Advantages of R&D in Innovation, System Design and Technical Concept Optimization

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Recording of Tuesday, June 18, 2024 | The smarter E Europe Conferences 2024 | Conference Program | Language: English | Duration: 21:21 .

**Headline:** "Tanya Cushman Highlights the Critical Role of R&D in Driving Innovations and System Optimization at Viva RE"

The speech by Tanya Cushman addresses the significance of Research and Development (R&D) within their company, emphasizing its role as both an innovator and a cost center. She begins with a brief overview comparing the evolution of music mediums to underscore how R&D drives change across industries—from cassettes to streaming services like Spotify—highlighting adaptability's importance in business survival. She recounts her early days at Viva RE where standardized approaches dominated PV projects, contrasting it with today's diversified applications such as Agri-PV, floating PV, and battery integrations. Cushman stresses that modern challenges necessitate continuous updates on components and ecological considerations due to climate change impacts and land use conflicts. The company's approach involves thorough project phases from development through operational stages while ensuring accurate system design compatibility throughout. She concludes by identifying the dual focus of R&D: offering technical insights for decision-making while incorporating practical on-site experiences for improved project outcomes. This blend aims to provide sustainable, optimized solutions integral to long-term market presence.

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Martin Dennenmoser
Head of R&D
BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH

Talk of session: Utility-scale Solar Power I: Trends in Development, EPC and Asset Management

As regulatory requirements and margin pressure make project development increasingly challenging, EPCs are confronted with new system designs and high volatility in product supply and cost. Once a PV power plant has been built, the O&M needs to ensure a high output. This requires more and more digital analytics, while asset managers must deal with increasing reporting services. The session will cover: Status of utility-scale solar power project development needs How EPCs deal with rising costs and supply volatility pressure Advanced analytics for effective O&M Asset management throughout the entire project lifecycle Q&A

Further Talks of this session:

Welcome and Introduction


Dr. Benedikt Ortmann
Global Director Origination & Business Development Projects
BayWa r.e. AG

To Talk

Modelling Future Failures on PV Plants to Plan O&M and Improve Design


Aquin Magnus
Project Engineer
ENGIE Laborelec

To Talk

Digitalization in Solar Construction - Attempts to Leapfrog Evolution in Project Realization


Dan Garlin
COO Renewables

To Talk

The Importance of Asset Management From Development Through Life Cycle of the Project


Dr. Carlos Javier Sarasa
Managing Director
United Kingdom

To Talk

Panel Discussion: How to Optimize LCOE for Reducing TCO

To Talk

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