ENEA Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energies and Sustainable Economic Development| Portici | Italy
Architect, PhD in Technologies for Architecture and Environment. Since 2000 she works as researcher at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Photovoltaic Technologies Area (www.enea.it). Her main interest is working on the hybrid border between scientific research and design, to create a domain of common understanding and possibilities for experimentations in the real living environment.
Her main fields of activity are: Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), Landscape Integrated Photovoltaics (LIPV), Net Zero Energy Buildings and Smart Cities.
She writes papers, she collaborates with the architectural magazine Domus, she patented innovative photovoltaic components for buildings and the urban environment, she edited books, and she participates and organize several scientific events and conferences. After having worked at the architectural scale, since 2007 she investigates the topic Energy-Landscapes, with a special focus on Photovoltaics and agricultural greenhouses.
She authored scientific papers, chapter in books and books. She has been collaborating with renewed architectural magazines, such as Domus.
Since 2008 she serves the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference as a topic organiser for the topic photovoltaics and buildings/architecture/infrastructures.
She is ideaperson and chairperson of the event “Photovoltaics Forms Landscapes”, that she organises since 2011.
For over 10 years she has been teaching at the Italian National Institute of Architecture for a post graduate master “Designer of sustainable architectures”.
She is involved in several European projects and networks aiming at the development of special photovoltaic components for buildings.
She is Italian alternate ExCo member for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) programme. She is also involved in several IEA research groups. In particular: 2008-2012 IEA SHC Task 41 “Solar Energy and Architecture”; 2008-2013 IEA SHC-EBC, Task 40-Annex 52 “Towards Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings”, 2013-2017 IEA SHC Task 51 “Solar Energy in Urban Planning”, IEA PVPS Task 15 “Enabling Framework for the Acceleration of BIPV”.
She is involved in the COST Action CA16235 “Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems: Evaluations of Large-Scale Monitoring Data” (PEARL PV) as a working group leader for the topic “Photovoltaics in the built environment”. She is also involved in the COST action TU1401 “Renewable energy and landscape quality” (RELY).
Former European Commission | Joint Research Centre | Ispra | Italy
Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink, born in 1951, has a PhD in Nuclear Physics from Hahn Meitner Institute, Berlin and joined the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in 1982. He built up the JRC’s activity on Photovoltaics when Europe started its research and pilot programme for Photovoltaic systems. In 1995 he became Head of the Unit for Renewable Energy, and expanded research and support activities to Energy Efficiency and Bio-Energy, notably Biofuels. His work is dedicated to the scientific support of EU legislation for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. More recently, he is developing the unit’s portfolio to support Africa’s efforts for a renewable energy supply.
Since 1982 he is contributing to the standards work of the IEC TC82, Solar Photovoltaic Systems, in particular regarding calibration of reference cells and lifetime testing of PV modules. His many publications cover measurement and testing methods for photovoltaic generators, economic assessment of renewable energy and global environmental impacts of extended bio-fuel use.
From 1995 he has been serving as Programme Chair of the prestigious series of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conferences and in 2005 he commenced and still continues his term assisting the Programme Chair of the prestigious series of European Biomass Conferences.
He lives on the shores of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy where he practices sailing and skiing, and is deeply interested in global sustainability issues.
Jean-Didier STEENACKERS Sunsoak design
JD Steenackers is an Architect and Solar designer since 2004. He had the chance to work on great solar projects around the world such as the French Ministry of Defense in Paris, the European Council in Brussels, the Saint Malo Media Library building, the Brussels Institute for Environment, the Finance Tower, the City of Music, the Great Instance Tribunal of Paris and many more. Today within Sunsoak he focuses on solar structures, solar shapes in a urban context.
SUNSOAK design Pure BIPV enthusiasts
The practice, part of the NEY + partners group, is a team of architects, engineers and solar designers led by JD Steenackers. Sunsoak design is able to work on complex solar shapes, building skins, dedicated solar structures, as expert in solar glazing or in a team of architects for a contest. Sunsoak proposes decentralization of large scale solar farm in the city.
Sustainable Energy Advisor (100% Renewable) to APERe asbl, Association for the promotion of renewable energies – www.apere.org (since 1998 and Secretary General from 1998 to 2015).
Author, member of the editorial board and editor of “Renouvelle.be”, WebMag which analyzes the news of sustainable energy in Belgium (since 2002) – www.renouvelle.be
Quentin VAN NIEUWENHOVEN
Quentin Van Nieuwenhoven is an electro mechanical engineer specialized in wind energy and photovoltaics. He is project leader of research and development projects for ENGIE Laborelec, the competence centre of ENGIE, specialized in electricity. After a first 2 years of experience on wind activities, Quentin joined in 2016 the solar team and focused its activities on decentralized photovoltaic and is working on large scale PV plants. Quentin is also responsible of the PV testing infrastructure at Laborelec.
ENGIE Laborelec is a leading expertise and research centre in electrical power technology. Drawing on the skills of 240 highly specialised engineers and technicians, the company is active on the whole electricity value chain and backs a large set of customers in the fields of generation, transmission, distribution, storage and final use, with a particular focus upon the energy transition and the 3 D’s – decentralisation, decarbonisation and digitalisation.
Stephan Schindele received a diploma of International Business from the ESB Business School at Reutlingen University (Germany) and an MBA from the California State University East Bay (USA). He is working with Fraunhofer ISE since 2010. His fields of work comprise the agrophotovoltaics system technology, economic-analysis, as well as policy design and regulations for agrophotovoltaics. Currently, he is doing his PhD at the Institute of Political Science of the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen on “The Innovation Process of Agrophotovoltaics and their Political Steering” and working as a Scientist in a group called “Applied Storage Systems” in the department of “Electrical Energy Storage”. He is also a lecturer on “Energy Policy” at the Faculty of Technology, Reutlingen University.
With a staff of about 1100, Fraunhofer ISE is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe. The work at the Institute ranges from the investigation of scientific and technological fundamentals for solar energy applications, through the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of demonstration systems. The Institute plans, advises and provides know-how and technical facilities and services. In 1981, Fraunhofer was first to propose the concept of resource efficient dual use of arable land called Agrophotovoltaics (APV) in Germany. Since then Fraunhofer filed a patent on a “Method for simultaneously cultivating crop plants and utilizing the energy of sunlight” and verified its lightmanagement-tool for optimizing PV and photosynthesis yields in the process of implementing four Fraunhofer owned APV-prototypes (one in Germany and three in Chile). Since 1990 Fraunhofer ISE has made important contributions to PV plant quality assurance through its professional services. Fraunhofer ISE offers quality assessments for every stage of power plant project development, from planning to long-term operation.
Laurent QUITTRE ISSOL
Initiator of changes – Laurent is graduated in Economics from the H.E.C. of Liège in Belgium. In 1994, he starts to work for EDS – Electronic Data Systems – as a business analyst for the banking sector. In 2005, he meets Ivan Schiemsky and they found ISSOL. As outsiders, they both have the the firm intention to do things differently in the PV sector. Their business model is based on the architectural relevance that they want to give to the PV technology. Laurent brings engineers and architects together. In April 2006, the production facility is up and running. ISSOL starts to make remarkable BIPV projects with very famous architects. Today, Laurent is the president of a company that operates in the building sector and which offers highly-technological content solutions to make energy efficient buildings. Laurent likes saying that PV is not technology but a new construction material to change companies’ image and to increase their sales.
ISSOL is a solar glass manufacturer and a project developer of Active Glazing solutions since 2006. In collaboration with the world’s most famous contemporary designers, ISSOL develops beautiful positive energy solutions for buildings that generate their own electricity using the free energy of the sun. ISSOL operates in the construction sector, more specifically in the “technological envelope” segment.
Patrick HENDRICK ULB Ecole Polytechnique de Brussels
Head of the Aero-Thermo-Mechanics Department of the Faculty of Engineering of ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) with a team of 5 professors, 35 researchers and post-docs and 7 technicians working on sustainable energy topics, including production, storage and financial and economical aspects.
Chairman of BERA (Belgian Energy Research Alliance ) since May 2015. Member of the ExCo Executive Committee) of EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) and of the ExCoop (Executive Coordination Pool) of EERA. Reviewer for famous journals as Elsevier Journal of Storage, the Applied Energy Journal or Elsevier Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (RSER). Participation in 12 European research projects (FP5, FP6, FP7 and H2020). Member of the scientific committee of the SRBE (Société Royale Belge dʼElectricité).