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The Solar Future NL


13-14 May 2020 /// DeFabrique, Utrecht - 12th edition

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The Solar Future NL


13-14 May 2020 /// DeFabrique, Utrecht - 12th edition

The largest networking & inspirational platform for market leaders in solar energy

On 13 and 14 May 2020, Solarplaza will organize the 12th annual edition of the leading business and strategic platform for the Dutch solar energy market.

12th edition of the leading B2B networking platform for PV market leaders in NL

More than 300 top-level executives joining (Project developers, Utilities, Financiers, Investors, Contractors)

Inspirational keynote presentations by international ‘thought leaders’ on disruptive developments

Program focused on large PV project development in the Netherlands and new trends & business models

ORGANIZER
DIAMOND SPONSORS OF 2019

Edition 2018

 

On the 17th of May, 300 top executives in the Dutch solar PV market gathered in Utrecht to network and discuss the latest developments and trends. More foreign companies than ever before joined this 10th edition of The Solar Future NL, organized by Solarplaza, clearly reflecting to growing interest in the market from abroad.

 
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Venue


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Venue


The 12th edition of The Solar Future NL will take place in:

DeFabrique, Utrecht

The factories of the twentieth century are like the cathedrals of the Middle Ages; historic landmarks and inspiration to many. The industrial revolution brought about progress at a pace unknown to mankind. This drive to innovate and the industrial heritage linked to it push us to reach equal impact up until this day.

DeFabrique organizes and facilitates events in a rustic factory environment, which has been repurposed as event venue with state-of-the-art facilities. 

This is DeFabrique. Exciting, Memorable, Unique

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Speakers 2019


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Speakers 2019


MICHAEL LIEBREICH /// CHAIRMAN & CEO - LIEBREICH ASSOCIATES
Michael is Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates, through which he provides advisory services and speaks on clean energy and transportation, smart infrastructure, technology, climate finance and sustainable development. He is also the Founder and Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He is a member of the UK Department for International Trade’s Capital Investment Advisory Board and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College's Energy Futures Lab and most recently joined Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) as a Senior Adviser.

Michael is Founding Chairman of the Liebreich Foundation (Philanthropic) and Association EcoVillages, a Swiss charity focusing on sustainability of mountain regions. He has recently completed a charitable project building a solar power system to support a Neo-natal unit in Sierra Leone (www.projectbo.org).

Michael has an MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he won the Wyatt Prize for Engineering and the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics. Michael has an MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. Michael has won lifetime achievement awards from BusinessGreen and the UK Renewable Energy Association and has been a two-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Michael skied for Great Britain at the 1992 Albertville Olympics.
MICHAEL LIEBREICH
CHAIRMAN & CEO /// LIEBREICH ASSOCIATES
WIM SINKE /// PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST SOLAR ENERGY - ECN PART OF TNO
Prof. dr. Wim C. Sinke (1955) is Principal Scientist Solar Energy bij ECN part of TNO. Hij is tevens bestuurslid van de TKI Urban Energy, de nationale publiek-private samenwerking voor energie-innovaties in de gebouwde omgeving, inclusief zonne-energie. Daarnaast is hij co-chairman van het European Technology & Innovation Platform Photovoltaics (ETIP PV), deeltijdhoogleraar Photovoltaic Energy Conversion aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam en als gastmedewerker verbonden aan onderzoekinstituut AMOLF.

Wim Sinke studeerde experimentele natuurkunde aan de Universiteit Utrecht en deed van 1981 tot 1985 promotieonderzoek op het gebied van zonnecellen bij het FOM-Instituut AMOLF in Amsterdam. Vervolgens werkte hij als postdoc bij het Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo en enkele jaren als groepsleider bij AMOLF alvorens in 1990 bij ECN in dienst te treden om het onderzoeksprogramma op het gebied van fotovoltaïsche zonne-energie (PV, ofwel zonnestroom) op te zetten. Sinds 1 april 2018 hebben ECN en TNO hun krachten op energieonderzoekgebied gebundeld en “ECN part of TNO” gevormd.

Voor zijn onderzoek aan zonnecellen en zijn bijdragen aan ontwikkeling en toepassing van PV ontving hij 1992 de Jacob Kistemakerprijs van de Stichting FOM, in 1998 de NOZ-PV Prijs van Novem (nu RVO.nl), in 1999 de Koninklijke/Shell Prijs voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling en Energie en in 2011 de prestigieuze European Becquerel Prize. In 2015 werd hij voor zijn verdiensten op het gebied van zonne-energie benoemd tot Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw.
WIM SINKE
PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST SOLAR ENERGY /// ECN PART OF TNO
GERARD REID /// FOUNDER & PARTNER - ALEXA CAPITAL
Gerard Reid has over two decades’ experience in equity research and fund management in the energy area. He is also a leading energy expert and lecturer, author and monthly columnist for BIZZ energy today, the German energy industry publication. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at the US investment bank Jefferies & Co. Before joining Jefferies, Gerard managed a renewable energy fund. He has broad relationships across the institutional and private investor communities as well as amongst government policy makers, utilities and technology providers to the energy area. Gerard has been teaching in the university in Berlin for the last decade. Gerard holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree as well as a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin.
GERARD REID
FOUNDER & PARTNER /// ALEXA CAPITAL
SAM WILKINSON /// SR. RESEARCH MANAGER - IHS MARKIT
Sam Wilkinson is a Research Manager for the Solar and Energy Storage Research group at IHS Technology. During his time working within the group, Sam has been responsible for researching the PV inverter market and the PV module and poly-silicon supply chain working closely with leading global suppliers to develop detailed analysis on these markets. Sam has also been responsible for establishing primary research reports focusing on solar demand and policy, complementing IHS extensive research of the complete PV supply chain. Building on his experience in the solar research team, Sam established and now leads IHS Technology’s coverage of energy storage, covering a wide range of topics within this fast developing sector. Sam’s analysis and commentary is regularly published by leading PV and energy industry media and also the global press. He has also presented at many leading industry events and conferences. Before beginning his career at IHS, Sam worked as a Structural Engineer for one of Europe’s leading engineering firms. He graduated from The University of Nottingham with a degree in Engineering.
SAM WILKINSON
SR. RESEARCH MANAGER /// IHS MARKIT
ITSKE LULOF /// DIRECTOR ENERGY & CLIMATE - TRIODOS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Entrepreneurial networker both within and outside Triodos Bank. 20 years of experience in sustainable banking and impact investing, with a passion for making renewable energy and energy efficiency bankable.

Itske previously worked as Investment Manager Nature and Environment and Microfinance with Stichting DOEN and as Business Development Manager and Country Director with a renewable energy development company in Central Europe. In the past 7 years she was Fund Manager of Triodos Groenfonds, investing in senior debt for projects in the Dutch renewable energy, organic agriculture and sustainable building sectors. TGF also invests up to 20% in renewable energy projects in emerging markets.

In her current position as Director Energy & Climate of Triodos Investment Management Itske manages the business line Energy & Climate, with 1 bln assets under management through Triodos Groenfonds, Triodos Renewables Europe Fund and Triodos Vastgoedfonds. She also acts as Chair of the Council for Green Funds of the Dutch Banking Association. In that role she is closely involved in the Dutch Energy Agreement.

Itske holds a master degree in East European Sciences (including Energy & Environment studies) from the University of Groningen.
ITSKE LULOF
DIRECTOR ENERGY & CLIMATE /// TRIODOS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
SIEBREN ZIJLSTRA /// CFO - GROENLEVEN
Siebren Zijlstra is CFO of GroenLeven. Before that Siebren assisted, as a Manager of the Business Development / M&A department of TenneT and owner of Sinne Wente, 10 years (2009-2018) in equity financing initiatives, M&A transactions and new business development / digitisation initiatives primarily with TenneT within the electricity and telecommunications sector.

Siebren presents regularly as keynote speaker on strategic developments in society from a technological and capital markets perspective.

The work at TenneT was preceded by setting up a Dutch office for Babcock & Brown, an Australian-based infrastructure investor. Siebren was Investment Director in Munich and Amsterdam originating and executing deals in North-West Europe (2006-2008). Prior to joining Babcock & Brown, Siebren worked within TenneT (2003-2005) in the areas finance, regulation, control, strategy and organisational development. Siebren started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working for 5 years in the Corporate Finance division (1997-2002).

Siebren holds degrees from the University Groningen, CFA Institute and INSEAD and has done edX courses on Solar Energy and Next Generation Infrastructures I / II from TU Delft.
SIEBREN ZIJLSTRA
CFO /// GROENLEVEN
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Program Outline 2019


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Program Outline 2019


CONFERENCE /// THURSDAY 13 JUNE
Session 1
(Inter)national Impacting Trends
Session 2
New Opportunities

Session 3A
Solar PV: Operational & Development

Session 3B
New Business Models

Session 3C
Technology & Innovation

Session 3D
Grid Developments

Session 4
Vision and Inspiration
Networking Drinks & Dinner
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Sponsors & Partners 2019


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Sponsors & Partners 2019


DIAMOND SPONSORS
DINNER SPONSOR
SLI.DO SPONSOR
 
GOLD SPONSORS
NETWORKING SPONSORS
EXHIBITION SPONSORS
BRANDING SPONSORS
MEDIA PARTNERS

Sponsorship Opportunities

'The Solar Future: NL' conference will involve 300+ high-level decision-makers from around the world.

A wide range of opportunities is available to build and promote your brand to a diverse, yet focused group of high level international and local stakeholders including investors, financiers, project developers, EPCs, IPPs and manufacturers.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Get in touch with our dedicated account manager.


Tom van Dorp

Account Manager
+31 10 302 7906
t.vandorp@solarplaza.com

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Webinar


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Past Webinar /// The Dutch Solar PV Market: market outlook & future grid developments explained.

Thursday 21 March 2019 - 15:00 CET - English spoken

The Dutch PV market is flourishing and has now reached between 4.3-4.5 GW of cumulative capacity, growing by 1.3-1.5 GW in 2018 according to estimates from Peter Segaar (PolderPV). The SDE+ subsidy again led to thousands of approved applications for projects last year, and projects are increasing in size. However, the surge of solar PV in the Netherlands is also resulting in challenges. Especially for the country’s electricity grid, this is increasingly becoming the case. 

This complimentary webinar is meant to provide in-depth insights into the future outlook of the Dutch PV market as well as the future grid developments. Jaap Baarsma, chairman of Holland Solar, will provide an overarching perspective of the market covering topics such as the role of subsidies, PPAs, the electricity grid, and the national climate agreement. Subsequently Huibert Baud, Manager Strategy & Innovation at grid operator Liander, will discuss the future grid developments and the accompanying challenges and solutions that are being sought.

HUIBERT BAUD /// MANAGER STRATEGY & INNOVATION - LIANDER
Huibert Baud (46) is manager Strategy and Innovation at the Dutch regional network operator Liander. Liander distributes electricity to 3.0 million customers and gas to 2.9 million customers in about one third of the Netherlands. Liander is responsible for the maintenance, expansion and innovation of its grids. Liander also allows its customers to purchase energy from their supplier of choice. Liander is part of Dutch network company Alliander. The Strategy and Innovation department assesses the impact of long term trends at the grids and the operation of Liander. Huibert Baud studied Engineering Physics at Delft University of Technology and worked at several departments at energy company Nuon and Dutch network company Alliander.
HUIBERT BAUD
MANAGER STRATEGY & INNOVATION /// LIANDER

JAAP BAARSMA /// CHAIRMAN - HOLLAND SOLAR
Jaap is sinds 2016 lid van het bestuur. Jaap Baarsma heeft zich na zijn wethouderschap in Zwolle vanuit zijn eigen bedrijf gericht op duurzame energie en in het bijzonder op zonne-energie. Hij heeft vele zonnestroom projecten helpen realiseren en is ook verantwoordelijk voor één van de grootste zon-thermische projecten in de bestaande bouw. Samen met een groep elektrotechnische bedrijven heeft hij EcoNed opgezet, dat als doel heeft om de duurzame energie bij de leden te stimuleren. In deze hoedanigheid heeft hij intensief samengewerkt met de groothandel. Daarnaast is hij directeur van een groot zonnepark in Spanje.
JAAP BAARSMA
CHAIRMAN /// HOLLAND SOLAR

The Dutch market will continue to draw attention and excitement, as well as offer plenty of opportunities for investors and developers alike. Coming June 13th, we will again assemble the most relevant solar professionals in the Dutch PV market, and discuss the challenges and opportunities at the 11th edition of the leading Dutch PV conference ‘The Solar Future NL’, in DeFabrique, Utrecht.

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News & Content


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Track Record


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Solarplaza has organized 10 editions of The Solar Future NL.

Since 2009, we have organized The Solar Future NL on a yearly basis, always providing the highest level platform for knowledge sharing, idea generation, dealmaking and networking for those already involved in the Dutch solar market or interested in doing business in it. Each year the programme is tailored to the upcoming trends and needs in the market, collaboratively shaped by in-house experts and our strong network of experts and market leaders.

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About Solarplaza


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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza

"To positively impact the world by accelerating the sustainable energy transition"

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ESTABLISHED IN 2004

100+ EVENTS

30+ COUNTRIES

FROM CHILE TO CHINA

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PV PROFESSIONALS IN OUR NETWORK

 

Contact us

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

CEO

Edwin Koot
+31 10 280 9198
edwin@solarplaza.com

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

PROJECT MANAGER

Kristiaan Versteeg
+31 63 614 9517

kristiaan@solarplaza.com

Kristiaan Versteeg

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Tom van Dorp
+31 10 302 7906
t.vandorp@solarplaza.com

For inquiries on media partnerships and marketing opportunities, reach out to:

MARKETEER

Irene Rodríguez Martín
+31 10 302 7912
irene@solarplaza.com