Integrated PV: AgriPV, BIPV, VIPV, Floating

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

02:15 pm - 03:45 pm
Dubai World Trade Centre
Conference Area

Hailed as the perfect solution for solar in the building environment for many years, only a very limited number of building integrated systems have been installed for various reasons. With the first cities, states and countries having passed laws for mandatory solar inclusion for new houses and leading global module manufacturers launching first BIPV products, it looks like the time has come for this to change.

02:15 pm - 03:45 pmIntegrated PV: AgriPV, BIPV, VIPV, Floating

Dr. Sara Golroodbari

Assistant Professor

Utrecht University

Philippe Macé


Becquerel Institute

Dr. Nabih Cherradi

Chief Technology Officer

Desert Technologies

Dr. Sara Golroodbari, Utrecht University

Assistant Professor

The Netherlands

Dr. Sara M. Golroodbari, currently an assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, is an expert in solar energy. With a robust academic background in electronics and electrical engineering, she excelled in her studies, notably earning distinction in her master's program focused on power electronics. Dr. Golroodbari's Ph.D. research, conducted at Utrecht University, concentrated on the integration of floating solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, a testament to her commitment to advancing renewable energy. In her role as a researcher and educator, Dr. Golroodbari explores a variety of innovative solar technologies, including floating PV, Agrivoltaics, and Building-integrated Photovoltaics (BiPV). Her work is instrumental in pushing the boundaries of solar energy integration, reflecting her dedication to sustainable development and renewable energy solutions.

Philippe Macé, Becquerel Institute



Philippe Macé, Chief Operating Officer at the Becquerel Institute, a Belgian strategic consultancy and applied research company specialising in photovoltaic solar energy. Where he has been working for more than 8 years.Philippe has a strong expertise in new business model design as well as in techno-economic issues, both upstream of the value chain, such as PV production cost assessment, and downstream, on systems competitiveness assessments. With his team, Philippe is exploring all key aspects of solar PV, from economics to technology, market and regulation as well as environmental or social life cycle analysis, providing strategic insights and creating value for customers as part of consulting missions and research projects. Philippe has a double academic background, with a MSc in Business Engineering as well as an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Management.

Dr. Nabih Cherradi, Desert Technologies

Chief Technology Officer

Saudi Arabia

Dr. Nabih Cherradi is Desert Technologies' Chief Technology Officer. Has spent over 34 years building on a long track record of equipment's/production lines as well as business development in the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries. Prior to joining Desert Technologies, Nabih is also the CEO of EmpowerSun, a Swiss based photovoltaic energy consultancy, which he founded in 2009. In the meantime, he also co-founded ISWT a French solar developer company. From 2007-2009, as a Vice President/CTO, he accompanied Yingli Green Energy in its fast expansion with responsibility for the technology and manufacturing. He also participated in its IPO in New York (NYSE). As operations & process director at Applied Materials from 1997 to 2007 Nabih was responsible for installing turn-key semiconductor and photovoltaic production lines throughout the world, installing multiple GWs of production capacity across a ten year period. As a scientist, he focused on advance materials for different applications working with different industries (Semiconductor, Photovoltaic and Hard tools) He holds a PhD on materials sciences from the University Henri Poincaré, Nancy as well as an MBA, from the Business School of Nancy, (France).

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