Christian Pho Duc

Managing Director of Smartenergy Projects

Christian heads Smartenergy’s hydrogen activities and is also in charge of solar projects in Germany. His many years of international management experience, specialist technical background and, last but not least, multicultural roots make him ideally suited for this task. After years spent expanding electric mobility on the water as VP Sales at market leader Torqeedo he is now eager to provide clean energy to installations world-wide. Christian’s 5 years’ experience in the Solar Industry include tenures at Smartenergy Renewables, Nanosolar and Solyndra developing solar projects as Managing Director and VP Sales in EMEA and India. Prior to his engagement in the renewable energy space, Christian worked for 15 years in the semiconductor industry, always at the leading edge of technical innovations launching what was then the most highly integrated memory chips. He marketed high-end products for Infineon, Giesecke & Devrient, and Siemens on the international stage, holding a number of key management positions. Christian holds a Master’s Degree in Semiconductor Physics and Semiconductor Engineering from Cambridge University as well as a Master’s Degree in Physics from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich where he showed early interest in the market potential for new technologies. He undertook research at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics into high –resolution detectors that today orbit the earth in satellites.

19 Aug
 - 15:00 BST (UTC +01:00)
Co-located Solar/Wind + Hydrogen
  • Solar+ hydrogen: the addressable market in Europe
  • Why now – power price drops and cost reductions in PV and electrolysers driving the market
  • The solar+ hydrogen play in Portugal
  • The economics and design for solar+ hydrogen projects
19 Aug
 - 11:00 BST (UTC +01:00)
Co-located Solar/Wind + Hydrogen
Panel Discussion
  • Terawatts of additional power generation will be needed – to what extent can wind and solar scale up?
  • What support mechanisms will be needed to reach this scale?
  • Where will the capital investment come from?
17 Aug
 - 13:15 BST (UTC +01:00)
Policy Insight
Panel Discussion
  • What hopes does the industry have for Green Hydrogen in the New European Green deal?
  • Does the market need a subsidy? If not, what other mechanisms would prompt lending and investment?
  • Is there a need for demand-side incentives and mandates for green hydrogen?