Solar Energy: Supply Chain Challenges and Solutions + Module Design for Harsh Environment

Thursday, March 09, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sheikh Saeed Hall 2, Dubai World Trade Centre
Conference Area, S2.C50

The global solar market grew considerably in 2022 despite COVID 19 and material supply shortages. But is the industry ready for the next level? Are the supply chains resilient enough for the current boom? How is the situation when it comes to special product and component designs for harsh environment? Get a solid market up-date.

10:30 am - 10:35 amWelcome and Introduction

Dr. Puzant Baliozian

Project Manager

VDMA - Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers Association

10:35 am - 10:50 amSolar Photovoltaics Technology in the Post-Terawatt Global Installation Era

Dr. Puzant Baliozian

Project Manager

VDMA - Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers Association

10:50 am - 11:05 amCreating Trust and Transparency as Foundation for Successful Energy Transition in the Supply Chain

Sebastian Bartels

SVP, Head of Global Sustainability Services


11:05 am - 11:20 amSustainability Goals Using Solar PV can be Achieved Only with a Viable Supply Chain

Jalel Hamila

Global Strategic Account Sales MEA-APAC

JA Solar International Ltd.

11:20 am - 11:35 amPV-Power with BEST ESG-SCORE

Josef J. Gmeiner

Chief Executive Officer


11:35 am - 11:50 amHigh Efficiency Solar Project Solutions

Omar Atiyat

Country Manager, Middle East


11:50 am - 12:00 pmQ&A Round



Dr. Puzant Baliozian, VDMA - Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers Association

Project Manager


Dr. Puzant Baliozian is the VDMA PV Equipment Group's project manager since September of this year. He is involved in techno-economic studies for manufacturing capacity of PV along the value chain and represents the interests of European PV equipment manufacturers internationally. The PV Sector Group at VDMA also publishes the yearly international technology roadmap for photovoltaics (ITRPV) showing highly relevant technology projections and trends. Dr. Baliozian studied physics at the American University of Beirut (BSc., 2014) and has a specialization in renewable energy (MSc. 2016) from the university of Freiburg. From 2016 until recently, he worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg in the field of photovoltaic production technologies where he also did his PhD. He is best known for developing the passivated edge technology for separated industrial solar cell concepts, to boost cell and module efficiencies.


Sebastian Bartels, DEKRA SE

SVP, Head of Global Sustainability Services


Sebastian Bartels is leading the global sustainability services area at DEKRA, helping organizations to define and achieve their sustainable development related goals and strategies. With a background in safety & environmental engineering, Sebastian is responsible for DEKRA's portfolio providing sustainability solutions spanning testing, inspection, certification, verification, training and advisory services in the areas of Energy Transition, ESG and Circular Economy. Previously, he worked in various senior management and expert roles in the Consulting, Testing, Inspection and Certification industry, as well as in Mobility, Logistics and Transportation. He is active in global, European, and national standardization and associations and teaches post-graduates at a university as associated lecturer. Sebastian lives in Belgium and Germany. DEKRA is the world's leading unlisted and independent expert organization, combining technical expertise and global presence in over 60 countries.


Omar Atiyat, LONGI

Country Manager, Middle East


Omar Atiyat is the Sales Manager for the Middle East, responsible for the Distributed Generation market at LONGi, the world's leading manufacturer of solar wafers, cells and modules. He has a background in electronics & communications engineering and extensive experience as a project manager developing commercial and industrial Solar PV, and smart city projects in the region.


Josef J. Gmeiner, RETECHPV GROUP

Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Josef Gmeiner was born on the 24th March 1986 in Weiden, Bavaria, Germany, as son of an entrepreneur and famous inventor of the ultrasonic industry, Josef Gmeiner senior. He attended a technology and science oriented high-school from 1996 to 2006 and graduated from there. During his high-school Mr. Gmeiner registered already 2 machine designs in 2004 Registration of registered design 202004002809.3 (Bohrvorrichtung für eine Handbohrmaschine) and in 2005 Registration of registered design 202004018003.0 (Positioniergerät). He started his studies in 2006 at the University of Applied Sciences on Economics and Engineering until 2010. In 2006 he made his Internship at the world-market-leader in storage-systems company Witron in Parkstein, Germany. From 2006 to 2009 he was teaching programming of Java next to his studies. The business of the Rinovasol Group, which was founded by Mr Gmeiner, is to give broken PV-Panels a second life instead of Recycling them before their end-of-life. The massive demand globally exists since a Significant quantity of solar-panels breaks down after 2-5 years instead of the industry Promise of 25 years due to production problems. From 2011 until today he managed installations of more than 300 solar projects between 3 kWp and 9,9 MWp where he gathered most of his experience in which the Rinovasol Group is based on nowadays. In 2014 he applied his first patent for the fixing of broken PV-Panels with the number DE 10 2014 102 729 A1. Until today several further inventions followed. 2017 was for Mr. Gmeiner dominated by massive R&D achievements and the registration of 3 further patents in the PV-industry. In 2021 another new technology followed which is being further developed and engineered currently. Meanwhile Mr. Gmeiner developed a global network for the take-back and fixing pf PV-panels Opened divisions/partnerships in Ireland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Germany, China, South Korea Mr. Gmeiner is familiar with most cultures of the world due to his groups expansion and Always searching for new opportunities in 'GREEN'- Industries. In November 2021 Mr Gmeiner invented together with his Irish partners a new type of Solar-Panel which will massively lower the Carbon impact of PV-Module assembly and by removing glass, backsheet and frame, it is avoiding most problems of current PV panels.


Jalel Hamila, JA Solar International Ltd.

Global Strategic Account Sales MEA-APAC


Jalel Hamila have been working with JA Solar since 2012 responsible for developing commercial activities and managing Strategic Accounts in the Middle East and Africa region. Before JA Solar, Jalel spent 15 years with Applied Materials, the global Semiconductor, Display and PV Solar equipment manufacturing. At Applied Materials, he served as sales & business development Director, EMEA for the Solar Business Group, where he was responsible for both Crystalline Silicon and thin-film photovoltaic product lines.  Jalel holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.

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Innovative technological developments, high efficiency levels and sustainable solutions are the name of the game in the solar industry in 2022 – whether it’s module technology, inverters or balance of system. PV modules with high-efficiency cells, reduced shading losses, lead-free modules and reusable transport units are but some of the innovations that have made it into the final round of the Intersolar AWARD. Inverter manufacturers are also responding and adapting their products to high-output cell technology, transforming their inverters into ever-smarter all-rounders.

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