Scientific Committee

Stefano Amaducci, Conference Chair (UNICATT, Italy)

Associate professor of Agronomy and Field Crops at the Department of Sustainable Crop Production, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Research interests span from the agronomic evaluation of industrial crops, particularly for fibre and biomass production; management strategies to increase sustainability of agricultural systems; remote sensing and precision agriculture; studying and modelling the response of crops under agrovoltaics.

Alessandro Agostini (ENEA, Italy)

Environmental scientist with a PhD in Agronomy. Researcher at ENEA (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Alessandro has a long experience in energy technologies sustainability assessment maturated both in ENEA and at the Joint Research Cetnre of the Europena Commission. He has evaluated the sustainability of a large portfolio of technologies spanning from milk to fuel cells, hydrogen, solar systems, but mostly on bioenergy. He has assessed also the economic and environmental performances of agrivoltaic systems. He is involved in many European projects in which he is responsible for the LCA or the overall sustainability assessment.

Greg Barron-Gafford (University of Arizona, USA)

Greg Barron-Gafford’s work has largely been based in the drylands of the world. He has worked for the last 18 years in the southwestern US studying Earth System science, plant ecology, and the impacts of climate and land use change. In 2011, he began studying photovoltaic installations and pushing for ways to co-locate native plant restoration and food production alongside renewable energy from photovoltaics (agrivoltaics). In recent years, his work has extended globally thanks to multi-national partners that span physical and social sciences, engineering, and community development. Greg Barron-Gafford is author or co-author of about 80 articles in scientific journals and is excited to participate in this meeting around this great food-energy-water solution.

Ori Ben-Herzel (MIGAL, Israel)

Ori Ben-Herzel is an experienced business development executive with a demonstrated history of leadership positions in farming and Agritech industries. Serves as the VP of Value Creation in Migal and the CBO of Migal’s technology transfer company- Galileo, where he is directly involved in new startups establishment and tech transfer from academy to the industry. Ori held different R&D and technology leadership positions, including Director of Technology, Global Breeding Lead and Vegetable Breeding Director at Kaiima Bio-Agritech, ADAMA, Top-Seeds and Soli. Ori holds MSc. Degree in genetics and plant sciences from the Hebrew University.

Jan Capelle (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Jan Cappelle is Associate Professor at the KU Leuven university in Belgium. He is leading the energy research at the campus in Ghent, with focus on innovative electrical energy technology. He was leading several national and internal projects on stand-alone power systems, light electric mobility and photovoltaic systems. His research group is currently realizing 3 different agrivoltaics sites and developed simulation software to predict energy and crop yield.

Michelle Colauzzi (UNICATT, Italy)

Didier Combes (INRAé, France)

Frank de Ruijter (Wageningen University, Netherlands)

Frank de Ruijter is an experienced researcher on farming systems and sustainable agricultural production at the unit Agrosystems Research of Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in 1998 on the topic ‘Potato crop growth as affected by potato cyst nematodes’, and has worked on nutrient cycling and nutrient use efficiencies in dairy farming and arable farming (agriculture, horticulture and flower bulb production), both with farmers’ groups and for policy makers, and on quantification of sustainable agricultural practices at global scale. Latest research topics are on exploration of biomass production options for a biobased circular economy, on efficient recycling of nutrients derived from plant material, animal manure or human waste (sanitation), and on combining agriculture with solar panels (agrivoltaics).

Anna Heimsath (Fraunhofer ISE, Germany)

David Jung (Fraunhofer Chile, Chile)

David is a mechanical engineer with specialization in management from the Technical University of Munich. Currently he works as a research engineer at Fraunhofer Chile, with responsibility for the development and investigation on integrative photovoltaic solutions, such as agrivoltaic.

Prior to devoting his efforts to the development of renewable energies, David worked in product and production planning at AUDI AG, optimizing assembly lines using bionic principles and he also gained experience in sustainability consulting for multinational companies. International studies in Spain and on Cuba certainly paved the way for his current work in Chile.

Christine Lamanna (ICRAF, Kenya)

Iris Lewandowski (University of Hohenheim, Germany)

Wen Liu (University of Science and Technology of China, China)

Asin Luis (Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology, Spain)

Soo-Young Oh (Yeungnam University, Korea)

Soo-Young Oh received his B. S. E. E. from Seoul National University in 1972, and M. S. E. E. in 1977 and Ph. D. in electrical Engineering in 1981 from Stanford University. He has worked 17 years in scientist and project manager in Hewlett Packard Labs. He is a recognized expert in high-speed device modeling and design of the digital and mixed signal SOC. Dr. Oh has been  the vice president of Convergence Components & Materials Research Lab. in Electrical Communication Research Institute (ETRI) in Korea from 2006 to 2012. He has been the directer of Advanced Solar Technology Resaerch Division in ETRI and manages the development of flexibls DSSC and CIGS solar cell. Now he is the professor of Yeungnam University from 2012 doing the research on the reliability of Solar Cells  and AgriPhotoVoltaics(APV).

Richard Randle-Boggis (University of Sheffield, UK)

Richard Randle-Boggis is leading the development, operation, and research of two agrivoltaic systems in Kenya and Tanzania, as part of a project studying the livelihood benefits derived from agrivoltaic systems in East Africa. Previously he developed a decision-support tool that guides solar park management for enhanced ecosystem services, and it was during his research here that he first considered the agrivoltaics concept. For his PhD he studied the impacts of increased flooding severity on soil microbial communities and associated greenhouse gas emissions, and as a postdoc he characterised the ecology of novel solar-heated septic tanks in South East Asia. Prior to his research career he worked in industry as an environmental engineer, where he created a carbon management strategy and monitoring tool.

Alessandra Scognamiglio (Enea, Italy)

Licensed architect, PhD in Technologies for Architecture and Environment. Since 2000 she works as researcher at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Photovoltaic Technologies Area. Her main interest is working on the hybrid border between scientific research and design, to create a domain of common understanding and possibilities for experimentations in the real living environment. Her main topics are: the use of photovoltaics in buildings (BIPV), and landscapes, with focus on trans-disciplinary perspectives and innovative cognitive frameworks for sustaining new design visions. Since 2008 topic organizer of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EUPVSEC), on the use of photovoltaics in buildings and nature; idea person and chairperson of the event “Photovoltaics, Forms, Landscapes. Beauty and power of designed photovoltaics” (www.pv-landscapes.com); Italian alternate ExCo IEA SHC; member of ETIP PV, Integrated PV;  Coordinator of the task force ENEA “Sustainable Agrivoltaics”.

Thierry Simoneau (INRAé, France)

Makoto Tajima (ISEP, Japan)

Makoto Tajima has over 25 years of experience in international development work and research working overseas for NGOs and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as expert/advisor, which fostered his practical knowledge and experiences in international development assistance in developing countries. He currently acts as director / senior research fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), advisor on disaster risk reduction and response of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), director of CWS Japan and director of Women’s Eye. He recognizes a great potential of agrivoltaics seeing it as “modern agroforestry” from his professional and academic background of BS in natural resources management from the University of Michigan and MSc in agronomy and soil science specialized in agroforestry from the University of Hawaii and East-West Center, Honolulu.

Max Trommsdorff (Fraunhofer ISE, Germany)

Max Trommsdorff is project manager and junior scientist specialised on agrivoltaic systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. In 2015, Max Trommsdorff received his M.Sc. in Economics and Politics at the University of Freiburg. He wrote his master thesis at the Fraunhofer ISE titled “Agrophotovoltaic: Opportunities, Risks and Strategies Towards a More Efficient Land Use”. Since then he is project manager and expert for APV with a focus on economic feasibility, technology transfer and institutional designs. Recently he developed APV projects on aquaculture in Vietnam and horticulture in India. As assistant project manager he was further responsible for legal aspects of Germany's largest APV research plant at Lake Constance.

Harry Wirth (Fraunhofer ISE, Germany)

Dr. Harry Wirth, born in 1968, studied physics at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and at the University of Massachusetts, USA. He earned his PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and from Fraunhofer ISE. From January 1999 he headed the R&D group of a specialty insulating glazing manufacturer. In 2005, he returned to Fraunhofer ISE to build the group “Photovoltaic Modules” and to conduct the setup of the PV Module Technology Center. In October 2010 he took charge of the new division “PV Modules, Systems and Reliability”. Since August 2017, he is a director of the division “Photovoltaics” and responsible for activities in Modules and PV Power Plants. Harry Wirth is also Executive Committee Member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics.

Management Board

Fraunhofer ISE

  • Max Trommsdorff

  • Harry Wirth

 

INRAé

  • Christian Dupraz

 

Conexio-PSE GmbH

  • Beatrix Feuerbach

  • Lars Münzer