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Keynote Speakers EuroSun 2018

Thibaut Abergel (IEA)
"IEA study on solar cooling demand" 
Wednesday, 9:20 - 9:45

Mr. Abergel is a buildings sector analyst at the International Energy Agency within the Energy Technology and Policy division. He contributes to various IEA analyses, including the special report on the future of cooling and the IEA flagship publications on Energy Technology Perspectives and Tracking Clean Energy Progress. He is involved in different collaboratives such as the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction and works closely with the IEA's Technology Collaboration Programmes. Mr. Abergel holds a Master of Science and Excecutive Engineering from MINES ParisTech with a specialisation on energy management.

The talk:
The world faces a looming cold crunch, driven by economic and population growth in the hottest parts of the world. Making cooling more efficient is necessary to meet global climate ambitions. It will also bring benefits to human development, health, well-being and economic productivity.

Andreas Bett (Fraunhofer ISE)
"Trends in Solar Electricity"
Tuesday, 11:05 - 11:30

Andreas W. Bett is director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany. His activities include the development of multi-junction solar cells which hold the absolute solar cell efficiency record of 46.1%. Recently a monolithic two-terminal triple-junction solar cell with an active Silicon as bottom cell achieved another record value of 33.3% under standard one sun testing condition. He received awards that include the 17th European Becquerel Prize for outstanding merits in photovoltaics, the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize and the EARTO Prize in 2010, and in 2012 the prestigious German Environmental Prize of the DBU for the outstanding contribution to commercialise the CPV technology. He is co-founder of the companies NexWafe and Concentrix.

The talk:
Photovoltaic is the key technology which paves the road for the transfer of our today´s energy system towards a 100% renewable ones. The talk will address the current market environment and expectations for the future PV market. Moreover, the technology roadmap for PV will be presented.

Andreas Eckmanns (SFOE)
"The Swiss Model of Innovation Support and Funding"
Tuesday, 9:50 - 10:10

Andreas Eckmanns is responsible for the research domain “Buildings, Solar Thermal and Heat Storage” at the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. He has studied electrical engineering at the University for Applied Sciences of Basel. His professional background is in building integrated photovoltaics with focus on multifunctional applications such as heating, shadowing, noise protection, etc. Since 2001 he has been working for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. In this capacity he is representing Switzerland in several committees of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the European Union.

The talk:
How innovation funding works in Switzerland
The possibilities of innovation consulting
Public research and innovation support

Michel Haller (HSR)
"Solar Energy + Heatpumps"
Thursday, 8:55 - 9:20

Michel Haller holds a Master degree in Environmental Sciences of ETH Zürich and a PhD from Graz University of Technology. He is Head of Research at the SPF Institute for Solar Technology at University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil HSR since 2015, supervising different research topics of solar energy at the institute. His personal expertise are solar thermal and PV combinations with heat pumps, exergetic performance of thermal energy storage, seasonal storage of energy, hardware-in-the-loop testing of building energy supply systems and system simulations. He has also been a Board member of the Cross Cutting Panel of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Renewable Heating and Cooling from 2015 to 2018.

The talk:

If solar energy shall contribute significantly to our demands of space heating and of electricity, efficient storage solutions are needed. In this keynote short term as well as seasonal storage of energy is addressed with a special focus on solar and heat pump systems.

Sebastian Herkel (Fraunhofer ISE)
"Energy Effcient Buildings - Will Digitalization be a Game Changer?"
Wednesday, 8:30 - 8:55

Sebastian Herkel is head of the Energy Efficient Building Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg. He graduated in mechanical engineering in 1991 from the University of Karlsruhe (T.H.) with a degree in engineering. He works as a research scientist in applied research on energy efficiency and renewable energy systems in buildings. His focus is on integral energy concepts for buildings, scientific analysis of building performance, building simulation and efficient building energy supply systems.

The talk:
Digitalization effects both design and operation of energy efficient buildings. It could be a key enabler for quality assurance and of cost effective design of renewable integration into buildings and their supply system. Trends will be discussed and examples given.

Daniel Herrera (Eurac Research)
Solar Renovation of Historic Buildings: Towards a Zero Energy Built Heritage
Wednesday, 8:55 - 9:20

Daniel Herrera holds a MArch from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain) and a PhD degree from the Robert Gordon University (UK). He is senior researcher at Eurac Research, Italy, and his research focuses on the development of energy retrofit solutions for historic buildings, particularly on their hygrothermal performance. As an architect, he has been involved in several projects of heritage conservation in Spain, from the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba to the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. Within the academic environment, he has taken part in different research projects and teaching activities in Italy, Spain and the UK.

The talk:
Historic buildings are trademarks of many cities but they will only survive if maintained as living spaces. Finding conservation-compatible technologies will be crucial for the built heritage and the opportunities for solar energy integration are far more substantial than one might initially expect.

Daniel Mugnier (Tecsol)
"Trends in Solar Heating and Cooling"  
Tuesday, 10:40 - 11:05

M. Mugnier has professional experience in engineering solar thermal systems for large DHW applications and above all solar heating and cooling systems. Managing the innovation department of TECSOL - one of the French leading solar engineering companies - Daniel Mugnier is involved as well in numerous R&D projects on solar thermal on the national, European and international level. He is also author of several publications and presentations in international conferences on solar energy. He is currently Vice Chairman of the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform and Chair of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.

The talk:
The presentation will present a full picture of the trends in solar heating and cooling in 2018, especially the driving markets as well as the ongoing innovations leading to future emerging new markets. The speech will cover as well the heating applications as the cooling ones.

Daniel Neyer (daniel neyer brainworks / University of Innsbruck)
"Current Status of Solar Air Conditioning: Findings and Feedback from IEA SHC Task 53"  
Wednesday, 9:45 - 10:10

Daniel Neyer is senior researcher at the Unit for Energy Efficient Buildings at University of Innsbruck and CEO of his consulting company danielneyerbrainworks. He is an Engineer holding a Master Degree in Eco Engineering and a Master Degree in Domotronic and gathered more than 10 years of R&D experience. His PhD-thesis is dealing with assessment and component development of new generation solar heating and cooling systems. He is involved in several national and international projects and is an Austrian expert in the IEA SHC Tasks. His main fields of activities are numerical simulations in HVAC’s and buildings, component and system development and optimization as well as assessment and benchmarking of renewable heating and cooling systems. 

The talk:
New generation solar thermal and PV driven heating and cooling systems are presented under the light of a growing demand for cooling, political framework, current developments, market available components and systems as well as technical and economic assessment results of best practice examples.

Gianni Operto (AEE Suisse)
"Swiss Energy Strategy 2050"   
Tuesday, 9:30 - 9:50

Mr. Gianni Operto, a leading utility and cleantech expert in Europe, is currently acting as the President of AEE SUISSE and as a non-executive board member at several start-up companies in Germany and Switzerland. The AEE SUISSE is the Industry Association of Renewables and Efficiency Industries in Switzerland.
Formerly, Mr. Operto was a private equity investor at Good Energies, a venture capitalist at Emerald Technology Ventures, the President and CEO of ewz, the Zurich municipal electric utility, and held various senior positions with worldwide responsibility at ABB Power Generation. Mr. Operto is a graduate (MS Mech. Eng.) of the ETH Zurich and has completed executive education at LBS.

The talk:
Key points of the new Swiss Energy Act. AEE SUISSE's positions and demands on the actors in the energy sector. 

Klaus Vajen (University of Kassel)
"Perspectives of Large Scale Solar Process Heat"
Thursday, 8:30 - 8:55

Klaus Vajen holds a PhD in applied physics and is director of the Institute of Thermal Energy Engineering at University of Kassel (DE). His scientific work focuses mainly on experimental and numerical investigations of (solar) thermal energy components and systems, where he published more than 300 scientific papers.
He founded and coordinates the master programme "Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (re2)" at Kassel University as well as the European graduate school for PhD-students "Solar Energy Network (SolNet)".
He is member of the ISES board of directors and was the chair of the Solar World Congress 2011 in Kassel.

The talk:
The presentation will compare the cost-effectivenes of different sources of renewable heat for industrial processes, compares the cost development of solar technologies and will introduce promising  renewable and efficient system configurations.

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