The future of PV industry is empowered by AI – 2020 Huawei APAC Smart PV for Future Virtual Summit

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Huawei has successfully held its first virtual summit in Asia Pacific with more than 300K viewers from 48 countries joining the event. With 4 keynote speeches and a panel discussion, this event gathered 7 industry experts and leaders to share their insights and experiences on the technological trends of solar power and how it will impact the industry’s recovery post-pandemic.

Chen Guoguang, President of Huawei Smart PV, ‘The future of energy lies in renewable and solar is definitely the key to drive this energy transformation. We are very fortunate to be part of this vibrant market in Asia Pacific and we hope to provide a platform through this virtual summit for all the stakeholders to work together and move forward to an AI-driven smart PV industry.

During the summit, there are 4 keynote speakers shared their invaluable insights regards to solar development trends. The first speaker was Sam Wilkinson, Director of Clean Technology & Renewables, IHS Markit. He shared an overview of the solar energy industry’s outlook where he predicts by 2022 solar installations will be back in line with what IHS Markit had previously forecasted. Meanwhile, COVID-19 did have short term disruption to the industry, however it also highlights some of the key benefits of solar.

Following which Steve Zheng, CTO of Smart PV APAC, Huawei shared how AI drives a fully connected smart solar plant. He introduced key technological development and unique features from Huawei which provides smart O&M, unleashing the full potential of PV strings with a stronger grid connection.

Chatchai Mawong, Director of Hydro and Renewable Energy of Power Plant Development Division, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) presented EGAT’s clean energy vision and how smart technology could drive hybrid plant firm with AI.

The last keynote speaker was Evan Woolard, Head of Solar Section, DNV GL – Energy. He shared recommended practice for the industry to improve quality, reliability and reduce costs through digitalization.

A virtual show of Huawei’s latest full suite of solutions was also presented. Followed by a panel discussion by 3 leading industry experts, Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director & Global Head of Solar, Fortum India, Jen Tan, Senior Vice President, Head of Solar (Singapore & SEA), Sembcorp Industries and Kanin Silpa-Archa, Head of Business Development SEA, Suntrace (Member of Dornier Group). They touched on key topics related to achieving better LCOE for solar projects, future technical trend and device selection, AI application in the solar industry and solar project financing.

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