The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) are the exclusive off-grid partners of Intersolar Europe. Together, we are organising the Off-Grid Power Conference.

Partnering with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), this year's conference is an opportunity for high-ranking delegations, policymakers, investors and international press members. The Off-Grid Power Conference is the focal point to learn about the latest trends on future markets, technological solutions and smart applications.


The conference will take place at the Intersolar Exhibition in Conference Rooms B.11 & B.12.

To meet the ARE team, visit us at our stand at B2.309.


Preliminary program:

Wednesday 31 May 2017 (Room B.11)

Opening Session
  • 10:30: Welcome and Introduction Off-Grid Conference 2017
    Jörg Mayer, Managing Director, German Solar Association (BSW-Solar & Ernesto Macias, President, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
  • 10:35: Keynote speech
    Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk: Deputy Director General Directorate 31, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
  • 10:45: Keynote speech
    Dana Rysankova: Senior Energy Specialist, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), World Bank

Session 1:

Hybrid PV

  • 11:00: Introduction to PV-diesel generators for commercial/industrial applications in Afria
    Olivier Drücke, Vice President, Solar23 GmbH, Germany
  • 11:20: PV-Battery-Diesel Hybrid Solution in the Atacama Desert
    Dr. Karsten Schulte, Managing Director, Kraftwerk Renewable Power Solutions
  • 11:40: Micro Grids and Productive Use: project examples & lessons learnt
    Dr. Karl Kolmsee, Smart Hydro Power GmbH, Germany
  • 12:00: Achieving 100% renewable penetration on Hybrid Microgrids
    Colm Byrne, SVP Community Power, HYbrid Energy Solutions Ltd, Ireland

Session 2:

Minigrid, Microgrids & Storage

  • 12:30: SMA Fuel Save Solution - Solar and storage for hybrid grids the easy way
    Christian Hoehle, Product Manager - SMA Fuel Save Solution, SMA Solar Technology AG
  • 12:50: Mini-Grids in Africa, experience from the field
    Pablo Munoz, Technical Support Manager, Studer Innotec SA, Switzerland
  • 13:10: Promoting Technical Quality Measures in PV Mini grid Development in Indonesia
    Amalia Suryani, Team Leader, Energising Development (EnDev), Indonesia
  • 13:30: Batteries for Mini-grids
    John-Henry Holtzkamp, Technical Sales Engineer, Trojan Battery Company, Germany

Session 3:

Off-Grid Solutions for Industries, Telecommunications and Infrastructure

  • 14:00: Lead acid batteries - new applications for Flexibilization of Energy Systems
    Michael Schiemann, Technical Director, BAE Batterien GmbH, Germany
  • 14:20: Frontier power market outlook: Case of cell towers and agriculture
    Takehiro Kawahara, Frontier Power Team, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • 14:40: Agricultural and Rural developments - demonstrating Small Scale Wind Systems
    Richard Caldow, General Manager, Kingspan Wind, Scotland
  • 15:00: Off-Grid Power Systems 4.0 - Energy & Water production in the digital world
    Patrick Cousins, CEO & Co-Funder, Infinite Fingers GmbH, Germany

Session 4:

Investing in Off-Grid Solar

  • 16:00: Financing and funding opportunities for renewable energies
    Dr. Tobias Bidlingmaier, Vice President, DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Germany
  • 16:20: maxx Blockchain Hub - Social Crowdfunding for off-grid Solutions in Africa
    Antje Klauss-Vorreiter, Executive Director, maxx-solar energy PTY Ltd. South Africa; Dr. Lutz Mittelstädt, Project Manager, maxx-solar & energie GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • 16:40: Financing as key to Solar PAYG expansion
    Thomas Huth, CEO, Village Power AG, Switzerland
  • 17:00: Investment in PV Mini-grid to Boost Electrification in Remote Rural Areas
    Maritje Hutapea, Director of Various New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia
  • 18:00: Social Get-together at our stand (B2.309)

Thursday 1 June 2017 (Room B.12)

Session 5:

Off-Grid Solar PV for Humanitarian Actions

  • 10:00: SOLARKIOSK Solar Infrastructure Solutions
    Virginia Taborda, Director of Business Development, SOLARKIOSK AG, Germany
  • 10:20: Access to Energy: The work of Energising Development (EnDev) in the context of migration and humanitarian crises
    Inga Buchholz, Advisor, Energising Development (EnDev), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany
  • 10:40: Mini-Grid technology improving the livelihood of hundreds of People
    Svet Bajlekov: CTO, E.ON Off Grid Solutions GmbH, Germany
  • 11:00: SUNfarming Food & Energy 
    Dipl-Ing. Peter Schrum, Founder and Main Shareholder, SunFarming GmbH, Germany

Session 6:

Energy for Agriculture

  • 12:00: Afghanistan Sustainable Energy for Rural Development (ASERD)
    Ahmad Shaheer Shariar, Deputy Minister, Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Afghanistan
  • 12:20: Cost-effective, reliable solar power for agrofood businesses and sustainable development in Africa
    Erwin Spolders, CEO, Redavia GmbH, Germany
  • 12:40: Dairy Value Chains Supported by Solar! Field experience in implementing a Small-scale PV Milk Cooling System in Tunisia and Kenya
    Victor Torres Toledo, Junior Researcher, University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • 13:00: Innovative Pumping for Irrigation Purposes to rural community farmers
    Paul Nkumbula, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Diverse Integrations Ltd., Zambia


More information:

To participate in the Off-Grid Power Conference, you will need an Intersolar Exhibition ticket:

Off-Grid Power Conference Program:

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Date events
31 May 2017 to 01 June 2017
Munich, Germany


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