Session 5.1: Novel PV Applications and Reaching Grid Parity

May 22nd, 2019

The global market for solar photovoltaics (PV) is expected to grow by a dramatic 65-fold by 2050, due to technology innovations and policy incentives. Presenters in this session covered experiences and practices in PV development, incentives and policies, new business models and investment approaches, future PV technologies and applications, and new and emerging PV technologies.

Moderator: Jerry Yan, Professor of Energy Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology


009-2019 China’s National Solar Photovoltaic Policy Framework: 10 years of Lessons Learned
Frank Haugwitz, Director, Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd.

Frank Haugwitz, Director, Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd.
This presentation illustrated China’s lessons learned of its 2009-2019 PV policy from an enabling framework perspective. It presented the country's solar journey and describe how the market evolved with different mechanisms, including FIT scheme, subsidy, mandatory trading scheme. VAT tax rebates, land-use fees, guidelines for green financing, etc.

Ocean Sun - A Unique Solution for Floating Solar
Are Gloersen, Director Asia, Ocean Sun AS

Ocean Sun is a novel approach to the emerging floating solar industry based on Norwegian photovoltaic and maritime competence. This presentation provided an overview of Ocean Sun technology, its operational pilots in Norway and Singapore, and current installations in several sites around the world with ASEAN as a main target area.

Blockchain’s Potential to Support PV Investment and Grid Integration
Andrea Lora, Senior Technology Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Does distributed ledger technology, specifically blockchain technology, have a role in helping the Asia’s countries increase PV investment and grid integration? We believe that Asia is a high-potential market in which to push the limits of blockchain’s capabilities in the power sector, particularly less-developed countries where there are potential benefits of working in an unbuilt environment—a technological “white space.” Challenges notwithstanding, blockchain has shown the potential to help overcome obstacles that keep millions of people in the dark worldwide. This presentation covered thought-provoking applications of the technology in both advanced and emerging economies—with potential implications for meeting electrification goals in the developing world—and a case study of a proof-of-concept for wholesale electricity clearing and settlement we are currently developing in a transitioning power market in the Country of Georgia.

Mapping Opportunities for Utility-Scale Renewables: The Southeast Asia Renewable Energy Data Explorer
Aloysius Damar, Research Analyst, ASEAN Centre for Energy

The RE Data Explorer is an innovative web-based platform that allows users to visualize and analyze spatial data on solar and wind energy resource, technical potential and levelized cost of energy (LCOE) across the ten ASEAN member states. This presentation highlighted the capabilities of this platform to support data-driven decision making as they relate to informing the planning process—including the establishment and realization of regional renewable energy goals.

Solar Energy: It's Not Just Electricity
Shishir Seth, Senior Consultant, International Solar Alliance

The presentation acknowledges the role Solar Energy has played in transforming the Electricity sector around the globe and its indispensability to the cause of displacing high emission intensity technologies from the electricity sector, in light of the global commitment under COP 21 of UNFCCC. The presentation attempted to analyse the impact of deployment of solar energy in achieving the sustainable development goals. The argument was elaborated upon through some case studies on innovative deployment of solar energy/Solar PV, which directly furthers the achievement of sustainable development.