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Keynote Sessions

This is a preliminary overview of the ISES Solar World Congress Keynote Sessions - any changes will be made public here and in the daily program.

Monday, 04 November

Christoph Brunner

Solar Energy in Industrial Water & Wastewater Managment

Christoph Brunner (MSc): since 2010 head of department at AEE INTEC: IPE - Industrial Processes and Energy Systems,
Project coordinator of several national and international projects as SolarFoods, GREENFOODS (, SOLAR BREW (FP 7), EINSTEIN (IEE), TrustEE.
Operating agent in the International Energy Agency - IEA SHC Task 49 - Solar Process Heat for Production and Advanced Applications and IEA SHC Task 62 for Solar thermal energy and industrial water management.
Member of the board of the European technology platform for Renewable Heating and Cooling.
UNIDO expert in field of energy efficiency for industry in Uganda, Balkan countries, Malaysia, India, Russia, Egypt and South America.
Lector at the Applied Science in Pinkafeld and at the Applied Science in Joanneum in Graz for energy process engineering, solar thermal energy and computerized energy management
Part of the Austrian and European work of Standardization for energy audits (CEN).

Korbinian Kramer, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

PVT Concepts - Utilising Solar Energy Systematically

Dr. Korbinian S. Kramer studied Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Renewable Energy Conversion in Augsburg, Germany. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Freiburg in Innovation Management.  At the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy he is heading a working group on testing, quality assurance and technical characterization of heating and cooling technologies, such as solar thermal and heat pumps. Involvement in standardization work since more than 12 years and over 45 publications are part of his expertise. He is lecturer at the University of Freiburg in the Master Curses Renewable Energy Management and Sustainable System Engineering.

Tuesday, 05 November

Sabine Putz

Solar District Heating

Since 2009 Sabine Putz is head of the Research and Development department and since 2015 she is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of SOLID.
Sabine Putz is involved in numerous R&D projects on solar thermal heating and cooling at the national, European and international level. Sabine Putz represents the Operating Agent of IEA SHC TASK 55, which deals with large scale solar thermal district heating.


Richard Perez

Solar Forecasting

Richard Perez leads solar energy research at University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. He sits on the Advisory Board of the George Washington University’s Solar Institute, and has served multiple terms on the board of the American Solar Energy Society and as associate editor of Solar Energy Journal. He has produced over 250 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. He holds US patents on energy storage, and load management using photovoltaics. He has received several international awards including a Certificate for Outstanding Research from the USDOE, the American Solar Energy Society’s Charles Greeley Abbot Award; the First International Building and Daylight Award from the Velux Foundation, and the International Solar Energy Society’s Farrington Daniels Award, for outstanding contributions in science, technology and engineering of solar energy applications.

Yajun Dai

Recent Development of Solar PV and Thermal Heating and Cooling Technologies in China

Prof Yanjun DAI is the head of the department of Power and Energy Engineering, as well as the Vice Director of the Engineering Research Center of Solar Energy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He is a member of ISES, and is the Subject Editor for the Solar Energy Journal. He is Board Member of the Chinese Renewable Energy Society and Chairman of the Shanghai Solar Energy Society. His research interests involve solar heating and cooling, solar buildings, Solar PV systems, desiccant dehumidification and moisture control in built environment, solar desalination and more.

Bärbel Epp

SHC Markets: An Overview

Bärbel Epp is the founder and managing director of the German consultancy solrico – solar market research & international communication. She is responsible for the international newsletter on the web portal, reporting exclusively about market and technology trends in the solar heating and cooling sector. solrico also published the first World Map of SHIP suppliers (SHIP = Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) see and carries out surveys among the around 80 companies listed on the world map. Since three years Bärbel Epp is also author of the SHC chapter of the Annual Global Status Report on Renewables published by REN21.

Wednesday, 06 November

Rodrigo Moreno

Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in Chile: The Role of Bulk Solar Power Generation

Dr. Moreno is Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering of the University of Chile and a Research Associate at the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Imperial College London. He is also a Lead Investigator of the Energy Group in the Complex Engineering Systems Institute, housed at the University of Chile. His research focuses on the development of new concepts and models in energy grids to make electricity more sustainable, resilient, reliable and affordable through the application of advanced stochastic, robust and distributionally robust optimisation. His research outputs include more than 55 papers published in journals and conferences proceedings. He is also an Editor of the newly formed IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, a regular reviewer of other 8 internationally recognised journals of IEEE, IET and Elsevier, and an organiser of a number of technical activities in IEEE, CIGRE and Operations Research conferences. He is also the Chair of the Latin American Infrastructure Working Group and the Vice-Chair of the Natural Disaster Mitigation Methods and Operation Technology Working Group, both part of the Power and Energy Society of IEEE.

Larry Kazmerski

Dust in the Wind: An Historical Timeline of Soiling R&D for Solar Technologies

Lawrence L. Kazmerski is Emeritus Research Staff Member of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, having last served as Executive Director Science and Technology Partnerships at NREL 2009-2013.  He is currently Research Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). Kazmerski’s 50-year professional career in solar energy includes serving as the founding Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) for the period 1999 through 2008.

Manuel Romero

Concentrated Solar Power and Tower Systems

Dr. Manuel Romero received the ISES Farrington Daniels Award for his contributions to the development of high temperature solar concentrating systems since 1985. From 2002-2004 he was Director of the Plataforma Solar de Almería and Director of the Renewable Energy Division of CIEMAT in Spain from 2004 till 2008. Curretnly he is Deputy Director and Research Professor of IMDEA Energy Institute in Móstoles, Spain, with activities in high-flux modular concentrating solar power technologies and solar fuels and chemicals production. He has been ExCo Member of the Implementing Agreement of the IEA on Solar Heating and Cooling and Operating Agent and ExCo Member at the Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES). Dr Romero is also present member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Energy Research.and WIREs Energy & Environment.

Wim van Helden - AEE INTEC, Austria

Compact thermal energy storage: where is it now, and where will it go?

Wim van Helden studied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he also did his PhD work on Energy Technology. For 11 years, he was responsible for the group on Thermal Systems in the Built Environment of the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, ECN. After that, he started his own consultancy activities in the field of renewable heat. He now works with AEE INTEC, Austria, since 2014 and is responsible for the Thermal Energy Storages group. He leads a number of international and national R&D projects on compact and large scale thermal energy storage technologies and is active in the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling.

Thursday 07 November

Christopher Voglstätter

Power to Hydrogen Technologies

Christopher Voglstätter has studied Mechanical Engineering with a focus on renewable energy technologies at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. Since 2008 he is working at Fraunhofer ISE in the division for “Hydrogen Technologies”. He has worked on Hydrogen Generation via Reforming of Methanol, has constructed and operated a hydrogen refueling station and a hydrogen injection station on both of which are still operated at the Fraunhofer ISE today. Since 2015 he is leading the Team “Power-to-Gas” at Fraunhofer ISE which focuses on the techno-economic analysis of electrolysis and hydrogen plants in the energy system, in local hydrogen concepts as well as business cases for these plants.

Delfina Munoz, CEA, France

PV Technologies and the Industrial Ecosystem for High Performance Technologies

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