Solar Energy (photovoltaics)

Technical Symposium

Discussion PV Degradation

Thursday, September 27
2:35 PM - 2:50 PM
Location: 203AB

Andreas Wade

Global Sustainability Director
First Solar

Andreas Wade is the Global Sustainability Director at First Solar where he has been in charge of the company’s sustainability program for the past 4 years. Previously, as Director of Technical Relations and Public Affairs in Europe, he supported the long-term business development and market transformation in Europe, towards sustainable photovoltaic (PV) energy generation. Prior to joining First Solar, Andreas designed and implemented the life cycle management strategy for Q-Cells, another PV manufacturing company. He made his first forays into the classical energy sector with Shell Exploration and Production in the UK and the Netherlands, where he worked on energy efficiency improvements, emissions reduction and carbon mitigation. Andreas began his professional career with UNESCO as an Associate Expert on Recycling in the cluster office for the GCC in Doha, Qatar. He has an environmental process engineering background and holds a Master of Engineering degree from the Clausthal University of Technology in Germany. In addition to his role as First Solar’s Global Sustainability Director, Andreas is President of the International Thin-Film Solar Industry Association (PVthin) and elected Chair of the SolarPower Europe Environmental Committee. He currently represents SolarPower Europe in the Steering Committee for the International Sustainability Leadership Standard for PV Modules and is the Deputy Operating Agent of the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Program Task 12 on Sustainability (IEA PVPS Task 12). Andreas is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics (ETIP PV).


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Vassilis Papaeconomou

Managing Director

Vassilis has been involved in the solar industry since 2006. His extensive solar experience spans solar PV plant development, financing and asset care (operations, maintenance and management). He has in depth knowledge of the contractual and technical matters of PV investments and a large professional network in the PV community, both technical and financial.

His start in the solar industry begin with solar development in his home country, Greece. In 2012 Vassilis started Alectris, creating the infrastructure for a holistic approach to solar PV asset care, including operations, maintenance and asset management.

His pioneering work includes the development of the award winning proprietary software, ACTIS, the world’s first Solar ERP (Enterprise Resource Platform) a cloud based integrated solar monitoring, O&M, and asset management tool currently operational on nearly 500 solar plants worldwide.

He graduated from the Universität Karlsruhe as a Chemical Engineer.


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Ian Gregory

Managing Director

Ian has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Alternative Energy Technologies from the University of London, UK, and is co-founder and Managing Director of SolarBuyer, LLC.

Ian began his solar career back in 1998 working for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group as New Technology Development Manager within Shell's solar power division in Europe. His focus was on developing flexible thin film and crystalline silicon module technologies. He became Global Product Manager for Shell Solar after acquiring the PV module manufacturing business from Siemens in 2001.

In 2006 Ian became Director of Product Marketing at the Massachusetts based module manufacturer Evergreen Solar. He was responsible for managing the company’s products and marketing efforts until early 2011 when he formed the new company SolarBuyer.

SolarBuyer is a leading provider of independent risk management and quality assurance services for the solar industry. The company has served more than 100 major banks, investors, developers and utility companies, assessed more than 67 GW of PV manufacturing capacity worldwide and managed the quality of more than 8 GW of PV systems.

Through his work for major international companies Ian has gained a wealth of experience from the technology, manufacturing and marketing sides of the solar industry that he now uses to meet the needs of customers concerned about PV quality. SolarBuyer was recently acquired by PI Berlin - a long-established independent PV lab based in Berlin, Germany. The two companies are now in the process of integrating their respective business activites.

A little-known fact about Ian is that he successfully designed and drove a carbon-fiber vehicle across Australia for the World Solar Challenge powered by two off-the-shelf 75W solar panels!


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