Welcome to Bird & Bird’s panel discussion on Energy Storage
Following the energy crisis, companies and the whole EU has had to rethink their security of supply and secure tolerable prices for energy. New legislation has been introduced and the investments in BESS as well as in hydrogen have soared, and further development is in progress. We also need synthetic fuels as well as enhanced power-to-mobility to make the system work as a whole. How can we balance the system and protect our industries against energy shortages and excessive pricing? What are the options now and in the future?
During the panel discussion, we hear from project developers and investors what their strategies are, and more. Join us for topical and interesting discussions to facilitate our future.
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13:00 Opening words and introduction of speakers by Bird & Bird
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)
Industrial Engineer, with over 18 years of professional experience in Business Development and Project Management within the renewable energy sector for leading clean energy companies (Acciona and FRV), I have had the opportunity of coordinating large Wind, Solar and Interconnection Projects across Europe and Latin-America, from initial promotion to COD achieving successful results.
Currently focusing on leading Europe Business Development within FRV with identification of new opportunities, origination, project acquisition (M&A), establishment of partnering structures, development and consolidation of company pipeline.
Juan Andrés García
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)
Tuomas Rauhala, Senior Vice President, System Operations, Fingrid Oyj
Tuomas Rauhala is currently Senior Vice President responsible for System Operations at Fingrid Oyj. He has been working on the field of electrical transmission systems for 20+ years, most of the years at various expert and management positions at Fingrid incl. system engineering, network planning, asset management and market innovation. Tuomas has also been working as power system researcher at Tampere University and development project manager at Alstom Grid/GE FACTS unit at Tampere. He holds D.Sc. in Electrical Power System Engineering and was invited in 2019 to serve as Docent in the field of distributed resources in electrical energy systems at Tampere University.
Senior Vice President, System Operations, Fingrid Oyj
Flexens Oy Ab
Berndt Schalin, CEO of Flexens Oy Ab, is senior business executive with experience in both operational corporate management and private equity. He has been e.g. President of the power electronics companies Efore Plc and Powernet Oy and Investment Director at 3i Finland. He has experience in the energy sector since the 1990s, when Berndt built an international success story around energy-saving lighting technologies as Helvar’s Development Director. At 3i he was responsible for Empower Oy, an energy infrastructure company, and since 2010 he has as an advisor, business angel and board professional been involved in the creation and growth stories of several energy technology-based start-up companies
CEO of Flexens Oy Ab
Head of Strategic analysis & RDI, Gasgrid Finland Oy
P2X Solutions Oy
Mr. Herkko Plit holds a M.Sc. (Engineering Physics) from the Helsinki University of Technology. Plit is the founder and CEO of P2X Solutions Oy, a forerunner in the Finnish hydrogen and e-fuel industry. The company is currently constructing Finland’s first industrial scale (20 MW) green hydrogen production plant in Harjavalta, to be operational in 2024. Plit leads P2X with his visionary attitude and actively participates in the creation of the Finnish and European hydrogen ecosystems in several forums.
Björn joined Nordion Energi 1 Feb. 2023 as Deputy MD Hydrogen, to develop and drive the hydrogen infrastructre business.
The last 1,5 years have been focused on developing green hydrogen production business for Lhyfe as Area Manager Northern Europe, growing the NE team to 10+ people. Prior to this Björn has 25 years international experience from industrial gases, covering large on-site business management, project management, supply chain optimisation and plant design.