARY Head of Smart Energy Technologies ESB NETWORKS , Ireland
Denis O’Leary graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from UCC in 1980, and joined the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). In his time with ESB, Denis has served in a number of positions mostly in Distribution and Transmission Networks planning and construction. Denis was appointed Networks Operations Manager for ESB Networks in 1997 and as Head of Asset Management and Regulation in 2003 . He has recently taken up the position of Head of Sustainability and Systems, with specific responsibility for ESB's Smart Networks , Smart Metering , I.T. and Telecomms strategies. Denis is also ESB's representative on the Eurelectric Smart Grids Committee, and is a member of EPRI's Distribution Executive Committee on Intelli Grids.
Miguel ORDIALES BOTIJA Senior Project Manager RED ELECTRICA , Spain
Miguel Ordiales is Industrial Engineer from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid since 1999. From 1999 to 2007 he develops his career at Union Fenosa Group, in national and international projects related to regulatory distribution framework, planning and operation of electrical systems. In 2007 he joins Red Electrica de Espana, where he works strategies to drive demand side management into the operation of the electrical system. Currently he works as Project Manager at the Demand Side Management Department conducting functions related to: Definition, implementation and operation of demand side managements services in electrical markets in Spain, Integration of demand side management in the planning and operation of electrical systems, Introduction of electrical vehicles in Spain, International projects of the International Energy Agency (IEA) on DSM (Demand Side Management) and R&D projects in the area of demand side management, electrical vehicles and storage.
Hans-Joachim OTTO Parliamentary State Secretary FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ECONOMICS AND TECHNOLOGY , Germany
Hans is born in Heidelberg. He studied law, economics and sociology at the universities of Munich, Heidelberg and Frankfurt am Main from 1971-1977. He started his career as Research assistant at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He became a Partner at a law and notary office in Frankfurt am Main specialising in commercial, inheritance and media law. His political career started when he joined the FDP following service as school spokesperson and political involvement at university. He became the First Federal Chairman and Co-founder of the FDP Young Liberals, Member of the FDP Federal Executive Committee (Bundesvorstand), Chairman of the FDP Federal Commission for Internet and Media, Chairman of the FDP Rhine-Main regional chapter, City Councilor and City Council Deputy Chairman in Frankfurt am Main, Member of the State Parliament of Hesse, Member of the Bundestag, Media and Cultural Policy Spokesman for the FDP Parliamentary Group and the Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs. Since October 2009, he is the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and since March 2010, the Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry.
Andrea PAOLELLA Researcher ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY , Italy
Andrea Paolella was born in Reggio Emilia in 1984. In 2008 he graduated in chemistry at the Università degli Studi di Bologna. He is a Ph.D student at Italian Institut of Technology of Genova (Italia). His research activity concerns the colloidal synthesis of nanomaterials for Li and Na-ion batteries as metal sulfides, metal oxides, lithium and sodium metal phosphate.
Bjorn PETERS Head Of Energy & Infrastructure, Closed-End Funds Production DWS INVESTMENTS, DEUTSCHE BANK , Germany
Bjorn Peters joined DWS Investments, the retail asset management arm of Deutsche Bank and the largest mutual fund company in Germany, five years ago. He is responsible for setting up and marketing closed-end funds on energy and infrastructure projects. In 2012, a closed-end fund was launched that invests in European small hydropower. A few other projects are in the pipeline that are supposed to finance other, mostly renewable, power stations in Europe and beyond. Before joining DWS, Bjorn worked at McKinsey and at Deutsche Borse AG, where he became an expert in commodity markets. He is founder of Germany's most successful "gold fund", an exchange-traded commodity marketed under the brand "Xetra-Gold". Bjorn holds a PhD in physics. He is married and has two daughters.
Emmanuel POULIQUEN Principal Industry Specialist INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION , United States
Emmanuel Pouliquen is Principal Industry Specialist for the Energy Efficient Machinery (EEM) Sector within International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group. At IFC he has promoted and appraised over 50 investment projects totaling more than $5Bn, exceeding $0.8 Bn in closings for IFC own account (equity, quasi-equity and loans, from mature businesses to early stage ventures). Prior to joining IFC he has accumulated over the last three decades a wide scope of operational experience in technology and industrial fields ranging from advanced software engineering, to general management of industrial entities, completed with global investment and venture capital industries exposure.
Stewart REID Future Networks and Policy Manager SCOTTISH AND SOUTHERN ENERGY , United Kingdom
Stewart leads SSE’s team dedicated to developing the company’s electricity networks, and their operation, to support a low carbon future. Stewart has worked in the electricity industry since 1983 and has been involved in managing electricity networks in many parts of Scotland, in a range of roles including, Operations Manager, Planner, Policy Engineer and Project Manager (IT and Engineering). Stewart is now Future Networks and Policy Manager, with the remit of introducing new and better ways of managing SSE’s electricity networks, and translating these new ideas into business as usual. A key part of Stewart’s role is as Project Director for SSE’s New Thames Valley Vision (NTVV) and Northern Isles New Energy Solutions project (NINES). These projects between include, monitoring, active network management, analytics and modelling, frequency responsive demand and some of Europe’s largest embedded energy storage facilities, including a 1MW NaS battery and a 150MwHrs distributed energy storage portfolio.
Mathias SAFARIK Head of Department Applied Energy Engineering INSTITUTE FUR LUFT- UND KALTETECHNIK (ILK Dresden) , Germany
Mr Safarik studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Köthen, Germany. He worked in the R&D projects in the field of solar thermally driven air-conditioning and heat storage using phase change materials. He received his PhD from the Technical University Magdeburg in 2003. Since 2002, he is working at the Institute of Air Handling and Refrigeration (ILK Dresden) with the main focus in absorption refrigeration technology. He was also involved in several developments of innovative thermally driven chillers with different working fluids. Since 2012, he is managing the Department of Applied Energy Engineering of ILK Dresden with the main technological fields: water as refrigerant in compression systems, absorption refrigeration technology, water desalination and complex energy systems.
Alexander SCHLAEPFER Partner ASTER CAPITAL , France
Alexander joined Paris-based venture capital firm Aster Capital (www.aster.com) in 2009 and is leading investments in the areas of energy conversion and storage. Prior to Aster, he headed Global Strategy & Business Development for Alstom’s ?5 billion Thermal Services business. Earlier, Alexander was Managing Director at ABB in Egypt, responsible for a business unit active in EPC contracting and services for utility and industrial power plants. In 15 years at Alstom and ABB, Alexander closed over 20 M&A deals and created several joint-ventures and new businesses. He holds a BA from the University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen and a Masters in Finance (M. Sc.) from London Business School.
Robert SCHRIMPFF Partner GREENCOAT CAPITAL , Germany
Robert principally covers German speaking deal flow and focuses on biogas, solar and energy efficiency sectors. He is based in Munich, Germany. Robert joined the Greencoat team from TVM Capital where he was responsible for cleantech and internet investments. In addition to a short period at Shell Renewables focusing on offshore wind investments, Robert co-founded a number of successful internet ventures. He currently chairs the Munich Network Cleantech Group and sits on the boards of netXtra and 5stepsolar. Robert holds a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and an MBA from INSEAD, where he co-founded the INSEAD Energy Club. He sits on the Boards of SELC and Lumicity.
Tobias SCHUTT Founder DZ-4 MODERNE ENERGIE , Germany
Tobias is a true solar PV expert and entrepreneur with a proven track record of successfully developing and executing new business opportunities. As founder and managing director of DZ-4 he has now taken on the role to make the difference in the German energy space. Before setting up his own company, he was Vice President at Deutsche Bank, Asset Finance and Leasing’s renewable energy group and US Senior Manager for business development at EPURON (Conergy group). In his career, he has designed and successfully executed market entries in the field of large-scale solar PV projects in the US and Italy. He has also worked for BP Group (including BP Solar) and Conergy AG.
YK SEHGAL Head of Smart Grid POWER GRID CORPORATION OF INDIA , India
Y.K. Sehgal is presently working as Executive Director(Smart Grid) in Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., the Central Transmission Utility. He is responsible for deployment of Smart Grid/City technologies in various areas, implementation of pilot projects on smart grid/city, grid integration of large scale renewable energy sources, deployment of Wide Area Measurements(WAMS) using synchrophasor technology in the grid etc. Shri Sehgal has over 30 years professional experience at various capacities in the field of Transmission & Distribution. He has implemented various innovative techniques/R&D activities in transmission system, National grid through interconnections etc. towards development of efficient Transmission network with minimum environmental impact in a cost effective manner.
Francesco SESSA Global Business Services Director, Planning and Control Safety, Environment and Operational Control ENEL , Italy
Francesco Sessa is the Global Business Services Director, Planning and Control Safety, Environment and Operational Control of Enel Distribuzione, one of the largest DSO in in the world. He is formerly the Vice President and the Head of the Networks Development Dept. Reporting directly to the CEO, he is in charge of Asset and Material management and Logistics. The annual Capex budget under his responsability is over 1.300 million. The annual material purchasing is in the range of 300 million. A Nuclear engineer, 55 years old, and has been in Enel since 1980. He dealt with nuclear activity up to 1990 . After that, he worked in Budgeting and Purchasing Dept; he was the Plant Manager in one of the biggest thermoelectric plants in Italy and Responsabile for hydroplants maintenance. He was Head of HR in Generation and Energy Mgt. Division of Enel. He has been in Enel Distribuzione since 2007.
Sengiphile SIMELANE Managing Director SWAZILAND ELECTRICITY COMPANY , Swaziland
Mr Sengiphile N. Simelane joined the Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) as its Managing Director as of the 1st of September, 2012. Previous to joining SEC, Mr Simelane headed the Electrical Department at the Total Facilities Management Company (TFMC) based in South Africa. He worked for South Africa’s leading energy company, Eskom, for 10 years since 2001. He joined Eskom as a graduate Engineer and rose to the position of Chief Engineer (Nuclear Programmes). Mr Simelane obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2000. Whilst already employed by Eskom, he did a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, also at UCT, in 2000. He received a Special Award while doing his MSc Studies in recognition of the quality and time in which the project was completed. Mr Simelane is a Professional Engineer, registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He is also a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).
Marcel SKOUMAL Researcher CATALONIA INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY RESEARCH (IREC) , Spain
Marcel Skoumal received his degree in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona after having specialized in Physical Chemistry, focusing on Electrochemistry. He received his PhD in 2009 for his study of the application of Advanced Electrochemical Oxidation Processes to the removal of pharmaceuticals in water destined for drinking supply, at the University of Barcelona. Since 2010, he works at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, where he designs flow battery prototypes using Advanced Materials produced at IREC and characterizes their performance.
Vijay SONAVANE Technical Member MAHARASHTRA ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION , India
After completing B. E. (Electrical) & M. E. (Electrical) degrees from Pune University, Vijay joined Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) on 20th Jan 1976, as Assistant Engineer. He worked with Transmission & Distribution wings of MSEB from the level of Assistant Engineer to the highest level of Director (Projects) in Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), the largest Electricity Distribution Company in India (probably in Asia), with over 20 Million Customers. After serving the State owned Transmission & Distribution wings for over 33 years, the Govt. of Maharashtra has appointed him as the Member (Technical) in the three Member Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), from 20th August 2009 for the period of five years. MERC is regulating the Electricity Generation /Transmission/Distribution business in Maharashtra with over 14 Utilities (in Govt. as well as Private sectors), serving over 26 Million customers.
Axel STRANG Green Technology Policy Advisor FRENCH MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY , France
Following his Masters’ in Materials Science and Engineering at the Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Axel received his Masters’ and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. He is currently a green technologies policy advisor on smart grids, energy storage and hydrogen at the General Directorate for Energy and Climate Change (DGEC), for the French Ministries of Environment and Energy.
Shu SUN Lead Analyst, Energy Storage BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE , China
Shu is a Beijing-based senior analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of industry information and analysis to investors, corporations and governments in clean energy, low carbon technologies and the carbon markets. He leads the company’s research and analysis in energy storage and fuel cells globally and all sectors within energy smart technologies, including smart grid, energy efficiency and electric vehicles, for China. Previously, he worked as an options trader at Tibra Capital and a strategy consultant for L.E.K. Consulting and worked on projects for multinational companies such as Airbus, Cooper Industries and P&G. Shu holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in manufacturing engineering from University of Cambridge, where he graduated top of his year and was a winner of the Morcom Lunt Prize.
Bapiraju SURAMPUDI Energy Storage Consortium Manager SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE , United States
Dr. Bapiraju Surampudi has been active in control system development for thermal power plants and automotive hybrid powertrains for the last 26 years. He has been managing the Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety (EssEs) Consortium at Southwest Research Institute for the last two years. EssEs consortium benchmarks energy storage elements such as battery cells for manufacturing, characterization, life and abuse across many chemistries and comprises of members across several industry verticals.
Maciej SWIERCZYNSKI Senior Researcher, Department Of Energy Technology AALBORG UNIVERSITY , Denmark
Maciej Swierczynski is a Senior Researcher at the Department of the Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. He has two Master degrees: from AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow (2005, Computer Engineering for Industrial Applications) and from Aalborg University, Denmark in 2009 (Power Electronics and Drives). In 2012, he received the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University, Denmark for his work on “Lithium ion battery energy storage system for augmented wind power plants”. During his career, he worked on several energy storage projects with research partners all over the world. His area of research is in the energy storage technologies for stationary applications, battery testing, modelling and lifetime analyses.
Joss TANTRAM Co-Founder and Partner, Corporate Sustainability TERRAFINITI , United Kingdom
Joss is a recognised expert in sustainable innovation and thought leadership specialising in the development and dissemination of cutting edge sustainable business practice and the integration of sustainability into company practice. With 15 years’ experience in sustainability consultancy, combined with 5 years with WWF, he combines a mix of technical knowledge, passion with a solid track record of innovation in sustainability. Prior to Terrafiniti, Joss was a co-founder of WWF-UK's Business Education Unit. After leaving WWF Terrafiniti (as Terra Consult), he worked throughout Europe and across the world to support clients in understanding and responding to the challenges of sustainability.
Jorn TINNEMEYER Senior Manager AMPEREX TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED (ATL) , Germany
Mr. Tinnemeyer studied applied mathematics at the University of Toronto and received a MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University. He has attained a number of awards, honors and prestigious international research scholarships. He has also presented many papers at conferences around the world. His primary foci of expertise include energy storage devices, system design optimization and control theory. He is a leader in developing innovative lithium battery diagnostic and management systems. Mr. Tinnemeyer currently manages ATL Germany, concentrating on large scale energy storage systems for vehicle and stationary applications. He is also chairman of the SAE Battery Fuel Gauging Committee developing international standards for battery management.
Olivier VALLEE Partner NATUREO FINANCE , France
Olivier Vallee CFA follows the energy storage space for Natureo Finance, a cleantech investment bank located in Paris. Raised in Silicon Valley and fluent in French and English, he holds a Physics degree from the University of California and an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chauss?es in Paris and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Prior to joining Natureo Finance in 2010, Olivier held positions in investment banking and asset management, including sell-side analyst for technology boutique Hambrecht & Quist (now JP Morgan), hedge fund advisor for Park Place technology fund, head of research for Dynamic Decisions, head of investment technology for Sogeposte (now Banque Postale Asset Management), manager of projects at the European Program in Advanced Continuing Education and head of computing for the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute.
Matthias VETTER Head of Department, PV Off-Grid Solutions and Battery System Technology FRAUNHOFER ISE , Germany
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Vetter, Electrical Engineer, 13 years of experience at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. PhD thesis in the field of modeling and development of control strategies for fuel cell systems. Until 2005 project manager in the field of modeling, simulation and development of control strategies for distributed power generation systems. Until 2010 head of group ?off-grid power supply?. Since 2011 head of department ?PV off-grid solutions and battery system technology?. Work topics among others: Autonomous systems and mini-grids, decentralized grid connected PV battery systems, development of battery systems for stationary and automotive applications. Development and optimization of battery management systems, energy management systems as well as supervisory control strategies.
Oliver WEINMANN Head Of Innovation VATTENFALL , Germany
Oliver Weinmann is Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH. As a subsidiary of Vattenfall Europe AG the enterprise focuses on strategic business development and steering of activities in the field of product and technology development for the Vattenfall Europe Group. He studied Process Engineering at the RWTH Aachen, followed by a PhD on Solar Thermal Power Plants at DLR in Cologne. In 1992 he started his career at HEW in Hamburg and changed to Vattenfall in 2003 as Head of Innovation Management. In parallel, between 2004 and 2007, he was Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Renewables GmbH and built up of the renewable energy business in the Vattenfall Europe Group. In 2010 he was appointed as Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH. The core projects deal with topics such as E-Mobility, Hydrogen Issues, Storage Potential, Smart Systems.
Jurgen WEISS Principal THE BRATTLE GROUP , United States
Jurgen Weiss is a Principal with The Brattle Group, an international economic consulting firm, where he heads the firm’s climate change practice. He specializes in climate change and carbon market analysis, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and electric utility economics. He advises public and private clients on issues related to moving energy systems away from fossil fuel use, including the economics of renewable energy and storage, integration of renewable energy into the existing grid, the design of incentive structures for low carbon technologies and the design of market structures to accommodate an increasing share of renewable generation. Prior to joining The Brattle Group, Dr. Weiss was the managing director of Point Carbon’s global advisory practice, a director at LECG and a consultant with Booz. He holds a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Boris WESTPHAL Managing Director SUNTRACE , Germany
Boris Westphal is the Managing Director of Suntrace, a consulting for the development of solar power projects. Suntrace assists in developing CSP and PV projects in South Africa, the MENA region, India and Spain and has affiliates in the most relevant markets, with the headquarter in Hamburg, Germany. Prior to Suntrace, Boris headed the CSP team of Epuron, a subsidiary of German Conergy group for 3 years, overseeing development and financing of a pipeline of some 300 MW of Concentrating Solar Power Projects, Boris former experience includes 8 years as Director Finance of Germany’s largest Independent Power Producer STEAG AG, and almost a decade with Dresdner Bank Group in Project Finance and Investment Advisory in Eastern Europe and South America.
Michael LIPPERT Marketing Manager SAFT , France
Michael Lippert is Marketing and Business Development Manager for Saft’s Energy storage Business Unit. He is holding a degree in European Business Studies in France and Germany and has been working over the past 20 years in different international sales and marketing positions at Saft for Railway, Traction and Stationary markets. His current responsibilities cover strategic and operational marketing for Industrial Battery Markets, in particular market and product development for Renewable Energies and Smart Grids.