On-Grid Goes Off-Grid

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Time
02:00 pm - 03:30 pm
Hall
ICM München
Room
Room 12

Photovoltaics is developing very quickly. Efficiency is increasing and costs are decreasing. Many potential applications are becoming competitive with the grid and other forms of power. While in the past off-grid users sought to be connected to the grid, the opposite may now be true. A gray area of products is emerging that belong in both the off-grid and grid-connected worlds. In addition, electrification strategies and perspectives are being adapted to show the potential of interconnected off-grid systems. This session will present examples of such products and systems, as well as innovative electrification approaches.

02:00 pm - 02:05 pmWelcome & Introduction

Catherina Cader

Head of Unit Off-Grid Systems

Reiner Lemoine Institut gGmbH

02:05 pm - 02:20 pmOff-Grid Renewable Energy for Climate Action: Pathways for Change

Catherina Cader

Head of Unit Off-Grid Systems

Reiner Lemoine Institut gGmbH

02:20 pm - 02:35 pmHot Water - Cost-Effective and Decentralized Through Photovoltaic Boilers

Manuel Masenko

CEO

fothermo System AG

02:35 pm - 02:50 pmLux Battery - Swap From Home to Mobile

Benjamin Seckinger

CEO

BOS AG

02:50 pm - 03:05 pmStrategies for Improving Access to Electricity in Semi-Urban Areas via Interconnected Mini Grids

Muhammad Imran

RE Consultant and Project Manager

INTEGRATION environment & energy GmbH

03:05 pm - 03:30 pmQ&A Round

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Speakers

Speaker

Benjamin Seckinger, BOS AG

CEO

Germany

Benjamin Seckinger is founder and CEO of BOS Balance of Storage Systems AG. The company grew over the past years into a profitable SME, supplying battery and energy management technology to the Hymer Group, installing thousands of Off-grid Systems in rural and urban Africa and providing energy systems to grid connected customers in Germany. He had previously worked as Head Operations Manager for fosera (Pico PV manufacturer) when he saw the potential of this hybrid battery technology and decided to found BOS-AG. Ben worked in Africa and Asia and is founder of engineers without borders Ulm/Neu-Ulm. He lead the organization for several years. During his career Ben received the VDI award (association of german engineers), the CDG award (association for promotion of sustainability) and the IHK award of the Swabian Economy. Ben completed a Master in Advanced Management with a focus on finance and controlling and a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Energy Systems. Furthermore, he is a trained mechatronic technician.

Speaker

Catherina Cader, Reiner Lemoine Institut gGmbH

Head of Unit Off-Grid Systems

Germany

Dr. Catherina Cader is an expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and rural electrification planning and has been working at RLI since 2012. She is heading the Research Unit Off-Grid Systems since January 2021 together with Philipp Blechinger, after having been Deputy Head for one year. She is particularly interested in rural electrification planning in countries of the Global South with consideration of renewable energy. Catherina holds a PhD in Geography from Justus Liebig University Giessen. For her dissertation, which she successfully defended in 2018, she conducted research on rural electrification planning in Nigeria. Her PhD project was supported by a scholarship from the Reiner Lemoine-Foundation. She also holds a Master of Science in Geography from Philipps University Marburg and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from Justus Liebig University Gießen. Through field visits and self-developed trainings on the use of GIS for rural electrification planning, Catherina has great expertise on the political, geographical, economic, and technical challenges of local energy supply situations. By developing and applying GIS-based methods, she brings the spatial component into RLI research using open source software. Catherina has experience as a project manager in several projects - her work has taken her to various places including Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Nepal, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Catherina publishes her research results in scientific journals and at conferences. Furthermore, she works as an evaluator and independent expert for funding agencies, as well as a supervisor for academic research projects.

Speaker

Manuel Masenko, fothermo System AG

CEO

Germany

Manuel Masenko studied energy technology at the Technical University of Ulm, Germany with a focus on photovoltaic technology. Subsequently, he worked in the sales of photovoltaic island systems. In 2020, Manuel Masenko founded fothermo System AG together with Peter Adelmann. The company is engaged in the development of photovoltaic boilers. Until today he leads fothermo as the head of the company.

Speaker

Muhammad Imran, INTEGRATION environment & energy GmbH

RE Consultant and Project Manager

Germany

With an MSc Renewable Energy and Management, Muhammad Imran is passionate about promotion of sustainable energy solutions in rural electrification contexts. His key areas of expertise are system design and modelling of distributed energy systems. Working at INTEGRATION since last 6 years, he is managing multiple projects related to off-grid development in Africa (Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya) and Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar). This includes projects for major development agencies like GIZ, KfW, WB and ADB.   Under projects commissioned by GIZ and WB, he his supporting the planning and development of off-grid RE electrification solutions in Nigeria and Ethiopia. This includes off-grid projects for small communities as well as interconnected mini-grid for larger peri-urban areas. The projects range in capacities from 50 kW to 1,000 kW and are hybrid PV-diesel systems. He is also looking at new business models for integration of agriculture value chain processing and other anchor loads to increase sustainability of such systems. In addition, he is leading the conceptualization and deployment of a digital platform for monitoring of mini-grids during construction and operation phases of the projects.

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