Utility-Scale Solar : New Technologies to Optimize Design, Reduce Cost and Improve Yield

Wednesday, March 08, 2023
12:30 pm - 02:00 pm
Sheikh Saeed Hall 2, Dubai World Trade Centre
Conference Area, S2.C50

Are you ready for a roundup of technology innovations - including modules, inverters, mounting/trackers, system design on utility-scale solar projects? Watch out the latest Impact of technology changes on yield and cost and utility-scale plant design optimization & performance.

12:30 pm - 12:35 pmWelcome and Introduction

Denisa Fainis


Three Eight Six Development

12:35 pm - 12:50 pmImproving Long-Term Efficiency in Solar Facilities Through Automation

Eran Meller

Co-founder and Chairman


12:50 pm - 01:05 pmLet's How the Market Challenge Looks Like in Q1 2023

Hans Juergen Sauter

Vice President MENA


01:05 pm - 01:20 pmPV Plant Optimization by Regulating Local Voltage to Increase Yield and Reduce System Cost

Waqas Hussain

Business Development Manager

Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH

01:20 pm - 01:35 pmNavigating the Growth Potential of Middle Eastern Utility-Scale Solar PV Market: Risks and Op

Victor Signes

Renewable Energy Analyst

Rystad Energy

01:35 pm - 01:50 pmAccurately Predicting Long Term Desert Solar Yields: New Rapid Cycle Testing Technology and Methods

Ahmad Sorour

Mechanical Design, Integration & Testing Engineer

NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions LTD.

01:50 pm - 02:00 pmQ&A Round



Waqas Hussain, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH

Business Development Manager


Waqas Hussain has several years of interdisciplinary experience in the PV industry - covering design, EPC, project management and business development across Europe, Middle East as well as South Asia regions. His expertise lies in the intersection of technical feasibility, economic viability, and regulatory framework assessment of renewable energies - especially utility-scale PV - thus leading to the identification and implementation of business development and deployment strategies. He is currently working as Business Development Manager with Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen in Regensburg, Germany focusing on PV applications and increased integration of renewables into the grid by using Voltage Regulating Distribution Transformers (VRDTs). He received a master's degree in Renewable Energy Management from the University of Freiburg, Germany in 2012 and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology Taxila, Pakistan in 2008.


Hans Juergen Sauter, nextracker

Vice President MENA


Hans is a very experienced manager, coming from steel and supply chain optimisation background. Now he is more than 10 years active in leading positions in the solar industry where he was responsible for building largest solar plants everywhere in the world. Starting with fixed tilt racking solutions mainly in Europe, Hans focused more on more on high efficient solar solutions such like single axis tracking systems especially to support lowest LCOE in the MENA region. Hans was responsible for the contracting, design and implementation of more than 3 GW solarpower, including regional top projects like Sweihan and Al Kharsa. Hans holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated the Swiss SGBS Business School for strategic Management


Ahmad Sorour, NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions LTD.

Mechanical Design, Integration & Testing Engineer


Ahmad joined NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions after completing his B.Eng at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. He is passionate about addressing the key challenges facing the new solar industry in his home country of Saudi Arabia, and the region. Ahmad works closely with the NOMADD development team, generating technology products from deep tech innovations.


Denisa Fainis, Three Eight Six Development



Denisa Fainis is an Associate with Three Eight Six Development, a private equity fund part of Al Khayyat Investments. She is responsible for assisting with the process of financing solar & wind projects, building knowledge of market trends, local legislation and lender appetite for relevant projects and locations, channel partner management and client due diligence. Denisa has more than 12 years of international experience in business development in various sectors including military contracting, diesel power generation and solar energy.


Eran Meller, Ecoppia

Co-founder and Chairman


Prior to co-founding Ecoppia, Eran Meller was the CFO of Telmap (acquired by Intel), the CFO of X-Tip (acquired by DentSply International), the CFO of Info-X (acquired by 3M), and the CFO & COO of MTI Precision Products (sold in a leveraged buyout). Previously, Eran worked with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of the World Bank Group, and was responsible for a portfolio of over $100M in Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi and Zambia. Eran holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Masters in Economic Policy Management from the Columbia School of International Affairs, and a B.A in Economics and Management from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Eran completed all three degrees with distinction.


Victor Signes, Rystad Energy

Renewable Energy Analyst


Victor Signes is an Analyst in Rystad Energy's Renewable Energy Research team. He focuses on the solar PV, wind, storage and green hydrogen markets in the EMEA region. His role is to cover market developments and analyze the future evolution of renewable energy. He covers project development in EMEA, policies, supply chain and economics. He has extensive experience in analyzing the impacts of policies on the market, economic modeling of renewable energy projects, and long-term scenario analysis. He has worked closely with clients spanning the entire renewable energy sector, from developers and service companies to government organizations and investors. Prior to joining Rystad Energy, Victor was an economics research analyst at EDF, focusing on the renewable energy and nuclear markets. He holds a Master's degree in Engineering from IMT Atlantique (France) as well as a Master's degree in Energy economics from the French Institute of Petroleum.

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