Live Day Australia

The Australian government has set ambitious goals for the energy supply from renewable sources. Our “Australia Live Day” highlights the current aspects of the country’s development and the challenges of the near future for industry and business. Join us live at DigiCon, and listen to some of the key players from Down Under highlight the most promising trends for solar and storage and provide concrete recommendations for players of the sectors today.

Session 1 | The Solar Future Australia – Trends, Opportunities & Emerging Business Models

Forecasts for the Australian solar market are excellent and the country can rely on its very good natural energy resources for a long time to come. In the first session, the latest developments will be reviewed and regional experts will share their perspectives on upcoming trends and challenges.

Session 2 | Monetizing Energy Storage in Australia – Market Overview & Tech Innovations

While Australia’s energy demand is constantly increasing, national and international investors are taking advantage of the great potential of the country’s energy market. The project situation, especially for the energy storage business, continues to diversify and forms an increasingly stable and sustainable market. Already proven best practices as well as promising technologies and business models for tomorrow will be presented in this session.

Moderated by Daniel Fuchs, Vice President, JF4S/IBESA

Session 1 | The Solar Future Australia – Trends, Opportunities & Emerging Business Models

07:00 AM (CET) – 07:15 AM (CET)
Revealed: What Price to Charge to Maximise Solar Business Profitability
Warwick Johnston, Founder, SunWiz

07:15 AM (CET) – 07:30 AM (CET)
Solar Business Operations – What Makes a Solar Business Valuable
Andy McCarthy, CEO, RACV Solar

07:30 AM (CET) – 07:45 AM (CET)
Why Solar PV Export Control is Good for Energy End Users
James Martin, Communications Manager, SwitchDin

07:45 AM (CET) – 08:00 AM (CET)
Yvane Smalberger, Business Developer Australia, SOCOMEC

08:00 AM (CET) – 8:15 AM (CET)
Integrating Large Format Modules onto Single Axis Trackers – The challenges involved and opportunities to lower capex, LCOE and risk
Andrew Gihooly, Head of TrinaPro APAC Region, Trina Solar

08:15 AM (CET) – 8:30 AM (CET)
Widening the Horizons of Residental & Commercial Solar
Stephane Dufrenne, Global Senior Director Customer Services & Product Management, AP Systems

8:30 AM (CET) – 8:40 AM (CET)

Session 2 | Monetizing Energy Storage in Australia – Market Overview & Tech Innovations

8:40 AM (CET) – 8:55 AM (CET)
Conducting Successful Energy Storage Business in Australia – Downstream Insights & Brands
Saif Islam, Senior Consultant, EUPD Research

8:55 AM (CET) – 9:10 AM (CET)
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9:10 AM (CET) – 9:25 AM (CET)
Energy Storage Systems in Australia: Throwbacks and Applications Prospects
Victor Chen, Business Development Manager, Alpha ESS Australia

Alpha EES Australia

Victor Chen, Business Development Manager

Victor Chen


Stephane Dufrenne, Global Senior Director Customer Services & Product Management

Stephane Dufrenne

With more than 20 years of international experience across Asia, USA, Europe in the semiconductor and solar industries, Stephane held various executive roles from Director of Operations in Philips Semiconductors to Technical Director & General Manager at Upsolar. He joined APsystems in 2018 to manage our Product Management and Customer Services Worldwide.

EUPD Research

Saif Islam, Senior Consultant

Saif Islam

Saif is a senior consultant at EUPD Research since 2014 and maintains since a close and ongoing dialogue with many of the biggest manufacturers in the industry. He serves as a consultant for their market research demands and analyzes current needs in order to set up exclusive research projects.

RACV Solar

Andy McCarthy, CEO

Andy McCarthy

Andy is the CEO of RACV Solar. A lifelong advocate for renewables, he is a regular on the public speaking circuit, playing a key role in developing innovative projects. He continues to push the boundaries on what a future energy grid will look like and realise the economic, employment and community opportunities that exist within this transition.


Warwick Johnston, Founder

Warwick Johnston

Warwick Johnston, Founder of SunWiz and co-founder of Sunfluence. Warwick founded SunWiz in 2009 with a mission to grow the solar industry by making solar businesses outstandingly effective. Warwick has gone on to assist over 1400 solar businesses in Australia, and is currently a director of the Clean Energy Council.


James Martin, Communications Manager

James Martin

James has nearly a decade of experience researching and writing about distributed energy spanning the retail solar, retail electricity and energy efficiency sectors in the Australian, North American and UK markets. His pieces have also been referenced by companies, governments and nongovernmental organisations around the world.

Trina Solar

Andrew Gihooly, Head of TrinaPro APAC Region

Andrew Gihooly